Baldies' Blog began originally in the UK by a 26 year old journalist with a blood cancer on a mission to inform the world about bone marrow donation.

He has since died, and I took on the cause of making cancer care more transparent for everybody.

Cancer is a disease that will touch everybody through diagnosis or affiliation: 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed and 1 in 3 woman will hear those words, "You Have Cancer."

I invite you to read how I feel along my journey and
how I am continuing to live a full life alongside my Hodgkin's lymphoma, with me controlling my cancer, not my cancer controlling me.

I hope that "Baldies' Blog" will prepare you to handle whatever life sends you, but especially if it's the message, "You Have Cancer."

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Say It Loud

The Vote to repeal The Affordable Care Act has passed.


It is a sad day for all.


But all is not lost, I'm hoping to be selected as a spokesperson on behalf of myself and The American Cancer Society to appear before the senate in Washington DC next week to tell my personal story.


I'm currently in the running!


Everybody please cross your fingers, your legs or your eyes and pray that I'll be able to represent those of us who fear both bankruptcy and our life threatening illness. 


And FYI, just for giggles, here are some more health care facts:


Average health insurance premiums for an American family totaled $13,770 a year in 2010. And the cost of health insurance has jumped 131 percent in the last ten years.


According to the Congressional Budget Office, When fully implemented, the health law will save the average family of four between $2,265 and $9,794 a year on insurance costs, depending on their income. The CBO estimates that repealing the Affordable Care Act would add another $230 billion in debt over the next ten years. 


When fully implemented, the health law will save the average family of four between $2,265 and $9,794 a year on insurance costs, depending on their income.

However, the new law is barely a year old and all ready under fire. It's clear our healthcare system is subpar. It is the most expensive in the world and ranks us 50th in quality of care. 

To put it in terms more likely to understand (I know I can always relate to shopping), It's like buying a designer Kara coat for $300 and going next door only to find a Chanel coat, the version that Kara knocked off, for $150. 

The better version is less expensive and higher quality elsewhere, but where in the above scenario you can run back and make an exchange, Americans are not only shrugging their shoulders and dismissing the offense but they are fighting to keep their expensive knock off.

I don't understand. 

2 comments:

stonepost said...

YEAH, Hillary! You, ROCK!

Loraine Ritchey said...

Hillary I have linked and posted to my blog this post- as I said IO am in awe of your strength Loraine
http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/hillary-st-pierre-say-it-loud-washington-dc-healthcare/