• fashionqueen24

    Amen to that sister!

  • SJ123

    Thank you for saying this. I am self-employed and have a child with asthma and some other underlying conditions. We relied first on COBRA, then luckily were eligible for extended CAL-COBRA, but what do we do next? Our insurance premiums are more than our mortgage, and the coverage is not that great, but we are thankful to have it given our daughter’s needs. We can’t qualify for an individual policy at any price.

    I can’t say enough how much this legislation will help me, by giving me the confidence that, at some point, I will not have this fear that I won’t be able to provide my daughter with insurance. I have worked hard and played by the rules, and I am NOT a leach on society.

  • MichelleD

    I totally understand your reasoning for wanting this to go through.

    That being said, I hate this bill (and for the record I’m neither a conservative or a liberal crackpot. Or a libertarian crackpot for that matter). Honestly, I’d like this bill better if it was real socialist/national healthcare, like France, Japan, Canada, or Italy.

  • Twoods29

    Also, if there are any other questions regarding the new health care bill, please refer them to Ains Mom. She is a psychic and can estimate the amount of tax dollars your check will increase by, as well as give you an estimated wait time of future doctor’s visits after said bill goes into action. Please be assured that Ains Mom is not spouting off any information that was heard on Fox News, or while listening to the Rush Limbaugh radio show. Thank you.

  • Krys72599

    Personally I was against the bill, but not for any of the whack job reasons some other conservative people are quoting. There is no reason on earth that you or your family should have been denied healthcare. Let me say that up front. If you’re willing to pay, you should be able to have insurance.
    I’m a firm believer that the problem lies within the insurance companies and although it sounds very cliche, tort reform and industry regulation were stepping stones on the path I thought should be followed, not handing all of this off to the government to manage, control and screw up.
    I’ve been blessed with decent health, I’ve been paying my high premiums all along, with virtually no benefits paid out other than wellness appointments (there were a couple of broken bones and one surgery tossed in there, but not catastrophic dollars and cents). And since I’ve paid in all along, I believe I have the right to choose my own doctors and my own treatment, and quite frankly I am worried that some version of all the scare stories that are out there might come to be (not in the form they’re being talked about, because a lot of that is honestly only a scare tactic).
    And I have never seen anyone denied care – I’ve watched them (and by “them” I mean people without insurance) come into the hospital and into the immedicenters, state that they have no insurance and receive care. Yes, people have been denied *insurance* and that’s a different story, but *care* IS available for those without insurance.
    Obviously that’s not the ideal scenario either, but I have to say that the government being the Big Cheese in health insurance has me scared silly! And I wish the bill had not passed. It still needs major reconstruction before it could have been in a form that I could agree with across the board.

  • njschoolgirl

    Thanks for bringing this major political milestone up today. It is a step in the right direction. The people who aren’t behind it either have great inexpensive insurance, healthy children or have had a lobotomy. Yes, taxes will go up. Have you checked the tax rate in other countries with health care, great schools, free universities, etc? The people there LOVE what they pay for. Our country has been a joke to other places for many reasons, now we can maybe check health care off of that list!

  • misheru

    Heather, I’m right there with you on this one. I think this is a absolutely fantastic and I am SO glad we finally have made a step in the direction of civilization in this country.

    I am so proud of America right now, I could cry; yes, a public option would have been terrific, but reform has been badly needed for years. I’ve lived in England (fully socialized medicine) and in Japan (public option health insurance) and the quality of care I received both places far exceeded anything I’ve gotten in this country.

    In Japan, I was able to use my (public option) insurance to pay for preventative care, which solved the following list of problems: bad knee, bad shoulder, bad wrist, weight problem, slight asthma. I also lost 30 pounds and was healthier than I had ever been. The end result saved the system money, as I did NOT need carpal tunnel surgery, did NOT need knee surgery, etc etc. I never experienced waits longer than what I’ve experienced in the US, either.

