Fixing Our Broken System: Let’s Talk About Healthcare

I have bipolar disorder, something that Donald Trump and his supporters believe should be listed as a pre-existing condition.

Under Obamacare, I am able to afford the medication that keeps me sane and able to work and be successful. Without insurance, my medication costs over $500 a month. With insurance it is five dollars.

If I weren’t on this medication there is a very fair chance I wouldn’t be able to hold down a full time job. I might have to apply for disability so that I would be able to survive. I could also apply for Medicaid where I could then get back on my medication and be able to work full time again.

If I was working full time, I would no longer qualify for Medicaid. My employer doesn’t offer insurance, so without a healthcare plan that is affordable I might be forced to go off my meds. I might get horribly depressed, be unable to work, and lose my job again.

Do you notice a pattern here?

I am no expert on politics or economics, but I do know that paying something is better than paying nothing for something.

So what if you don’t think that bipolar disorder is a good enough reason to qualify for disability? Or if you are part of the delusional percentage who thinks that mental illness isn’t such a big deal?

What about a major birth defect like Spina Bifida?

Over spiked lemonade and pesto pasta that isn’t on my postpartum diet, Lisa and I got into a discussion that led to the idea for this article.

Lisa has written before about her six year old daughter Ruby who has Spina Bifida, and while Lisa and her husband both have good full time jobs that offer benefits, Ruby might grow into an adult one day who’s pre-existing condition stops her from receiving the medical care she so desperately needs to be both a healthy and productive member of society
“I know a lot of people with Spina Bifida who can’t work full time because they have to be able to qualify for Medicaid,”
Lisa told me.

Some people might see this as a way of scamming the system, but I see it as desperation. Without medical care, these people wouldn’t be able to work at all. They might not even be alive.

We are not asking for anything for free. We are asking for something we can afford.

“Here’s the deal. People who’ve never struggled to eat or pay rent or had to figure out a way on their own, or have never worried about how they’d pay for their meds or their kids’ meds shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions for us.

All we are asking for is a system that allows us to pull ourselves up on our own. Not a system that turns us away or knocks us down. We don’t live in a third world country. Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege.

Like I said before, I’ve never taken a dime of government assistance and yet under Trump we may soon face a bill that could crush families like mine. Six figure families with special needs kids who don’t qualify for help and are doing everything we’re supposed to do and yet we’re about to be punished for mistakes we have never made.

These law makers call themselves pro-life, but here we are. I chose life for my child. Even if Ruby was covered by our insurance, what happens if that changes? What happens if one of us loses our jobs? What happens when she grows up and goes out on her own?

A mother should never have to bury her child and yet that could someday be me if we can’t get the healthcare Ruby DESERVES.

While I don’t believe in God, I grew up in the church and I don’t understand how people who claim to be God’s children could be okay with the awful turn this country is taking. I’m not a “libtard” or a “snowflake”. I am a patriot and I love my country built by immigrants. I just wish it loved me back.”

We have heard so many people say it isn’t their problem. That they shouldn’t have to pay to subsidize health care for people with pre-existing conditions. These same people that claim to be pro-life. These same people who claim to be Christians.

Our system is incredibly broken and needs to be fixed.

Lisa is a mother and a patriot. I am also a mother. We love ALL of the people of this country. The poor, the weak, the disabled, the refugees and the immigrants. The people who started with nothing and rose to the top and the people who need a little help along the way.

Most of all, we just want to be able to take care of our kids.

President Trump, FUCK YOU and your “World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan.”

Let’s show a little compassion. Let’s create a system that enables people to help themselves. Let’s stop backing good people into corners where they have to do things that may not necessarily be considered ethical so that they can survive. Most of all, let’s practice what we preach and actually try to be the world’s greatest.

-Lisa Laurenzo and Elizabeth Price