Obamacare, The Republican Diet and Comedy that Writes Itself

It’s no secret. I’m bugged about healthcare. Much like our elected officials I have no solution but I have grave concerns. I’m so concerned I’ve actually vlogged about it recently at Momversation and I’m pretty sure that at least one of you has faced bankruptcy due to medical bills.

I didn’t really know how to introduce this video because with 2012 being an election year I worry about beating this very important horse to death.

Then I remembered that we can talk about anything incessantly as long as it’s funny. What could possibly be funny about the fact that Americans are drowning in debt and that’s leaving us unhealthy?

This postcard came in today’s mail, I’m assuming it’s because I’m a registered Republican.

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  1. Erin

    …and his plan is different from the First Lady’s how…exactly? 

    • I was too busy looking for a punchline to actually think that there might be weight loss involved. 

    • Heather

      I think he belittles you until you give up and get fatter.  And then he can just keep laughing at you and making fun of you.  That’s what twelve year olds with bullies for parents do.  ;)

  2. Erin

    btw I’m nearly losing everything due to the cost of health care and we have great insurance. If it were NOT for the new ‘Obamacare’ we’d for sure be going bankrupt and losing our house and everything else. I’m THANKFUL for what this idiot calls victims and whiners because those of us who actually WORKED to make sure everyone could receive decent health care (and due to compromises for morons like him) we at least can not discriminate against people like me who are disabled and have very serious pre-existing conditions. And yes, I do take FULL responsibility for my health and PLANNED with things like savings and back up plans and accounts but guess what? That lovely free market (which I actually believe in, btw) is entirely corrupt and the drug companies influence the doctors and the doctors hand out drugs like candy (some of which I am totally thankful for, some of which will kill me) – and then charge us more than our mortgages for one dose. When in reality it costs them about the cost of a gallon of milk. So don’t lecture me taking care of myself with diet and exercise when what our nation needs is a leader willing to stand up for those who actually can’t stand. For those who want to work (no, we aren’t lazy) but physically can’t even get out of bed some days because we are that sick. It’s not all in our heads and we can’t be magically cured of our cancer or our lupus or our ms or our fill in the blank disease by ‘personal responsibility’ – a CIVILIZED nation takes care of those who can not care of themselves. And they are not all ‘welfare queens’ (another stereotype myth that isn’t even true… did you know most welfare goes to white lower middle class people?) and a CIVILIZED nation provides basic needs to it’s people…be that clean water or basic health care. Why? Because it will COST YOU LESS in taxes later if you take care of people and ….wait for it .. it’s the HUMANE thing to do. I am far from lazy and I am far from having ‘not planned’ but let me tell you- my treatments cost 7k a dose. And I get 3 doses every two weeks. You do the math. 

    I’m ranting Jessica. Sorry. But this is hot button issue for me. Obamacare isn’t the be all end all. But it’s a START. And we had to START somewhere. it’s not perfect and it’s not foolproof but it’s a step in the right direction. And don’t give me that nonsense about how private charities like churches and what not should step in…that’s crap. You mean to tell me the nice church down the road will choose to help the lesbian moms and their babies? Can you PROMISE me that? And that they will not discriminate? No… you can’t. But by law I know the government can. 

    I planned. And one horrible health issue has nearly destroyed our finances and lives. And my husband and I have GOOD jobs and make GOOD money and HAVE GOOD insurance. Tell me then, what happens to all those NOT like us? And there are millions. 

    So Captain Ray of Light can go buddy up with the First Lady and do his jumping jacks for the kids while the rest of us actually work to come up improvements to Obamacare and taking it even further. 

  3. How embarrassing. This is no Ray of Life or Light. Just a jackass oversimplifying a complex situation with ignorant insults.

    I’m no fan of Obamacare, or Obama, or the First Lady. I’m also no big fan of most of our elected leaders on either side of the aisle. It’s become very clear that we all need to fend for ourselves as those leaders continue to do. I’m constantly worried about any broken bones or graver health issues coming our way. That’s not whining. That’s just being real.

  4. Health insurance certainly lowers the cost of healthcare for those who were previously uninsured, but that doesn’t mean it’s affordable. I had to put off physical therapy for a serious arm injury for a month because I simply couldn’t foot the bill in addition to Christmas, a several hundred dollar car repair and an emergency room bill among other things. Even now, I am going only once per week vs. the prescribed 2-3 times per week, because I wouldn’t be able to manage the $25 per visit copay if I were to go that often. That’s in addition to the $25 per visit “specialist” copay I fork over for the privilege of speaking with an orthopedic surgeon for five minutes. I hope I can still recover fully even though I’m not following the prescribed regimen. Yes, I would be in much more dire straits if I wasn’t insured at all, but that’s little consolation when you really don’t have the money either way. I am not sure when I will be able to afford hearing aids, which will cost at least $2,000 per ear, are not covered by insurance (most plans consider them a luxury item, apparently), and will probably become MORE expensive when Obamacare-mandated tax on manufacturers of hearing aids and other medical devices kicks in. For now I get by saying “what?” a lot. I have worried about extended family who have had medical issues when they also happened to be out of a job and without insurance (and even WITH insurance they wouldn’t be able to afford the bills). Yes, it is very frustrating and I think Obamacare does little if anything to solve our problems.

  5. The reason why nothing has changed is because our government doesn’t feel our pain. They don’t have the same challenges because they don’t have the same healthcare challenges that most of us do.
    It is not unlike the security issues at the airport. How many members of the House/Senate are flying coach and how many of them are “forced” to go the same security lines as the public.

    When you don’t feel the pain yourself you have less motivation to change things. It shouldn’t be that way, but it is. 

    Besides, many of them only work on our issues for half a term because the second half is spent trying to get re-elected.

    • Bingo! Our elected officials, most of whom are independently wealthy to begin with, enjoy very generous health coverage.

  6. Joe

    I got a nasal infection while living in Tokyo. Total cost? $5 copay for the initial consult, $5 for the ENT referral, and $5 for the prescription. The national healthcare cost me under $20 a month.

    • Joe

      Ahem. Sorry, that’s $5 total for 3 different prescriptions.

      Oh, and total time, from walking in the door for the initial consult to walking out with my meds? About 3 hours.

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