That half a million dollars also doesn't count post-surgery treatment for a month in the hospital, home health care after that, treatment for pneumonia and the swine flu, MRIs before and after and ever since, ongoing medications, radiation for a second tumor, and on and on.
I am lucky. I've had regular medical care throughout my life. I had health care insurance (and still do). I was born in a millennium when lots has been learned about how to do brain surgery and radiation, minimizing the damage and maximizing the possibility of survival (though there's still a lot to learn.)
Though I was a good risk, I've been an expensive patient. Thank heavens I got sick in a time when my health insurance can't cut me off.
I need for this country to elect a president who cares whether or not I have health coverage. Mitt Romney said that the day he is elected, he will destroy Obamacare. He's running for president and not for king, so he can't really do that, but the fact that he wants to makes me concerned about what he might do.
For me, this time, the election's personal. I don’t usually raise the topic of politics, but this is not a usual time. I need for this country to elect Obama, and I’m asking you to vote for him.
This election is personal for my friend Kathy, too, who has breast cancer. Here’s her experience: