My Opinion on Health Care Reform in New Hampshire
The debate continues in my state of New Hampshire and many others on health care. Through my own experiences I wrote my opinion of what is happening with the government and the little guy.
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The debate about health care reform with the government continues with some being for and some being against. I have been listening to the news and trying to decide which side I am on. Who is right and who is wrong. This is only my opinion and with my own past experiences I write this article.
Some people seem to think that if the government is in charge of our health care it will be a devastation and maybe they are right, but then on the other hand if the government is in charge maybe everyone will have at least some sort of health care.
I find myself looking back to when I had the privilege of caring for my mother. For eight years she was sick before her death in June 2004. She only had medicare and no private health care and to be honest she did not get many benefits. Her prescriptions were not covered but her doctors visits and hospital stays were but only up to a certain amount of money after you surpassed the limit it came out of her pocket.
She needed a hospital bed but could not get one until she was categorized as terminal and became a member of hospice. I found myself struggling for help in many aspects of her care. Once terminal was marked across her Doctor chart then we had access to other benefits and she got the most needed hospital bed and wheel chair and home nurse a couple times a week.
Although laws in the State of New Hampshire were in place and on the books trying to get funding from such laws was just not possible.
I remember calling the state capital over 200 times in one day trying to get answers to my questions. See there is a law that states if you care for a parent, spouse or child that is ill then you can get funding for not being able to work and staying home to care for them. I worked full time and had a good friend stay with her in my absence but I wanted to be with her all the time so I tried my hardest to find the right avenue to put this all in place.
To no avail, it seemed no one knew the answers to the question I was asking and I played tag with probably every member who worked in the capital on that day. All of them told me, yes the law is there but no one has ever tried to implement it. When the day ended I was frustrated to think that not one person could answer my questions or help me and I felt like I had been passed around like an old rag. It just seemed to me that no one really cared and that my mother who had spent her entire life working very hard was now not important to the world itself.
After this incident I decided to write my senator and also the President of the United States who at the time was George Bush. I guess they were all too busy to hear the little guys cries for help because the only thing I ever received back in regards to my letters was a letter from the US Capital stating that the President just was too busy to answer every letter received but thank you for sending one in.
As I write these words down on paper right now, at this moment I find myself still outraged by this. Typing each word as I watch my fingers shaking from the pain still felt from all of this. Yes, my mother got her last wish answered by being able to die in her home and in her own bed but with no help from the government.
I also found myself thinking that this is probably the reason many families cannot take proper care of their loved ones because they have to work. What happens to their loved ones? Nursing homes and private hospitals. All of which taking every dime they have to pay for their care and not getting the best of care either. The end result, more money and not the quality of life I would want for my pet kitten.
I was one of the lucky ones because I had backing from my family and friends and could continue to work and keep my mother in her own home where she belonged. I am a firm believer that the elderly, our mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles deserve the right and dignity to stay in their homes at the end of their life. They raised us and now when they need us the most they should be able to have that, not be made to go to a place that may not be the best place and may not give them proper care.
The government in my opinion does not seem to care much about the elderly. Why? I will never understand, but with writing this article I now have the opportunity to have my voice finally heard on this subject.
After much thought about what happened back then maybe the people now in this reform are right. Maybe if the government takes over our health care not only our elderly but all of us will be at risk for not being cared for properly.
Yes I am only one voice but I have also learned over the years that just one voice does matter and with the organization of all the voices who have the same opinions we can make a difference.
So you are asking when my opinion on the new health care reform is? Well still fighting the battle in my mind and soul I am unsure. I do believe both sides make great statements, but I for one do not always trust the politicians.