    I know I’m preaching to the choir, but I just think this is fantastic, and I want to shout it all over! I can’t believe the doomsday talk going on, because LISTEN! HEALTH CARE REFORM NEEDED TO HAPPEN! Hurray!

    Exclamation point…infinity.

  • terrible_t

    Honestly, this bill is not good. There were too many things added to placate the anti-everythings out there.

    However, it is also not bad. It could be a good place to start – a stepping off point as it were.

    Hopefully as the lawmakers and bureaucrats step off, they don’t trip over their own feet… ~slaps forehead~ OH GAWD WHAT WAS I THINKING OF COURSE THEY WILL.

  • d3 voiceworks

    #8–do the math $300 mo increase in taxes = $3600 year. less than what most people pay in health insurance premiums and gobs less than out-of-pocket expenses for the insured, underinsured, uninsured

  • No Reply

    You know, I think the frustrating thing on both sides of the argument on this and pretty much everything political, is that people find the most bat-shit crazy example of the opposition’s side and present it as if it might be the secret document they are all huddling around as their rallying call. That flyer is crazy – whoever wrote it is a nut – but that doesn’t discredit or address the sane and reasonable arguments against this bill and how it was passed.

    Reason.com has a ton of good write-ups on why this healthcare bill is unprecedented (not in a good way), a step in the wrong direction for health care and a really unfortunate financial disaster in the making. There’s other write-ups on this too, but it doesn’t much matter at this point.

    I’m glad it’s personally beneficial to you and your family and that the uninsured will have a way to get coverage. That’s nice.

    We’ll see how it plays out in practice and vote accordingly.

  • Collynn_Sick

    Thank you for that piece. Most people who have complained about for or against the bill have not read any of it. Do people really believe that their Congressmen have read the bill? These political professionals pick and choose what they want to read, vote for or against.They have interns that do the scut work for them. Washington is their stage and they, the actors. Nothing is perfect, including this bill, BUT at least someone has tackle this issue that has been long overdue — 10 years folks.

  • QoB

    Wait, HAY FEVER is a pre-existing condition?
    I wish you were joking.

    Hopefully the bill is just a place to start getting better healthcare for the US…

  • goodnightirene

    Great post! I think this bill is a great start to the reform we need. And that flyer is just plain scary.

  • catballouu

    I’m not entirely sure why health care isn’t a right in the first place. Do we pay taxes? Are we alive? Yes? Then we should have health care. Period and end of story. There sure is a lot of pointless, reckless, and scary rhetoric about a basic, fundamental human right: staying healthy. I love Jason Chaffetz’ comment this morning: “This is a sad day for those of us who believe so strongly in the sanctity of life.” http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14728289

    Of course, I’m not sure if he’s talking about the unborn children that we are all supposedly aborting and who need protection to gain entrance into a life of health care woes or what, but there you go.

    Not sure that I agree that we all ought to be required to have health insurance, when I think the simpler answer is that we should all just have access to health care, much like Canada or France (who haven’t had any socialist takeovers that I’ve seen). Insurers have no role in this debate at all.

  • misheru

    From Twitter: “I can’t help but think this is what Jesus would’ve wanted…If they’d had this back in Bible times it would have saved him a lot of work and freed him up to focus on the catering aspect.”

    And yes, that flyer == crazy.

  • tiedie

    The Republicans look and sound like “drama queens” when it comes to their opposition to this Bill, like it was an actual Health Care Reform Bill, instead of “hint of reform” it actually is. It is but a chip in the concrete of the health insurance monopoly in this Nation.

    Finally. Something. An itty bitty something in the right direcion and by the Repubican response you would think it was the end of their world which everyone knows is alive and well in the hands of K street hustlers and the C street prayer house.

    It is important to hear how this Bill helps your family and many other American families.

    Health care is a right that the human race should aspire to achieve for itself while we leave behind the idea that it is a privilege of only the few who can afford it.

