Health-Care Legislation: Good For Us?

March 22, 2010 at 12:01 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

I’m not a political junkie. I feel like the current slate of crap I have to worry about (chemo, dinner, second-grade projects, emptying pockets before laundering, my backhand, spring fashion forecasts) is full and engrossing enough that I really don’t need anything else in my brain. But I have kept an ear to the ground over the health-care debate, and I am very glad it’s over.

Except it’s not. (And let me just preface the following by saying that although I’m not an ignoramus, I do NOT have all the details of the plan neatly laid out in a flow-chart in front of me.) What I’m seeing is like a little plaintiff winning a big lawsuit against a major corporation: yes, the gavel went down, but the money is soooooo far away. States are filing suit; Republicans are heralding the end of civilization as we know it; Democrats are patting themselves on the back; retirees are sharpening their voting pencils; patients who need treatment NOW are still four years from a doctor’s appointment. Will more uninsured Americans get health-care coverage? Probably. Will the overall balance of people-getting-what-they-need-at-reasonable-prices swing into the positive? No one knows.

I love that insurance companies don’t get free rein to cancel coverage or raise rates the way they used to. But upon whose shoulders will they lay the cost of adding all the people they denied in the past? I’m guessing we, the payers. I have been quietly grateful for my outstanding insurance coverage over the past four years, and the fact that we’ve been able to see the doctors we want and get the treatments I’ve needed with only a couple of surmountable hiccups. Now I’m more than a little curious how that will change.

For those of you who had nothing, and need health care desperately, I share your excitement. I know that access to care is a huge problem for young cancer patients, and it’s beyond not-fair. I agree that some reform was sorely needed and I’m so glad we got some. I’m just  going to hold back on my ticker tape scattering until more of the facts are in.

Are you celebrating today?

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Advertisements

1 Comment

  1. Mr. Wonderful said,

    There are so many “experts” talking about this, and each has their story – either positive or negative. Almost none in the middle. Funny how you can spin the numbers to fit your story and leave out the other numbers. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. My hope is that we get a better, more fair system that works well for the people and for the companies that help to keeps us healthy.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: