A large duck (burger_eater) wrote,
A large duck

Toughing it out.

I don't know him personally, but baldanders had a stroke yesterday. He's on my flist (I added him after several thought provoking posts he made on Making Light) and he has always seemed like a terrific guy.

I can't talk in specifics about his situation (obviously), but I did want to pull this quote from the Making Light thread:

Once I got home, we had something of a disagreement about going to the hospital (as he has no insurance/health coverage).

In other first world countries, no one would delay treatment for a serious health concern because of a lack of coverage. No one would try to tough it out or hope it goes away. And no one would file bankruptcy because of medical bills.

Do we all have to work for some corporation or bankrupt ourselves in the private market in case a medical emergency strikes?

This country needs decent universal health care. There are many versions around the world, and all have their problems, but they're better than the hodgepodge we have here.

My best wishes to him and all who know him.
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