The US Supreme Court will issue its ruling on the Affordable Care Act soon, and the closer it gets, the more anxious I feel.
What will we do if they overturn the law? There are no guarantees anymore. Not with this court.
This battle is not about what’s best for the American people; if it was, we would have some sort of national plan to guarantee Americans access to health care. This is about more money for the people who already have too much. It is about corporate ownership of our government.
There are still people who believe the “free market” can handle health care. But then, there are still people who believe tobacco isn’t addictive. In both cases, they’re wrong.
I’m tired of the current popular view that there’s always “another side” to a story. Sometimes that other side is just a lie that doesn’t deserve repeating. The other side to this story is that Big Insurance, Big Pharma and the rest of the Medical Industrial Complex want to keep making obscene profits and they don’t care how many people die in their pursuit of more money.
Mike died because no one would allow him to get a colonoscopy until it was too late to save his life. Why? Because a birth defect that leaves one vulnerable to colon cancer is a pre-existing condition. Because a student who’s hoping to have a job that offers health benefits in a couple years is too much of a credit risk to bill so he had to pay cash up front, which he didn’t have.
It’s only about the money in America. Human life matters less than the profits of the huge corporations that own us.
The Affordable Care Act is already a massive compromise that promises more profits to health insurance companies, but those companies don’t like the controls it also put in place on their greed. They can’t put caps on care, they can’t deny people coverage because of pre-existing conditions like birth defects or childhood asthma, they can’t boot you off as soon as you get sick, they have to allow young adults to stay on their parents’ plans until they’re 26, they have to fully cover cancer screenings (although they find ways to charge consumers money, such as anesthesia for colonoscopies). They want no limits on their profit-seeking.
How many people have to die before we get it right?
Believe me, I won’t stop working toward a health care system that offers access to everyone, no matter what the Supreme Court does. I’m in this for the long fight.