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Friday, March 07, 2008

Unemployed with NO Insurance

The vast great economy of George W. Bush finally tapped yours truly on the shoulder on Thursday March 6th. I was laid off by my employer and for the first time in my entire working life I am without a job. Depressing as that may sound, my families health insurance for my five girls, my wife and I, was canceled effective with the deliverance of my vacation pay and box of personal effects.

For some odd reason my interest in the election for President has a new foundation on why health insurance for all is very important. Not having health insurance that I’ve had my entire working life is somewhat perplexing that for every day I no longer have coverage our former Governor Mitt Romney found it in his heart to penalize this out of work citizen for. What a swell guy… NOT!

If you have followed this little blog then you might be aware that one of our children has been very sick for a very long time. She is the star in her Daddy’s eye and her life has such huge potential that sometimes it scares me. Even with what most would call full medical coverage by my now former employer, we lost everything when she spent ten months in the hospital. Our home, our A1 credit rating, and our self respect. One thing we did not loose was faith and hope in our oldest baby. Time is a wonderful thing and today she still has personal health issues but her future is brighter than ever. Is it really health insurance when all the things your companies medical plan does not cover drags you financially under?

One of the reasons that I am backing Barack Obama is the simple fact that his Universal Health Care plan has the best chance of passing in the Congress once he is elected President. The important part of that last statement was “best chance”. We still live in a democracy and legislation like this is not a given once you sit behind the desk at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Unlike President Bush who has had a slam dunk, in his pocket, looking the other way at all times Congress. Our nations next President will have a very new and independent Congress to face. Just because you promise Universal Health Coverage does not mean the Congress will pass it.

When it comes to health coverage for all we need a President that can and will work across party lines for the good of the country. Not that Senator Clinton has not shown that ability in the past but on this issue you need to convince the opposing side with a little kindness and political charm and Obama brings that and more to the table.

I’m off to figure out what to do with my lack of a good job with good pay and health insurance. I’ve already begun the networking of friends in the wire and cable industry. If you hear of anyone looking for a great sales guy in the wire and cable business please point them my way. Otherwise I’ll be knocking on doors come Monday morning till one of them says come on in and have a seat.


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Blogger DB said...

Sorry to hear the news fella. Good luck in the job search.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Frodo said...

Frodo pays $1,000 every month for health insurance (Sam has had the big C, twice--but we beat that challenge). Frodo's father, before COBRA and before OSHA, developed industrial emphyszema, and when he relocated to Arizona for his health, was cut off without health insurance (by the guys responsible). Like Papamoka, Frodo is for Barack because Hillary's plan is DOA.
Kiss the little girl for Frodo (knowing it came from him might impress her more than a slobbery old Dad).

10:20 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Thanks for the kind words DB and Frodo... ;)

12:55 PM  
Blogger B.J. said...

Mat: Frodo alerted me to your post. Thank you for sharing problems of the heart. Know that your Internet friends are with you and will be waiting to hear what new and good fortune comes your way. I know you, as a Catholic and the father of five girls, have seen “The Sound of Music.” Remember: “When the Lord closes a door somewhere he opens a window.” Throughout my own life, I’ve found that to be true. He, of course, has the best insurance plan - all you have to do is put your faith in it. Love, BJ

1:30 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Thanks BJ, I've got the Hail Mary's and Our Father's covered and I am the ultimate optimist with a little help from above.

I'll keep you all posted right here on Papamoka Straight Talk on how the job hunt is going.

11:36 AM  

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