The Best Health Care

In the world:

56 days . . . 55 days . . . 54 days . . .

Chelsea
Caudle began signing her text messages this summer with a countdown. At
14 years old, she knew no better way to express what was coming. Day
Zero was to be Oct. 7, the day Dad left for Army basic training in Fort
Jackson, S.C. He was moving 950 miles from their home in Watertown, 950
miles from Mom.

He
was leaving, even though Mom was sick with ovarian cancer. Even though
he had been at her side through two long, miserable rounds of
chemotherapy. Even though she now faced the likelihood of a third.

In fact, Dad was leavingbecauseMom was sick.

In
March, he was laid off from his job as a raw materials coordinator for
a plastics company called PolyOne, where he’d worked for 20 years. His
severance package had provided several months’ salary, but by August
the paychecks were winding down. Soon the cost of his family health
coverage was going to triple, then a few months after that, nearly
triple again. They needed coverage so Mom could fight her cancer.

Dad’s solution: a four-year hitch in the Army.

Possibly the Blue Dogs can explain to me how their grand fiscal responsibility health care plan would have prevented THIS. Better still, perhaps they can explain it to the Caudles.

There really are days I think we’re a country of total assholes.

A.

9 thoughts on “The Best Health Care

  1. They needed coverage so Mom could fight her cancer.
    Dad’s solution: a four-year hitch in the Army.

    Is feature, not bug.

  2. Interrobang says:

    Yeah. Can you say “pov-er-ty draft,” boys and girls?
    I knew you could!

  3. pansypoo says:

    how many are forced into this choice because we don’t cover amercans LIKE THE RICH COUNTRY WE ARE?

  4. Avedon says:

    Because, pansypoo, we are not a rich country. We are a country with some very rich people in it. That’s a different thing.

  5. Tim says:

    Naah. It’s still a rich country. Go look up Ovarian cancer survival rates around the world. If she was in the UK, she’d be dead by now. Still, cancer sucks folks. No health insurance policy in the world is going to change that.

  6. leinie says:

    He opted for the only “public option” available to him – leave his family, offer himself up as cannon fodder because it will mean that he’ll get health care for his family, provided by the military, which is us. I understand the decision completely – and it makes me so sad and so angry.

  7. Sandman says:

    Go to http://www.pnhp.org and you will see that a national single payer system would practically pay for itself by eliminating the $400 billion a year spent on billing and adminstrative costs. This debate has nothing to do with helping people be healthy and everything to do with protecting the holy, sacred, untouchable profit of our corporate overlords. FUCK!!!

  8. MapleStreet says:

    If this is the case I think it is, the dad would not normally be able to join the Army – too old except the maximum age was recently increased.
    So if the husband is 40 years old, they can’t even get the Army option.
    Dare I say the Army option is a Public Option run by the govt?

  9. pansypoo says:

    amerikkka loves it’s bootstraps.

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