Health care cash cow

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

We at­tend health-care fundrais­ers a lot; then my fam­ily be­came one.

Let me be clear, the road to this was not sim­ple. Af­ter a lay­off from a For­tune 500 com­pany, our fam­ily ob­tained in­surance through the ACA (non­sub­si­dized). We stayed on it as a new job with a ven­ture-cap­i­tal firm did not pro­vide health in­surance in Arkansas.

Things were fine un­til cancer struck. We are par­ents in our 40s with three chil­dren. A health cri­sis, yep! That is when the bills started rolling in and took us way be­yond our de­ductible in less than three months. The bills are still rolling in, and our life­time sav­ings for our soon-to-be col­lege-age child has dis­ap­peared.

We have al­ways paid for health care, so what I ask you to think about is, maybe in­stead of wast­ing more time on who should pay for health care, we should start to ask: How come it is so ex­pen­sive? Who is reap­ing all the ben­e­fits?

Re­cently we have been asked to an­other fundraiser. I am em­bar­rassed and de­spaired that when they pass the hat around I have noth­ing to give—I am deal­ing with the need for an­other fundraiser my­self.

This coun­try put a man on the moon—it’s time it caught up to the rest of the in­dus­tri­al­ized coun­tries with solid health-care plat­forms. The Amer­i­can dream is shat­tered by the greed of some­one mak­ing money off your poor health. Be care­ful what you “wish” or vote for—you could be next. TRI­CIA MOORE


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