I’m a rather old programmer / wage slave, reiki practitioner, Pagan, ex-caretaker (sign: Cancer), and now a widow. I have had more than my fair share of experience with the broken health care industry in the United States. I won’t call it a system, because system implies something that functions.
I suffer from various chronic illnesses, none of which are particularly life threatening at this juncture. However, that fact, combined with the two years of intense experience with Barbara’s ultimately fatal illness, gives me a unique point of view on health care in the United States. Barbara had a PPO, I now have one as well. Hers was self-purchased, mine is employer-provided.
I am also a strong proponent of equal rights for all people, no matter their age, gender, creed, sexual orientation. Adults should be able to love who they love, and marry who they will, without reservation. Nothing less than a fully inclusive ENDA, repeal of DOMA, and elimination of DADT is sufficient.