UPDATE: I’ll be back on CNN this Thursday, July 30th with Rick Sanchez around 3:30PM…related healthcare topic.
I don’t usually get into personal issues on my blog, but this topic on healthcare reform for people with pre-existing conditions hit home. I ended up on CNN talking about it, and since I have other articles here about how media opportunities come my way all the time, this story fits.
Yes. I am totally with President Obama on healthcare reform and wish the naysayers would stop whining and screaming so we can get this done. I want the food industry to make food healthier and stop putting salt, sugar, steroids, and other junk in our food. I want individuals to get more serious about the food, drink, and abusive substances they put in their bodies. I want a national movement of people walking and exercising. And I want all companies in the healthcare industry and our government to examine every process, procedure, and technology solution, from the mailroom to the boardroom, so they operate more efficiently.
How This Started
I tweeted the other day because I was mad when I happened to turn on the TV and listened to people with $40 million dollar salaries talk about there being no need for a public option for healthcare for regular people like me.
Here’s the tweet that started all this. I don’t usually use curse words, but oops.
15 years since pre-existing condition and Kaiser still tells me no. I can pay for insurance and can’t get it. Damn right I want reform.
Later, I tweeted this:
My President is trying to get insurance for me. First thing out of Bill OReillys $40million mouth is that it’s rhetoric.
Well, little did I know that CNN was looking for regular, ordinary, hard-working Americans to interview who are in my situation. They called, and I didn’t hesitate. Well, I did a little bit. I don’t usually discuss my personal life outside my immediate family. People who have been knowing me for years had no idea that I’m a breast cancer survivor. The 15 years in the tweet was where I was the last time Kaiser turned me down. That was two years ago, so now I’m a 17-year survivor.
I was glad I’d decided to do the show when I received this tweet from a follower:
Serious Q because of what you do -like me-don’t you pay for your own ins? Then why do “we” need the GOV to do it for you or me?
This was my response to her. I didn’t hear back.
The gov won’t pay all for people like me who can afford it. I want to pay but I have a pre-existing condition and am denied.
Obtaining viable health insurance is not like going to the store with money and picking out what you need and getting it. Once you’ve had the audacity to get sick, you’re too much of a risk for the insurance companies, and having the money to pay the premiums won’t matter.
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