Let me make a special, quiet little plea on behalf of freelance writers, editors, and other self-employed “word people” everywhere. This is directed at President Obama (I doubt he reads this blog, but you never know who’s reading it, do you?) and his administration’s efforts to reform health care in America. Here goes:
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THAT’S SANE AND SENSIBLE, CONSIDER SINGLE-PAYER PLAN HEALTH CARE OPTIONS!!!!
Thanks. I feel better now.
I brought that up because for more than two years now, I have been without health care. My wife and I made the decision that I would quit the “day job” and devote myself to various blogging and affiliate marketing projects that seemed to be “taking off” at the time. Things, of course, have not gone as well as we’d hoped, and there’s simply no way I can afford health insurance. (Sure, I try to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and I take a variety of daily nutritional health supplements ranging from multi-vitamins to flaxseed oil.)
Just last week, I went to a free stroke risk screening at a local hospital, and discovered that I need to see a doctor about high blood pressure. When I explained I have no family doctor and no health insurance, the nurses at the screening hooked me up with a local “sliding fee scale” clinic. I’ve got an appointment for Friday morning, and that will be my first visit to a doctor or clinic since I quit that “day job.”
I won’t sermonize or preach or rant (though if you come here regularly you know I do all three from time to time) except to add this: We already spend the billions (perhaps trillions?) of dollars in America necessary to make a “universal health care” system work — we just don’t get the health care we’re all paying to get. So, let’s hope things do indeed get better for everyone in this country regarding health care. And, personally, I hope all those vitamins and supplements I’ve been downing every morning have been some benefit. Guess I’ll find out more on Friday.