Monday, May 8, 2017

My Thoughts On Magnificent Monday and Health Care

It's Monday.  Over on Instagram, I post Magnificent Monday each week.  I ask how people plan to make their Monday magnificent and then offer up how I plan to do the same.  Well, today I had nothing.  Zip. Zilch. Nada.

No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't think of any way I could make Monday magnificent. Mondays have become hectic, unproductive, and frustrating to me.  I plan, I make lists, I psyche myself up.  Then, Monday comes and I am behind from the start.  How does this happen?  

It's not just that I've never been a Sunday person either, so I don't have the gumption to get ready for Monday.  It's not that I dislike my job:  I love it.  

I seriously think it's because I've battled so many sicknesses this year.  The sicknesses most likely came as a result of sleep issues.  I haven't slept very well for a bit, something I think I inherited from my mother.  Once I turned 50, my sleep became choppy at best, and non-existent on the worst nights.  

Other than heredity, the sleep issues just might be caused by the health care debate (Ha!  Did I say debate?  What debate?  It's an all-out war by the looks of it through media reports.

Warning:  Political talk ahead.  I normally don't talk politics much in my blog, but this is a very personal issue, so here we go.

Being that I have a pre-existing condition, I'm very interested in how this all plays out.  Will I go bankrupt trying to pay for my health care costs?  Will insurance companies be required to cover me?  And, if so, will the premiums be so high that I can't afford coverage?  And, if I can't afford coverage, what happens if I have to have surgery?  How will I pay for my medical supplies and doctor's visits?  And medication!  Oh, don't get me started on the cost of medication.  

I just heard that people with pre-existing conditions will be covered under the new proposed health care plan put forth by the House, or so they say.  Okay, so they offer coverage, but at what cost?  It's fine and dandy to say that people with these issues will be covered, but if the costs of health care are astronomical and the coverage minimal, what is the point?  It's not helping anyone except to line insurers' pockets.  

Something else I heard troubled me.  Some politicians are saying that people with pre-existing conditions are cheating the System and/or that they don't deserve to be covered because they didn't take care of themselves.  I, for one, was born with my pre-existing condition.  I didn't cause it.  My mother didn't cause it by anything she did.  It just happened.  And, the government is lumping me in with all these supposed "cheaters" and "lazy people"?  That is offensive to me.    I have never cheated the System.  I would never let my coverage lapse for no reason.  Why should anyone have the right to charge me more for restarting insurance coverage?  That reeks of requiring people with pre-existing condition to have insurance at all times in order not to be charged more--a mandate, in other words.  The very thing that they didn't like about the Affordable Care Act.  That is two-faced, in my opinion.

That we are the only industrialized nation that doesn't provide universal health care is bad enough, but then to blanketly blame the people who need health care the most for their own problems is horrendous.  Lawmakers, and their supporters, seem to have forgotten that these are human lives they are casting aside.  Oh, but they are all for supporting the anti-abortion cause.

This isn't over.  The Senate still has to get into the action.  This will come to an end eventually.  We'll 
figure out what to do about our own individual health care needs.  I hope that each of you will be able to get the health care that you need.   

I welcome your input.  What are your thoughts on the current House bill?


  1. I'm also worried about this as I have a preexisting condition as well. I was also born with it and nothing could have been done to prevent it. I will need my medication for the rest of my life. I really hope we get treated fairly and people realize that it's inhumane to deny people medical insurance.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Ashley. Yes, it is a huge concern. I'm sorry you are having to deal with this, too. I just don't get why we all can't be covered. It makes me feel as if some people consider people with health issues less than human. It's unfair and cruel. But I am hoping something good comes out of all of this. Take care. Have a great day.