Seems everywhere one turns these days -in the newspapers, on the TV news -the big topic nationwide appears to be finding a way to derive a reasonable health care plan. One that would be affordable for everyone, ya know.
Right now, I am one of the more fortunate ones in that with social security, I have Medicare and also, have a supplemental insurance plan that makes keeping up with doctor's appointments and such relatively affordable.
For me, that is a really new and very big deal as for many years, like from 1979 until 2004 -twenty five years - I rarely had any health insurance at all so I'm kind of basking in what I have today and it's nice not to have to constantly worry about doctor bills, pharmacy costs, emergency room visits and the like.
But for my daughter and son-in-law here, things are not quite that way. Right now, they have no health insurance at all. And although the son-in-law is barely earning anything, what with his trying to start his own automotive repair business and things being what they are with the economy now, it's tough sledding to just cover his operating expenses and make a little bit then for himself and the family. The thought of trying to find health insurance that they could afford right now is totally out of their financial realm.
I read a very interesting blog post earlier today at my blogger buddy, Dianne's place - Forks Off The Moment -in which she gives a good description and explanation of what President Obama's healthcare plan would do for people in this country. If that plan were to be passed, it would give Mandy and Bill a chance to have health care insurance that they could actually afford.
And what a Godsend that would be for them, for sure.
But if that doesn't come through, they might have to start looking into other things in order for Bill to have his own business and for them to be able to manage to have health care benefits. Heck it could come to something as drastic perhaps as moving to a different state even. Like suppose they packed it in here and moved south, at least in North Carolina there is short term health insurance NC.
Now, I'm not crazy about the idea of leaving here -that's for sure. And, if they were to do that, I would have to go along with the deal too because I can't afford to live in this house by myself on just my social security.
That, plus it would be difficult for them, no matter where they might move to, for him to start up a business of his own without any contacts, any thing at all -starting from scratch, you know.
But the fact of the matter is that here in Pennsylvania there's no health insurance that is available at a reasonable cost for a young couple like Mandy and Bill. And, I think that is just a shame!
However, when you stop and think about it, since the overwhelming majority of those of us living in this country today are here because our ancestors immigrated here from some other land -many with nothing but a very few personal belongings and somehow, managed to forge ahead, to find work, to grow, to thrive and in many, many cases, they left family behind, never to see them again too.
Life can be tough, hard, wicked, unforgiving at times, for sure, can't it?
But I'm just thinking that if things would ever come to a situation like that where my family would have to go elsewhere to try to earn a living, they -and I -would all have to become like our forebears and make the best out of any situation we might find facing us.
Here's hoping something good comes out of the work the legislators are trying to do to put some kind of affordable health care options out for the all the people of this country to be able to access.
That's something every bit as important as the recovery of the stock market, the re-invention of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler or anything else mixed in to give us a healthy economy again.