Sunday, May 20, 2012

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It!

As part of national arthritis awareness month, we have been fortunate enough to witness a big uptake in the awareness of autoimmune related illnesses including ra.  And this is great!

I have always had a silent motto that I carry around inside me. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."  Now, this doesn't mean that I don't think that we should constantly be striving to improve our lives, our well being, our surroundings and even our dreams.  What I mean by this is if it is working just fine, then leave it alone.  Focus instead on things that really truly need to be fixed.

Having a severe form of ra, I do seek medical help with my constant battles.  From specialist visits to lab visits to pharmacy visits, I find myself under the care of multiple doctors to address my medical needs.  And as this month unfolds, I am constantly reminded of those that can't go to doctors, that can't go to labs and that can't even get past the OTC medications to address the pain of ra.  My heart is heavy with this burden.  And yes, our medical system is broken and it does need to be fixed.

I can't say I have all the answers but I do know that my personal moral compass tells me this is wrong. We shouldn't have people in this great nation that can not afford medical care and therefore do not get any care at all. To me this is not only a moral and ethical obligation but it is just the right thing to do as a human being and as a nation.  And yes, I am fully aware of the cost of doing such an undertaking but to me personally it needs to be fixed.

And waiting until the cost of medical care falls low enough for a person to purchase that care, not only puts them at risk it could very well kill them!  And going to an er to seek out basic medical care is not the answer in my book.  That not only drives up the cost of medical care it will ultimately drive our hospitals to close their doors entirely.  Shuffling the cost of medical care onto hospitals exclusively is not the answer either.

Do I have the answers? Not completely. But what I do know is that we need an open and honest discussion about this very important issue in this country and we need it now.  And while we are seeking ways to fix what is obviously very, very broken, we need to open the doors to all that can not afford insurance.  Without one's health, one can not be a productive part of society.  One can not pay taxes and often one can not work if one wanted to.

So, as we approach this upcoming presidential election, I ask only one thing.  Think about what is important to you.  Do your research carefully for all your votes and this includes your local and state ones as well.  Be sure that your candidates mesh with your moral and ethical compasses.  Because as much as I hate to say this, we will be voting for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is a very important election.


3 comments:

AtotheA said...

Thank you for sharing your moral compass. I was thinking about this the other day while getting my infusion. I somewhat got enraged that all of us in that infusion room were struggling with all types of debt (me: medical debt and student debt). Then it dawned on me, inmates would be getting these courses of meds for free not blinking an eye worth of stress and worry. Something is definitely wrong.

Wren said...

Deb, you're so right. Everyone should be able to get good, competent health care regardless of their wealth--or lack of it. I thank my lucky stars that I'm a veteran with access to the VA medical system, because without it, I'd be one of those people who wouldn't be able to get healthcare. The idea simply horrifies me.
I, too, hope that people will think carefully and look into their hearts before voting in November. America is one of the few nations in the world that doesn't provide accessible health care for all her citizens. It's shameful, a moral failure. As Americans, we can do better than this.

Deb aka AbcsOfra said...

AlotheA...your comment brings back a book I read years ago in highschool. If I recall, it was name The Monkey House (hope I remembered that right). In it everyone strived to break the law to be put into prison because in prison one had food, warmth, and better care then on the outside. Mmmmm....sounds like your point! Yes, this system is broken when we treat our citizens that have been productive for years and years worse then those in prison.

Wren...not having insurance hits home with me every single day as my son doesn't currently have it....again and my daughter has some but still a very high copay and she is a college student too. I personally think we are being hog tied in this country with monetary influences on our politicians and now politics overall. If we could just get the money out of politics, I truly believe it would swing back to what the people want in this country rather then special interest groups.