  • rainylakechick

    Thank you! Everyone in this country regardless of wealth, skin color, class or employment status deserves to have healthcare.

    I’m so sick of reading on Facebook about the world ending because of the healthcare bill.

  • Cool_Mable

    I’m really curious how many people that oppose health care reform are uninsured? Or are those that oppose this reform sitting comfy, cozy with their own health insurance policy and opposing this legislation? Just wondering if all parties are looking at this with the appropriate amount of compassion towards others.

    Isn’t the bottom line about access to health care and how to make that happen for more Americans? How can this not be the most vital concern?

    The bill is imperfect, of course. But it’s a start.

    PS – Thanks for the links in the blog – it’s good to read up on the facts.

  • Pinkie Bling

    I KNOW, RIGHT?? I live in SLC, too, and that is SCARY. I called Rep. Matheson to encourage him to vote FOR the bill, even though I knew it wouldn’t do a bit of good. Your family is one of the first examples of health care ridiculousness I heard about (back in the day), and I always think of you guys when I think about this issue. Of course, you are NOT the only family I know who is affected. I’ve seen people ruin their credit, and I’ve seen others go without treatment because they couldn’t afford it. At least it’s a step!!

    Fox News, et al. need to stop feeding the crackpots, because…YIKES.

  • melnyc

    Let’s talk about pre-existing conditions. Hay fever? For real? My daughter was a micropreemie and lived in the NICU for 5 months. Then she had heart surgery. I had thyroid cancer. I fully recognize that my family is way too big a risk for an insurer. Thankfully I have a job. But now I don’t have to stay up at night panicking about what would happen if I lost my job. My husband is a free-lancer. I am really happy this thing passed, but isn’t it a damn shame that no Republican could vote for it? What is wrong with people?

  • bookworm

    As a Canadian, I can tell you that I am beyond relieved not to have to worry about health care for myself or my family. I am grateful that when I go to the doctor or make a visit to the emergency room, I don’t get a bill in the mail or have to fill out paperwork beforehand. I’m happy that I don’t get rejected for health care or insurance because of some prior medical ailment that no longer applies to me. Canadians may pay more taxes for this, but taxes are part of life, and I’d rather pay a little more to make sure the health of those I love is taken care of (and even the health of those Canadians I don’t know one bit), than have to struggle with paperwork and worry about not being able to afford to take my child to the doctor. I pay taxes for our education system, to take care of our infrastructure and keep our roads safe, etc. Why wouldn’t I pay more to take care of our health, too?

  • japeterson

    Yes, this flier is crazy, but to act as though it represent all who oppose the health care reform bill is definitely straw-manning. There are a lot of people who have very well-reasoned, sensible objections to this bill.

    This piece from CNN presents several different viewpoints on the issue: http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/03/22/health.care.roundup/index.html?hpt=C2
    Definitely worth reading.

  • socaldede

    I will no longer have to tell EVERYONE that I had Breast Cancer, yes at 36, yes I know that is young, Yes I fought hard and YES I really want to be insured.

  • abdanne

    I’ve had my share of insurance nightmares in the US, but am now a happy resident of Denmark, which has universal public health care. And you know what? I don’t mind paying the taxes one little bit.

  • Marianne

    I’m so glad you wrote this! My sons who are in their 20′s are very happy about this bill passing. Their Mom is thrilled too.
    I live in Kansas and was saddened to read today that only one representative of my state voted yes for this bill to pass. Shame on Kansas.

  • eleanorstrousers

    Being from the land of Southern evangelical Republicans, today has been hard. According to my Facebook stream, they are all prepared for the immediate rapture and the takeover by Communist China. I am just relieved that the poor and the suffering and the sick will be better off than they were before.

    Now who’s a person of faith?

  • themeansister

    Of course, some people believe this crazy shit. Some people believe crazy shit on the other end of the political spectrum, too. All sorts of crazy shit everywhere you look.

