I can't stand when the right says "EVERYONE should be responsible for their own health care." I have Badger Care. I'm a workaholic. I have severe trauma which contributes to my insomnia. If I don't take my sleep meds, I CAN'T sleep. I will end up in the hospital & be deemed a danger to society & myself because not sleeping makes you go legit "crazy." This has happened to me before.
My medications cost around $400 a month. I'm also on another med for mental health reasons. My meds are saving my life. If I didn't have them or 'free' health insurance, I would literally be screwed. I have a very small co-pay for my medications & 'free' health insurance. I am not lazy. The reason why I'm in school is so that I can have a better life & be able to afford things that I cannot right now, like health insurance. I am trying my best. In fact, I try too hard & often feel so burned out. I'm surprised I have made it this far in life.
I am already 'self-conscience' about having the government help me due to the stigmas like the Republicans automatically assuming I'm lazy & freeloading off of the government.
I will not be getting help forever. The ignorance in this world, (America in particular in this context), is beyond terrible. If people would be more sympathetic to others who are struggling & suffering, the stigmas would greatly go down.
I have had a rough & unfortunate life that I did NOT choose as a child. The rough home life has lead me to make bad choices in life subconsciously & intentionally. I'm not blaming anyone but myself though for making bad decisions... which has also set me back in life. I have forgiven some of my family members for what they have done to me because that is literally all I can do at this point.
I have gotten into quite a few bad, terrible, & abusive relationships with men who abused me as well, which has also contributed into my trauma. I have had road bumps & I'm behind in life due to mental health complications, trauma, & other bad things that I have gone through as I've stated above.
Again...I am trying my best & not sure what some people except from me.
Societies have to decide what they will invest in. The US has, since Reagan, been investing in making the rich richer. It is the owners of capital and the mean of production that need to have money so that it can trickle down to normal people. We have seen that this does not work, the money gets put into accounts off shore so they do not pay taxes on it, Capital, money has to work through the society for it to make more. Under current leadership that is not happening. If we were to invest in the people, free medical care, free education, and some means to allow everyone to participate in the economy, then the economy would grow, allowing people to make more money, have that money filter through the economy and grow the economy. We are moving money for people to the rich, it does not move through the economy. If we built bridges, kept up the roads, worked on building good schools and researching more for science we would have a better economy with its goal to allow people to contribute and gain from their work. If we stay the course we are on we will go bankrupt, the Government will have more debt that the poor cannot pay for. Presently it is not the people who have money who pay the bills, they need it to keep being rich and to keep the false concept of contributing to the economy as well as they can. We are working against our own interests. The Conservative movement is about now allowing change, not making thing better for people.
I know you posted this in politics, and it is certainly the ineffective policies that drive the dysfunction of the system so many are existing within...living with and working through...but I want to say thank you for putting your pride aside long enough to embrace your self consciousness, and so very well succeed in displaying and illuminating the humanity behind the curtain. There are many, many people who are not strong enough to do that, and you have more than once offered it here so seemingly freely. I can confidently say you have more strength of character than a single one of the far-right fucks that would look down on you.
I can truly empathize with you here, though, at least to some degree. My father was a cement mason and worked seasonably. In the winters he would often take more than one part time job to get through until Spring. He would bartend, chauffeur limousines, cut down trees and sell firewood, but still, with 3 kids, times were pretty tough. He worked his ass off all winter long, but still we had a medical card, food stamps, and free lunches at school through the winter. I remember being embarassed about it, even when too young to understand the why behind any of it, but I could deeply sense my father's loss of pride and self respect during these times. It's not even a mere money issue. Financial stress causes chronic forms of physical stress, and can be a gateway to a plethora of dysfunctional expressions. It truly can be a vicious cycle and I have the utmost respect for anyone that's fighting to break from the current and make their way out of it.
From my perspective, you have myriad reasons to hold your head high. It is easy to appreciate you are not sitting around eating bons bons and watching reality TV while you take advantage of the resources that the government is willing to provide. You do not seem to view assistance as a way of life, rather a bridge, which is exactly what it is intended to be, and fuck any American that thinks you are not earning it.
I hear ya! Been there, done that. You are by no means alone! One fine day, ours may become one of the Civilized Nations, and adapt a national health care plan, like the developed countries have! In the meantime, keep your chin up, and continue your schooling. (Perhaps your school has a counselor, who can advise you as to resources available to you?). And when you hear Trumpian idiots badmouthing people who aren't rich, just remind them that the biggest welfare cheats there are, are the Rich themselves! And also ask them how that Trumpy Care is working for them!
Your situation and story remind me a lot of my sister in law. Luckily for her, she lives in New York state, which, unlike Iowa, is not so niggardly and neglectful of people who are working poor, unemployed poor or disabled. She happens to be mentally ill-borderline personality disorder-for her whole adult life and because of that she can never keep a job for any great length of time. Luckily for her, NY provides free or low cost healthcare for low income adults even if they aren't poor enough for Medicaid. Because of that form of economic aid, as well as generous Food Stamp assistance, she has always been able to afford food and housing, otherwise she would have ended up homeless or institutionalized long ago if she lived somewhere like Iowa.
Yeah, it's a collective sickness in our culture. Every other developed nation, and plenty of undeveloped ones, realise that everyone wins with universal health care. Health care costs are collectivized whether we like it or not, so why not go with the win win practice of universal health care? Sadly we let big corporations turn health care into a product in America, and now we have the developed world's least effective and most expensive health care system. It's nightmarish in a way.