Health care insurance impacts everyone especially caregiving and caregivers. There may never be a perfect 'universal' plan but it is long overdue for talk to evolve into action.
“ … Joyce Lawrence, who cares for the disabled and ill in their homes as a personal care attendant in Boston, says she has insurance now for the first time in years.
"This plan is fantastic," says Lawrence, who pays $105 a month for her health insurance. "I didn't go to the doctor before. …"
“ … Although controversial, the idea of requiring individuals to buy health care coverage has "gained currency in the past few years," says Drew Altman, head of the Kaiser Family Foundation ... Proponents say it is one way to ensure that society spreads the cost of insurance across the sick and the healthy … “
“… Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has promoted it as part of his health insurance plan, as has Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards. Another presidential contender, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has said parents should be required to carry health insurance for their kids. Republican Mitt Romney, also running for the presidential nomination, helped get Massachusetts' mandate passed in April 2006, when he was the state's governor.
"…The whole country is watching Massachusetts," says economist Paul Ginsburg at the Center for Studying Health System Change …”
Can ‘we’ put aside ‘me’ and see that our health care coverage crisis affects everyone?
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer