When I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis three years ago, the hardest part wasn’t the partial blindness, the loss of bladder control, or having to use a walker to get around; it was spending hours each day on the phone dealing with my private insurance company. As anyone with a major illness can confirm, once you’ve been labeled with a “pre-existing condition,” you’re in for a real battle with your insurance company, and that’s IF you can even qualify for private insurance.
I did not give myself MS. I did everything “right” and I still got stuck with this disease. People get sick with all kinds of diseases, through no fault of their own. In a civilized society, that is understood and accepted.
I don’t mind paying for my MS care, but as a member of the middle class, I do mind that the cost is jacked up and exorbitant, and that insurance company CEO’s are making a fortune off of people like me due to our health care system.
Our current health care system is broken. It’s unsustainable. And everybody knows it.
The most sensible solution to our unsustainable, broken health care system is Medicare for all. But since it’s doubtful we’d get that considering our current political climate, we’ve got the Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare. That’s the reality.
It’s certainly not perfect, I’m not saying it’s even close. But I would wager that those of us with “pre-existing conditions” would rather have the protections the Affordable Care Act affords than leave it to “free market solutions” to level the playing field for us.
Bandying about catchphrases like “free market solutions” may sound cool during campaign season because slogans like that make for awesome bumper stickers, but it does not solve complex problems. Pretending like it does is delusional.
Tammy Baldwin understands this. She knows what it’s like to have a “pre-existing condition” and she’s fighting for a fair system for all of us. Check out this video of Baldwin explaining why she’s against the repeal of the ACA.
And remember, none of us is immune to life’s cruelties such as illness and disease. It’s how we deal with this that makes us who we are as a society.