My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

It's easy for the issues in this election to feel somewhat distant, or only important in a rhetorical way. When someone talks about having friends or family in Iraq, it's easy to miss the scope of such feelings, since that burden is shared by so few in our society. Likewise, with issues ranging from abortion to illegal immigration to social security reform... to universal healthcare.

I must confess, I was among those who took a very distant look at a lot of those issues. From when I first become politically conscious, through being a Republican, and until somewhat recently, I was more concerned about the here and now of my own life- and none of those issues impacted me directly.

It's funny how things change.

I moved recently to finish my nursing clinicals at a rather prestigious school here. It was a true honor, and an incredible opportunity and boon for my career and future. Especially because I'm struggling to raise my baby girl with only minimal help from her mother, as I left my family behind to be able to move here and attend school.

And now, for the first time in eight years, I don't have a full-time job- I left it behind to be able to move here and attend school. Which entailed a loss of all the benefits I'd never truly appreciated until they were gone. I made decent money for a retail job, and had an excellent benefit package, even if I complained every paycheck about how I was getting gouged.

Now, I have none, at least not until September, when school starts. And unfortunately, this includes my six-month old baby girl.

SCHIP/Medicare can't help me- I made too much money last year, and was on track to do so this year. I never thought I'd be in a position where 24,000 dollars would ever be too much money. My daughter's mother is changing jobs, and won't have health insurance in the meantime.

So it looks like I've fallen through one of the holes in the safety net- and truly, it's my daughter that's going to suffer the most. Hopefully, it's just something the free clinic can clear up, or that is harmless- she's got a growth in the corner fold of her mouth- but as a new dad, nurse in training, and due to my lack of health insurance, I am running through a variety of nightmare scenarios in my head.

And even if everything is just fine, I'm being completely paranoid, and the summer passes until we both get back under health insurance protection without comment, I certainly will never forget the initial stab of horror as the implications of  what a health crisis with my daughter would mean for us right now- financially, educationally... and just with wanting to see her grow up happy and healthy.

And I'll certainly remember in November. No longer will this election, or others in the future, be a work of intellectual rhetoric. The vitriol of the primary wars, the shortsightedness of the PUMA people we all know and love, etc, etc- when I get into that voting booth, I'm going to wonder who the best person will be to make sure that I, or people like me, will never have to experience feelings like that ever again.                                                              

Update [2008-7-13 17:5:30 by ragekage]:A few people have suggested I look for some monetary help. Whether it's honor, or stubborness, I'd never do something like that. There's people out there who have it way worse than me. I have been blessed, truly. I'm just sharing my thoughts. Knowing you guys are pulling for me and that, maybe somewhere, this can inspire someone to give some more thought to who they pull the lever for in November.

Tags: important, issues, mccain, obama, puma morans, universal healthcare (all tags)

Comments

183 Comments

I'm sorry to read this..there are several doctors

in this blog who should be able to help...

by louisprandtl 2008-07-13 12:11PM | 0 recs
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Thanks for the support.

by ragekage 2008-07-13 12:15PM | 0 recs
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I wish I could know more about your babies condition (I play a doctor in real life). As a medical worker I know how hypochondriac one can get when studying in this field (we overworry to damn much). I wish I knew more.

How big is the growth?

At what pace has it been growing?

What's the color?

Texture?

Has she had any recent infections?

Has she had recent fevers?

Does it hurt?

Their are many scenarios and plausible explanations but I don't see how it can be anything malignant or costly to take care off. Relax a bit (I know it's hard as hell). Take note of minor changes in your babies behavior and feeding habits. Annotate in your head when you first noticed this change in physical appereance.

You could try taking her to a dentist first. That would be less costly and the doc would probably give you a good idea of what it might be. Dentists are the authority on most things mouth related (not just teeth). Try to get one that specializes in maxilofacial surgery as well. 2 birds one stone (cheaper than docs too).

If the dentist tells you to seek medical advice go straight to the dermatologist (or whomever he/she suggests). Try to keep your trips to a minimum. Most doc's just refer you to a specialist anyways (but still charge you) and you cut costs that way.

I hope your baby gets better rage.

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 01:03PM | 0 recs
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It's just a skin-color little fold of... well, skin, or so it appears. At first, I thought maybe it was food, but it, of course, won't go away, and repeated washragging only resulted in a crying baby.

Again, I'd agree with you, it's probably nothing. It's just magnified by all the circumstances I've got working against me right now. It just brought into focus a previously vague concept and good idea- "Yeah, health insurance for everyone. Why not, I suppose?" has morphed into something far more serious.

by ragekage 2008-07-13 01:26PM | 0 recs
I don't have the knowledge that

SmS has, but I would add for things to think about a  family history for cancer and any possible environmental hazards (exposure to heavy metals is something that can lead to cancer [which sounds like what you are most worried about, Rage, and would be the thing you might possibly overlook]).

by Sanguine Giant 2008-07-13 04:37PM | 0 recs
Re: I don't have the knowledge that

I would suggest you spend less time online and more time working.

by William Cooper 2008-07-13 11:57PM | 0 recs
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Totally uncalled for.

by PSUdan 2008-07-14 06:57AM | 0 recs
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Your baby is absolutely gorgeous.  I've got my fingers crossed for you.

by Denny Crane 2008-07-13 01:13PM | 0 recs
Beautiful baby ragekage.

Does she look like her Dad?

by georgiapeach 2008-07-13 01:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Beautiful baby ragekage.

No, she's way prettier than that. ;)

by ragekage 2008-07-13 01:26PM | 0 recs
I hear ya.

My brother has three daughters, all of whom look a lot like him. Except they are way prettier(and a whole lot sweeter).

by georgiapeach 2008-07-16 05:08AM | 0 recs
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I'll say it again:
Neither candidate in November is going to do anything to help you or the countless families like yours in the next 4 years. I hope your baby is okay and I hope you will remember this feeling and all the parents who will suffer it over the next 4 years no matter who wins in November. The Democratic Party has decided that health care is not a priority for them at this time. Hopefully for you this will just be a scare for countless families this will be real and once again we will have failed them.
by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 05:12PM | 0 recs
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Spam.

by Kysen 2008-07-13 05:14PM | 0 recs
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Do you not have some goats or a bridge to tend to?

by hootie4170 2008-07-13 05:46PM | 0 recs
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I'm beginning to suspect that Universal Health Care is strictly an election issue for the Democrats, like abortion and gay marriage are for the Republicans.

by georgiapeach 2008-07-16 05:11AM | 0 recs
Tell the truth!!!! OBAMA IS AGAINST HEALTHCARE

FOR ADULTS!!!! Your daughter will be fine because he wants mandated health care for kids ONLY!! As a person who is battling breast cancer for  the past 4 yrs and paying over $22,200 in health insurance premiums + $1,000 deductible + $3,000 co-pay before they pay out a red cent, don't tell me that Obama is my answer!!! He's told us in Houston in a newspaper interview that he would only consider mandated health insurance for adults only after reviewing how it worked out for kids - so I'm not holding my breath!

It's obscene that the democratic nominee will not fight for mandated/universal health care which Clinton would have, unlike your candidate of choice - stop blaming PUMAS because they see right through his hypocrisy! There is no way he would have the courage to fight for what is right and lose political capital - that's all he's about - look at him now.... real  picture of political fortitude - he's a coward and a cold hearted one at that -the fact that he was not moved by the horrific cases he's heard from people on the campaign trail just sickens me - I find him repulsive if not totally repugnant!

by suzieg 2008-07-14 03:34AM | 0 recs
Hi Suzieg

Thanks for your viewpoint that mandates are better than no mandates.  It's a complex issue.  Is it better to enlarge the pool by making everyone contribute but creating more demand for insurance companies?  Or simply subsidize health insurance and require group rates, thereby not inflating artificial demand but running the risk of healthy people opting out of the system and threatening its solvency?  Time will tell.

That part of your post was fine, albeit a few too many exclamation points.  As for the rest of it, shut up.

by corph 2008-07-14 06:06AM | 0 recs
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I find your hyperbole to be repugnant and repulsive.  Aside from that, I'm sorry for your health problems.  I can empathize, because I'm in a similar situation.

