When health becomes the target of judgement
Today’s Diabetes Blog Week prompt:
Having diabetes often makes a visit to the doctor a dreaded experience, as there is invariably bad news of one kind or another. And sometimes the way the doctor talks to you can leave you feeling like you’re at fault. Or maybe you have a fantastic healthcare team, but have experienced blame and judgement from someone else in your life – friend, loved one, complete stranger. Think about a particularly bad instance, how that person talked to you, the words they used and the conversation you had. Now, the game part. Let’s turn this around. If you could turn that person into a puppet, what would you have them say that would leave you feeling empowered and good about yourself? Let’s help teach people how to support us, rather than blame us!
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There’s plenty of blame to go around
There is plenty of talk about how people with diabetes feel the sting of blame from comments and assumptions made by people outside the diabetes community.
Only this past week the internet blew up when federal budget director Mick Mulvaney in commenting on healthcare reform said, “It doesn’t mean we should be required to take care of the person who sits home, drinks sugary drinks, doesn’t exercise, eats poorly, and gets diabetes.”
Ouch. That hurt.
Also, it’s ignorant.
Continue reading “#dBlogWeek: The Blame Game”
$245 billion is what diabetes costs the US in a year. How did we get here? What can we do?
Today’s Diabetes Blog Week prompt:
Insulin and other diabetes medications and supplies can be costly. Here in the US, insurance status and age (as in Medicare eligibility) can impact both the cost and coverage. So today, let’s discuss how cost impacts our diabetes care. Do you have advice to share? For those outside the US, is cost a concern? Are there other factors such as accessibility or education that cause barriers to your diabetes care?
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In 2012 the total cost of diabetes in the US was put at $245 billion. That’s the dollar figure the American Diabetes Association attached to the direct medical costs and reduced productivity combined.
$245 billion. Five years ago. Let that sink in for a minute. According to the 2012 CIA World Fact Book that was roughly equivalent to Chile’s total GDP.
These are costs we all, as a collective, bear.
Continue reading “#dBlogWeek: The Cost of Chronic Illness”
Can we talk about single payer now?
A week ago my head was swirling with the news that Trumpcare had passed out of the House by the slimmest of margins. Not only had the Republicans revived the AHCA, but they got the votes needed by adding the draconian MacArthur amendment.
And then Congress went on recess, returned to their home districts, and faced their constituents. Things didn’t go smoothly for everyone.
Rep. Labrador’s (R-ID) town hall went viral when he was filmed claiming that “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”
Rep. MacArthur (R-NJ) had a five-hour town hall meeting where the crowd was hostile and the news media well represented.
Continue reading “What now, that Trumpcare is on its way to the Senate?”
Looking at Speaker Paul Ryan’s argument against Obamacare it’s all about money. Not about the people or healthcare, for that matter.
As I mentioned before, it’s been a couple of wild months filled with whirlwind activity on healthcare reform.
I wasn’t really surprised at the political shenanigans in Washington, DC. After all, this isn’t my first political rodeo.
But, I was surprised by how this one felt. This one was different.
This one felt…personal.
Not personal, in the sense that it is important to me personally or will have a direct effect on my life. Although both of those things are true. But personal in the sense that it felt like I, as a person who needs health care and insurance, am being targeted for punishment.
It all started with the budget
Continue reading “Hey Rep. Ryan, it’s clear you don’t see me as a person”
It’s been a whirlwind couple of months filled with political intrigue and maneuvering. And still, Obamacare stands–for now.
Last Friday the GOP leadership in the House did the unthinkable. They pulled their health care reform bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), just before it went up for a vote.
As a patient advocate, I had naively believed I could track the health care reform efforts in Washington, contact my legislators to urge them to vote to preserve health care coverage, and write blog posts about it along the way. I was wrong.
Political intrigue and maneuvering
Continue reading “The first, of what’s sure to be many, health care reform battles”