The wonderful Anne from over at Muse Mama had her new baby boy, Liam, last week. (Congrats, Anne and family! *waves*) Liam was born early, and the story can be found on her blog. She updated her Facebook a few days later, saying her insurance company wouldn't cover a breast pump. An article was posted on Facebook about a man who robbed a bank for a dollar, just to get health care in jail.
I hate seeing posts like this. Hate is a strong word, but it's true. I hate it because I feel so bad for them. The reason? Insurance. If you don't have insurance, it can cost you anywhere from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars to get the treatment you need. Even with insurance, chances are it will cost you something. This is something, as a Canadian, that I just don't get.
When I had Brianna, we walked out of the hospital without paying. Without owing. No one handed us a bill.
When Sean bashed is head last Yule, he went to the ER bleeding like mad and got stitches, pain killers, etc. and wasn't handed a bill.
It was payed for, because we all pay a little bit extra in taxes. A small amount, constantly, throughout the year. And yes, it is a moderately socialist system. The rich pay a little more, the poor pay a little less. It's pooled together, essentially, and when someone needs a treatment it comes out of that pool. When we need treatment, it is there. If Brianna broke her arm and we had to go to the ER today, she would need x-rays and pain meds and a cast. We would walk out owing nothing.
Maybe socialist isn't the right word. Maybe we are more humanist. Intellectually, I understand the American system. I just don't understand why it hasn't been fixed. Doesn't everybody, regardless of income level, deserve health care? Even the homeless man who robbed the bank for a dollar would be covered up here. Race, colour, creed or income...everyone is covered.
I know this can be a touchy subject, but still. What do you think? What do we as Pagans think, coming from a place of such equality? Let me know, just keep it respectful!