Migraines, the Election, Tomorrow's Debate
How is your head today? Any Migraine or headache? If you do have one, I hope you're getting the medical care you need and that it's not putting you in financial distress.
There are many important (and somewhat frightening) issues in the news today, just a bit more than a month before this year's Presidential election -- hurricaine recovery, the economy and the big "bail-out," the war in Iraq, and much more. BUT we must not forget to pay attention to where McCain and Obama (listed in alphabetical order) stand on vital healthcare issues. This year's election stands to be one of the most important in American history, certainly the most important one thus far during our lives. Thus we MUST cast informed votes.
47 million Americans have no health insurance, and for people with multiple health issues, getting insurance can be impossible. Out of curiosity, I checked into getting insurance as if I had none. Guess what? With the multiple health issues I have, nobody will insure me. And having health insurance is no guarantee that you'll be able to get or afford healthcare. Deductibles and copayments are increasing, and insurance companies seem to be placing more limitations on care. We have excellent insurance (as health insurance goes), yet I recently discovered that I can get several of my prescriptions less expensively if I go to Kroger or Walmart and get them with their generic programs instead of my insurance. Strange, sad, pathetic. My husband spent his whole career with one company, partly for the benefits, and we still pay premiums. Yet our mail order pharmacy charges more for our copayments than Walmart and Kroger charge to sell us the medications without insurance.
You can find some information on the candidates' views on healthcare on our HealthCare '08 site:
You can also find additional information on their views on their web sites:
The first of the Presidential debates is tomorrow evening. It will be broadcast on the major broadcast networks and on cable news channels at 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT. Will you be watching? I hope so. I'll be recording it so I can both watch for any comments on healthcare and go back and listen again.
Please, if you can, watch that debate tomorrow. It's an important part of preparing to vote. You ARE going to vote, aren't you?