Monday, June 23, 2014
We the people have nowhere to turn.
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I'm not a political person. As a matter of point, I try to avoid speaking on the topic as much as possible, and really this isn't about that. It's our country as a whole and one of the biggest failings--healthcare. This is personal post and WAY different from anything I normally do, but sometimes it's unavoidable. I'm one person who will likely never be heard over the roar of the crowd, but if I remain silent then I've guaranteed it. At the beginning of 2014 I joined the many people in this country who signed up for the new marketplace insurance rolled out by President Obama. No matter where you stand on the matter, it looked like a good option for my family as I'm self-employed and my husband's company does not offer insurance. I have a son who is auto-immune and I'm not without my own health concerns. I'd like to start by saying, this is not free health coverage. I'm paying a pretty hefty bill every month, but I went with a company I thought I could trust (as much as anyone trusts insurance companies) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. According to their website, a large number of doctors in our area accept the plan we chose. What a joke that turned out to be. I've been paying this huge sum of money each month for 4 months now and just two weeks ago was finally able to find 1 single doctor who would accept it. Now, here I am two weeks later with an additional hefty bill after the insurance refused to pay. You see, in my opinion, I've been ran in circles. Non-stop chasing my tail while I pay them month after month for absolutely nothing. Now, I have more medical bills to pay on top of a monthly insurance payment....trapped between two faceless entities who care nothing about my family. Insurance who won't pay despite cashing my checks each month, and doctors who won't honor having signed up to accept the plan. What are we supposed to do when we have nowhere to go? I've wondered many times over the past few months when 'we the people' lost our voice, if our forefathers are turning in their graves?