Today’s ruling on what has come to be known as “Obamacare” is extremely good news for those of us with mental illnesses. Discrimination against people with preexisting conditions, whether it is bipolar disorder or cancer, is wrong. Always has been. Always will be.
Insurance companies should be ashamed of themselves for perpetrating this bigotry that has ruined the lives – actually taken the lives – of so many people.
Regardless of whether you watch Fox News or Rachel Maddow, mental illnesses, among the most stigmatized illnesses in our society, can affect anyone. Rich, poor, old, young, male, female, black, white or Hispanic. Clinical depression has become one of the nation’s costliest illnesses, estimated to cost employers tens of billions of dollars every year workplace disability and lost productivity.
Do you know how much medical insurance you could buy with that kind of money? Do you have any idea how much companies could save in lost productivity and sick days if workers with a history of depression had not been denied coverage because of a preexisting condition?