Your Stories: The Real Death Panels
These are the first hand accounts of the human cost of greed, corruption or bigotry in our country. We are not post-racial, women are not equals, homosexuals are still reviled, corporations ruin lives and justice is sometimes not only blind, but deaf and mute as well. We have a lot of work to do and it’s important that you know you are not working alone. Others share your pain and now they are willing to share it with the world.
From reader LS:
I have a story to tell about how I was screwed by the medical insurance industry (anonymous please)… My ex husband and father of my eldest child suffered from type I (juvenile onset) diabetes. I met him in his early 20s and he worked as a waiter, 35 ish hours (they never wanted to give him 40 so they wouldn’t have to pay benefits, but that’s another story) a week.
Needless to say, because of his pre-existing condition, when we got married my insurance company would not add him to my policy…. Private insurance would’ve costed us almost our entire salary at the time, being poor, young, student parents that were living off my loans and freelance work and his waiter job. The only time he ever got to see an endocrinologist was during one of his quarterly visits to the emergency room for ketoacidosis. Because the type of insulin he required was only available with a prescription, he often got the pre-mixed one available without a prescription, and would re-use his needles to save money over and over although they are suppose to be disposed after a single use.
Over the years, I watched him die slowly… he started feeling numbness in his feet, his vision started going but couldn’t afford glasses. He suffered male issues that effected his self esteem and lead him into a deep depression. Bill collectors were calling about all the unpaid medical bills. Our marriage failed and he died shortly after…I assume he was out of medicine and waiting for payday…
The pro-“life” GOP is rapidly becoming a cult of death as they pretend that universal healthcare will lead to “death panels” while seeking to deny insurance to those who cannot afford it with predictable results just like this one. – FLS
If you want to share your story, contact me here. Your privacy is guaranteed if you choose to remain anonymous or you can shout it out to the world. The choice is yours. Don’t worry about being the greatest writer ever. Not everyone can be Shakespeare. Just tell your story and let the literary critics worry about themselves.