How much is $32 these days? It turns out that $32 is too much. Pretty soon that “government option” will be the only option. Oh yeah, I forgot, we didn’t get that one.
Paying for healthcare can be one of the first things to go for families dealing with constrained finances. Over 50% of those surveyed said that healthcare was one of the expenses they could not afford to pay.
“We have an employer-based healthcare system,” Van Horn said. “And if your lose your job, unless you’re old or very poor, you have no health care insurance.”
In San Mateo, California, just south of San Francisco, Francis Campos-Dunn understands this fact all too well. For years, she has contended with a variety of often-expensive health problems, making her insurance situation particularly crucial.
Her administrative job at the San Mateo County Hospital provided for her needs and also delivered insurance for her son and a granddaughter. But late last year, she was laid off, and so began a painful and bewildering lesson in the particularities of the American health care system.
Kaiser, the giant health maintenance organization, offered her the option to continue her health insurance for $1,500 dollars a month. But that outstripped her total income- a disability payment of $1,300 a month.
So Campos-Dunn turned to Medical, California’s state-run health insurance-the state’s version of Medicaid. But they told her that her income exceeded the allowable limit by $32 a month and denied her claim, she says. Undeterred, she appealed, was granted a hearing and was subsequently approved for the state insurance.
But three weeks later, another letter arrived informing her that once again, she made too much money to qualify for the state’s health insurance. Since her unemployment, she has struggled with this ceaseless back and forth with the bureaucracy, going without care for weeks in between.
“I never thought I’d be in this position,” she said. “I used to help families get on insurance. I used to hear all these problems. I used to think anything was possible to try to figure out a way around it so they could get health insurance. Now I have no health insurance.”
With her medical condition continuing to require care, her battle to keep up has worn her down past the point where she can even muster the effort to continue fighting.
“It got up to a point where I didn’t even try to deal with them anymore,” she said. “If I ended up in the hospital I’d just pay the bill.”
She now owes Kaiser over $55,000, she says. She owes the San Mateo County Hospital-her old employer- over $22,000.
“I just don’t think it’s right,” she said. “I’ve been working since I was 15 years old and now I can’t access what I need because I make 32 dollars too much.”
I keep hearing that Americans do not want Obama Care, they like it the way it was. I am guessing that “Americans” doesn’t include the over 50 million Americans who do not have any. It is a myth. The media isn’t wearing any clothes. The media are reporting what the Health Care Industrial Giants tell them to report. And Congress? I mean the Republican, trickle-down tea-baggers who want to balance the budget on your backs while they grant billions of tax breaks to themselves and their employers—and that ain’t you. They tell us you don’t want the system fixed. They are going to march into Washington next month and throw out Obama Care. It is time to make you voices heard.