This could be (but shouldn’t be) a new blog series. The title’s a bit misleading, haha. Whenever I randomly talk and trail off about something, and it’s followed by silence, I always say “This has been Deep Thoughts with Rachel.” In other words, I’m about to just start thinking out loud, and it’ll probably trail off into nothing. But c’est la vie!
When it comes to politics and political issues, I am almost always on the fence. I hate that everything is divied up into Republican and Democrat because there’s not really ever just two sides to an issue, there’s more like a gazillion. But having a gazillion political parties would only add to the problems I suppose.
So generally, since I never seem quite able to take a side and I’m not really sure how I feel about things, I shy away from political discussions. Also, people having political discussions are usually close-minded and really just trying to convince you of their point rather than actually discussing anything. In the end, I’m one of those cynics who gets into the voting booth and has to painfully choose between the lesser of two evils.
Now I’m just going to go ahead and say what everyone’s thinking – most political issues don’t directly affect my everyday life. Now before the patriots among you start casting stones, I will say that I understand the grave responsibility of being an American and I don’t take it lightly that my voice may be heard and that I have a duty to ask not what my country can do for me, but what I can do for my country. I bear my civic duty with due sobriety. But really, honestly, gay people getting married or people aborting babies is not something I think about very much or that has anything to do with my day to day life. Yes they’re big issues but it’s a lot easier to hypothetically decide what you think of something when you personally have nothing at stake.
Then there’s Obamacare. That actually is something I think about every day. Being ill, I take medication every day. I visit the hospital often and I visit pharmacies even more often. And a few years ago, I had no idea what I was going to do once I turned 26. I got married when I was 20, and applied for all kinds of health insurance. No one would take me. I felt that is was truly injust that in this free country, a sick person could not get help without being fabulously wealthy. But we knew Obamacare (I hate that word but that’s what the nation’s going with, apparently.) was on it’s way, and we prayed that whatever it was, it would result in a way for me to get medical care on my own by the time I was 26.
This year, at 23, I got my first real job with benefits. I was ecstatic to carry my own insurance card. Hell, having coverage actually made me healthier because now, when I got into a bad pain flare, I didn’t have to worry about not being able to afford medication or not having access to surgery. This peace of mind meant less stress, which ultimately means less pain.
Then, after only a few short months of security, I was laid off. I do believe that it had a lot to do with the toll this secure, high paying job had on my unwell little body. It certainly made the company’s financial decisions much easier. But that’s another post. The worst part of losing that job was losing the insurance.
I had a bad toothache that I let get worse and go away – luckily. I did almost actually DIE of a tooth infection once, so…it wasn’t good to just ignore that. But what could I do? We were saving our money for a house, living with my parents, and trying to get on our feet. I couldn’t afford a trip to the dentist. Or the doctor when endo flared up. Or to get proper guidance on weaning off of antidepressants. Luckily, I was able to get back on my parents insurance, but this is a short term fix.
So Obamacare, what’s up? I get why people are against it. Because it’s a handout. Because it puts the government in charge of healthcare. But honestly, is that really worse than having business run healthcare? Because business only wants money. Someone like me costs a lot of money. I don’t have it. I work hard, I earn money, but it’s not enough for my medical needs. So I need insurance. But insurance sees that they’ll be putting more money in to me than I’ll be giving them – so I don’t get it.
Sick people are denied access. If you’re already healthy, then you can see a doctor.
I know politicians are probably only in it for money too, but between politicians and businessmen, the politicians might actually be trying to do good for the country like they’re supposed to.
It’s a lot of big changes and it’s riddled with flaws. Other countries have flawed systems too, but they’re closer to functioning than ours in my opinion.
I’ve also noticed that the majority of people who really bash Obamacare are healthy.
I once got into a facebook altercation with one of those political types. I didn’t mean to. But these things happen. He said that healthcare will never be free – someone has to pay for it. And that’s not fair.
I said that in all honesty, if my tax dollars could go towards helping a sick person, that would make me much happier than having them fund wars, political campaigns, or new coffee makers for my congressmen.
Our entire political system is flawed. Obviously budgeting isn’t our politicians’ strong-suit. I know my taxes won’t always go towards things that help me. But I’m pretty sure that republican or democrat, every president from here until eternity is going to make me pay taxes. I don’t mind. Overall, I’m pro public education and such. Right now, I see an opportunity for those tax dollars to help people as much as public education does.
Is public education perfect? No. I have a speech I’ve given many times to many audiences about that. There were good teachers and bad. Good schools and bad. But guess what? There are already bad doctors and bad hospitals. Turning it into public service won’t change that.
A long time ago, only rich people were literate. Writing was a privilege given only to the upper class. I was born to write, and I was born in a time when I could without much adversity. I devour books. I cannot imagine life without the written word. Many people must feel the same way, since now at public libraries you get access to literature, biographies, medical journals, fiction, every kind of book – all for free.
Well, someone pays for it!
But we’ve pretty much all agreed that the benefit outweighs the inconvenience of paying taxes.
Now, only the wealthy upper class (and genetically wealthy healthy people) have real access to any medical care they need. More and more people can’t work because of illness, which hurts the economy. People know little about health and staying healthy, so we spread epidemics like the flu every year and that’s just normalcy. Allergies, cancer, and chronic pain are all on the rise. More people suffer from chronic illness than ever before. People point fingers at GMOs and chemicals, and those things are very, very bad.
And those things are regulated by the government.
I dunno. Maybe I’m way off base here, but it seems only fair for the government to treat the illnesses they dole out.
But now I sound like one of those radical crazy people who think they government is really evil.
I’m not a crazy person, I swear. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, or an internet troll, or doomsday prophetess. I’m 23 years old, I like to write, I bought Disney Infinity today and I plan to spend my day off playing it. I have a cat, I’m a freelance writer and editor, and I drink Vitamin Water even though people like to say they’re very evil. I like to think I’m pretty open-minded, well-educated, and down to earth.
And sometimes I have things to say about politics. And they’re usually doe-eyed and idealistic, and maybe even stupid.
But if there was no flu-season, and less people had allergies and chronic pain, and more people had access to care….I just think that would all be great. Let’s do that, and let’s call it whatever. You like Obamacare? Gross but okay. I think something cute like “AwesomeCare” or “HumanityCare” or “LetsHelpPeopleWhoNeedItCare” would be fine too.
This has been Deep Thoughts with Rachel.