Unemployed with NO Insurance

The vast great economy of George W. Bush finally tapped yours truly on the shoulder on Thursday March 6th. I was laid off by my employer and for the first time in my entire working life I am without a job. Depressing as that may sound, my families health insurance for my five girls, my wife and I, was canceled effective with my the deliverance of my vacation pay and box of personal effects.For some odd reason my interest in the election for President has a new foundation on why health insurance for all is very important. Not having health insurance that I’ve had my entire working life is somewhat perplexing that for every day I no longer have coverage our former Governor Mitt Romney found it in his heart to penalize this out of work citizen for. What a swell guy… NOT!

If you have followed this little blog then you might be aware that one of our children has been very sick for a very long time. She is the star in her Daddy’s eye and her life has such huge potential that sometimes it scares me. Even with what most would call full medical coverage by my now former employer, we lost everything when she spent ten months in the hospital. Our home, our A1 credit rating, and our self respect. One thing we did not loose was faith and hope in our oldest baby. Time is a wonderful thing and today she still has personal health issues but her future is brighter than ever. Is it really health insurance when all the things your companies medical plan does not cover drags you financially under?

One of the reasons that I am backing Barack Obama is the simple fact that his Universal Health Care plan has the best chance of passing in the Congress once he is elected President. The important part of that last statement was “best chance”. We still live in a democracy and legislation like this is not a given once you sit behind the desk at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Unlike President Bush who has had a slam dunk, in his pocket, looking the other way at all times Congress. Our nations next President will have a very new and independent Congress to face. Just because you promise Universal Health Coverage does not mean the Congress will pass it.

When it comes to health coverage for all we need a President that can and will work across party lines for the good of the country. Not that Senator Clinton has not shown that ability in the past but on this issue you need to convince the opposing side with a little kindness and political charm and Obama brings that and more to the table.

I’m off to figure out what to do with my lack of a good job with good pay and health insurance. I’ve already begun the networking of friends in the wire and cable industry. If you hear of anyone looking for a great sales guy in the wire and cable business please point them my way. Otherwise I’ll be knocking on doors come Monday morning till one of them says come on in and have a seat.


Originally posted at Papamoka Straight Talk

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14 Responses to “Unemployed with NO Insurance”

  1. Dusty Says:

    I am so sorry to hear this news Mat. You now join the ranks of the unemployed which include my son who was in the new home construction industry here in Cali. His unemployment runs out in a month and since the Rethugs couldn’t see fit to increase it to a year when they passed their..cough..stimulus package..I have no idea what he is going to do…Probably move home, and lose his fifth wheel which is where he lives. He loves that fifth wheel trailer..he loves the freedom it represented to a 28 year old male without a wife and kids…but I digress.

    I have no health insurance either..and my health is pretty lousy..but nothing compared to your child. Obama’s plan doesn’t cover everyone however and that bothers me a lot.

    I hope things look up for you and your family soon. I hope that for all of us.

  2. Liberal Jarhead Says:

    Good luck, Mat - I will have you, your daughter, and the rest of your family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you succeed in finding work ASAP.
    And you mentioned one of the things you’d lost being your self-respect - in my eyes, that would be increased rather than lost; your devotion is exactly what a good parent should be showing.

    I hope the next President and Congress do pass laws providing universal health care, too. My daughter is in a similar situation, with Medicaid as her only fallback for health care for herself and our grandchildren. When my grandson fell and broke his arm, we ended up spending most of the night schlepping around between three hospitals getting it taken care of. It really pisses me off. Those kids shouldn’t be exposed to that kind of risk.

    When I hear people spreading fear, hate and discontent about “socialized medicine”, I always reflect on the system my family and I had covering us when I was in the military and my wife and I still have since I put in 20 years and retired (and which is the only coverage we have right now since she’s also looking for work at the moment), which is basically as close to socialized medicine as you can find in America. It works just fine, thank you very much. Good thing, because my wife and I have both had medical problems that would have put us in a homeless shelter without it. The gloom and doom predictions are just wrong.

    Take care, and again, I hope both that you find work with good health coverage right away and that the next administration gets everyone covered.

  3. steve Says:

    This sucks… I feel really bad. What area of the country are you?

  4. Mat Says:

    Thanks Dusty, LJ and Steve.

    I’m in Mass by the way Steve…

  5. christopher Radulich Says:

    Lots of Luck. Hope things work out for you.

  6. Lisa Says:

    I know people at Arrow Electronics. I hope that isn’t the company you were working for. I know they have been having administrative layoffs but not sure about sales reps.

  7. Lisa Says:

    If anything I can try and get you a contact name. Don’t worry they don’t know my political affiliations although who knows it may help in this instance.:)

  8. Mat Says:

    Lol Lisa!!!

    Any help is greatly appreciated and no they are not the company I was let go from. I did however sell some cables to them from time to time. Let me know what you find out and I will persue it… ;)

  9. Lisa Says:

    I will ask my friend who works at Corporate for a contact in MA. Good luck with everything.

  10. Lisa Says:

    There is a Field Sales position opened in Wilmington, MA

    Is this close enough for you? I am just waiting for the contact name for you.

  11. Lisa Says:


    She said the bulletin board said they were looking for someone internally but they do go outside if no one internal is qualified but maybe you can still try being you have experience in this field.

  12. Lisa Says:

    you can try the website but she said she is still trying to get more info to see what’s what.

  13. Mat Says:

    Awesome news LISA!!!!!! Let me know what your hear?

    Thank you so much!

  14. Lisa Says:

    You’re welcome. I hope it works out for you.

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