Obama himself states a single payer system would be best.  He is also correct in his assessment that it would not pass.  We don't even have enough support to get us out of Iraq ASAP, and you honestly believe mandated health care would just cruise through Congress?  It is a minority that supports such a move, pure and simple.  We don't live in Utopia, we live in reality.  Change is only going to occur incrementally.  It's a sad fact that a lot of people are resistant to changes like this, even when they see a need for it, they fear being left in a worse position (baseless or not, it's a fear for them.)  If those who support universal health care were the only voters, we'd have no problem, but that's not the case.

by whognu 2008-07-14 06:37AM | 0 recs
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Huge rec!

Give that beautiful baby girl a hug.

by MS01 Indie 2008-07-13 12:11PM | 0 recs
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Oh, I have, don't worry- thank you.

by ragekage 2008-07-13 12:15PM | 0 recs
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Where have you been dude?  Seriously.

Been missing you around here.

Mojo'd and rec'd (of course).

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 12:46PM | 0 recs
Sorry didn't mean to knock this beautiful diary

off the top list..

by louisprandtl 2008-07-13 12:13PM | 0 recs
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To bad neither of your choices in November will be doing anything to help you or others like you. Healthcare is not on the agenda because you and others like you decided it was not important. Hope your baby is okay though. And if she is try to think of all those parents in your position who will receive word over the next 4 years that what you are dreading is really happening to them. Then ask yourself why healthcare was important to you before this.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 12:20PM | 0 recs
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I hope you have health insurance so you can get some treatment for the sour grapes you seem to be suffering.

by MS01 Indie 2008-07-13 12:22PM | 0 recs
no Health Insurance

it's not too late, tell Barack you want mandated health care so no moms will sacrifice for their children something as necessary as their own health care.  If it's to be affordable no one can be left out.  That means childless adults who think they're immortal will also be in the pool. Barack has Elizabeth as an advisor, and if he hears from his original supporters that universal health care is a need, he may listen.  He doesn't want to lose any long term supporters and he may have thought people like Rage still don't want mandated insurance.  

by anna shane 2008-07-13 01:08PM | 0 recs
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I intend to keep advocating for true universal health care as represented by a single payer plan. I don't want mandates. I don't want Hillary Care. I want Medicare for all citizens. Hell, I want full health care for everyone inside the borders of the US, whether they are visitors, illegal aliens, or citizens.

I also want to see something done about the Patriot Act and the most recent FISA bill. I don't want any faith-based initiatives. I am against the death penalty. I don't like discrimination based on any criteria, which means I am in favor of allowing same-sex marriages. I am against the death penalty in any form and for any reason.

There are lots of issues where I don't agree with Obama. I will do what I've done all my life - continue to work for the things I care about.

My differences with Obama, however, pale compared to my differences with McCain and the Republican party. It really is a simple choice for me.

by MS01 Indie 2008-07-13 01:31PM | 0 recs
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me too, and when we get mandated, the insurance companies won't be making those obscene profits and we'll have a better chance at getting single payer, which is what I want too, but it also must be mandated.  It's not about who to vote for anymore, we have our candidate and he needs to back a better health plan.  

by anna shane 2008-07-13 02:37PM | 0 recs
Oh boy...now now..every single one

of those causes you stated, I completely support and in agreement with..now how come we were supporting two different candidates who don't agree with us on these important issues. And we were fighting primary wars over them? Hah..umm..maybe we overlooked our principles over personalities whom we supported..ah well..

BTW I back your last sentence wholeheartedly.  

by louisprandtl 2008-07-13 06:32PM | 0 recs
There is something very, very

wrong with you. You're a vile, disgusting person.

by sricki 2008-07-13 12:24PM | 0 recs
Re: There is something very, very

sour grapes, or change course when you realize our candidate isn't quite as left as you'd like and then let him know what you think. This one is important.  

by anna shane 2008-07-13 01:09PM | 0 recs
Re: There is something very, very

What the hell does this comment have to do with the conversation?

Go back to alegre's ( WE DON"T HAVE NOMINEE YET GANG!) deluded soapbox. Talk amongst all 5 of you.

Sick.

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 01:18PM | 0 recs
Re: There is something very, very

anna "no shame" shane can be counted on to lower the level of discourse in any discussion that she participates in.

by MS01 Indie 2008-07-13 01:33PM | 0 recs
Re: There is something very, very

you really think it lowers the discourse to try to influence our candidate to move toward positions we like better? OMG?

by anna shane 2008-07-13 02:39PM | 0 recs
Re: There is something very, very

This will be my only response to you in this thread.

I am well aware of your posting history on this site. I am also aware of many of the postings you have made on hate sites, like no25cents. You have never engaged in policy debates. You have constantly insulted the Democratic candidate and his supporters. As such, you do not merit a courteous response or the dignity of an attempt at a civil discourse.

by MS01 Indie 2008-07-13 02:42PM | 0 recs
Re: There is something very, very

you don't  know me, and you're wrong. But, hey, don't let that stop you from posting your heartfelt opinions.  

by anna shane 2008-07-14 10:35AM | 0 recs
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lol Spacemanspiff. No kidding. Please ya'll. This isn't the time or place to launch into apolicy debate. Later okay.

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-07-13 01:50PM | 0 recs
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What?

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 03:17PM | 0 recs
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I thought maybe you were commenting on not taking this and turning it into a political debate. I saw it as more personal. Sorry.

I realize that this diary can certainly be a spring board to a debate on health care issues. It's just now I was more interested in Ragecage and his daughter at the moment. First person and then bigger picture policy. Human.

That's just me Space. I know folks who worked in the medical field for a long time. Saw folks who really were making those "... do I get my medicine or..." decisions.

It's not just a game or some slogan or public policy. This one was 70 years old and still cleaning folks houses. She needed the money for her meds. Have seen folks buy their medicine a week at a time cause the got paid by the week and that was all they had. Moma's who get the bill for 30 buck bottle of antibiotic that their kid needs. That's on top of the doctor's wait and visit. Their kids are sick, tired, they've been up 1/2 the night and they're just tired of it. Then they'd come see the pharmacist. Another wait and that 30 dollar antibiotic.

I just wanted to know that Ragecage is okay before launching into a big policy discussion. I thought that is what you were commenting on.

Sorry.

It would break your heart.

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-07-13 03:34PM | 0 recs
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I was responding to anna shane and her usual deadender propaganda. I'm an M.D. as a matter of fact and I understand what rage is going through because I see it everyday in the E.R. It really does break my heart. I don't think his intention was to turn this into a policy debate but the PUMA trolls are trying to turn it into just that while accusing him of doing it.

I agree with your comment completely (you've been gone for awhile glad to see you back) and just wanted to make sure.

Great post by the way.

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 04:02PM | 0 recs
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Don't you have some $100 shirts to sell?

by hootie4170 2008-07-13 05:49PM | 0 recs
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You clearly do not have children or you would be unable to be so callous.  You should be ashamed of yourself.

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 12:28PM | 0 recs
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You are a Jackass.
You are a Troll.
You are a Jack Troll.
Be Gone!
by Kysen 2008-07-13 12:29PM | 0 recs
I hate to hear this, RK.

It's probably something minor, but I know nothing seems minor to an anxious parent. I hope she feels better soon.

Have you ever seen one of those diaries -- here or on DKos -- where someone is requesting funds for some reason? Sometimes it's for school, or something. Sometimes they get put on the rec list over at Big Orange. I know it's probably an embarrassing thought to you, but I wanted to let you know it might be an option if you find out something is seriously wrong. You know there are a lot of people who would help you if they could.

by sricki 2008-07-13 12:23PM | 0 recs
Re: I hate to hear this, RK.

Sorry. Whether it's honor, or stubborness, I'd never do something like that. There's people out there who have it way worse than me. I have been blessed, truly. I'm just sharing my thoughts. But thank you for your kind words, they are appreciated as always.

by ragekage 2008-07-13 01:01PM | 0 recs
post this elsewhere

like dkos...maybe someone willbe close enough to help you.

by debcoop 2008-07-13 12:24PM | 0 recs
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Hope everything is okay.

