And my grading is done and submitted, which is the good news.
THERE’S something that’s going to land me in the hospital some day.
But, to get back to the subject–
1) Michael F misunderstood what I meant when I said the working poor weren’t the issue.
They may be the issue NOW, but that should be taken care of (more or less) under the ACA.
The people who will end up without health insurance under Obamacare will not be the working poor, but the people–like me–who must buy insurance on the INDIVIDUAL market.
It was also the effect of the Romney health care policy on the INDIVIDUAL market that was at issue, not that of what happened to employer-provided plans.
The ACA will not provide anything like universal coverage. It will cover only half the number of uninsured. On top of that, and the half left out are going to come from the ranks of those of us who do NOT have employer sponsored plans and who must therefore buy on the individual market.
And yes, of course, we’re a minority, but I don’t understand why forcing us to go from insured to uninsured and to do so based on requiring us to purchase coverage for things we neither need nor want is an acceptable price to pay.
As to the things I don’t need–I’m a sixty two year old female. If I ever again in my life require maternity coverage, it will shake my atheism to the core.
I do understand the way insurance works, but I do not see why it requires me to buy a one-size-fits-all, everybody must do the same thing plan now when it never did before.
But there’s more.
In the don’t want and don’t need category is something that is, for me, a matter of principle.
No insurance policy I have ever bought has included “mental health” coverage.
And yes, I’ve always checked.
That’s one of the advantages of working freelance and buying on your own, instead of being covered by an employer.
I don’t buy “mental health” coverage not only because clinical psychology, which controls such services, is neither science nor medicine.
I don’t buy it because the “mental health” system is largely an instrument of social control, allowed by the courts to redefine inconvenient people as not really competent and therefore not really citizens and therefore not really people who have rights, including the right to refuse “treatment.”
I’ll be happy to rethink my refusal here at such time as “mental health professionals” are barred from offering testimony in courts and barred from having any influence on whether or not people are locked up–in mental institutions as well as in jails.
Until that happens–and I’m not expecting it any time soon, since both parties are equally enamored of allowing “mental health professionals” to lock people up for indeterminate periods based only on their “professional judgment” or, worse, the “consensus of the field”–I’m not going to be buying in to the new health care system.
I admit, as well, that it’s frustrating as hell that even with “reform,” I and millions of people like me are still classified as nonpersons.
People who have employer sponsored health plans didn’t need reform.
People like me did.
And right now, even those of us who WILL buy “mental health coverage” are being forced out of the market by rate hikes we can’t afford to pay, caused by “increased coverage” we’ll never get.
We’re being reformed right out of having any health insurance at all.
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