This has got to be one of the most heartbreaking diaries I've ever written.
This is an only-in-America situation, which in my opinion, has not been properly covered by the media. We've heard about Caleb Medley the comedian shot in the face and his pregnant wife, who gave birth to a baby yesterday.
But we haven't heard nearly enough about the financial plight Caleb and his family are facing. Caleb is an uninsured American.
Only in America do you get shot with an assault weapon, then have to set up a web site to raise money to pay your medical bills.
You need only do a tiny bit of research, as I did, to immediately recognize that uninsured crime victims across the United States frequently become victims of our collapsed healthcare system as well. They must contend with huge medical bills as well as their own emotional and physical recovery. Take a look at this.
Anderson Cooper, how about you take a deep breath, and use "Keeping them Honest", to report on what American victims of gun violence face in a country where 50 million are uninsured.
Compare the story of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords--who has Rolls Royce FEHBP insurance--and could focus on recovering, not medical bills, to that of Caleb Medley. How about digging a little deeper into this cruel aspect of the Caleb Medley story--the financial ruin end of things? It would shock the world, wouldn't it? It might even keep the politicians responsible for this barbaric state of affairs, shamelessly shedding crocodile tears on national teevee just a little honest.
You can contact Anderson here, if you want him to do his damn job and discuss what happens to victims of gun violence in this nation where healthcare is denied to fifty million of our fellow citizens.
Upper West wrote about this grotesque situation yesterday, and again today, it needs much more attention.
As the world grieves for these victims and their families, those victims without health insurance are facing financial ruin from staggering medical bills.
With the wall-to-wall media coverage, I haven't seen reporting besides this video on CBS, on the second catastrophe bearing down on these beleaguered families--financial ruin for those shot and uninsured.
If you think the American people need to know more about this under-reported part of the Aurora shootings, let some of the folks doing the reporting know, you want the truth to come out.
You can Tweet these people and tell them to report on what happens after you get shot with an assault weapon in the USA--in many cases, financial ruin--and bake sales.
I would use the hashtags #calebmedley #singlepayer