Posted on | March 19, 2010 | 7 Comments
I’m a proponent of “health care reform”. Not for reasons of promoting ”social justice”, but simply because I selfishly want to have access to anti-seizure medications during times when I may be un-employed. As a person afflicted with epilepsy, I must take medications on a daily basis or suffer debilitating seizures. Anti-epileptic drugs are far from cheap and the particular two I take each cost $800 per month. As an epileptic, private insurance is not an option, epilepsy is considered an existing condition, so unless I am employed with a company that provides insurance, I am pretty much hosed with regards to receiving medical care and prescriptions related to my illness. At the moment, I am employed and all is well, but in the past I have been at the wrong end of a budget cut and had to scramble to find a way to get medical coverage. I no longer wish to live in fear that if my position is cut, and it takes an extended period of time to find a new job, that I will bankrupt my family in order to pay for medication. One might label me a socialist for supporting such reform, but I am simply a guy who wants to stay healthy when he is unemployed in order that he can get another job. Is that so selfish?