Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Important "Meme"

This is so important to pass on that I'm tagging everyone who reads my blog to please post it on yours and encourage your readers to do the same (especially those of you who have a huge readership, which I don't), and if you can relate a personal anecdote that highlights how horrible the current system is (one that touched/is touching you or someone you love), all the better. Let's stop all those idiot naysayers who have jumped on the word "socialism," having no clue whatsoever what it means, and who are so eager to embrace ridiculous soundbites, while so many in our country suffer unnecessarily. It's an embarrassment. I'm convinced that in the electronic age, we can change sentiment through passing on messages like this one, because it's all about education and putting faces on issues. So please watch and pass it on via your blog, and p.s. don't forget to let your Congressmen know how you feel. Thanks!

Personal Anecdote (Not anywhere near as tragic as many depicted in the video, but still evidence that we need to do something. I hope my sister doesn't mind that I'm using this story without her permission). My sister is an artist who, until very recently, worked for herself. She has been paying her own health insurance over the years, and last year, she wound up in the hospital with a very severe headache. Luckily, it turned out she was only suffering from migraines, but that did not keep her from being stuck with a whopping bill. In order to be able to afford her insurance, she had chosen to have an extremely high deductible, which meant that her insurance did not cover the bill. Stuck with monthly payments on the hospital bill and monthly insurance payments that didn't seem to be doing her much good, and barely able to afford both, she chose to drop her insurance, leaving her uninsured at an age at which no woman should be without affordable healthcare.

(Oh, and I can't help noting that R.E.M., who refused to let Microsoft use them to advertise its product, apparently had no problem with this one.)




5 comments:

ZoesMom said...

Excellent! I have posted this on my blog too.

Emily Barton said...

ZM, thanks so much for taking on the cause.

stefanie said...

Thanks for the video and the meme. I'll post something soon! What did you think of Obama's speech? I liked it. The disrespect of the Republicans was shocking though. I hope your sister will be able to get health insurance soon. My husband and I were without for several years in our 20s because we couldn't afford it and I'd pray everyday that nothing bad would happen. We were lucky that nothing did.

liliannattel said...

I'm not in the U.S. (but Canada), so I don't think I can contribute. But I think this is an important meme and I hope it spreads fast. What I can say is that I had the flu this summer, which became bronchitis, and then pneumonia. And the reason I didn't end up in the hospital is that I had access to universal health care. I went not only to my regular doctor, but a walk-in clinic on the weekend, and 2 other doctors who work in the same medical clinic as my regular doctor while she was away. Plus I saw an after hours doctor there, too. (And please note that I am not much of a doctor goer. I am not fond of it.) As a result, I got all the necessary care at the right time.

Smithereens said...

I'm not in the US either but in France, so I won't be able to contribute, but health reform is so important for the US population I can't understand why anyone would be against it, especially in the current recession. Relative to other advanced countries, the US are behind in terms of infant mortality and life expectancy. Isn't that shocking? That's because so many people are left behind. So I heartily support Emily's meme.