- Not worrying about how to find a doctor to treat your illness.
- Not worrying if you will be fired from your job.
- Not worrying about the fact that you have no job.
- Not worrying about how you will pay for the doctor(s) you find to treat you.
- Not worrying that paying your doctor(s) for their services will endanger your ability to feed yourself.
- Not worrying that paying your doctor(s) for their services will endanger your ability to feed your children.
- Not worrying about who will take care of your children while you are ill.
- Not worrying about being able to do the daily things that life requires, like going to the food store, picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy, packing lunches for your kids, answering the fucking door, opening the fucking mail, etc.
- Not worrying about being able to pay for your prescriptions.
- Not worrying about who will take care of your family if you die.
- Not worrying if your family can afford to fucking give you a funeral if you die.
- Not having to choose between mediocre care and the best care that money can buy.
- Not having to choose between recommended medications because you cannot afford to buy them all.
- Not having to spend hours of your life while ill on the phone with an insurance company, advocating for yourself, ensuring that all the things you ought to be covered for are in fact being covered.
- Not having to beg healthcare providers to see you and treat you because you don’t have any fucking insurance in the first place.
I could go on. The list is endless.
In short, it’s easier to be ill while rich in America than ill while
poor middle classnot rich. Period. The end.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
(The things in italics are things that I deal with on a weekly basis. Please do not step to me to tell me you ‘understand’ about being chronically ill while being uninsurable *and* not having money to just pay out of pocket. It’s a well known fact that I will pay my mortgage, but all other bills go to the back of the line when it comes to paying for my meds each month.)
Being ‘sick’ while rich ain’t got shit on being sick while non-rich.