Okay, people. I just want to point out one thing. Just ONE thing. Even before “Obamacare,” we were ALL paying for healthcare for every citizen. It is called the Free Care Pool.
Every state has one. This pool is funded by OUR tax dollars. The pool is distributed among hospitals in the the state to help them offset the costs of caring for people who cannot afford to pay who come to the emergency room – whether it is with a child who has the flu or an acute medical crisis (that could have been avoided by cheaper regular care such as doctor’s visits and medication, but we don’t want the cheaper option because that’s Socialist? Damn, I thought us Capitalists were about getting the smartest deal possible, especially with tax dollars…anyway).
So, this Free Care Pool essentially provides healthcare for every single American should they show up at an emergency room with whatever, because by law, they cannot be turned down for care. Stupid human rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The whole “life” part is apparently clearly overrated and needs to be edited to “whatever length of life you can afford.”
The Free Care Pool is TAX-funded. It’s national healthcare. And it’s a HUGE waste. HUGE. It’s like throwing Benjamins in a shredder for fun. You wanna talk fiscal reform and a tighter, leaner healthcare system? Let’s help people get early, regular medical care to deal with chronic conditions. Let’s *gasp, horror, shock* help children get proper medical care like vaccinations, flu shots, treatments for pneumonia, leukemia, etc.
Do you like me? Do you like having me around? Well, guess what, my life depends on my ability to have health insurance, because I have the mother of all pre-existing conditions. We make too much to qualify for medicaid, and too little to buy insurance on our own. I am one recession away from being in deep doodoo if I lose my insurance. Or at least I was until Mitt Romney gave Massachusetts universal health insurance.
And guess what? The Republicans in Massachusetts, despite having to live with the shame of being in a state where everyone can afford healthcare insurance, are still alive, still enjoying family, food, drinks, Red Sox, Bruins, Pats, still employed, and not really worried about overturning Mitt’s legacy because it hasn’t destroyed our economy and left a nuclear wasteland of grey-uniformed communist zombies that eat tofu and hold hands (regardless of gender) and sing strange songs with acoustic guitars.
Basically, we are going to have universal health insurance one way or another. We can do it the stupid, wasteful Free Care Pool way, or we can do it the financially and ethically responsible way through the Affordable Care Act.
And…I need to switch to decaf.
In the emergency room in North Carolina, trying to be cheerful at the diagnosis and of an infection.