You have often posted heartfelt diaries and comments about the life of you and your baby.  I think many people here feel as if we know you and have a vested interest in your success.  If you need help, many people here would reach into their pockets.  You just have to let us know.

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 12:27PM | 0 recs
yes..agreed..just let us know... n/t

by louisprandtl 2008-07-13 12:31PM | 0 recs
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Thoughts and prayers (or vibes, energy or whatever it is you seek) headed to you and yours from me and mine.

Good luck, brother.

by Kysen 2008-07-13 12:28PM | 0 recs
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What a beautiful baby she is!  I hope you will have health insurance for her soon, and that the problem turns out to be minor.

Is she a first child?  If so, the worries and troubles always seem so huge with the first child.  I remember sitting by my oldest son's crib, wondering whether he was breathing because he was so quiet.  Then worrying about it.  Then checking with a mirror, would you believe?

By the time we had our second son, neither of us was as frightened about every small thing.

by LIsoundview 2008-07-13 12:31PM | 0 recs
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Yes, and all the medial training I'm getting doesn't help me to be any less of a hypochondriac on her behalf. Heh. Thank you for the support.

by ragekage 2008-07-13 01:02PM | 0 recs
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It's going to be okay Ragekage. LOL Just wait till you have pharmacology class.  Oh and don't let your fingers do the walking through a PDR ro Merck Manual while your up with your kid. Those package inserts are scarier than a horror movie. Sheesh.

Laughing is good. Hugs.

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-07-13 01:55PM | 0 recs
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She is so sweet. I like what you did with the stroller.

I hope it is nothing serious.

See if you can find a pacifier she likes that flips out away from her mouth rather than lying on her mouth. It will help reduce friction against the growth until you see the doctor. It will also lessen the drool and bacteria from milk and food getting trapped in there.

by feelfree 2008-07-13 01:09PM | 0 recs
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Excellent, I'm going to do that now, thank you!

by ragekage 2008-07-13 01:28PM | 0 recs
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sorry for your baby and I hope the she makes it well.. I wish god bless your family resolve and strength to get through this situation.

having said that, I am ambivalent on the fit you are throwing politically. I dont think you should use your baby's sickness as an evidence to forward your political agenda. blaming PUMA's or republicans for your baby's condition might not be right morally IMO..

once again I hope your baby the best and pray for speedy recovery. god bless!

by gladiatorsback 2008-07-13 01:12PM | 0 recs
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Disgusting.

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 01:14PM | 0 recs
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I think that was a legitimate comment because there are real concerns about using kids to front political causes, even worthy ones -- even your own kids (i.e. "pimp out Chelsea" and "a mistake" to let the younger Obamas be interviewed.)  

I don't think the poster was trying to be nasty, so I'm uprating to counteract yours. Sorry, I just think it's fair.

Of course I'm wishing nothing but the best for Rage and his family (and everyone's for that matter.)

Rage, you probably don't need this suggestion at all since you're becoming a medical professional, but I've found a lot of reassuring info on the internet (if you're careful of what site you pick of course -- tons of charlatans out there.) But I was able to mostly rule out skin cancer for a suspicious bump on my neck. I did have it checked out and removed, but it reduced a lot of worry for me until that happened. (I was also able to convince my Mom that she was having GRD and not a heart attack, and that a shoulder that could be freely moved without screaming was not, in fact, dislocated...but she's a hypochondriac.)

by SuGeAtARC 2008-07-13 01:37PM | 0 recs
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"... a shoulder that could be freely moved without screaming was not, in fact, dislocated...but she's a hypochondriac.)"

I'm sorry but that was just funny. Hugs to you and your family.

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-07-13 01:58PM | 0 recs
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It was sore for THREE DAYS and she kept insisting it was dislocated. Made the doctor X-ray it twice. Poor guy must have been going nuts.  "Arthritis" he says. "No, I know what arthritis is like! It's not like that!"

It must really suck to get old.

by SuGeAtARC 2008-07-13 02:00PM | 0 recs
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Well it's not the best. but the thing is you are breathing.

It could be worse. We had three stages of life going on. I'm talking "I want the keys to the car and your wallet" puberty, pre menopause, and really old cranky woman. I have to laughed or I would cry.

Yeah from what I've heard and seen getting old does have its "crap" moments.

You are hysterical by the way. I've just remembered your Smokie the Bear comment on another thread.

Oh mercy, I'm sorry Ragecage but SuGeATARC got me tickled.

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-07-13 03:49PM | 0 recs
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What a douche thing to say.  Everyone's political positions are a reflection of the way they live  and the events that take place in their lives.  

by venavena 2008-07-13 01:25PM | 0 recs
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Thank you, but I was illustrating my feelings to demonstrate a reason beyond pettiness as to whom to vote for in November, and using a personal story to express that. Issue-ignorant voters are of all stripes, shapes, persuasions, et cetera- I should know, I was one of them.

by ragekage 2008-07-13 01:30PM | 0 recs
I long for the day when we have

truly universal health care  for everyone.  Our "system"  is so inhumane and so uncivilized!

If you contact your county health department, I think you will find that they have free clinics for children.  It's worth a try.  

I wish you all the best with your baby.  She's a beauty!  

by Radiowalla 2008-07-13 01:24PM | 0 recs
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I'll say it again:

Neither candidate in November is going to do anything to help you or the countless families like yours in the next 4 years. I hope your baby is okay and I hope you will remember this feeling and all the parents who will suffer it over the next 4 years no matter who wins in November. The Democratic Party has decided that health care is not a priority for them at this time. Hopefully for you this will just be a scare for countless families this will be real and once again we will have failed them.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 01:39PM | 0 recs
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I'm still hoping that if Hillary is the VP (yes, I think she's the best choice) she can make that her top priority, working in tandem with Elizabeth Edwards and the active support of Barack Obama and a Democratic congress. Maybe drag Kucinich into the committe since he had the best ideas in this area out of the gate.

I think the Dems DO know that health care is a top issue with voters (It's number one on my personal list, even above Iraq) but they are pulling back at the moment to avoid spooking those folks out there who still shriek like a kid if you mention "socialized medicine."

by SuGeAtARC 2008-07-13 01:45PM | 0 recs
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Re: You need a yenta. ( / )

OH!! rage kage. First, Go find you a good pharmacist/pharmacy. They are so underutilized. Pharmacists have triage training. Maybe you might could wrangle a moonlight job this summer. Some things don't need Rx's. The dosage is tricky but they can help. You'll be using alot of calculations in school and your job. It's good to get use to the math. If you're not used to high fevers find out now before you have too. That's one of those thinks that happen in the middle of the night. This can buy time and keep you out of the emergency room which is EXPENSIVE. Also find the all night pharmacy and get to know them. Make SURE that you tell them that you're a nurse in training. There is professional courtesy even now. Dress professionally when you go and go before you have too. Also find an independent pharmacy. We still have mom and pop or small chains that specialize in personal care. They are also going to be those with home delivery. Splurge for this if she gets sick.  And a thought. Can you volunteer at the free clinic? I'll bet they can find you something to do.  Give you contact in case something happens and you need help but are short. Look for online support groups. Let all the folks there "adopt you and your daughter". So many folks will love to help. Do this even when you get your insurance back. It might not take a village to raise a child but the more friends the better. Folks will help. I just know it.

LOL Hang in there. I know this part is scarey.

Friends help. Let them. Can they babysit for free. Can you trade babysitting? This saves you money that you can use for health care. Don't forget the shots. That's important. Keep your own copy of your daughter's health records so that if you find yourself at 3am with emergency room you'll have all her info. Put it in a binder in her diaper backpack (I liked backpacks for lots of pockets and hands free.) There's also Web Doctors that can help too. Your church can help with resources too.

You can do it. I promise. Ask for help from the mommies and the daddies in the world. We moms and dads have a wealth of hard bought knowledge.

Hugs to you.
You and your daughter are going be just fine.
Keep us posted.

12 dogs Virtual Grammie.

