Affordable Insurance for everyone.

I have been a diabetic since 1968 and have seen the health care diabetics receive go down the tubes in America. When I was diagnosed, we had no health insurance at all and my mom had 6 kids to take care of alone. She worked hard to just keep us with food, clothes and shelter. When I got sick, she did not have the money to take me to the hospital but their was a county health nurse that came to our house and worked with me to learn about what I needed to eat and medicine I needed to take. She taught me how to give my shots to myself. Then I went to live with my grandparents who had very little money but lots of love to share and they got help through the County Hospital and donations of office visits from their doctors. At that time Insulin was not a prescription drug. You could actually buy it over the counter. Disposable syringes were not affordable yet so my needles were sharpened and sterilized and glass syringes boiled and stored in alcohol. But we did okay. We knew little about diabetes and my urine sugars were high most of the time. Blood sugar had to be taken at the hospital or doctors office and were often not affordable for them.

People helped each other out because it was the right thing to do. You were not denied health care for being poor, old or sick. Now the money has made diabetes research better and people are supposedly living longer. But the stats, do not include the people that die each year from the complications of diabetes. It is listed as cardiac arrest or kidney disease. With the research we have now, and the diabetic products available now, we (diabetics) should all be living a longer and more prosperous life. But NO!! America now punishes people who are too young, too sick, or too old to hold down a job and pull their own weight. We no longer help the underdog to become stronger. We give to those who will not help themselves instead of those who are not able to do for themselves. People who are in need of medical care or supplies should not have to worry about how they are going to pay for them.

I have done without medical care and medicine because I couldn't afford it and was too sick to seek it for free. There has to be an answer out there somewhere. We are proud Americans and we have done the impossible in the past. We need to make the insurance companies into non-profit organizations that employ Americans and do what insurance companies were designed to do, which is to spread the risk of being sick out among everyone. They should find the best health care for everyone, pay for our doctors and hospitals to make it cost affective, pay incentives for ideas, of saving money, to their employees on the little things that count not on diagnostics or medicines. The truth is that all men are not created equal. If it were so, kids would not die of cancer, old people would not suffer from malnutrition and my pancreas would work like a normal persons.

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Comment by Lois on March 4, 2009 at 9:33pm
Vicki:

I cannot say that I know how you feel since I have not been through what you have been through. All through my adult life, I was lucky enough to make very fortunate job/career decisions that led me to the some of the best medical care I could get. Not THE best, but pretty darn good. My ex-friend used to rag on me about how much medical care I got (even though she was much healthier than me). I finally had to put her in her place by stating that she chose to be a hair dresser with no benefits and that, knowing me, our dear Lord lead me in the directions I needed to take. At one time, I had to choose between four job offers at one time!!! It led me down some very strange and stressful paths, but all with very good benefits.

We can only pray that this country wakes up. I am not saying that I didn't deserve the benefits I got because I did work damn hard for them, but I do see a lot of people who sit on their hind ends and rake in the benefits with no effort put forth to earn them. It makes me downright mad!!! And those who want to work for them but can't, get screwed! Life is so unjust.

I just pray for you and hope that, soon, you get what you need to survive without just barely squeaking by.

God Bless you and your family.

Lois La Rose
Milwaukee, WI
Comment by Brigitte on March 5, 2009 at 8:50am
I understand you and I'm agree with you Vicki.
Comment by Kristin on March 9, 2009 at 1:33pm
Just found your post Vicki! Thanks for sharing your story.

That must have been really tough on your whole family.

I agree with you that something needs to change. The whole logic of the US health care system is off. Check out this group: Diabetics for Universal Healthcare
Comment by Frank Kwiatkowski on April 17, 2010 at 6:19pm
Vicki,
I want to thank you for the rants. I have struggled with or without health insurance my entire life. Even when I had insurance I was still low-income. At present I am engaged in research so that my medications are covered. I have been diabetic since 1982 and like you have lived through the escalation of prescription costs. Check out my profile. I do visual art and find that a constructive way of venting.

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