I’ve talked to a bunch of people about health insurance in this country but I want to talk about how it goes for someone like me.
I don’t think anyone can argue that I don’t contribute, am a deadbeat. I’m not poor enough to get Medicaid & I’m not old enough for Medicare. I want to pay my medical bills.
Now that I’m employed by a university, I can get good health insurance for $250/month.
As a freelancer, though my union, I could get shoddy health insurance for $1000/month.
That’s what Obama is trying to fix. Someone like me, who works part-time, or contractually, has very few options that are competitive as per a capitalist system.
It’s not socialist or anti-capitalist to want the free market to work.
Right now, however, it’s not: the health insurance companies have become a kind of monopoly, or trust, that enables only the biggest corporations and institutions to get a fair shake.
I’d like health insurance that’s affordable and good without being part of a corporation. From things I read, I get the idea that more & more people are employed in the way I am. We are not unproductive members of society. We’re often entrepreneurs, self-employed, or artists of some stripe or another.
I’m tired of being treated like a second-class citizen because I’m on the cusp of tradtional & non-traditional employment.