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Now, I must say up front that I was a bit surprised by the Supreme Court’s decision. I thought that they’d strike down ObamaCare (RomneyCare), and I thought that could only give a boost to Obama.
Americans are very fickle. Healthcare “Reform” is a little scary, but in the end, once it was gone, voters could afford to be angry at all the Special Interest that bribed congress and paid for all the anti Healthcare propaganda.
It was all going to be so good for Obama.
But the Supreme Court surprised us all, so it’s ball in Romney’s court. He wins this round. The Special Interests have been beaming their instructions to the Reichbots (via AM talk radio & Fox “news”) for days now, and the minions of Wall Street are obediently outraged that they will never have to worry about a pre-existing condition, or what will happen if a son or daughter get cancer. But it’s all too soon.
Romney is peaking way too soon. There’s still months before the election, months for voters to realize that having a job and healthcare even if they or a member of their family has diabetes is a good thing. This is something they want.
Oh, make no mistake: It’s more than just healthcare coverage at stake here. Hiring decisions are usually made by H.R. staff, not doctors. They have no way of determining the nature of a “Pre Existing” condition. They just reject you, refuse to hire you. In their minds, hiring someone with a “Pre Existing” condition is a huge risk. You might be calling in sick constantly. You might have severe allergies — like a peanut allergy. You might turn out to be a money hole for them (as they hire additional staff or temps to do your work while you’re out), or even a massive liability. So, they fix all that by simply not hiring you.
At one point some companies were even advertising that acceptance by the company healthcare plan was a condition of employment…
How do i know all this? My brother was diagnosed as a diabetic a little late in life, well into adulthood. Soon after that Honeywell laid him off, and ever since he’s been making decisions like, “COBRA or paying the mortgage?”
That was his very first decision. He chose very poorly, in the eyes of society. He chose to pay the mortgage, put food in front of his kid instead of seeing all of his unemployment check going to COBRA, like he was supposed to do. He’s been paying for that mistake ever since. He’s paying for it now. I’m sure that, every day, as he shows up for his part-time, meager job at the supermarket he thinks of all those opportunities that he was denied — he was told he couldn’t have a shot at — because of his pre-existing condition….
It’s going to haunt him for the rest of his life — the years of struggle, losing ground with three children to support. The scars are never going to heal, and he’s just one of tens of millions with similar stories.
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