I feel privileged to have experience Obama Care before the mass majority. As a privileged welfare recipient, I have been neutral when it comes to being for or against Obama Care because I reap the benefits of government-provided health care and most of the time I’m happy. It’s those moments when I am disdained, because of the lack of care I receive. The inconsistencies and incompetency of a broken federal system is what makes me dread others having to suffer/put up with government run healthcare. I can harp on and on about how wonderful it is that I get to go to the VA and not have to pay for things like six X-rays on my right knee even though both of my knees hurt, and how wonderful my physical therapists have been.
Veteran Affairs has done a remarkable job treating me for a random ailment because red tape throughout the Veteran Affairs system prevented me from getting a MRI for five years that would have found degenerative arthritis. A physical therapy treatment plan didn’t help but instead exacerbated my suffering. Or I could harp on how for four years I had a Mirena IUD implanted in my uterus because the VA convinced me I needed it to mask my symptoms, instead of determining why I experience years worth of tremendous pelvic pain. But I’m not going to do that. I want to talk about what welfare is and why we need to stop debating about it, because like a twofold handkerchief that’s dirty on one side, we need public assistance.
What is welfare? Well according to the Welfare Information Organization, “When the Great Depression hit, many families suffered and an estimated one-fourth of the labor force was unemployed. With many families suffering financial difficulties, the government stepped in to solve the problem and that is where the history of welfare as we know it really began.” Since then a number of government agencies have been created to oversee welfare programs. Some of the agencies that deal with welfare in the United States are the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) whose mission is to provide millions of children, families, and seniors with access to high-quality health care… and to keep the food on Americans’ shelves safe and infectious diseases at bay. Then there is the affirmative action housing bureau aka the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that promotes strong housing markets to bolster the economy and protect consumers, by utilizing housing as a platform to improve the quality of life by building communities free from discrimination. The Department of Labor is a nonpartisan agency that that furnishes unemployment to people regardless of their private political affiliations, including politicians, whom receive unemployment benefits when they are out of session or stalemated on important issues like the federal budget.
Government welfare providers also include the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education. One way or another, we are all welfare recipients especially through education -both public and private education. Many of the teachers who work in our schools have probably received a public education or their parents may have. Republicans, democrats, liberals, and those who call themselves whatever, have all benefited from welfare at some point in their lives, whether it was directly or dated back to their parents and grandparents having to accept assistance during the Great Depression.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) aka Obama Care, was created because it’s needed. Something is always better than nothing, when it comes to life and death.