You know what sucks balls?
Several years ago, my wife and I were dirt poor. Low-income housing, food stamps, Medicaid, the whole bit. We volunteered at a local food bank for food boxes. I worked full time for min wage and went to college full time too.
Well, let's talk about Medicaid. You're sick? Make an appointment and get treated. Sometimes it takes a while to get in, but it'll happen. Need to go to the ER? Just go if needed. No co-pays. No premiums. No deductible. Just treatment when you're sick.
Fast-forward to now.
I have a better job. I make decent money so no more government assistance. And that's okay. We used it when we needed it badly but now we can buy our own groceries and shit.
Except the healthcare part.
I supposedly have good insurance but it doesn't DO anything. Need to see a doctor? $50 co-pay. Oh doctor refers to you a specialist? $50 co-pay. Oh specialist doctor orders some labs but you'll have to come back tomorrow cuz you need to fast for the night before? That's a $50 co-pay when you come back. So now I'm in $150 already and then they send me the bill.
$958 or some shit. "Oh but your insurance covered $2200 of the cost". Big fuckin deal. I don't have $900. I don't have $2200. These are both unreasonable amounts of money for me. I'll never have this kind of money just laying around.
What's the point of having insurance? It doesn't DO anything for me. I'm afraid to even seek medical attention when I need it because I know I'll end up with yet another bill I can't afford to pay.
Sometimes I miss being on Medicaid.