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-07-13 01:43PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

This is a general comment to ragecage and his situation.

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-07-13 03:52PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

I'll say it again:

Neither candidate in November is going to do anything to help you or the countless families like yours in the next 4 years. I hope your baby is okay and I hope you will remember this feeling and all the parents who will suffer it over the next 4 years no matter who wins in November. The Democratic Party has decided that health care is not a priority for them at this time. Hopefully for you this will just be a scare for countless families this will be real and once again we will have failed them.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 01:46PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

What's with the triple post, dude? I read it the first two times you said it. Having computer trouble?

by SuGeAtARC 2008-07-13 01:50PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

It's not showing up for me. I thought it was going into cyberspace. Right now it only shows up 1 time when I read the comments.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 01:52PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

She can't see it (my guess) because it is offensive and she has been hide rated.

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 01:58PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Oh. Yeah, that's what's going on, I see now. Kind of a flaw in the hide rate system there?

by SuGeAtARC 2008-07-13 02:02PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Yeah it is a strange quirk.  What is even worse is that they cannot see our exchange because we are in a reply section to the hidden comment.  Oh well.

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 02:05PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Whoa. That's...um. A little broken.

So is she seeing anything or does she have no clue where her posts are going?

Should there be a warning system letting you know if a post is hidden? (Not that I'm in any position to suggest basic site changes or anything....)

by SuGeAtARC 2008-07-13 02:12PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

I have never been hide rated but my impression is that if you are not a trusted user the post just disappears.

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 02:17PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

That's exactly what happens. I've worked on fine rebuttals to troll posts and then notice it's been h'rated. So if you want the person to read your response better to give a 1. RedState got 12 h'rates on this same comments upthread. That must be some record.

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 03:32PM | 0 recs
Definitely not a record.

I think my personal best is about 15 HRs on one comment.

by sricki 2008-07-13 08:17PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

rage - you have been sorely missed around here lately.  it sounds like your life has been crazy stressful lately. i wish you and your family the best as you get through this.

one thing - is it too late to COBRA your coverage from your previous job?  i know know from experience that it is outrageously expensive, but it can come in handy in transition times like these.  i think you have a couple of months before the option passes, but then you have to back pay for the months passed.  if you find out this is something serious, i would look into COBRA.

best of luck to you in school.  i hope the next time we see you around it is under better circumstances.

p.s. as someone raised by a single dad, i have a tremendous amount of respect for you.  just thought id let you know. :)

by elie 2008-07-13 01:50PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

No, it's not too late to COBRA at all, if I had twelve hundred dollars to blow. I figured I could at least get the baby on SCHIP, but, alas.

Thank you for the support, it's worth more than anything else. The respect even moreso. God bless you.

by ragekage 2008-07-13 02:09PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

I'll say it again:

Neither candidate in November is going to do anything to help you or the countless families like yours in the next 4 years. I hope your baby is okay and I hope you will remember this feeling and all the parents who will suffer it over the next 4 years no matter who wins in November. The Democratic Party has decided that health care is not a priority for them at this time. Hopefully for you this will just be a scare for countless families this will be real and once again we will have failed them.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 01:57PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

trolling + spamming = tramming (or spolling).  Either way, please stop.  

The way to universal health care runs through an Obama administration.  I don't know how quickly or completely we'll get there.  But try lobbying a McCain administration on this issue.  Not to mention the fact that a democratic executive together with a majority in both houses is the most promising scenario for progress on this and other issues we've seen in two decades.  Your argument that there is no difference is unduly pessimistic and fails to display any understanding for how change is possible in this country.  Sure, the Health Care Faerie isn't named Obama (or Clinton, or Elizabeth Edwards for that matter).  But this is not about an all or nothing symbolic stance.  It's about advancing an agenda, even if it's achievement is gradual and partial.

And for those who are arguing that personal experience has no place in political argument, allow me to remind you that the single most important political insight we have received from feminism (next to the moral imperative to consider women as equal human beings of course) is that the personal is political.  We all owe the history of feminist struggle and theory an enormous debt for that.

by Strummerson 2008-07-13 03:01PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

great response, but the poster cannot see it because it was hidden.  the exact same comment is visible downthread.  you might want to post your response to that one.

not that i imagine it would do any good....

by elie 2008-07-13 03:12PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Then I hope it serves as a solid refutation for other readers.  I have little interest in actually entering a dialogue with someone who appears so intellectually dishonest.  But some positions must be refuted as silence seems to lend them validity.

by Strummerson 2008-07-13 03:15PM | 0 recs
That kind of 'pride' is reserved for

people who dont have children. If you can get financial help get it.
Also if you are at a teaching hospital for your training there are usually clinics associated with teaching hospitals. At many clinics they will help you process for medicaid which should nothing to do with your previous income last years. If you or your daughter have an emergent issue go to the emergency room. In the now do what you gotta do to stay healthy. So you can work for universal healthcare.

I will be thinking good thoughts for you and yours

by Ida B 2008-07-13 02:00PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

I'll say it again:

Neither candidate in November is going to do anything to help you or the countless families like yours in the next 4 years. I hope your baby is okay and I hope you will remember this feeling and all the parents who will suffer it over the next 4 years no matter who wins in November. The Democratic Party has decided that health care is not a priority for them at this time. Hopefully for you this will just be a scare for countless families this will be real and once again we will have failed them.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 02:02PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Spam.

by Kysen 2008-07-13 04:17PM | 0 recs
RedstateLib...

You can't see you comment because it is being hide rated because someone finds it offensive.  Posting it over and over and over is obnoxious and will not help you as it will just be hide rated over and over.

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 02:04PM | 0 recs
Re: RedstateLib...

It is obnoxious to hide rate a post that says nothing offensive. It is a violation of the TOS to hide rate a post just because you do not agree with what it says. Therefore I guess I will just paste it over and over... It would draw less attention to it to just lest it post 1 time than keep discussing it and having people wonder why it is being censored. Perhaps it would be more productive to refute the content of the post.

I'll say it again:

Neither candidate in November is going to do anything to help you or the countless families like yours in the next 4 years. I hope your baby is okay and I hope you will remember this feeling and all the parents who will suffer it over the next 4 years no matter who wins in November. The Democratic Party has decided that health care is not a priority for them at this time. Hopefully for you this will just be a scare for countless families this will be real and once again we will have failed them.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 02:08PM | 0 recs
Re: RedstateLib...

Not that it matters but I am not the one hide rating you.  People are sensoring you because you are being intentionally antagonistic in a diary about someone being concerned about their child.  

You are also surely feeling some extra heat because your first comment in this diary was so blatently shameful.

And for what it is worth, I get the impression from you that you think the Democratic party has decided healthcare is not a priority because Hillary lost.  Is that true?  I would disagree by saying that many people like Obama's no-mandate plan better (I am not one of them).  Others think that both HRCs and BHO plans were both horrible because they do not go far enough and are still trying to play within the bounds of a broken system.

Anyway, let the issue go in this diary and worry about the beautiful baby and the single dad.

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 02:15PM | 0 recs
Re: RedstateLib...

Please repost my "blatently shameful" comment. As far as :

"And for what it is worth, I get the impression from you that you think the Democratic party has decided healthcare is not a priority because Hillary lost.  Is that true? "

No that is not true. I think the Democratic party has decided healthcare is not a priority because we have nominated a candidate who has made it clear that he will not even address healthcare until  2012. If the we wanted it to be a priority we would have demanded better than that from this candidate or selected someone else, Edwards or Clinton for instance. If Elizabeth Edwards can be disappointed in the Obama Plan then I can be disappointed in it and anyone who supports it for failing those in this country who need us.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 02:24PM | 0 recs
Re: RedstateLib...

Anyway, I'm not giving up on UHC just yet. Like I said in an earlier (hidden) reply, I dont' assume the Dems have thrown out UHC, just that they're keeping a low profile on it. (I think that's a tactical mistake myself -- they should be pounding McCain HARD on this one, not letting him slide by -- not sure why they aren't.) Still, with Hillary Clinton in the administration in some position (we can pretty much be assure she will be), and Elizabeth Edwards there, and maybe some help from Dennis Kucinich who has some good plans, plus the support of a Dem president and Congress....

Let's just say I want more emphasis on this topic, but I rate my chances of seeing advances in the area from the Dems as MUCH MUCH higher than seeing them from the Republickers. The Repubs are just yelling about how the gummint wants to take all your money to save some lowlife's squalling brat...you know, like Rage's daughter... (Rage being the lowlife, and his beautiful baby being the squalling brat not deserving of medical attention.)

by SuGeAtARC 2008-07-13 02:27PM | 0 recs
Re: RedstateLib...

Oh and by the way I am not the one who made this diary political:

"And I'll certainly remember in November. No longer will this election, or others in the future, be a work of intellectual rhetoric. The vitriol of the primary wars, the shortsightedness of the PUMA people we all know and love, etc, etc- when I get into that voting booth, I'm going to wonder who the best person will be to make sure that I, or people like me, will never have to experience feelings like that ever again. "

The author did!

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 02:27PM | 0 recs
Re: RedstateLib...

You're tone deaf, and clearly an idiot.

Ragecage only made this diary POLITICAL in the sense that he hit out against McCain and his supporters who will do NOTHING about health care.

PUMA members are planning to vote McCain

This is a progressive democratic blog

1. Hiderated for McCain support

  1. Doubly hiderated for showing no sympathy with a worried father because he supported the democratic nominee
  2. Triply hiderated for multiple spam

Cut the lib from your handle and we're done for tonight

Offensive idiot.

by duende 2008-07-13 05:08PM | 0 recs
Maybe here's some practical help....

Rage,

Haven't seen nor read much from you of late. Figured your were tied-up elsewhere. That being said, sorry to see you blogging for such a tough reason today.

So...I thought I'd provide a little practical help...

Here's some results from a search (assuming you're in Virginia, which if I recall, is where you're at right not; if not, my bad...)

Aside from the list below, as a vet, you're eligible for some free healthcare benefits for your daughter under certain circumstances. And, in terms of the pride thing, and not seeking out a freebie, well then offer your professional services to them in lieu of payment! Anyhow, here's some links I found in Virginia, as far as free healthcare for children is concerned:

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children's health initiative. ...
www.vhcf.org - Cached
#

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Charlottesville Free Clinic. Charlottesville ... Dental Referral Service - Find a dentist in your area. Dermatologic Surgery of Central Virginia ...
avenue.org/health.htm

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... include S-CHIP: The State Children's Insurance Program (S-CHIP) covers children ... VA: Harrisonburg Rockingham Free Clinic. NY: Free clinics in New York city ...
reviews.ebay.com/HEALTHCARE-RESOURCES-th e-system-and-finding-help_W...

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www.womenshealthvirginia.org/pages/resou rces.htm

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Virginia Mason Medical Center and Children's Hospital are two health care ...
www.resourceventure.org/case-studies/by- sector/healthcare-industry

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 30.
      Virginia Health Care Foundation | Serving more than 500,000 uninsured ...
      Virginia Free & Reduced Lunch Demographic Info ... The Children's Dental Health Project has an extensive database of national and ...
      www.vhcf.org/dental/links_stats.php - Cached

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Best of luck with this rage! And, if you feel like sharing with us in a few days, please let us know how this all worked out.

Peace!

by bobswern 2008-07-13 02:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Maybe here's some practical help....

Bobswern = always thorough.  Good stuff as always.  

Your diaries should get way more attention.

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 02:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Maybe here's some practical help....

He's substantive and he provides sources.  Obviously that's not good enough for the vitriolic maniacs that frequent this joint (though less than they used to).

Me, I appear to be the kumbaya bipartisan cyclist.

Or do I not yet have a persona hereabouts?  Do you?

What does a scanner see?

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-07-13 02:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Maybe here's some practical help....

I am not sure if I said anything yesterday but I dig your new bike.  Good call on the two wheeled transportation.

I am not sure if I am known well enough here to be typecast yet.  In the real world, my friends consider me to be someone who continuously preaches from his progressive soapbox.  But here that is par for the course.

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 02:46PM | 0 recs
Go to your local public hospital

They will see her and bill you on a sliding scale.  Don't worry about paying it back, just focus on getting the health care your child needs. If they deny care, check for another hospital and be prepared to contact an attorney.

Also - call your Congressman's local district office. With any luck, you live in a Dem district and they often have very good people working in constituent services who will help with these things.

There are hundreds of thousands of people who fall through the safety net for health care every day.  

To all the others reading this thread, don't wait until it affects you personally to take action.

by Betsy McCall 2008-07-13 02:31PM | 0 recs
As info

I'm not a PUMA, but I've backed Clinton over Obama because of health care reform.

Clinton has the only viable plan of the two candidates, period.

Its not easy swimming upstream against the Obama tide, but I do it because we need real health care reform.  Obama is too naive to realize he won't get it without a fight and without becoming unpopular with the health insurance industry.

Lives are too important to risk on Obama's 8 year learning curve.

by Betsy McCall 2008-07-13 02:43PM | 0 recs
Re: As info

Um.... Hillary Clinton is a United States Senator. United States Senators can have a great deal of input into an issue like health care reform. Ask Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Or Hillary Clinton.

by BlueinColorado 2008-07-13 03:06PM | 0 recs
And it's not something that simply

fighting real hard will fix.  There is no magic wand that anyone can wave to provide perfect free healthcare to all (Cheap Meds in Canada, as one example, are only possible because it is the US pharmaceuticals who spend the money to develop them).

it is good that you and so many are adamant that the system be fixed, or at least improved.  I agree.  Senator Obama agrees.  The only disagreement is how it gets done, and while I and the Senator from Illinois may be wrong, it is possible that you and the Senator from NY may be as well.  But let's keep level heads and a civil conversation going about it so we can make some actual progress this time.

-best

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-07-13 03:24PM | 0 recs
Sorry, the comment above was for Betsy

with all due respect.

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-07-13 03:25PM | 0 recs
There's good policy and there's bad policy

Health care reform is such a critical issue its going to require both very good public policy and someone willing to push to make it happen.

As we've seen countless times in the past, weak health care policy solves little or nothing and delays real solutions since the bandwagon riders who pushed for weak reform will remind us the issue has been resolved.

Its much more difficult and takes much more time to overcome bad health care policy than it does to do it right.

As this thread shows, people's lives are at stake.  If you're willing to fool around with a long, slow incremental process for health care reform, do me a favor and tell me how many people you're willing to let die needlessly in order to get that accomplished.

Thanks.

by Betsy McCall 2008-07-13 03:46PM | 0 recs
"How many people I am willing to let

die?"

Well, since you make it a Fool's Choice I will give you the sharp answer I would rather avoid:

How many people have died since the First Lady failed to ram through a closed-door absolutist's policy in the 1990s?  How many have died since the President at that time failed to find a Magic Wand to wave and make it all better?

Assuming that I or anyone else is "willing to let people die" is precisely the kind of ranting that will ensure that this issue will never be solved.  As much as I fervently want to advance this topic I could feel my mind trying to snap shut reading your comment.  I shudder to think of the reaction to those who are not as close to your position as I am if they were to hear you vomit accusations at them, and how that serves to perpetuate the current dilemna.

No-one wants people to die - none here and damn few even among those who disagree with us both on how to fix the current system or whether it needs fixing at all.  

One thing you can do to ensure that more people will die while we all try to work through this is to continue to fling assertions around that everyone who is neither you nor on your "side" - whateverthehell that means - "wants people to die".

Hyperbole and insults do not solutions make.

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-07-13 04:03PM | 0 recs
Re: As info

Um... Bets... just curious.... could you explain the troll rating?

by BlueinColorado 2008-07-13 03:39PM | 0 recs
Sure

Trivializing Hillary Clinton and the issues she stands for by saying "she can work as an individual senator" are insulting and demeaning.

