Below is a letter I sent to my to senators (MI) Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow:
My wife is a 59 year old diabetic (49 years: from age 11). I am 54 with a heart condition that is well controlled by medication. My wife an RN of 33 years who can no longer work in her profession due to diabetic complications. As of now she is receiving Social Security Disability (SSD). My wife was told that she would not be eligible for Medicare until March of 2012. I am unemployed and the only jobs offered seem to be temporary (day work) or low paying work without healthcare. For the past 15 months we have been paying for the COBRA from her last employer: I am thankful for President Obama’s last stimulus funds that paid 65% of the monthly payment (lowering our monthly payment to $395). Now that the funding for the stimulus has stopped, our monthly COBRA payment will be $1,200.00: this 1, 200 is the exact amount she receive in SSD payment per month. Lastly, we are not poor enough to qualify for Medicade: we receive $9.00 a month too much. The healthcare company we have been pay thousands of dollars to for the past 2 years is Aetna. The plan has very high deductibles and co-pays; in all with the monthly premium and co-pays and deductibles we will pay $1,800 per month(with drugs and diabetic medical supplies), every month for the rest of our lives! This comes to $21,600 per year: we can not survive this much longer!
I know, “help is on the way”: so we keep hearing from you guys in Washington. If less time was spent telling us of your earth moving achievements and patting each other on the backs, maybe some tangible actions can be taken to create a public option for people like us? I am sick of hearing, “half a loaf is better than none” (Tom Harkin). When the TARP funds were given to the banks for committing fraud on a national scale none of this nonsense was uttered! The high risk pool created for people like us requires that we go 6 months without any health insurance: who in their right mind would ask a human being in desperate need of healthcare to go 6 months without healthcare to get healthcare! We have been to the healthcare.gov web site. It a façade: basically what it does is lead us in circles from one dead end to another. It seems to be heavy on the PR, and light on substance. We (the people of these United States) are truly on our own: it would seem that our government has been captured by the health insurance corporations (among others) and the Banana Republic is upon us!