I am not a political person. I am a palliative chaplain intern, but when it comes to shutting down the Federal government because of opposition to the Affordable Care Act, I would like to share a few insights gained as a palliative chaplain intern:
a) Getting sick is an extremely expensive proposition.
b) Becoming incapable of caring for yourself can be financially catastrophic.
c) People admitted into long-term nursing facilities often discover the only way they’ll be able to pay for that care is to sell their home.
d) The average Alzheimer’s patient lives anywhere from 4 to 8 years, with some living up to 20 years. 75% must be admitted into long-term care facilities, and that cost averages $87,235 per person annually.
e) If you think you’re immune from illness, think again. Anyone can get sick at any age, and one illness can throw a family into debt forever, even in two-income families with “good health insurance.”
f) Families needing to pay for their loved one to be cared for in an assisted living facility “typically exhaust their finances within six months.
My prayers go out to each and every American, Republican and Democrat, that we each find a way to come together as one for the benefit of our great nation and one another, for as Aesop put it so well: United we stand — divided we fall.