Its a meme I disagree with and one that shouldn't become part of the conventional wisdom.

by Betsy McCall 2008-07-13 03:54PM | 0 recs
Just because you disagree with it

doesn't mean it's trolling.  Now your comments, on the other hand, amount to little more than insults and wild assertions with no substantiation.

by JJE 2008-07-13 03:55PM | 0 recs
We all have our opinions

and, as Democrats, we stand for each person's right to express them.

by Betsy McCall 2008-07-13 04:04PM | 0 recs
Re: We all have our opinions

which means you should not have handed out an unfair trollrate.  Thanks for proving his point.

And pointing out that Hillary Clinton is a senator is simply the truth.  

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 04:06PM | 0 recs
Re: We all have our opinions

Really and what about Hide rating this:

Neither candidate in November is going to do anything to help you or the countless families like yours in the next 4 years. I hope your baby is okay and I hope you will remember this feeling and all the parents who will suffer it over the next 4 years no matter who wins in November. The Democratic Party has decided that health care is not a priority for them at this time. Hopefully for you this will just be a scare for countless families this will be real and once again we will have failed them.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 05:34PM | 0 recs
Re: We all have our opinions

Rancid Spam.

by Kysen 2008-07-13 05:40PM | 0 recs
Re: We all have our opinions

You're lying about the party and the candidate.

by BlueinColorado 2008-07-13 06:21PM | 0 recs
Then you should not have given that TR

by chrisblask 2008-07-13 04:08PM | 0 recs
Re: We all have our opinions

Contradiction much?

Hysterical.

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 04:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Sure

Trivializing Hillary because she is a senator.  That is laughable.

I wish I could be so trivial.

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 04:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Sure

I wasn't trivializing Hillary Clinton. Quite the contrary, I was pointing out that she still holds a position of enormous influence in our government (which you seem determined to deliberately misunderstand in order to justify your attempts to continue the primary pie fight).

I can't imagine you are really so ignorant of American government and American politics that you really believe a U.S. Senator with the national following, media prominence and fund-raising list (by no means the least consideration) that Hillary Clinton has is powerless, or that pointing out her position is "insulting and demeaning".

And since you seem determined to deliberately misunderstand everything from basic English to middle school-level civics, let me be clear: I'm not calling you ignorant, I'm saying you're pretending to be ignorant in order to pick fights, whine, play the  victim and keep the primary fights open (and given you're attempt to troll-jack a diary about a sick child, your abuse of the ratings system, and having read some of your old comments, so I'm pretty confident in my assessment).

by BlueinColorado 2008-07-13 04:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Sure
But just think of all the good she could do working hard for all us as the president. She could start in right away to make things better in health care and many other ways.
No learning curve, as someone above said.
This whole primary season has been a tragedy for people who need help.
by Marjoriest 2008-07-13 04:38PM | 0 recs
Oh horse shit

What are you fucking babbling about?

My apologies if this is some too accurate parody.

by BlueinColorado 2008-07-13 04:40PM | 0 recs
"Could have"

"Could have" is water under the bridge.
All the things Kerry "could have" done had
he won in 2004....
Or what "could have" happened had Kenedy and not
Carter won the nomination in 1980....

Obama is the democratically elected democratic
nomineee...Clinton had accepted this.

So the only choice is Obama or McCain.
Which do you prefer?

by lolo08 2008-07-13 09:05PM | 0 recs
Re: As info

For failing to kiss Clinton's ass, IMO.

by lojasmo 2008-07-16 03:11PM | 0 recs
Not enough

We need real leadership in the WH to make this happen.

The only alternative would be to make Clinton Majority Leader in the Senate, which would give her enough power in that body to prevent Obama from letting the health insurance industry write health care reform policy.

Being one senator doesn't amoung to a great deal and health care reform is far too critical an issue to wait 8 years for real reform.

by Betsy McCall 2008-07-13 03:12PM | 0 recs
Hang in there, Rage

We don't have healthcare, either, as of June 30.  That's twice this year and Coverage Lapse Number Four in twenty-odd years - with about half of those years being in the States.

I've been everything from a forklift driver to a high-tech inventor, VP and CEO - but all that and $5 will only buy a coffee at Starbucks if one of us gets seriously ill before I figure out exactly what I'm doing next (overqualified in a tight market - an interesting experience that you don't get sympathy for complaining about).

I came of age in Canada, got married in my early twenties and moved back to the states.  Promptly got run over by a pickup on my motorcycle with no health insurance and a $5/hour job (the ambulance cost more than two weeks pay).  Landscaped my way to an education, a career, good jobs, world travel then in Utah with a baby and a company that didn't work and no coverage again.  Back to a big winner of a job, a successful startup and then one not so, then moved here to Florida with no coverage and a family of five.  Another great job with a company that faltered and with luck next another soon with someone who won't run out of cash.  

Until then, we are careful.  But on July fourth we went to the beach to watch the fireworks and some yahoo shot a bottle rocket that hit Donna in the head (head wounds bleed a lot, it was just a nick, but rushing to the water with her face covered in blood gives one pause for certain.  "Are we talking skin grafts?!?!").

For all that, I don't see Single-Payer as the fix to the problem (Canada's system is mostly a disaster), and mandating insurance we can't afford now won't make us buy it (fine me, I won't pay those fines I can't afford, either).  In the complex view I have of the topic I honestly see sen. Obama's negotiated plan the best step from where we are now - there may not be a Perfect Solution that is also a Possible Solution right now.

Like you, I've been both on the Left of politics and on the Right.  I've been in the corporate boardrooms of the Health Insurance companies, and I've been in emergency with no way to pay for the services.  I've been in the Universal Healthcare Heaven Up North and seen the good, bad and ugly of that, and I know the pros and cons of the system we have here.  I don't know what the answer is, but I do know that anyone who thinks it is a simple problem to solve has another think coming.

Do what you need to take care of your baby.  As Bobswern notes, there are resources to help you and if it comes to that, I'd bet we among us here could find ways to help.  

But don't stress too much, you have a beautiful daughter and she will grow through all sorts of hair-raising maladies into a wonderful woman just fine.  It's just what they do to keep us all grounded... ;-)

-best

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-07-13 03:15PM | 0 recs
not that this is the diary for it...

but i would suffice is to say, that the majority of progressive americans would prefer the CDN healthcare system to the US.  and while admittedly the canadian system is imperfect - i would much rather have my system over yours for the precisely the reason that is included in the diary.

by canadian gal 2008-07-13 07:57PM | 0 recs
Re: not that this is the diary for it...

There's no innovation for new drugs or treatments under the Canadian system.

by dogman 2008-07-13 08:50PM | 0 recs
is that a joke?

the only difference between canada and the US is that the drug companies are required by the govt to sell at a specific price.  so i guess with billions less in the bank they spend a bit less on research.

by canadian gal 2008-07-13 08:56PM | 0 recs
Your points are well taken, CG

I understand everyone's opinions on this topic - no matter what their opinion is.  It is just that understanding that makes it hard for me to take side with any proposed "solution".

Rage would be better off in Canada right now - no question.  But without our screwed up system here, the medicines his daughter could need might not exist on the planet.

One of the big Canadian pharmas was almost a customer of mine in 2006, but they were spending buckets of cash on lawyers trying to break a US patent and were cutting back on all other spending.  They succeeded in the end.

I'd give my right arm (to be ambidextrous ;-) to combine free full medical for everyone with the fastest possible advances in medical technology, but I am extremely doubtful that it would work that way.  One of my core perspectives on this whole thing is:

o  Medicide 100 years ago was cheap - your children just died (like my grandmother's three brothers) while the barber-doctor "bled" you.

o  Medicine now is increasingly expensive, in large part because research is expensive and treatments are rapidly obsoleted.

o  In 100 years medicine will be cheap because research will be largely complete.

o  In the meantime, ubiquitous delivery of everything is very complicated, and perhaps impossible...

-best

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-07-14 05:40AM | 0 recs
Re: not that this is the diary for it...

Plus, you can't get in to see a doctor quickly in Canada.  

by dogman 2008-07-13 08:52PM | 0 recs
me thinks someone has no idea what they are

talking about.

by canadian gal 2008-07-13 08:58PM | 0 recs
Re: not that this is the diary for it...

What?  That is frankly false.

by lojasmo 2008-07-16 03:12PM | 0 recs
Re: not that this is the diary for it...

seconded by another recent Canadian

by lolo08 2008-07-13 09:07PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

What an Angel. I hope everything works out. This is why we need change. Take care.

by Politicalslave 2008-07-13 03:45PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Just imagine how parents who cannot afford insurance for themselves worry about how it will effect their children if they get sick! Those that will fall through the crack are scared to death. The only people I have personally met who think Obama's plan is good are the same people I know who supported Bush in 2000 and 2004, because he was a regular guy. Can you say "useful idiots" not my description just Karl Roves.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 03:48PM | 0 recs
You should widen your circles then

Sounds like a personal problem to me.

by JJE 2008-07-13 03:52PM | 0 recs
Re: You should widen your circles then

Sounds like it is an epidemic that even the Author of this diary suffers from:

"I must confess, I was among those who took a very distant look at a lot of those issues. From when I first become politically conscious, through being a Republican, and until somewhat recently, I was more concerned about the here and now of my own life- and none of those issues impacted me directly."

That is a quote from the diary. Sounds like the same thing I hear from a lot of people who are OK with the Obama health plan. Don't attack me just because I point out the elephant in the room.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 04:06PM | 0 recs
Re: You should widen your circles then

Stop spamming the diary with your bullshit please. Your not being taken seriously nor does anybody give a crap about what you think is going on. Your insulting the diarist and I'm starting to think you're another lame sockpuppet with an agenda.

I'm h'rating your ass on site if you continue. Just so you know.

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 04:11PM | 0 recs
Re: You should widen your circles then

Lots of people trying to use this diary to reopen old fights.

You'd almost think they weren't really concerned about the actual issue at hand.

by BlueinColorado 2008-07-13 04:19PM | 0 recs
Re: You should widen your circles then

They are doing it on every diary, every single day.

Same busted talking points and B.S. smears.

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 04:30PM | 0 recs
Re: You should widen your circles then
Before you point out elephants you should check your facts:
http://www.barackobama.com/issues/health care/
That's a link to the healthcare page of Obama's website where he makes clear the need for mandatory healthcare for children.
by Susan from 29 2008-07-13 05:32PM | 0 recs
My thoughts are with you and

your beautiful little girl, ragekage. I don't have children and I can only imagine, but it must be terrifying to have a child and not have health insurance. I'm proud to be fighting alongside you to get Obama elected so your situation will be a thing of the past.

by Rumarhazzit 2008-07-13 03:59PM | 0 recs
Stopping in to say Hiya

RK, I am sorry to hear about your daughter and hope she turns out ok.

by Sanguine Giant 2008-07-13 04:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Stopping in to say Hiya

We miss you around here dude.

Please rethink your "leave of absence".

Anybody else agree?

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 04:07PM | 0 recs
SmS

My leave of absence is due to a position I hold, I got a really nice lab position but it is keeping my extremely busy, I have a column running tonight and it is automated which gave me the time to pop in tonight.

My 'leave of absence' is due to that and nothing else.  I have thought about my actions and i have no problem showing some vemon to hypocrites.  Though I will admit the site when I do check as lower quality than OpenLeft (despite the lower traffic).

by Sanguine Giant 2008-07-13 04:14PM | 0 recs
Re: SmS

Glad to hear that. I'm glad you pop in once in awhile. You really have been missed around here. As for your "actions", I'm beginning to rethink my position on that also.

i have no problem showing some vemon to hypocrites

I totally agree. In hindsight, you were right all along. Cheers!

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 04:21PM | 0 recs
Yeah

My relatively new position will keep me extremely busy, but I still show up once in a while.

I'll admit I took some time to search thoughts but I have little remorse for what I've done here (most of it is for my actions towards RisingTide in a episode where I flipped out as I didn't read the diary.

by Sanguine Giant 2008-07-13 04:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Yeah

You shouldn't be remorseful for anything. You are one of the biggest reasons I came out of lurk mode after so much time and decided to be more active on this site.

You're a rockstar kid!

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 04:33PM | 0 recs
No that was an error on my part

(I speculated he was a Paultard because I didn't read the diary only the title and it was an inflammatory to get people to read it).

by Sanguine Giant 2008-07-13 04:43PM | 0 recs
can i get a hell yeah!

by canadian gal 2008-07-13 05:48PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Really,

Let's ask the author! So RageKage as a young self professed former Republican, how old are you? When did you become a "Democrat" and did you ever vote for "W" Bush. I know that I can go back through your post and garner this info but it would be so much nicer to let you summarize it for JJE.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 04:01PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

WTF?

by Kysen 2008-07-13 04:10PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

This person is spamming the diary with insults and attacks on ragekage.

I'm feeding him donuts like his name was Chief Wiggum.

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-13 04:12PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Get help.

by BlueinColorado 2008-07-13 04:19PM | 0 recs
Your daughter is lovely.

Good luck!

by psychodrew 2008-07-13 04:49PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Here we Go Again:

It is obnoxious to hide rate a post that says nothing offensive. It is a violation of the TOS to hide rate a post just because you do not agree with what it says. Therefore I guess I will just paste it over and over... It would draw less attention to it to just let it post 1 time than keep discussing it and having people wonder why it is being censored. Perhaps it would be more productive to refute the content of the post.
I'll say it again:
Neither candidate in November is going to do anything to help you or the countless families like yours in the next 4 years. I hope your baby is okay and I hope you will remember this feeling and all the parents who will suffer it over the next 4 years no matter who wins in November. The Democratic Party has decided that health care is not a priority for them at this time. Hopefully for you this will just be a scare for countless families this will be real and once again we will have failed them.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 04:50PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Spam.

by Kysen 2008-07-13 04:57PM | 0 recs
Spam

has more content and nutritional value.

by BlueinColorado 2008-07-13 05:04PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

You're tone deaf, and clearly an idiot.

Ragecage only made this diary POLITICAL in the sense that he hit out against McCain and his supporters who will do NOTHING about health care.

PUMA members are planning to vote McCain

This is a progressive democratic blog

1. Hiderated for McCain support

  1. Doubly hiderated for showing no sympathy with a worried father because he supported the democratic nominee
  2. Triply hiderated for multiple spam

Cut the lib from your handle and we're done for tonight

Offensive idiot.

by duende 2008-07-13 05:08PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Wow that was awesome.  Cheers!

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 05:11PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

You're welcome. What's cheering is to see how few trolls dare stray into this important and heart felt plea from Ragekage for his daughter.

Let's not forget what a great bunch of people most MYDD'ers are.

Diaries like this reveal the best in people.

(and the odd bad apple)

by duende 2008-07-13 05:42PM | 0 recs
Hey Duende why the TRs

Hey,

I just noticed that you TR'd me twice upthread.  I don't think either comment is especially TR worthy and one is definitely in the clear.

Could you explain your TRs as I think they are unjustified?

Thanks

by CAchemist 2008-07-13 10:00PM | 0 recs
Big apologies

As you might have guessed from my other mojos of you, it was a down arrow key error. Trolls restored to their intended mojo. My only excuse was it was late UK time, around 4 a.m., and I was so incensed by redstatelib that I got cross-eyed.

Never given you anything by mojo's in the past, and I guess the future will be just the same

by duende 2008-07-14 08:08AM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

The real irony in your comment is that HRC hit BHO hard during the primaries because his health plan only had a single mandate and that was to ensure that all children had healthcare.

by Susan from 29 2008-07-13 05:27PM | 0 recs
I hope your daughter will be fine.

by LatinoVoter 2008-07-13 05:11PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick,

Hi,

I have been without health insurance for several years now. I have become a user of low cost clinics wherever and whenever they can be found. See what your town offers? I wouldn't wait and  assume it is nothing serious. I sympathize to the max. :)  

by linfar 2008-07-13 05:17PM | 0 recs
its probably nothing rage.

and when i hear stories like this - i seethe with anger.  how the feck does the US not have universal healthcare????

its honesty beyond horrible.  highly rec'd and your kind thoughts to you and your sweet girl.

by canadian gal 2008-07-13 05:30PM | 0 recs
Hey there...

nice to hear from you again.

