Our Lady of Perpetual Depression

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Yesterday was a nerve-wracking, twisting, twirling, everyone walking around with an accidental mohawk kind of a day in our house as we waited to see what would happen with health care reform. Now, before I go any further, this is not going to be a rant or an attempt to shove my liberal agenda down your throat. And if it were possible I’d pass out cookies and Tic Tacs at the end. And of course we’d bless them first and ask the Lord to make sure that everyone had a safe trip home.

Many of you I’m sure disagree with me when it comes to health care reform, and that’s fine. But I was really hoping that this bill would pass because it affects Leta directly and immediately (and Jon and me eventually). When we started this business five years ago we each had to apply for private insurance individually, and each of us was denied because of pre-existing conditions: Jon for hay fever, me for depression, and Leta because of a skull disfiguration at two-months of age that healed itself within a few months.

We applied to three different companies, and each company denied us. So we qualified for the state-run high risk pool. Which is basically catastrophic insurance. And it costs a fortune. But now Leta cannot be denied insurance for her “pre-existing condition” and no longer has to depend on the state-run plan. I heard a lot of talk about how this bill was going to socialize medicine, when in fact just the opposite is happening, at least in the case of my six-year-old daughter. We can now pay into the private sector for her health insurance. Boom.

Also, if Marlo gets sick, she can’t lose her insurance.

Is this bill perfect? No. Is it a start in the right direction? I personally think so. Do I expect to change anyone’s opinion? Of course not. But I thought it was important to show you that we are a living, breathing example of how this bill is changing things. For the better, I think. This is healthcare for my children.

I guess I wanted to put this example out there for a couple of reasons. One, I just had a friend call and ask if I could explain some of the minutia of the bill because she couldn’t make heads or tails of it. (For a more in depth look at what all this means you can read here, here, and here). And two, just when the stress of yesterday had reached such explosive proportions that the windows started to vibrate, I noticed a flyer tucked inside the handle of our front door. You are not going to believe what was printed inside:


Here are some of the highlights:

“Is health care reform to create total government control or to trigger a chain of events leading to civil unrest and state separation from the union? Either way the Constitution will DIE… But who wins?”

“States are already declaring state sovereignty, they WILL NOT ABIDE by this law.”

“Some people are talking about not paying anymore taxes to the federal government, others are talking about taking up arms, and who knows what else.”

“The federal government will withhold funds from the states; states will have to use a lot of money to fight the federal government in our liberal courts.”

“The education clause in the bill is to assure and to cut deals with the unions, minorities, universities, to make sure they stay on his side.”

“With the homosexuals, lesbians, Human Rights Campaign, and MoveOn.org on his side, he counts with the support of the most ready and organized group with 20 years of experience in going to the streets as well as bringing along the immigrant minorities and african-americans, he is set and sure to create civil unrest and excusing himself to execute full control over all our rights by force.”


The whole point of the flyer was to get us to call Congressman Matheson to get him to vote NO on the bill, even though he declared more than two days earlier that he was planning on a NO vote. Personally, I’m sad that he cannot ever claim to be a part of this historical moment.

Forget tornados and leprechauns and spiders, that is some of the scariest shit I’ve ever read. I know people hate it when I get all political, but I had to bring this up at least to say WHAT?!?!? Do some people really believe this?!

  • Mama Boo

    2010/03/22 at 1:04 pm

    WOW! Annie get your gun and shit! THE WORLD’S GONE CRAZY!

  • Greysmom

    2010/03/22 at 1:04 pm

    I, being Canadian, am so happy that one of the richest countries in the world is finally joining the rest of us in health care sanity… it will probably be a long road, but i hope the people with a voice don’t ever give up helping the little guy!

    all i have in my head right now is the Beatles….
    and you know if it’s not “gonna be alright” bring yourself and your beautiful family a few hours north! we’ll let you go to the doctor:)

  • d3 voiceworks

    2010/03/22 at 1:04 pm

    matheson is a super fakeout democrat. last election i wrote in “karen shepherd” instead of voting for him.

    unbelievable so many can get so uppity about this, but it’s okay our military budget?

    i questioned an insurance rep once about these mysterious pre-existing conditions, saying: i’m fertile. isn’t THAT a pre-existing condition?

    see you at the death panel!

  • Snippet

    2010/03/22 at 1:07 pm

    That flyer is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen! I truly hope there aren’t people out there stupid enough to believe that junk! I for one am thrilled that this has passed- finally a step in the right direction! While this isn’t a perfect step, it’s something, and I’m grateful for it! Shame on every single Republican who voted against it…

    Hehe my recaptcha is “limb concern” how appropriate!

  • Grammar Snob

    2010/03/22 at 1:08 pm

    I’m honestly shocked at how much of that crap they actually DO believe. Tell me, have you ever seen so many Don’t Tread On Me flags flying in your life? And how many of those people flying the flag actually researched it to even know when it was originally flown? My question is this: how exactly would McCain have been better than this?

  • seattleeco

    2010/03/22 at 1:08 pm

    Four years ago, I was in a tailspin that was exacerbated by my inability to get health care due to a preexisting condition. I was a healthy 25 year-old with the same thyroid problem that a tremendous number of women have. There is nothing, NOTHING, worse when it comes to health “care” than figuring out that you aren’t worth enough to an insurance company for them to provide coverage. If I hadn’t been able to lean on the generosity of extended family, I’d have paid far more than the $3500 I paid that year (premium + crazy high deductible). My crime? Taking the opportunity to live in England, where I didn’t have proof of insurance because I was automatically insured. That lack of proof meant I had a coverage gap when I returned to the US. It was a nightmare.

    This bill is a start to providing insurance for everyone who needs it. Thank God it passed.

  • Vander

    2010/03/22 at 1:09 pm

    I actually LOVE it when you get political. It’s the conservative nutjobs who are getting all of the attention: we need intelligent people to discuss this publicly too.

    My sister has six kids and an unemployed husband and should totally be behind this bill, but isn’t because she thinks her sick 5 year old would be put before a death panel. Makes me sad, then mad.

    Thanks for writing about this. Seriously.

  • Ains Mom

    2010/03/22 at 1:14 pm

    @Seattleeco: If you think that $3500 was too much to pay, wait until you see what your Federal taxes are going to increase to in order for the government to pay for this health reform. Your taxes will increase far more than $300 per month – I can promise you that much. And actually getting in to see a physician? Good Luck.

  • fashionqueen24

    2010/03/22 at 1:16 pm

    Amen to that sister!

  • SJ123

    2010/03/22 at 1:20 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:20 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:26 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:27 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:29 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:26 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:29 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:29 pm

    #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

    2010/03/22 at 1:29 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:30 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:32 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:38 pm

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

  • catballouu

    2010/03/22 at 1:39 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:39 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:39 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:40 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:41 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:41 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:41 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:42 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:42 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:42 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:43 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:43 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:43 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:45 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:46 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:46 pm

    @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

    2010/03/22 at 1:47 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:49 pm

    Amen, Dooce. A-freaking-men.

  • yanky144

    2010/03/22 at 1:49 pm

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

  • Mrs Smith

    2010/03/22 at 1:50 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:51 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:52 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:52 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:53 pm

    Holy shit. Wow.

  • Agent Scully

    2010/03/22 at 1:55 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:56 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 1:59 pm

    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

    2010/03/22 at 2:01 pm

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

  • charisr

    2010/03/22 at 2:02 pm

    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.

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