  • Frugalista

    I have never understood why people who seem to like entrepreneurship (Republicans, that is) don’t see how the lack of affordable health insurance prevents people from starting their own businesses. Thanks for this post.

  • Lacey

    @Krys72599 You are correct that people are not ‘denied’ care in the USA but have you ever been one of those people without insurance? Have you had to decide whether or not to go to the hospital to get care and then go bankrupt(seriously- that is a simple concept but it is a horrible nightmare) or to continue being sick?

    Sure, this bill is a lot of crap along with the good stuff. Unfortunately, that is the way our government works. Next time, maybe we all can elect people who aren’t all about the pork projects and backed by for-profit insurance companies. Unlikely though, given our history.

    We are living abroad in the Netherlands with private insurance companies (regulated pricing) and private doctors we can choose. I could choose which hospital where I wanted to have my baby (or at home, had I wanted to) and I am now receiving preventative care for a condition that EIGHT of my doctors in the USA knew about and never thought to mention would put me at increased risk for lymphoma (cancer) in the future.

    And I also might mention that the care here has been better and more convenient that in the USA. Have you ever had a UTI? I hope not. It is horribly painful and impossible to sleep though. Getting one here and deciding to do something at 11pm at night I had the antibiotic I needed in hand in less than an hour and paid NOTHING (aside from my normal monthly insurance premiums). In the USA I had to wait until morning, wait to see the doctor (if they had time for me), wait for the test results, and pray for a prescription. And I had ‘excellent’ coverage. Depends on what you are used to, I guess. But don’t change anything because CHANGE IS SCARY.

  • The Naked Redhead

    After watching my boyfriend lay in bed this past week for two days because he’d hurt his back so bad he couldn’t move and knew he couldn’t afford a doctor, any step toward healthcare reform is a good one.

    Though I must say, I’m a little sad and worried about those death panels. You know, maybe the key here would be to make them death PAGEANTS instead of death PANELS. Much more classy, and someone wins a prize.

  • intheleftlane

    Amen, Dooce. A-freaking-men.

  • yanky144

    Oh no! Not the homosexuals AND the lesbians!!!

  • Mrs Smith

    I am glad the bill passed, but not really hopeful things will get better. We have a son with a pre-existing condition that has kept us, as a family, from getting health insurance. My husband and I are both self-employed and the premiums are just too dear. We pay out of pocket for his dr visits and meds and hope like hell none of us gets hurt or really sick.

    My worry is that the bill only specifies that children can not be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions. It does not specify that the insurance companies can’t gouge us for insane amounts to provide that coverage. They won’t deny us, they will just make it so expensive we can’t afford to pay for it. Then we will get hit with a penalty for not having insurance.

    Ahh, wish I felt better about this, it should make me feel good that at least they tried. Sigh.

  • patti_b

    Just force yourself to listen to Rush Limbaugh – that steady slow stream of poison he drips into his audience’s ears day after day after day will help you understand how people really can believe scary shit like that.

    Unrelated: cookies and Tic Tacs? lol are you baking garlic cookies over there in Wackadoo Land?

  • Figtron

    As someone from the more conservative side of the fence, this flier scares the shit out of me.

    When did human beings get so full of hatred?

    I have been forced to go without ANY type of health insurance until very recently. Firstly, because I couldn’t afford it as a single mother, and secondly because of pre-existing conditions. I do not want a free ride from any goverment entity, but it is good to know that I no longer have to be thrown on the mercy of the insurance companies who may or may not find me insurable.

    I had a major health scare a couple of years ago which required an ER visit. Currently, I am being sued by the hospital because they filed my medical claim under the wrong Medicaid number. So, I am tied up in litigation and attorney fees, plus my credit could be ruined because of no fault of my own. If I had been able to have private insurance, this would have never happened.

    Food for thought.