I am certain your situation is just one of an overprotective Dad doing his job.  

Keep the faith, and the Lord shall take care =)

by SevenStrings 2008-07-13 05:31PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Neither candidate in November is going to do anything to help you or the countless families like yours in the next 4 years. I hope your baby is okay and I hope you will remember this feeling and all the parents who will suffer it over the next 4 years no matter who wins in November. The Democratic Party has decided that health care is not a priority for them at this time. Hopefully for you this will just be a scare for countless families this will be real and once again we will have failed them.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 05:36PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Maggoty Spam.

by Kysen 2008-07-13 05:40PM | 0 recs
She is beautiful

I hope everything works out okay for you and your daughter.

My older brother (age 60) is a luthier who also has no insurance for the first time in his life due to a late in life career change.  He had multiple heart attacks in January and was able to get medical help, but they could have been prevented if he had been able to obtain the care and medication he needed.  

There is something wrong with a nation as wealthy as ours not being able to insure the health of its citizens.

by Susan from 29 2008-07-13 05:43PM | 0 recs
Man, so sorry to learn of this.

And, I hope with all my heart that it turns out to be nothing.  You, your wife and your beautiful child will be in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Please keep us posted.

Welcome back - we are here for you.  

You have been missed RK.

Look Forward.

by UrbanRedneck 2008-07-13 05:47PM | 0 recs
redstatelib.

in all my time at mydd - i have gone after a user personally twice and this was a result of someone crossing a HUGE line. so ill say this to you directly as possible:

FUCK OFF ASSWIPE.

you are trolling and spamming a diary about a sweet baby.  go away to whatever rock you crawled out from.

by canadian gal 2008-07-13 05:52PM | 0 recs
Re: redstatelib.

Canadian Gal

I was raised with better manners than you so " Bite Me you Freakin self rightious Bitch. Now see my reply below and don't cry about this response.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 06:26PM | 0 recs
You know, you're an unconscionable bastard.

I think I've HR'd every single one of your comments in this thread, and I want you to know,

You deserved every. last. one.

by sricki 2008-07-13 06:32PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

M thoughts and prayers are with you buddy...Everything will be just fine.

by hootie4170 2008-07-13 05:58PM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Candain Gal

He made this about politics not me:

"I must confess, I was among those who took a very distant look at a lot of those issues. From when I first become politically conscious, through being a Republican, and until somewhat recently, I was more concerned about the here and now of my own life- and none of those issues impacted me directly."

Now if he had made this about his child and not about:

"No longer will this election, or others in the future, be a work of intellectual rhetoric."

Then that would have caused me to say only: " I hope that your Baby is Okay'. But the author made this about politics not me. So you can trash me all you want but you are being dishonest when doing so and you know it. If someone writes a diary about a personal situation to make a political point that opens it up.

Nice try but if he makes it political it is a political diary. If he leaves politics out of it then it is not political.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 06:05PM | 0 recs
Red...you made your point..I think it's time to

let it go. Please note that there must be a reason why every sensible person I know in this blog are riled up about your notes.

by louisprandtl 2008-07-13 06:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Red...you made your point..I think it's time t

Because many of them want this site to be an echo chamber. They have decided that anyone who says anything they do no agree with must not be debated and must be silenced. For a site that is dedicated to Democrats the inmates here have become some of the most undemocratic people on the web.

by RedstateLib 2008-07-14 05:16AM | 0 recs
Your paranoia is incredibly tiresome.

But there's always help available -- Clozapine: ask for it by name.

by sricki 2008-07-14 06:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Your paranoia is incredibly tiresome.

Argh! Sriki, please don't make light of mental illness. There's some in my family and it can be really terrible. (And Clozapine has some nasty side effects -- Not that I think you were seriously trying to prescribe of course!!!)

Sorry about getting on your case -- it's just a knee jerk reflex of mine when people start talking about mental illness that way. My biggest complaint with Phil Gramm's recent BS -- you can read my gripe here:

http://www.mydd.com/comments/2008/7/10/1 1227/0090/15#15

-- was that it was utterly disrespectful of the mentally ill. Try making light of diabetics or MS or AIDS instead and see how people react, Mr. Gramm.

I'll get off my soapbox now.

by SuGeAtARC 2008-07-14 08:29AM | 0 recs
There is a great deal

of severe mental illness in my family -- enough for me to have become entirely comfortable with it. I'm also a grad student in psychology. Clozapine's side effects are more severe than those of many other atypical antipsychotics because it was the first of its kind.

I assure you, I do not really think the troll is schizophrenic, schizoaffective, or anything of the sort.

by sricki 2008-07-14 08:40AM | 0 recs
Re: There is a great deal

I didn't think you really were talking about genuine organic mental illness. I'm just somewhat sensitive to off-the-cuff insults that are more specifically aimed at "mentally ill person" than a basic "You're nuts." As in, I'd say, "You're nuts", but I wouldn't say, "You seen to have borderline personality disorder; have you tried dialectical behavior therapy?" -- just because I wouldn't toss around a diagnosis of BPD casually.

I was doing some volunteer work at a city mental health clinic in Boston a couple decades ago (I was a teenager) and I remember the therapists discussing what I think was Clozapine, and talking about how it could fatally depress patients' red blood cell counts or wipe out their livers if not very carefully monitored. Anyway, it just sounded like a really nasty drug. (I may have details or even the drug wrong -- it was a long time ago and my family's curse is depression/substance abuse, not schizoid disorders, so I'm not up on the pharmaceuticals. We could talk antidepressants/mood stabilizers all day though. Except this isn't the place for it, obviously.)

Anyway, I just get a mental cramp when someone drags overly realistic mental illness terminology into what's basically a case of "the dozens."

by SuGeAtARC 2008-07-15 10:50AM | 0 recs
Even with mental illness,

sometimes you've just got to learn to laugh at yourself. Ask anyone in my family.

by sricki 2008-07-15 01:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Even with mental illness,

sigh -- just can't do it right now. Our family's in crisis. It's not hopeless, but the situation is messy and everyone is stretched nearly to the breaking point (myself included.) And there are kids involved (my beloved niece and nephew) so...

...sorry. Can't laugh right now. With luck, maybe someday.

by SuGeAtARC 2008-07-16 04:05AM | 0 recs
I'm very sorry for your family.

I hope it works out. If you need anyone to talk to, feel free to email me (see my user page). I know when not to laugh. We have a long, long history of mental illness in my family. My great grandfather killed himself with a shotgun when my grandmother was 13. My great grandmother on the other side of the family was probably bipolar, and one of her children was later diagnosed and institutionalized. Between my generation and my parents', we have two diagnosed bipolar family members, three people with clinical depression, two with ADHD, and three with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Which of those conditions is mine, I'll leave you to determine, but I'll tell you it isn't one of the "easier" ones. That's how I've learned to laugh at it -- mental illness is something to be feared, respected, laughed at, and overcome. Aside from therapy, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics, laughter is the best medicine, and I say that in all seriousness. There's no "cure" for my problem, but it's part of who I am; while I have a healthy respect for it, I've learned to poke fun at it as well. Sometimes, if you don't laugh, you cry. There have been a lot of tears -- my family has experienced no small amount of suffering.

Seriously, let me know if I can help you. I've learned that sometimes talking with someone who understands and has been through it before can be very helpful. If there's one thing in the world I understand, it's this.

by sricki 2008-07-16 04:43AM | 0 recs
Re: My Baby's Sick, and I have no Health Insurance

Could it be because He "got called on his shit" Write a personal diary and I will respect that, no problem. Write a diary that tries to mask political as personal and I will call you on it. I hope Ragekages little girl is okay.  I never want to see any child or person for that matter suffer. Rage lucky for you that you work in the medical field, you are educated and you can find access to resources that many will not be able to find use all of these advantages to their fullest I would expect no less from any parent fighting for their child. For the rest of your life remember those parents who will never have those same resources and vote with them in your heart

by RedstateLib 2008-07-13 07:11PM | 0 recs

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