Have you seen the We Can't Afford to Wait video by REM and MoveOn.org that's been floating around the interwebby this week?
I got the email from MoveOn a while back asking folks to send in their stories. Since I don't have a story, I deleted the message and went about my day. What I realized after watching the video is that almost all of us do have stories. It's not just the poor, the elderly, the jobless or homeless.
You see, these...
...are our medical bills.
Yes, even those of us who work hard, take care of ourselves, our families, and carry expensive insurance that doesn't cover anything have stories! I'll try not to bore you with mine because there are people who are much worse off. Long story short: We purchase the coverage we can afford, but it doesn't cover much. If I had skipped insurance altogether this year and kept my $4500, I could have paid these bills myself. But the smart thing to do is to keep the coverage in case anything major happens. 'Cause I try to roll like a responsible adult sometimes!
I think that most of us, no matter what our political affiliation, can agree that our current system is broken and it needs to be fixed. Even if you have phenomenal insurance and you never pay a dime for your own health care, you still pay in other ways for those who don't have insurance.
As with all things, the face of our country has changed, our needs have changed, and our health insurance system must evolve with us. Of course if you're reading this blog, I assume you most likely sit on the same side of the political fence as me (or at least near by), but this really isn't a partisan message. It's a call to action for everyone, no matter which political party you support.
If you believe that Obama is heading in the right direction with his plan for health care reform, support him. If you think he's got it all wrong, encourage your representatives to work with him to figure out a better option NOW, rather than putting it off any longer.
If you're still not sure exactly what it is the President wants to do, you can view his address to Congress here, where he outlines his plan. Whether you agree or disagree, I urge you to do something, anything to help our health insurance system so that all of us can afford health care.