I am still on the fence about who I want to vote for in the election in November but there is one topic that is near to my heart.This isn't a polictical blog post but I just want to express my opinions for what they are worth about a topic of great importance to me. Again ,it is only my opinion and as with any discussion of this magnitude lively debate and compromise by all parties is what sparks change in the end.So I thank you for sharing your opinions and thoughts on the matter. I find that I learn much more in this life from those I meet on a day to day basis than from politicians and the like.
I have been a nurse for 24 years this May which is over half my life. I have an intimate knowledge of the health care system from the inside and outside and it is broken.
On Sunday night 60 Minutes did a story on an organization doing exceptional work for the nations working poor for a budget of $250,000 a year. The founder takes no salary and lives in an apt with no shower so that all the money can be funneled back into the orgazination to help the people they serve. The organization is called RAM(Remote Area Medical) and it started its work with the indigenous people of the Amazon but is now doing most of its work with the working poor of the USA.In the story that they did on RAM the organization held a two day clinic in Knoxville, TN of which the services , MD's,Optometrists,Dentists and other health care workers donated their time. The people started showing up 24 hours ahead of time and at the end of the weekend they had to turn 400+ people away.These people are not homeless they are the working poor or underinsured of which there are 47,000,000 or 1-7 Americans -which is also the number of women who will diagnosed with breast cancer each year .They work jobs but aren't paid enough or because of family obligations just don't have the money to meet the deductibles on their insurance.
I have been in this place as has my husband before. It is partly the reason my mother and father are no longer living. In their lives they never made over $30,000/yr combined but both worked one or two jobs to pay the bills and not easy jobs but hard back breaking work (factory worker,maid,lumbermen and farming) so it very often meant that either we ate that week and had a roof over our head or we went to the doctor. This is a choice so many Americans face everyday and it shouldn't be like that here. THERE SHOULD BE AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE FOR ALL AMERICANS.
I wish those in the running for the president in November could answer these questions instead of always skating around the topic.
I also encourage each of you to go to the 60 minutes website and read the article and visit Voice for the Uninsured.If you go to this site go to the side bar and read the stories about the uninsured this could be any of us or those we love.
“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” – Flora Edwards
Thanks for taking to the time to listen and stop by.I started not to post this topic but sometimes you just have to stand true to what you believe and always keep an open mind.