Anyone who spends any amount of time involved in politics, their community, and the world at large usually has their own ideas on “how things should be.” We can see first-hand in these areas of our lives where things work well and where things aren’t working. We all have our own particular issues, one person may be touched by diabetes or ALS, for my family its Autism.
My son has autism, was diagnosed in 2005, he has been autistic, for longer than he wasn’t known to be. Autism on our insurance is a pre-existing condition, therefore the hundreds of thousands of dollars in therapy needed for a kid like mine, is not covered. On a personal note, this has given my family over 40,000 in debt (to be honest I stopped counting it is probably more) It would be WORSE if not for my school district and what I was able to utilize there. Now I pay for part of it with my property taxes, but even with property taxes in the 5,000’s, this is just a drop in the bucket for the actual cost. Autistic children on average cost 3.2 million dollars to raise. I don’t make up the prices, to me that is pretty expensive, however the value of what you can learn from a child with autism is priceless.
Autism teaches you to look at the world with non-judgmental eyes. You spend enormous amounts of time studying human behavior, biology and how the mind works so you learn why people act the way they do, why children have tantrums and meltdowns. Having a child like this is an incredible challenge, it is also a huge blessing. I can see how a lot of closed minded people would benefit if they also were touched by autism.
With autism you become aware of how much of the negative opinions you have heard other people make in your life, and even ones you made yourself are more the reflection of the person making them. For these opinions come from the outside looking in, they always are about a perceived better way in being or doing and never about the actual reason which has caused or created the behavior or situation. For if you are dealing with the truth of the matter, and then YOU have to be patient, empathetic and give more of yourself, and a lot of us don’t feel like doing that. And let’s say, we are human, and it isn’t a failure of self to on occasion be too exhausted and want to take the easy way out. It is, however if it is your go-to way of being and you are doing this as a way of life.
The affordable care act or Obamacare as it has been dubbed is not a perfect solution. It is not completely comprehensible even, however I may not understand how snowflakes are all different, but it doesn’t make them stupid or useless. What this healthcare law does do that IS important, is help families like ours, and those who also have pre-existing conditions, the kid with cancer, diabetes, or some rare disease you never heard from. Your parents, brothers sisters, grandparents who have conditions that cost them ridiculous amounts of money in medications they can’t really afford. This law, will help, it is a step in the right direction and it itself is not exactly the national healthcare Obama and its supporters wanted. But for the estimated 45 million uninsured (and my family is currently one of them) this law makes something that was impossible, now possible.
Some of the perks of the law include ; preventive medicine is now free with no copays, your premiums won’t be able to skyrocket. (When we had insurance ours doubled, effectively decreasing our income so much we had to get rid of the insurance or not pay the bills-this was well before Obama was elected) now you can keep your child on your policy until they are 26, more people will be covered at a rate they can afford, and insurance companies have to spend 80% on patient care and quality improvements; otherwise they have to give it back. This is your current insurance, not some new insurance by aliens. These are improvements, even if it’s not the national healthcare system that 50 other countries already have such as; Canada, England, France, Norway, Spain, Italy, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand and well the list goes on.
Sure, you may have to buy insurance if you don’t have it, and aren’t on Medicaid or Medicare already. Otherwise you may face a possible penalty if you make over income thresholds based on your family size. Our current system is not working with people who have to use the ER to get medical care, and then either become financially destitute or don’t/can’t pay the bill, further making the costs rise. We all want to be healthy and feel it shouldn’t be at a cost that is unreachable, free is nice, but rarely exists. It would be irresponsible to expect this law to be enacted but not paid for. The point is, health care will soon be affordable, (in most cases cost cannot exceed 8% of family income) it’s not any different than having any other insurance like car or home. If you are this spiritually pissed off by this then use the religious exemption if. Bottom line is, people will find fault in it where they seek it, just like those of us who find what is beneficial. This can be said of all things in life.
You may argue that insurance is a waste, and that it’s the medical communities problems things are so expensive. You may be right, and there does need to be more work done to bring down the cost overall. Regardless though of how you may feel about it negatively, the point is, it is a step to joining the modern world. The fact remains, the more people who pay into something, the less it costs. For people who make over 200,000 a year there will be a .9% increase to their medicaid payroll tax.
Money isn’t everything. If the US wants to get its identity as a capitalist society, that is fine but not at the expense of our health. Health is a given, it is necessary for life after all, and anything that is a necessity should be treated as such. It is how things “should be”. We should be able to feed ourselves and take care of illness and disease since this is to the betterment and benefit of all. No one asks to be born either, we have a responsibility to take care of ourselves and that should be something in the realm of reason, and at the prices of healthcare costs, it isn’t. This is an obvious wrong, which is trying to be made right. I have heard too any other autism-moms say they have to “live forever” because we know our children will not receive the help they need or a decent life. But with the stress that takes over your body when having a child with special needs, even living an average lifespan without proper healthcare just is not likely.
So even though there are flaws, to our family this is a huge step forward. Autism has reinforced in me the importance of seeing the glass half full. I don’t think I would have survived these past 10 years without that attitude, or I would be locked up somewhere. Autism has also given me the ability to see past the outside distractions and lies we all tell, and focus on the inside goods. You need that to be able to tell what your kid really wants, or is trying to communicate with you.
Our perceptions are our realities; you can choose to live in a world of crap or a world of hope. Critics point out flaws that both exist in the thing they criticize and within themselves. Life isn’t’ perfect, but I will go with someone who understands this and still has hope and wants to move forward anyway. Because that is what I do every day.
Supreme Court rules in favor of “Obama care”