It is not my style to post political arguments on my blog. Today's post does contain a rare expression of a political view with which anyone should feel free to disagree as long as there are no personal attacks. I enjoy an intelligent debate. I do not enjoy unnecessary drama.
I have asthma and have lost my insurance coverage along with my job. COBRA would cost more than 800 dollars per month, which I cannot afford. My current medications cost 200 dollars per month if I do not have an attack. If I get sick, it can cost a whole lot more. I'm hoping I can change to something less expensive with fewer possible side effects (like death) since it is now under control. Before I schedule an appointment with a specialist, I want to make sure I don't qualify for assistance of some sort.
Today, I had an appointment with the social worker at the Community Clinic. She put my information into the system to see if I would qualify for Medicaid or the Montgomery County Hospital District. I have zero income, but I was responsible and saved for a rainy day. I thought I would be rejected until all of my savings was gone. They didn't even ask how much money I have in the bank.
The reason I did not qualify is because my car is too expensive. I do not drive a Cadillac or a Mercedes; I drive a 2007 Toyota Corolla. My car is a practical, reliable car; not a luxury model. She told me most of the people who qualify drive autos that are worth only 500 to 1000 dollars. In my experience, those older cars pollute the air, cost more than my yearly car payments in needed maintenance and repairs, and are not reliable. I could stop making payments, let them repossess my car (which would not help the economy recover), and buy a gas-guzzling clunker and then I would qualify.
It seems this clinic is going to accept me, though. I have to apply for Montgomery County Hospital District services, be rejected, and then they can help me. They serve the people who are not poor enough for Medicaid but do not have insurance.
I agree with Obama that no one in this country should ever be denied medical care because they can't afford it, but why do we have to throw everything out and start all over? Why are we fixing the parts that aren't broken? We have the best medical care in the world. Why not just change the stupid rules that make no sense? There are already places like this clinic that help people like me and would help more if they received more funds. Why not give them more money?