  • Lucybee

    My husband and I also stayed up last night till the final vote was cast. What a lively CSPAN broadcast that was!

    We are both freelancers from NYC who couldn’t afford HC. We moved to KY last year, and were picking out coverage, but we didn’t get it fast enough. It turns out my 37 year old “never smoked a cigarette in his life” sweetie-pie has a genetic heart condition that clogged his arteries like a 70 year old. You should see the nurses fawn over him at the hospital (they’re not used to seeing “young man” parts).

    Anyway – last night, I slept well for the first time in 2 months, because it felt like I wasn’t left alone to figure out how to keep my lovely husband alive and healthy. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

  • sarah ann

    Holy shit. Wow.

  • Agent Scully

    Unfortunately yes, people actually believe this. They are a mostly racist, largely uneducated, very misinformed and completely and utterly xenophobic bunch.

    I don’t care for the whole bill. I like some parts of it, I hate other parts. But it’s a start. Finally, after so many years of greedy, unethical actions by the insurance industry we have a start.

    People hated social security and medicare at first too. Those were “radical” ideas. Same with this bill. 5 or 10 years from now, these same teabaggers will be screaming “Git yer hands off my Obamacare!”

  • leonierobin

    Congratulations to you all in the US – welcome to the modern world.

    I am totally amazed at the panic of many in the US about this bill.

    As an Australian i have lived with so-called ‘socialised’ medicine for most of my life and am so thankful for it.

    My choices are unlimited and i have freedom in my choice of treatment and who treats me.
    We have so much choice here… we can be privately insured, or take the public option, care is of a consistently high quality for everyone -no matter which system we are in.

    I realy do not understand the panic that is ensuing in the US.

    I do not understand what part of healthcare for all that is so threatening.

    And as for not being able to be covered because you have Hay fever.. that is a powerful example why your current system needs reform!

  • bethbbk

    As a person who lives in Alabama, someone please explain to me how the Civil War has anything to do with the healthcare bill???

    I am very happy for your family, Heather. I think it is very wrong for a family to have to choose between their house and a child’s cancer treatments or a husband’s heart operation. There must be some way people don’t loose everything because of an unexpected illness. Even with insurance, I’m shocked at what we have to pay for a trip to the hospital.

    You say this was on your door? Watch out for pitchforks next…

  • slw

    Thanks for making and keeping it real, Heather. Steps in the right direction are better than no steps at all.

  • charisr

    I work for a health insurance company and this is such a valuable piece of legislation!!! It is a small step in the right direction anyway to repair our very broken health care system. Thanks for giving an example of how this is going to affect real American families.

  • lynx22281

    We didn’t even bother getting my husband insurance. He’s had ulcerative colitis since he was 10 years old. Hard to claim that isn’t a pre-existing condition. He doesn’t work enough hours at his part-time job to qualify for his employer’s insurance plan, and he never would have qualified for private insurance. My employer pays 100% of my premium. I could add him to my coverage at the cost of 1/4 of my take home pay. Can’t afford to lose that much of our income each month, especially now since he’s on medical leave from work.

    We were doing just fine and dandy health-wise until an emergency trip to the hospital in November. After 36 hours of vomiting, my poor guy looked like a ghoul. We left the hospital a week later with a diagnosis of stage III colon cancer. My husband isn’t even 30 yet (will be on April 1). In December his entire colon was removed and in January he started a 12-round chemotherapy regimen.

    Thankfully, oh so very thankfully, our area has a WONDERFUL charity program for people who make too much money to qualify for medicaid, but don’t make enough to afford private insurance. We pay a very modest amount for very good quality care, and you can bet we thank everybody profusely every time he has a treatment or appointment.

    With the new bill, we should be able to find some affordable coverage for him in the future, since he will need follow-up care for the rest of his (hopefully long) life.

  • Chenny555

    The irony is that one of the ads on this post is calling on me to “Protect Health Care in Wisconsin” by contacting my (republican, running for governor) congressman.

