This is my one and only post about the election… probably at least until the election is over. 🙂 It’s finally gotten the better of me and I thought I would just express my thoughts since this is MY blog and I’m allowed to do such things on MY blog, on MY time. What you think may be different. Post it on your blog. This blog is mine.
If you think you know me at all, you know who I’m voting for. I’m not going to belabor that point. The election is just a few days away; I don’t intend to persuade or dissuade anyone. I just want to verbalize some concerns I have.
My parents and I lived for two years in the grand ol’ city of Montreal, in Quebec, Canada. I was actually born in Canada, so while there, I claimed Canadian citizenship and lived like a Canadian for two full years. During that time, I experienced some pretty major medical problems with my thyroid and with what we thought was appendicitis. Canada, as much as some of them hate to admit it, is a socialistic country. They don’t claim that completely, but most of how they do government and business is socialistic. Some claim that’s GREAT. Some Americans look at it and think, “Wow, I wish WE had health care like that in OUR country!” I am not so excited about it.
We know that one party is leaning more towards big government and the government getting their hands in our healthcare system. I have to admit, when the race initially began, I was desperately hoping that the Democrats would have something to offer in the way of healthcare. I have been without healthcare for four years now and I’m sick of it. I’m sick of being approved for health care… and denied coverage for anything having to do with my thyroid, the only reason I need healthcare. People, that’s not healthcare. I don’t care how you look at it – that’s not helpful! We refuse to pay $500 per month on my health insurance alone on top of all the medical bills, medicine, blood tests, etc, that is needed for my thyroid. Ridiculous. So, we opted to go healthcare-less and have been better off for it. Except we can’t go to the doctor and we can’t afford children. So, I was hoping SOMEBODY would have something to offer.
But, when our dear Democratic nominee started describing his plan, I immediately wondered what country I’m in! “Am I back in Canada?” I pondered. What he is spouting is exactly how it is in our good neighbor to the north. Let me fill you in a little on how life was in Montreal, in case you’re thinking this isn’t as bad as I’m making it out to be.
Where to even begin? Honestly, I have so many stories I could share. Let’s see, how about our friends who were, shall we say, older – who needed to have serious medical procedures. Two of our friends needed surgery for cancer; one needed a hip replacement. But, since all were not in their “prime”, they were told they had to wait. One man was told his cancer was critical. He waited a solid year for surgery and chemotherapy. One lady was told if she didn’t have surgery, she’d probably lose sight in her other eye and the cancer might spread to her brain (she was already blind in one eye). She waited about nine months and subsequently lost her other eye and is not 100% blind. One good friend got pregnant with her second child. It took her four months to find a doctor who could follow her in her pregnancy. Everyone else was busy. In her eighth month, she was informed that doctor was going on vacation and would not be delivering the baby. She had to find a new doctor. But, that doctor wouldn’t give her references or referrals or any help whatsoever! She found another doctor about two weeks before she went into labor. Doctors in Quebec are told they have to see a certain number of patients per hour. Say “goodbye” to any kind of personal attention! You literally ARE a number. When I needed immediate medical attention when we thought I had appendicitis, I was brought into the emergency room and had an interview. They asked me a few preliminary questions and then asked how bad the pain was. When I said an eight, they saw me within a half hour. People who were brought in on stretchers were still lying on stretchers in the middle of the emergency room hallway when I was leaving at 5:00 that night (we came in around 9 that morning). They never told me what was going on and they separated me from my family for the entire day. I was hooked up to all kinds of IV’s and machines, apparently to prep me for surgery I didn’t even know was an option, and then wheeled off to an X-ray around 2 in the afternoon. It took all day for them to decide, “Oh, guess it’s not appendicitis. You can go home now.” That was my first encounter with doctors in Canada.
