- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
In the midst of honeymoon enjoyment, my husband discovered a lump in my breast. He waited a couple of days to tell me (as soon as we got home) so that it wouldn’t ruin the honeymoon.
The trouble is, for the first time in my life, I am currently uninsured. My graduate school insurance lapsed on Sept 1. Our wedding was Sept 15, but his insurance won’t cover me until Oct. 1.
What’s the big deal? If I go get examined right now, and its discovered that this lump is cancerous, I officially will have a “PRE EXISTING CONDITION” – and without MassHealth (created an enacted by Mitt Romney) and the Affordable Care Act, it would have been perfectly legal for his insurance company to deny coverage to me, leaving me with cancer and no health insurance.
You can listen to all of the fear mongering advertisements, and Romney dismissing the 47%, but here I am, a very live, very moderate example of someone who does not feel “entitled” or a “victim” of jack shit. I’ve had a job since I was 14. I’ve paid taxes since I was 14. I have never taken a dime of unemployment or any other form of government assistance. I don’t even have loans from undergrad. This is not an issue of “lazy” “entitled” people wanting other people to pay for their healthcare. This is about a hardworking, middle class person who would be at risk of getting completely screwed over if not for healthcare reform.
My lump is *probably* nothing. But because of the laws enacted by Mitt Romney (which he is now contradicting, denying, and double-talking) and similar laws enacted by Barack Obama, I can rest easy knowing that I can schedule a mammogram, deal with whatever I need to deal with between now and October 1, and then know that I will have comprehensive health insurance (that we will be paying for).
If you believe that paying in to a system that protects people like me (and people like you) is “socialism” and is “unfair”, well, I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy being in the situation you’d have to be in to see it differently, so I guess we’d just have to agree to disagree. There is no proof that individuals taxes will increase because of the ACA, but even if they do, I will HAPPILY pay it, because I will never know when I might NEED it.
I am, of course, scared …but me and Hubs being nervous is enough – I don’t want to freak out any of our friends or family… so I haven’t told anyone else yet.