I spent most of today in the emergency room of my local hospital. My doctor sent me there for a test; long boring story, icky details. The point is I spent Tuesday in the ER of my local hospital.
It’s a little place, and because I was not in immediate danger of death I had lots of time to think. It was an interesting place to hear that the Senate chose not to vote on the health care bill. After all, that waiting room was one of the places that would change dramatically if lots of people suddenly lost their health insurance.
Today, as a not-close-to-dying person sent there by my doctor, I waited an hour to talk to anyone. I waited another 2 hours to go to the vascular lab where the test would happen. That took almost another hour, then I returned to a bed in the ER for someone to read the test. This went on for hours. I finally got home at 7 pm after they decided I did not need to be admitted. Yay!
Most of the reason everything took forever was that I was never in serious danger. There was a stream of sicker people moving ahead of me. That is the reasonable rule in ER: sicker goes quicker. I was one of the lucky ones.
Imagine if millions of people lose their health insurance. Many of them will put off care until it becomes critical: until they are forced to go to the ER. The ER will again become “health care” for many Americans. And many Americans will die.
Today the Senate chose to delay their vote on a bill that will send about 22 million people back to the ER for medical care. We the People need to be keep on explaining to our Senators that 22 million people in the ER is a disaster. We need to keep on explaining that no matter what the billionaires have promised for their tax cuts, we will never vote for those Senators ever again if that bill passes.
The ER was busy today. Imagine what it will be, two years from now, if Senator McConnell gets his way.
Keep calling. Keep demonstrating. Keep letting them know what you think.