Thursday, March 04, 2010

Health Coverage for all - are you listening, Congress?

One of the best posts I've read about making health coverage available to all: Erin at Queen of Spain talks about her day in the ER.

I saw a news feature about a new treatment for head lice; it's safer and greener, a method that suffocates the little bugs rather than kills them. Avoiding pesticides on children's heads? Good. Bad? It's only available by prescription. Families I've known who've been repeatedly re-infected haven't had health insurance. If payday was recent enough, they'd head to the drugstore for an over-the-counter remedy and hoped it would work. Meanwhile, their kids miss school until all the nits can be stripped using the proverbial fine-toothed comb.

Two kids talking on their way to recess:
Student 1: "Mrs. Teacher, do you know anything about insurance? Like doctors? Doesn't everyone have that?"
Student 2: "My mom doesn't. She wants to get a good job so she can go to the doctor when she's sick."
Two ten-year-olds bringing health care coverage into their real lives: what's wrong with this picture? One was a middle-class child, two working parents with good benefits in their jobs. The other was a child of a recent divorce and a tough time financially. Both were hardworking children of hardworking parents. Why should one family have coverage and the other not?

Erin (a.k.a. Queen of Spain) was lucky; she could drive directly to the ER without a second thought.

Remember the signs at the Vancouver Olympics? You know, after the USA surprised Canada's hockey team by beating them 5-3 in the first round.

Heck, now they have a gold medal, too. When will the U.S. find its gold medal health care? Please don't tell me that only time will tell; we need it now.

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Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Preach it, sister.

3/04/2010 9:07 AM  
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3/05/2010 1:37 AM  
Blogger Shari said...

I wonder what world those who oppose healthcare live in. Of my highly-educated, highly-employed bridesmaids, only one is still insurable. We have back surgeries due to injuries, arthritis, a hip replacement due to a birth defect, a family history of high blood pressure and other ailments among our group of friends. Not one thing is due to anything these in-shape women did to damage their health, yet every one of them is uninsurable. I hope those who oppose universal healthcare maintain their perfect health forever. I'd hate for them to have to face the realities of not having health insurance.

3/05/2010 1:46 PM  

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