Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, the aftermath can begin. In the next few months and years, the law will be implemented, but I’m more concerned with the here and now. If the court had struck down the law, we would have seen some sweet attack ads in the upcoming presidential election. Now we can only guess at what we’ve lost… Read the rest of this entry
As the Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether or not the Affordable Care Act (also known as PPACA) is constitutional in entirety or in part this week, I thought I’d take a moment to tell you a quick story.
A boy was born in the fall of 1980. Throughout the first year of his life, he faced chronic, seemingly random high fevers, which would soon abate. Doctors could find no cause. As the baby grew into a little boy, he began to experience chronic bruising from the slightest touch. A spinal fluid sample was taken and sent to a New York hospital for analysis and although leukemia was thought to be the what testing would reveal, the doctors were able to settle on a diagnosis of Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a bleeding disorder that is caused by the immune system destroying platelets which generally strikes young people at the beginning of adolescence. A simple treatment of steroids were administered and the disorder went into remission. Although highly unlikely, the disorder returned in the late 1990s, which was confirmed after a bone marrow sample was taken from the hip and examined. Several chemo therapy treatments of a drug called WinRho were administered and the disorder again went into remission. After he turned 19, he was without insurance until he was able to obtain it again through an employer’s plan. He was without insurance for over five years.
If you didn’t already figure out this was me, well – it was me. SSI (Social Security Insurance) paid for all of my medical treatments until I turned 18, which is probably the only thing that kept me alive. After I turned 19, I met with a social worker who explained to me that SSI just didn’t provide coverage for people in my situation. “I can’t say that the system is designed to screw college students… but, the system is designed to screw college students.” Luckily for me, the hospital that treated me had no problem greasing the wheels of their own system – since my disorder was associated with children and therefore treated by pediatricians, they saw no reason to refer me to a different doctor outside of their pediatric oncology clinic, and therefore, they’d just keep ordering CBCs (complete blood cell counts) and sending me a bill for $45, which I was able to scrape together. My numbers were always good enough, so there was no reason for me to see the doctor and I was able to skate by until I could get insurance through an employer.
Over the last few days, I’ve seen people outside the Supreme Court protesting the Affordable Care Act, many because they object to the idea that the law would require religious institutions, such as Catholic hospitals, to pay for birth control. This I do NOT understand – why would a Catholic institution employ someone who doesn’t follow Catholic law? Oh yeah, it’s because nearly all Catholic women either do or have at some point used birth control – that’s probably why. Anyway, you folks can FUCK OFF. There are lots of kids who can’t get SSI because of their parent’s financial status but are not able to be covered by their parent’s insurance due to their pre existing conditions because current insurance regulations are bullshit. This is just one example – there are so many people who slip through the cracks, and how these people can not care about these people, I don’t get – the fact that these folks call themselves Christians but seemed to miss the part of the Jesus story where he goes around healing the sick makes me want to smack you idiots upside the head! It’s not the government’s fault that Catholics don’t follow their own rules – if they did, than this wouldn’t be an issue because no Catholics would want birth control in the first place.
So if you get a chance, try not to just be Christian, but be Christ-like. [source]
Instead of being assholes.