  • sandidanil

    The right wing nutters who oppose this bill are so way off base…what are you so afraid of?
    Death squads?? For real? Where did this come from?
    Name one westernized (or other) country that has these death squads…they do not exist, and it’s just political spin to protect the big-business insurance companies.
    I am always shocked to hear Americans bashing Canadian health care system; it’s not perfect, but we NEVER have to pay to see excellent doctors, nurses, etc.
    I always get an appointment for myself or my family, with the doctor of my own choice, the same day, if required.
    My father had an emergency angiogram, then angiopasty within hours of symptoms. This was years ago, and he continues to receive excellent follow up care with a state of the art, modern cardiac rehab clinic-No charge!
    My husband required open heart surgery years ago, and received, and continues to receive excellent care-no charge!
    I had to have an unplanned c-section- was in hospital for three days-AND a nurse came to visit my house for 6 post natal visits-No charge!
    What reasonable, logical and sound-minded person would appose this?
    The insurance companies do just fine here in Canada, and manage to post profits in the millions every quarter-and we still manage to have socialized health care-go figure!

  • JenMarie

    I was actually hesitant to visit dooce today. I love your website. I read it religiously (seriously, I do). Most, and I’m talking 95%, of the opinions you put out there I agree with. This is that small sliver I don’t. But I am not here to bash your opinion. I respect what you have to say and it pushes me to do my own research and form my own opinions. Some that line up with yours (healthcare does need a revamp, big time!) and some that don’t (I personally believe this bill is not doing it the right way). But that is not my reason post this comment. I am impressed with your post. I honestly expected to pull up a post today bashing republicans and those who opposed the bill. Thank you for not going that route and simply explaining why you support it. I respect you for that. Even if I don’t agree with your opinions that doesn’t mean you’ll hear an “unsubscribe” coming from my direction. Only through challenging our own beliefs can we fully understand why we have those beliefs. Thanks again!!!

  • tokenblogger

    Yes, people really do believe that crap and even worse.

    But you already knew that!

  • alib1973

    Whew. My fiance is so anti THIS or anything resembling socialized health care that I could just puke. At age 23 I had to have heart surgery to the tune of $19K. That was 13 years ago & I thought I was PERFECTLY healthy. I was in college and THANKFULLY on a BCBS Cobra with my parents at the time. Never in the world would I have dug myself from that hole & most definitely wouldn’t have completed college. I hope to see higher education tackled soon! damn those student loans.

  • Ashley_the Accidental Olympian

    I not only like when you get political, I LOVE when you get political.

    I once received a 5,000 dollar hospital bill because when I hit my head and suffered bleeding in my brain so severe that I blacked out, the ambulance decided to take me to the nearest hospital and NOT the one a half an hour away where I was covered 100%. Apparently my insurance felt this was my fault and I should pay for going to the ER that would save my life.

    Even though I was already paying 300+ a month for my coverage, the fact that the EMT’s decided to save my life over sending me to my providers ER meant I was expected to pay 80% of my bill.

    HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?

    Heath care is broken in this country, and no this wont fix it, but damn it if it isn’t a start in the right direction.

    Thank you for posting this and that is wonderful news for Leta.

  • jan001

    I’m another whose family has been touched by a health issue that, now, would be handled differently/better.

    About 20 years ago, my brother-in-law had to have open heart surgery. Although he regained his health, he remained forever-more uninsurable. He and his wife ran their own business, and would have loved to pay for “regular” insurance for him but it was out of the question. Ultimately, his wife had to get a job outside the home and the fact that Employer X’s family insurance did NOT consider pre-existing conditions was THE reason she went to work for them – so her husband could have health insurance.

    It’s a shame when that has to be the primary factor in considering a job. She was lucky — she liked the job and the people and still works there — but I’m sure there are countless others who’ve made the same choice with less happy endings.