With the arrival of my Peace Corps medical packet two weeks ago, I’ve been scrambling to figure out where I’ll get my physical and lab work done.
Why? I am one of the 50 million Americans without health insurance.
I believe people have a lot of misconceptions about those without health insurance, whatever the reason. I am a young, hard-working American who happens to be employed as a contractor (by an American corporation) making too much money for low-income health services and too little money to be able to afford decent health coverage.
On the same note, I’m lucky that I’m young and healthy enough to have no current issues. I discovered what I thought was my health insurance is emergency only coverage, and less than a week after applying for individual health insurance I was approved starting June 1. And I know that I am very lucky.
The coverage isn’t great, but it’s good enough for the next 5 months. My doctor’s visits will still be expensive, but I won’t be in medical debt for the rest of my life over it. Unfortunately others don’t have that choice.
I don’t want to get up on my soapbox, but I’m just saddened by the priorities of our society. We’d rather support and fund the corporations we rely on to take care of us, but blame the individual when the system fails them.