My kids get to see their mother cry herself to sleep many nights due to pain-sometimes I don't sleep at all. My main prescription is $200 a month that is not counting the $150-$200 for the other 4 sometimes 5 drugs that enable me to move or the supplements (doctor recommended) that help keep me mobile. I know that I am not alone and my story is one of the least tragic. Thankfully I am just in pain (many days a 8 on the pain scale) and not experiencing-to my knowledge-anything life threatening. If I was I wouldn't know it and it wouldn't matter because my state would just let me stay sick until it got tragic.
This is where we are in this country and state. I sat in a medicaid appropriations meeting where the director of Medicaid for Mississippi said how bad it would be if all the people currently eligible for medicaid actually signed up. Think about that-he actually thinks it's a bad thing if he does his freaking JOB because it will cost the state MONEY! The lives of poor/ working class people don't matter. Politicians in our state have decided giving tax breaks to companies that don't pay their employees enough so they can afford insurance is more important. That is where we are in Mississippi. We cut taxes on Walmart, Target and others so they can pay so little that their employees need Medicaid they can't get.
For thousands of Mississippi workers they will always make too much to qualify and they will probably always be too poor to afford health care. That is way the ACA (Obamacare) called for Medicaid Expansion. It was to catch all the people caught in between. The working poor people. The people working 2, 3 and 4 part time hourly jobs to make it. The ones who were never quite cut out for college not because they are stupid it just isn't their thing. The ones who are self employed but are just getting by. Those people would finally have health care through Medicaid Expansion. I am not sure how anyone can argue that a healthier workforce is not better for our state. It makes no sense to me. I want to be as healthy as a can be. I want to work. I went to college so I could work, I studied a trade so I can work. I am trained, skilled and talented. Instead of working many days I'm at home in pain. That doesn't have to be my story