Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Decision time

I have been trying to figure out who I'm going to support the for the upcoming election. Frankly, the thought of it makes me sick. I'm tired of being lied to. They all say they are going to make a difference. They never do. I've decided that this year, health care is going to be one of the most important issues to me.
At the end of this past year my company jacked up my cost for medical insurance to almost $100 more a month. That is a HUGE increase. I am not the wealthiest of people so I was pretty freaked out. I mean, 40 would have sucked, but I could have managed. 100??? Are you kidding me?? So I racked my brain trying to figure out what I was going to do. As most of you know I have ongoing medical problems that require me to go to the dr. at least once a month. Insurance is something that I have to have. I had 3 options on my health care plan. 2 of the 3 would require me to pay full price for meds using an account or paying until I hit a 2500 minimum. This option didn't work for me because I have some very expensive meds. Option 3 was to pay the higher premium with the cheaper drugs and cheap co-pays. It was my only option. So I racked my brain trying to figure out how to afford it. My only option was to not put so much into my 401k every month and put that towards my insurance. I couldn't believe I was making the decision on my future and my health. The option of finding another job is one that was brought up to me also, but it took me 6 months to find this one. Job hunting was going to be a last resort.
My sister bought me "Sicko" by Michael Moore as a joke to lighten up my bad mood about this situation. I'm not at all a Michael Moore fan but I watched it over Christmas. I couldn't believe it. Now, I'm not that kind of person to take everything he says at face value. I do however agree with him that our health care is ran by pharmaceutical companies and Health care providers. I am a huge fan of the idea of Universal Health care. I don't think it will ever happen in our country though due to greedy people like Pharmaceutical companies and Health care providers. It's a shame too, it seems that it works for so many other countries. Why can't it work for us? When did we become such a greedy country that the people no longer mattered? It makes me so sad to think about it. I suggest you all watching this movie. Again, don't take it all as the honest to goodness truth, but there is some truth in there.
I've been looking into candidates and their issues on insurance. Not sure who I'm pulling for yet, but at least I know what's important to me.


AnnaMarie said...

I thought Michael Moore was banned. Is that just at Bret's house or does it linger into the blogosphere? I need guidelines, people!

Nikki said...

He he he, hopefully just Bret's or we are all screwed. :)

Jermo said...

The problem is that every candidate is going to make promises that they don't keep, or speak generally on their campaign (I'm going to change everything!).

They owe it to the people that got them elected: contributors to their campaign fund.

How do they do it? By creating laws without you or I in mind, but those who have donated and will continue to do so as long as the legislation they produce fits the desire of private industry.

Everyone can and will be bought, the only question is by how much. Our country is no longer ours or even the politicians'; it is solely in the hands of private corporations, used and abused for capitalistic purposes in making a few people rich.

Nikki said...

Sadly, you are correct. And that's exactly why we will never have universal healthcare. Big corporations are too greedy and will never give up their stake in the medical biz to let us have a chance at good medical care.

Strangeite said...

I didn't realize you had a blog. Welcome to the blog-o-sphere! Now on the issue of deciding who to support for president based solely on health care, the one candidate most in line with what you seem to want is Dennis Kucinich. Now the problem is that he has little no chance of winning, but then again, someone like him will never have a chance until others start supporting him.

As to the mainstream candidates, I believe you are most inline with Barak Obama. He wants Universal Healthcare but it differs from Clinton's plan. She wants to basically force everyone (regardless of ability to pay) to buy health insurance. Obama wants to offer every American the same kind of healthcare that members of Congress are offered.

Here is a link to the stances each candidate has taken on the issue.

Nikki said...

Found that link already and I love it. Healthcare isn't my only concern, but it's a biggie for me. I also kind of like Edwards. My dad and I were talking about him last night.

Leigh said...

I like Edwards too but like you I haven't made up my mind 100%. If I had to vote tomorrow it would be Edwards. Paul and I did go see Michael Moore's movie when it came out and I enjoyed it. I dont take everything he says as the truth but I work closely with alot of those big pharmaceutical companies and it makes me sick to think the power that they have. I love your blog chickie!!