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Originally posted by [ profile] acelightning at Signal Boost: Dear GOP - You are killing people!
Passed along from many people - original post by [ profile] suricattus.
This is not MY personal story... that will come later.
There is a move afoot in the nation -driven by the GOP - to repeal the new health care laws, to protect corporate interests, to defend against fear-mongering (and stupid) cries of "socialism!", and to ensure that people are forced to choose between keeping a roof over their heads or getting necessary health care.

This movement is killing people.

Think I'm overstating the fact?

Ask the friends and family of writer/reviewer Melissa Mia Hall, who died of a heart attack last week because she was so terrified of medical bills, she didn't go see a doctor who could have saved her life.

One person. Not the only one. That could have been me. Yeah, I have access to insurance -- I live in New York City, which is freelancer-friendly, and have access to freelancer advocacy groups. Through them, I can pay over $400/month ($5,760/year) as a single, healthy woman, so that if I go to the hospital I'm not driven to bankruptcy. But a doctor's appointment - a routine physical - can still cost me several hundred dollars each visit. So unless something's terribly wrong? I won't go.

Someone who lives in a state where there is no Freelancer's Guild or MediaBistro to put together an insurance plan for freelancers? Someone who has been laid off or downsized, and can barely make ends meet? SoL.

That could be you. That could be your best friend. That could be someone you've never met. That could be any of us - because there are people out there who think that taking care their neighbor is someone else's problem.

No. It's our responsibility. All of us, together. As a nation.

EtA: Nobody is trying to put insurance companies out of business. They will always be able to offer a better plan for a premium. We simply want to ensure that every citizen - from infant to senior citizen - doesn't have to choose between medical care, and keeping a roof over their heads, or having enough to eat.

We're trying to get this to go viral. Pass it along:

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Date: 2011-02-09 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm with Stellans, who I reposted this from. I wouldn't cry if the insurance companies went out of business.

Date: 2011-02-09 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, that is depressing. I'm from Canada so I have to say it's shocking. I guess we take our medical system for granted.

Date: 2011-02-09 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is depressing! I grew up in Sweden where I always took it for granted too. My old advisor always says that the U.S. can't call itself a civilized nation until everyone has healthcare, and I'm inclined to agree.

Date: 2011-02-09 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is terrible. Have you seen Michael Moore's film Sicko? I just rewatched it and cried again. It makes me so angry that the privileged classes get away with scaremongering about "terrible socialism" in the States.

Date: 2011-02-09 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I did! It really was sad, and one of his better films I think. I really don't understand the Republican reasoning on healthcare at all. I used to work with a Republican guy and his justification for all this was that if everyone had free healthcare then what would be the incentive to work! It's a very twisted logic.


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