Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Healthcare in America

With the extra 3 million people in town for the inauguration, Meg and I had 4 day weekend. Listening to Obama's speech today, however, I couldn't help but think about the challenges he faces in the next 4 years. Beyond the economic crisis and foreign affairs, what's going to happen to our healthcare system? I think I'm too tired tonight to get into a larger debate of what he stands for and what I want to see happen. (You can read about his healthcare policy here - http://www.barackobama.com/issues/healthcare/)

I just hope for cancer survivors everywhere - the uninsured and newly diagnosed or the underinsured who have to worry about the out of pocket expenses because of costly chemotherapy treatments or lack of coverage on what basic things that we take for granted - that the new administration's healthcare policy will be to the benefit of all cancer survivors. Going through a cancer diagnosis and all that it entails is enough to worry about it. It is stressful, taxing, and mentally challgenging. I am very lucky in that I am blessed with wonderful health insurance and couldn't imagine the added pressure of having to worry about finances.

Tonight, I just have one message and that is to educate and urge my friends to read the fine print of their employers health coverage, to investigate their options, and to pay for the best medical care possible. The incremental amount from each level of health coverage is usually not that much and very affordable. You never know when you're going to need it and for those that say, "It won't happen to me" - well it happened to me.


hughesd2000 said...

Excellent message for us all, especially when money is tight and decisions have to be made in order to pay for our basic needs. You may not be in need of it today, but you never know what tomorrow will bring. Hope you all are doing well and getting lots of rest!!

Meg Rodgers said...

Just a plug- Also remember to look at disability benefits (long term) and life insurance. Even I/we are learning the hard way about how expensive good benefits can be since I started a new job with less-than-great benefits as opposed to my old job. Of course, the worst loss is that I won't have a tv in my office during the NCAA basketball tourney US Open playoff rounds.