I try not to get political in this blog, but current politics are directly involved in our healthcare and that is what I write about in this blog. I write this because all of my work is dedicated to improving the quality of life and for saving lives.
Candidate Mitt Romney has been very clear; he will work to repeal “Obamacare” on day one of his presidency. In a speaking engagement in Ohio Mr. Romney said that no one dies from the lack of health insurance. He also claimed that anyone with a preexisting medical condition can get health insurance.
Come on, who actually believes this?
It is pretty clear to me, if Mr. Romney gets elected, and you have a pre-existing condition, like advanced prostate cancer, you can forget getting health insurance of any type.
It is also clear that if you don’t have insurance, you increase your chance of dying prematurely.
Don’t believe me, then look at FactCheck.org – evidence that thousands of Americans die each year because they don’t have health insurance.
Still don’t believe me, Harvard University has reported that 45,000 Americans die prematurely from lack of health insurance.
People die because they can’t afford to go to the doctor when they experience symptoms. When people who then go to the ER, their illness is far worse than it would have been had they sought earlier treatment. ER treatment is much more expensive then a trip to the doctor.
People die because they can’t afford their prescription medications, so they don’t fill prescriptions. When they do get their prescriptions they cut the dose back to make it last longer.
People die because they can’t afford preventive medicine or screening tests.
Again, I apologize to those who are upset about my political advocacy, but I am even more upset about the potential number of people who will die unnecessarily because they do not have health insurance. There is NO excuse for people to die because they have pre-existing medical conditions.
I struggle when I speak with a man with advanced prostate cancer who lives in another country and they cannot access the life extending drugs we have available in the United States. If Mr. Romney is elected and is able to repeal the healthcare legislation I will then have to explain to Americans why they too can not have these drugs that they will have to die prematurely.
This possibility makes me very unhappy and very angry.
Joel T Nowak, M.A., M.S.W.