I have always had good health insurance, so little did I know the nightmare of not having health insurance until my only daughter became gravely ill in June 2009. At the age of 31, with no health insurance, my daughter died on Thanksgiving Day 2009.
The hospital put her on Medicaid, but with this we could not find a primary care doctor to treat her. The clinic on Hayes Avenue that treats those without insurance was so busy it couldn't give her an appointment until January -- too late.
So with every crisis during a six month period, she had to resort to emergency room treatment. Every time I had to go through the entire history of her medical problems with the staff. Believe me I am not in anyway belittling the fine professional people at Firelands Hospital (Sandusky), St. Vincent's and St. Ann's (Toledo). They did what they could with the information they had. However, her problems were severe, and at the time we did not know that they were life threatening.
The point of this letter is to show what is wrong with our national health insurance problems. Health insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are making millions of dollars profit each quarter. Our country is engaged in an eight year plus war that is costing taxpayers millions of dollars, yet we can not afford to have good health insurance for all Americans.
Last week on the news a health insurance company in California reported over a one billion dollar profit in the last quarter, yet they were raising rates by 30%. What is this all about? GREED.
I love my daughter, and I wanted the best for her. Unfortunately, those with good health insurance get the best. The rest of Americans uninsured are not so fortunate.