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  •  We need a better system wherever it comes from. (3+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, elfling, wishingwell

    People's lives depend on what happens. I don't care if the plan comes from within the government or from a group outside that finally sits down to do something. It seems to me that a large part of the reason we don't get things done is territory. They all want to stake their claim to the best idea & appear to have the only solution. So while they sit around defending the value of their "better mousetrap" the people counting on a change suffer. I would really love to see someone stand up & tell the government (that supposedly work FOR us)& the insurance companies to stuff the egos & get to work.

    My daughter is getting ready to graduate college soon. She is on our insurance & has a non-life threatening heart condition.Her biggest fear is being cut from our insurance & not being able to get coverage for herself that she can afford due to this preexisting condition. And her fear is a valid one.

    Another example is her friend, Chelsea Umbach. She is 22 & going to grad school at UAB. She has been on the wait list for a double lung & heart transplant over a year. Her most recent stay in the hospital was from Sept- Jan. Can you imagine the cost? She takes 27 pills a day as part of her care. She is still on her parent's insurance but it has a cap & the co-pays add up quickly. While it is a blessing to have private insurance there should be some form of coverage for people of average income that will help when normal coverage expires or limits out.

    We contacted both the Clinton & Edwards campaigns to try to get awareness for the needs of people like Chelsea. There was an offer of assistance from the staff of Clinton's Alabama campaign group but nothing has happened yet. Edwards has apparently not been reached & since he is no longer a contender it may not be possible for him to get involved. Obama's campaign is difficult to get inside to the right person so there has been no luck there.

    If you have any ideas on how a change that works can happen please post it & let's start making it an issue. People like Chelsea don't have time to wait for more talk!

    •  I wish Chelsea well (0+ / 0-)

      As we discussed on another diary, one of the crazy aspects of our system is that for people like Chelsea, covered by their parents' insurance as long as they're a student, if she becomes too sick to remain enrolled in school, her coverage will likely expire.

      That's one of the key memes that we need to impress upon people who believe their current coverage is adequate - that you can get too sick to keep it.

      Christopher Reeve, not exactly the working poor, exceeded the lifetime limits of his health insurance policy after a bit more than a year.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Mar 02, 2008 at 11:18:35 AM PST

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      •  If you come up with a way to get their attention (1+ / 0-)
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        let me know! I'm on board for that 100%. Most folks think either the government will help you or your insurance will cover it. They have no idea what a mess it is to fall in between those 2.

        My daughter is frantically applying to grad schools so she can buy some time & keep insurance. If she had her way she'd take a year off, work & then start grad school when she fully decided her direction. Unfortunately her heart condition will require that she keep decent coverage or else just feed off the government (get on welfare & use public health). Riding the government meal train isn't her style & the prospects of her starting off in a job with decent benefits right at graduation is slim.

        It floors me that healthcare isn't right up there with economy & the war as key issues. Too bad I couldn't have 5 minutes with each candidate of both parties. I'd have them look some of the people I know that need help & see how they could justify what they have or haven't done to come up with a plan.

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