*On SOAP Box*
It’s so very hard to stay neutral when I consider myself a strong, smart, educated woman who pays enough attention to the world around her to know that ‘things just aren’t right.’
Being the mother of two high school children, I’m aware that they actually still teach History in among so many other crap classes that won’t do them a damn bit of good in their life (But that’s for another rant). High school still has classes on Economics and Current Issues, yet is anyone listening?
I believe The Constitution, written so many years ago was from a collective of men who lived through enough tyranny, oppression, imperialism…you name it, understood more than most what to avoid when writing the law of the new world.
Is The Constitution flawless? Probably not. But then I believe in my religious studies Adam and Eve actually lived several hundred years…and well, even that changed. What the hell, I’m talking politics so I might as well place religion in the mix and piss off all kinds of people.
Not that I need to back up my opinion, which is what this rant is in case you were guessing, but let me take you back a few years.
I grew up very poor. We had very little and there was more than one time that my mother helped support her family with Government Aide. I was taught that Democrats were politicians supporting the poor (me) and Republicans supported the rich (everyone else). When the Democrats were in office, we ate better. My mother could continue to make poor choices in her life and she’d be ‘just fine, thank you very much.’ She was so right! She could. When Republicans were in office, things tightened up and to feed the family, she needed to pay more attention... make better choices.
Why do I remember this of all things growing up…well let me tell you. As a family, we went on one, ONE, vacation growing up. We took a road trip from Washington State to Southern California and I remember very vividly a plastic toy of Jimmy Carter with a peanut as a penis. Hey, I was a kid, things like that amused me! Don’t judge. Anyway… We had the money to travel and guess what, a Democrat was in office. Now don’t go all ‘oh Bybee hates Democrats’ on me. I don’t. How could I? That vacation was epic. We had a great time. I think every parent in the country should be able to offer those things to their families. But let me tell you another little fact that I remember. My mom drank…a lot, had the problems that came with that. She never missed her packs of cigarettes. You would think the Government cheese and white label generic food would have cut those habits, but no.
Now fast forward several years. I’ve been educated as a nurse. I spend a decade in urban ER’s as an RN dealing with all kinds of people. Democrats, Republicans, rich, homeless, illegal, and the “I just got off the plane from my country but somehow have a Medical card that lets me come into your ER for FREE care, patients.” *blinks* What? Is Bybee kidding? *shakes head* Ah, no! I’m not kidding, but I wish I was. Not because I don’t think everyone should have care, but even my own family, my mother and siblings, still don’t have healthcare and yet were giving away Medical cards to people who ‘Never Worked in the USA’ That’s something that is actually written on hospital face sheets all over California. I’ll only speak for the State in which I worked. I’m sure it’s everywhere.
I know for a fact that EVERYONE who needs care can go into any ER and will get it. I know because I took care of you/them. Is it ideal? No. Not for the patient, not for the doctor or the nurse. But is it healthcare? Yes! I’ve had Smith, party of five, come in with the flu, get treated, and leave. That sounds like healthcare to me. Non-insured? No problem, we can’t turn you away. It costs a lot to come in with the flu to an ER. Some patients might apply for emergency medical, and some just don’t bother. If it was such a hardship to those that use the system like this, why do they come in so often I knew their names? Yes, I know…not everyone does this. But newsflash, if we passed a law to stop it, THAT might actually fix issues.
Am I jaded? Yeah, I know I am. I also no longer work in healthcare. And after talking to my friends still inside, I’m happier for it. Not because I don’t want to take care of people…because I do. It killed me, however, to pay huge amounts of money to see a doctor when I saw so many people abusing the system currently in place.
I’m not going to go over all the bill, and what it was supposed to do for Americans that don’t have insurance. Time will prove that the people who don’t have insurance before Obamacare will still not have insurance after Obamacare. Those of us who ‘sucked it up’ and payed for their insurance, however, will pay more for less. I, for one, was canceled on my current policy. Apparently, I and my husband and my two boys ALL have to have maternity care. Because you know… men are known to get knocked up and need to be insured for such. I’ve been unable to have more children for ten years, yet I too still need to be covered if I’m miraculously with child. *shakes head* - Equal healthcare for all and all that.
On to the reason this rant is taking place…
Senator Harry Reid has waved his magic wand and decided that Obamacare isn’t for everyone. Apparently, some of his staff can just ignore this little law that is affecting every American in the county. The article written by The Washington Times http://bit.ly/1dQEwPI points out that all men are NOT created equal. If you know the right people, and can press the right political buttons, you can pass a law that you never plan on following.
Obamacare is seriously flawed. Doctors are getting out of the profession fast. http://bit.ly/1eRcXSR http://bit.ly/1hzlxda A couple of articles for you to read and make your own opinions. If we keep going like we are, we’ll be looking for Grandma’s recipe for everything that ails you. “Moonshine for Everyone”
Let me end with this… Remember the part where I told you I grew up poor? I also had a very sick sister who succumbed to her illness when she was nine. I was thirteen when she died. I’m not going to go into all the reasons as to why she passed away. I was a kid, but as a grown adult who happens to be educated as a nurse, I know there were things that could have helped her. Would she have died? Yeah. At the time, there wasn’t enough medical advances to save her. She was flown to Alabama for an advance open-heart surgery because it was the only thing that might have saved her. We didn’t have insurance. NONE! We didn’t lose our home or miss meals because of this expense. The outfits who paid for much of the expense were charities that the rich, Democrats and Republicans, donated to.
As an adult, I made damn sure I worked hard in school, became educated, and have insurance… well, I did have insurance. It was canceled and I’m not sure I’ll have anything after January 1st.
For the record… I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. I think both parties are deeply flawed and might be better off flushed down the toilet…along with Obamacare.
*Off SOAP Box*