First, I want to say I have resisted posting my opinions on social media because the hate is deep. That's not a mistype, it is Hate. I tend to be a "Don't tread on me and I won't tread on you" type of person...to each their own. However if you chose to engage me in a debate...good luck :-) I still have not heard back from Ted Cruz on my challenge to debate him on "Medicare for all"
I digress. Those that have followed my blog know I do that all the time lol but I am pretty good at tying it all together.
Some brief background for any new readers. I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression and some other things. I was 47 at the time, had just blown up and walked out of another job (Which helped lead me to the diagnosis) I had been misdiagnosed bi-polar for 12 years and took unneeded meds. Currently I have been denied disability 3x. Including the ALJ review which is your best chance but I got the "hanging" judge and his 19% approval rating (Nat'l avg is 58%) There are issues with the fact that in more liberal area's I may have been approved on the 1st try so we have another federal program run by regions with vastly different idea's on disability...especially MH for men.
Last Sept. our insurance was cancelled. KS, which opted out of Medicaid Expansion has set a maximum allowed income, for a family of 4, no more than $800 a month. Not a misprint. My wife was making $1100/month. Prior to O'bamaCare KS had the 150% of the poverty level rule so as a family of 5 (Older son now 20 so down to 4) we could make up to $36,000/year. My wife had to quit her job. We are about $20,000 in debt. I can also only make $800/month to be eligible for disability. However loans are not considered income. They are loans and paid off yearly with our tax return, or a portion anyway.
So how does this relate to why I can't vote for Clinton. I could give several reasons, I do not believe she isn't "establishment" and she clearly benefits from big donor's and some crazy way delegates are allocated on the Dem side. I call it the anti Donald Trump rule as it seems like the Dems have ways to slow down non traditional candidates. I am concerned of late of her "tone". I believe she can only alienate Bernie's supporters to the point that we will vote for Kasich or write in Bernie's name.
One thing Bernie has brought to this campaign is a call for a single payer healthcare (Medicare for all) I am disgusted with anyone that opposes this. We are the richest country in the world and the only one that doesn't guarantee healthcare for all.
It's not an entitlement. It should never be income based. I am on 8 meds and have Dr appts weekly. Often several. We have seen Wisconsin and Oklahoma attacking the poor with the "back to work" programs...which have failed miserably. First you can not shame a person into work and second you can't have someone working that becomes in worse shape than being on assistance. After 18 months of treatment my back and hip are doing better...I could SHARE the cost while disability processes me to whatever conclusion. I could probably make $1200-$1500 a month waiting tables. I was in Healthcare Operations when I worked FT but I have waited tables as well and love that and currently that's about all I can do. My treatment is ongoing at this point for the borderline.
So....if I do that then I lose disability, I lose insurance and food assistance is reduced.
Not such a good deal. I have a family and I am being told that if I make over $800/month we lose a lot. Do you still wonder why people struggle to get off assistance? Healthcare alone can be the cause.
I also hear that "We don't want the government in our healthcare"
Guess what, they have been in our healthcare since the 90's.
"Michael, what do you mean????"
"I'm glad you asked"
Medicare hires a company to monitor treatment of diabetic patients. Yearly the auditor comes in, reviews hundreds of files, using a "Flow chart" system to make sure the patient received quality care. Ok, we can't have flow charts replacing medical decisions but with the threat of a lawsuit or prison time the Dr's often have no choice but to follow the set guidelines.
When I was working at a Trauma Center here in KC, running the charge capture portion we would have Insurance Companies come in and just hand us a check. Yup. They had a list of every patient that they had who had been hospitalized that year. Anyone that was not re-admitted in 30 days we would receive compensation from the insurance companies. Now, a Dr. wouldn't think much of a yearly check around $30,000 but....do we really want that even a possibility? If a hospital is financially strapped and you as a patient are not re-admitted in a 50/50 situation worse...just saying
The government also requires the use of PQRI and PQRS codes. These are quality assurance codes the hospital or Dr.'s office is required to submit, its done again to guarantee "good service" but again that is determined by the government. The provider is given a threshold for certain treatments, etc....the need for the code has become so large that it slows down reimbursement and can punish a Dr's office if they fall out of minimum compliance.
Point is....the government has had their hands in our cookie jar for decades...but no one really knows that unless they work in the field.
Then to top it all off we have HIPAA. It was designed to "protect" who has access to your medical records. Well my friends, when you sign the consent to treat and the consent to bill your insurance...you have given up any rights to protected data to the Gov't or Insurance company you subscribe to.
Our country is great at taking something and adapting it to our society. It's true...we are not Denmark or Sweden but we can be better than them. We can create something that is the "Best Practice" world wide
Or we can do nothing. We can end up (and soon) with hundreds of thousands uninsured patients who won't be able to receive care.
Think about it, that's all I ask. I can not in good conscience cast a vote for any candidate that doesn't agree. Hillary has never shown much interest in this so if she starts talking about it..it's just another example of her jumping on Bernie's bandwagon.
The millennial know we need this and that's who in large numbers support Bernie. We need to understand that Insurance for all will eventually happen. Too many in the 18-39 year olds support it, as they gain power things will change as they always do generation to generation.
Which side do you want to be on?