I just want to discuss my situation, as well as the situation of another.
I'm sick. I've eaten (and held down) two pieces of bread and a small amount of potatoes in the past 4.5 days. I've thrown up 8 times in the past few days. Vomits numbered #4-7 contained blood in increasing amounts.
They didn't contain blood because I'm dying or anything, but because I was throwing up so hard in vomits #1-3 that I blew some blood vessels and ripped some things in my throat. (Yeah it hurt like a bitch.) I should probably go to the doctor, but I don't have insurance -- And when you don't have insurance in the United States, you don't go to the doctor unless your life is in danger or you're going to suffer some sort of permanant damage. I can't afford a $300+ doctor bill, nor $100+ medication.
I don't really know what's wrong with me, but I assume it's stomach flu or something that will eventually go away. I want to the go to the doctor and remedy (or at least slightly fix) it, but instead I resort to just DEALING WITH IT and taking vicodin (A very strong painkiller, if you didn't know) from a family member who is perscribed with it for the pain.
I know of others with more serious problems who are fucked because of a lack of insurance. A friend of mine has an eye disease. She no longer has insurance so cannot afford the multiple-thousand dollar treatments (which are needed bimonthly or so) to keep her eye from messing up. Her sight is getting very bad in her eye and will possibly even lose sight completely in it if she does not get these treatments. I don't know how you can expect her to afford thousands of dollars a month, or expensive insurance that will cover her with this pre-existing condition.
Here's the thing. We're NOT poor. We're average. I have MORE than I need. I have an awesome computer, lots of new video games, a fucking MAME MACHINE, I eat well, I sleep well, I'm not rich (not even close), but I get by quite well. I live in a 20-30 thousand dollar a year household with only one other person. We're fine when it comes to money. I find it so wrong that AVERAGE people in the United States cannot recieve treatment.
Now I know I don't have it that bad off. There's other parts of the world who have it WAY worse off. But within the context of the United States, it sucks that people are put in this situation.
I wish we had socialized medicine in the United States, it's a shame that most Americans are so scared of the word 'socialism' that they won't even CONSIDER it as an option. Sometimes I hate being an American.
Once again, please don't flame or get all defensive because you don't agree with me. Feel free to voice your opinion though!