Lawmakers made Insurance Industry Reform History with a 219-212 vote on March 21, 2010. This may reshape how Americans deal with wellness and illness overall, particularly those of us in the Diabetes Community who have faced the arbitrary, profit-driven unfairness of our current health insurance industry.
In the end, I have Hope & Faith that this is a starting point that will lead to Change. As the ADA puts it in their reaction to the House-passage of this hcr:
“Today is a day for celebration for the 23.6 million American children and adults who are living with diabetes. The passage of health reform.. finally tears down the wall that keeps people with diabetes from the health care they need,” said ADA board chair Nash Childs. “With the passage of health reform ‘just because you have diabetes’ will no longer be a lawful excuse to deny coverage, to charge exorbitant rates, or to take away care just when a person with diabetes needs it most. It gives all Americans with diabetes a fighting chance at controlling this devastating disease before they face blindness, amputation, heart disease, and kidney failure."
That arbitrary insurance theme of denying us "Just Because" They Can haunts me; it's haunted me ever since I've been old enough to know what was happening. This this is a start. I do worry about the hidden costs and impacts of this, but that uncertainty is anything but certain and could not even exist. With this, I feel like I'm an American whose voice HAS BEEN HEARD that something had to be done. (Yes, there were these voices out there! Oh my!) Now, I hope that the industries that make decisions about my Quality of Life will also hear my voice on this and not just go about their business as usual without listening. THAT is the reform we need in this country, and to me this represents a step in that direction.