Dear Mrs. Michelle Bachmann,
With all due respect, your comments, that those who are uninsured choose to be uninsured, were extremely offensive to me. In fact, I DO have health care insurance. We pay nearly $1,000 per month for that health care. So how could your comments offend me? I did not have a choice to pay for health care and receive no treatment: Our insurance company has a six month pre-existing condition clause. So, even though I had insurance, they refused to pay for a doctor and medication for six months. During that time, I lived in agony. I envied my Canadian relatives who would never know this torture. They can not understand our callous system. A system in which those who play by the rules and work hard and even pay for health care can still be denied it. Insurance companies routinely deny me because of my preexisting condition, or they so generously offer to insure me for ludicrous sums such as $5,000 per month. If it were not for employer-based insurance, I would be without. And yes, we “choose” to have health care, because we, fortunately, can barely afford the $1,000 a month premium. But, most of my husband’s coworkers can not. And if that premium keeps increasing, while wages keep being depressed, then there will be no choice: it will be a choice between food and shelter or health care. Countless Americans have already had to make that choice. Of course, since you have government subsidized health care, you won’t be in that position. You are so fortunate and I pray that all Americans may be so blessed one day.
An American Mother