Diary

Freedom from Health Insurance

I try and imagine what it would be like to be in my twenties today. I voted for Reagan twice during that decade of my life. I remember it as being the most difficult decade of all. So many changes, so much to get started, so little to start with. But I was optimistic. It was, after all, a mostly positive decade for America.

What did I want in my twenties? I guess I wasn’t as sure as most of my peers, but I knew I wanted to become independent, and to me that meant creating a solid life in which I would not be a burden to anyone. I took a big risk in doing so, but it was mine to make.

I remember moving away from my parents’ home, starting various career ventures, and beginning to save a little money. That was when life began to lighten up a little. Looking back, I think a big reason I was able to save the little money I made was because I didn’t carry health insurance. t never had health insurance at any point in my twenties after college. In fact, I didn’t have insurance until I became a teacher in my early thirties. And I remember wishing I could opt out and just put that money aside as I had in my twenties.

I am older now and content that I have insurance-my money is made and the money taken out of my check each month isn’t too much of a burden. I have only really needed my health insurance on two occasions, though. I guess I’m lucky with my health, lucky I didn’t become a burden to others, but I can’t help thinking I was luckier to be unburdened by the cost of health insurance for so long a period as I began pursuing my dreams during that difficult decade of my twenties.

As for twenty-somethings today, they will not have that choice. As hard as they work, as friendly and tolerant of everyone as they are, I feel sorry for them in a way. The current political structure has them in its grasp and one side of the political structure certainly isn’t going to loosen its grip if it has its way in the next four years.

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