There are miracles. Rick Scott, governor of Florida, has agreed to have his state accept Medicaid expansion. He even said it was the only “humane thing to do.” There really are miracles. The closest Tennessee metaphor would be like ex Governor Phil Bredesen saying he had a change of heart and thought Tenn Care was a good idea. Yes that miraculous.
The idea that what you do as a political figure be, not of loyalty to your party, but of loyalty to what is right and humane for the people you are supposed to be serving is revolutionary. And the idea that party demands and party loyalty does not absolve you of ethical responsibility is equally revolutionary. It is all very much mind blowing.
I have extraordinary hopes for Bill Haslams sense of decency. He hasnt really given anyone much reason to doubt it. But I cant help wishing that whatever Rick Scott is eating for dinner that he might send Bill Haslam some.
I have been free of insurance now for about 7 years. I work full time in a postion that is simply not going to offer me insurance benefits. My story is no where close to as hard as countless others. In many ways it is very ordinary, but it is maybe in the ordinary stories that the point about “the only humane thing to do” are best emphasized.
I am midway through a bout of pneumonia. It became pneumonia because I held off medical care for as long as I could because I could not pay for a doctor visit. Finally I went to the ER. They told me I was a day away from the hospital and real danger.
I found out a few months ago I need surgery. The condition itself is minor and not normally thought of as life threatening in anyway. The lack of care for it though can and for me may very well become life threatening. The doctors tell me that cant predict how long that might take. Could happen tomorrow….Could be a year from now. They dont know. The hospital wants $4500 to get in the door….in cash…I dont have, wont have and cannot imagine circumstances that I will have $4500 in. So I wait for tomorrow and hope that tomorrow is not the day and that health care reform is one day closer.
Now they tell me I have had a small stroke. I really am not sure what happened, but I have lost about 40% of the strength in my right arm. The doctor is going by my description but he would like to do some testing to really pinpoint what is wrong and what can be done. I cant pay for the testing. They tell me that my risk for something more serious has radically increased, but I dont know. I think I am at much more risk of lack of health care insurance and the Republicans in my state trying to pass a law that makes medicaid expansion illegal.
God bless Rick Scott. I never thought Florida would really have something to teach Tennessee.