beyond Iraq, beyond the shredding of our Constitution, is definitely healthcare. Well said, sir. I cannot wait to see Sicko. 47 million uninsured, and we don't know how many millions more who think they have insurance until they try to use it, and then find out that it was just an illusion of coverage. I've said it before, but I was one of the "lucky ones" - twice. Once when my own insurer was able to put my dying husband on my policy and cover him at the end of his life. I would be bankrupt today if they hadn't. Another was in February when my brain blew up. Never mind my health issues, I would be in the middle of filing bankruptcy - under the new and improved bankruptcy laws that were put in place to protect the creditors from those deadbeat sick people - right now, but for the very good coverage provided by my employer. I consider myself one of the lucky ones. But I know exactly how lucky I was - if I had a part time job, because I did not "have to work" - or worse, been a SAHM - when my previously perfectly healthy husband was diagnosed with a weird and hard to diagnose cancer already running wild in his body - we would have been screwed. If I did not have good insurance this year, through my small employer, which still provides coverage to our small work force even though it's hideously expensive, because it is the right thing to do - I would be screwed. I am a health insurance lottery winner. It has nothing to do with education, career choices, or good decisions on my part. I could just as easily have taken a job somewhere else, that offered coverage from a different program, that would have left me forced to sell my house today. You don't know how your insurer will treat you until you are in the middle of the crisis, and then it's too late to do anything about it.
Of course, all of this is different for me now - I am one of the unwashed uninsurables now, along with people who had cancer two decades ago, or have asthma or bad allergies or a bum knee, my brain makes me one of the unwanted - I cost an insurance company money, so if I lose group coverage, like, say, if I get laid off by my employer because I am in an industry that is currently in the toilet, I could never get private coverage and there is a fair chance that I would never have insurance again. The ugly and insane system Americans have been trained like parrots to claim is "the best healthcare in the world" is all but useless for a huge chunk of the population - the uninsured because their employers don't offer it or they only work "part time" - don't get me started on how the theme parks get around that one - and the now uninsurable but healthy like me, the "Oh, we have insurance, we're safe" poor shmucks who don't know they're paying premiums for nothing until serious illness strikes and they learn the horribly hard way.
And still, this basic issue, something that we all should care about, is going to be a fierce uphill battle, because the Noise Machine has been at work for decades, making sure we know how to think. And the result is that nice, intelligent people like the woman I work with, when talking about health care, use the phrase "socialized medicine" with revulsion - because we've been brainwashed by decades of framing and positioning by the insurance industry to think that way. God Bless Michael Moore for putting this issue in the public eye, in a way that even conservatives can't bluster and bullshit away.