The second time was a little more traumatic. I was told in Wisconsin while in college that I was extremely sick and needed to see a doctor immediately, but since I didn’t have health insurance, he suggested I go back to Canada, where I’d be seen for free. I had ONE WEEK to get in to see a doctor because that was all the time I had off for spring break. My parents contacted their family doctor, but they said he didn’t have an opening, even for an emergency, until July. This was April. Here’s how things work in Canada: You see a family doctor who refers you to the hospital for blood work. You have the blood work at a specified hospital who then sends the results to their doctor on staff. That doctor reads the results and sends them back to your family doctor who sets up another appointment with you. You see your family doctor who then refers you to whatever specialist you happen to need. You see this doctor, whenever you can get in, who sends you to the hospital for tests and then you begin the whole process all over again. Before you can get medication, you must see both doctors – the specialist and your family doctor. It is literally months before anything happens up there! I had ONE week. My parents shared with their Wednesday night prayer meeting group the problem. One man stepped forward and said his sister was an emergency room doctor and if I knew what blood test I needed, she’d write the request. This man’s wife said she knew a lab tech in the radiology department in a downtown Montreal hospital. She could get me in for my tests whenever I got back. The only problem: the hospitals are closed for Easter Monday and the only days they do thyroid tests are on Mondays. What??? This wonderful lab tech got me in on Tuesday! And Wednesday. And again on Thursday. One NEVER sees the doctor who works in the lab; they just read the report and send it back to the family doctor. This lab tech got my dad and I in to see the doctor. Who turned out to be the best radiologist in Quebec. She asked who my family doctor was; I told her I wouldn’t have one until July. She said that’s too late. She made a personal phonecall to a radiologist across the street who saw me that afternoon. He gave me medicine and told me if I had come in even in May when school had gotten out, I would’ve been immediately hospitalized. In four days, I got treatment for something that would normally take three months! We call that a miracle in my family.
Between all of that and the busloads of cancer patients (including high-ranking Canadian officials) who come down to Vermont every year for cancer treatments, I have every reason in the world to believe that the government paying for healthcare for everyone is NOT a good idea. There has to be a better way. In case people have forgotten, the government sticking their fingers in everybody’s business IS socialism. And socialism is just a nice word for communism. I’m sorry. I live in America. We don’t do that here.
The only last thing I want to say is that I’m SICK, literally SICK, of Christians telling other Christians to look beyond our basic moral issues and vote for “bigger” issues. Basic moral issues meaning pro-life and anti-gay marriage. While I agree that can’t be ALL we base our vote on or that would be naive, I think those should definitely help sway our votes. I remember a few key cities who didn’t care about homosexuality: Sodom, Gomorrah, and Pompeii. [Dare I say New Orleans or would that be offensive?] I also remember another government system that decided the lives of children and the elderly didn’t matter as much as everybody else: the Nazis. Hmm… and where all these people today? When you kill the innocent children, that is merely a stepping stone to the elderly and the “feebleminded,” those that don’t really “contribute” to our society. And where will we be if we begin to do that on a regular basis? Where does it end? The same with homosexuality. There are some sins that God utterly despises and that are repulsive to His very nostrils. Homosexuality is one of them. Am I talking about the people? Absolutely not! I’m talking about the CHOICE of an EVIL lifestyle. “Evil? Wow- that’s harsh. Some of the nicest people I know are gay!” some might argue. True, but let’s look at what GOD says about this in Paul’s amazing letter to the Romans where he argues the case AGAINST humanity:
18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. 28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. – Romans 1:18-31
5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6God “will give to each person according to what he has done.”[a] 7To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. -Romans 2:5-7
I’m not overly excited about who I’m voting for. But, at least I know he won’t be ushering in big government and getting rid of key moral issues that God will hold him accountable for in eternity future. Just remember, God holds US accountable for our decisions as well. Don’t forget to vote.
And now you know why I’m not allowed, by my husband, to join political debates, arguments, or discussions. 🙂 Also remember, if you choose to comment, this is MY blog, not yours. Comment wisely. I have veto power. Begin your own blog if you want to rant and rave against me. Don’t do it here. I AM entitled to my opinions.