There’s going to be a lot of talk about insurance in the coming months. Different takes on what to offer, how to pay.
Please don’t miss the bigger point. Without insurance you become your own death panel.
The treatment I am receiving is ridiculously expensive. I am a Medicare recipient. I’m still working so I pay a Medicare premium every month (my Medicare tax too). It’s not free, but it’s reasonable. Thank you America.
The cancer I have is a very bad type. It’s an aggressive grower. The mere fact major surgery like the Whipple is used shows how brutal the battle can be.
So what happens to an uninsured, downsized 62 year old who has my symptoms? That person will discover the cancer too late and die.
Most pancreatic cancer sufferers die quickly after discovery. My tab was well into five figures by the time the cancer was diagnosed. Without insurance no one can afford that.
America’s medical care rates poorly compared to other nations. Not for me. With insurance what I get is world class. The numbers are brought down because we have so many without insurance plus the underinsured. They often go untreated. Just the deductibles and co-pays are enough to keep treatment from getting started.
I didn’t think I was going to get cancer. Who does? Shit happens. But why are we the only industrial nation where sickness after a plentiful life can bring you ruin?
Everybody needs insurance. It can be done for much less than we spend now. It needs to be done.