Yesterday I endured one of those events every parent dreads. Your child comes to you, something is clearly very wrong, and two blinks later you are sitting in the ER hoping that your baby (no matter their age, yes, they are your baby) will be ok. Thanks to fantastic healthcare options near me, they were.
This isn’t a spot for me to talk about severe allergic reactions, Benadryl, and hives. No, I noticed something last night.
Sitting in that ER I looked around me. There was a consistent theme to the other people waiting alongside us for care. They were clearly, obviously, poor. Very poor. I would wager many of them depend each day on Medicaid or Medicare for any hope of medical care. I would also wager many were Trump supporters (one had a Trump/Pence shirt, one draped in a confederate flag sheet, safe bets).
Sitting there with my child I couldn’t help but wonder if these people had any idea what they had voted for, what they claimed to support, what that support would do to them physically, emotionally, and financially should any of the far-right wishes around healthcare come to fruition. The answer is of course they do not. They want to “make America great again”.
I honestly do not have a clear method in my head around how to approach those most in need, those in the most dire of straits, around the subject of voting against one of their most basic of needs. How to discuss the fact that healthcare for them, for me, for the richest of the rich, should all be equal and, as we have advanced as a society, a basic and absolute human right.
The fact I can take myself or my children to the doctor anytime needed without worry of financial ruin and others cannot, in the United States, in the year 2017, is unacceptable. Watching as we must pay astronomical amounts of tax dollars to subsidize these ERs as opposed to spreading the risk and reward across all in the form of single-payer Medicaid for all is nonsensical. Witnessing our follow humans suffer from lack of care simply because they don’t have the right job or the right income is cruel.
It is time for a change. We must work together to make all better, healthier, and happier.