A single schizophrenic patient had circulated from hospital to jail to homeless shelter to assisted living facility, living in dorm housing in many locations. Over and over, the patient’s cough was documented in his chart, but not treated. It continued for eight months, until he finally was sent under court order to A.G. Holley. That year, 2008-2009, a total of 18 people in that community developed active tuberculosis from the strain called FL 046 and two died. The CDC sent a $275,000 grant to help pay for the staff needed to contain it.
Scottie_Bob: "I mean, surely you'd much rather spend a bit more on taxes ..."
Pope Guilty: there's a shockingly large contingent of people who honestly believe, or at least want to believe, that people who live in nations with UHC are routinely euthanized, or that you have to wait for weeks or months to get an appointment, or that UHC means people simply don't have access to care. I'd guess that at least half and probably more like 3/4 of the aggregate knowledge possessed by Americans about UHC is simply lies, told to preserve the structure of privilege and exploitation that our system is built on.
When I tell people in Europe – men included – how there's no mandatory paid maternity leave in the US, they nearly go through the roof when it finally sinks in that it means there are in fact women who go back to work about a week after giving birth, if not mere days afterwards.
"People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless."
Then I tell them about 10 days holiday a year if you're lucky, laws which make it legal to fire someone for any reason you like with no comeback and $5,000 bills for an ambulance ride and they gaze into their cups of tea and say 'crikey'.
WHAT?! I am blessed with a pretty good health insurance plan through my employer in the US and I have never understood the "people in countries with universal healthcare have to wait months to get an appointment" talking point, because literally every healthcare professional I have made an appointment with in my adult life has had a waiting list at least a month long. Maybe it's because I live in a city, but this still makes the whole thing feel that much more unjust.
Note: MSP coverage is not cancelled when a person's premiums are in arrears. Cancellation only occurs if a person ceases to be a resident of B.C. or there is concern that the individual may no longer be a resident.
Last summer I was in the middle of a break up and felt super stressed, so I decided to go for a run even though it was getting pretty dark out. Someone left out some barbed wire in the alley, and I fucking slashed my ankle BAD. When I got back to my apartment my shoe was completely filled with blood, and I had 3 cuts about 2-3 inches long, completely splitting my skin so I could see the muscle or fat (I'm not sure, it was pretty gnarly) underneath. Because I was already in an emotional, Idon'tgiveafuckingfuck mood, and I couldn't afford an emergency room visit (yes, I live in the states), I super glued all of the cuts back together. Much glue was used. I then wrapped my ankle up with a piece of cloth. Over the next week and a half the glue would come apart, and the cuts would be instantly back open, due to the size. I'd pour peroxide on it and glue them back together again. Some of the pieces of cloth would get glued into the cuts. My ankle was a big crusty mess of dried super glue, blood, and bits of stained cloth for two weeks. SOMEHOW they did not get infected, and healed up alright. I have no idea why I did that or let it get the way it was, and obviously won't do it again. If I would have gotten stitches, the scars would be less noticeable, but at least I didn't have to pay $3,000?
Total Charges: $47,627.26
Account Balance: $729.47
The point of this story is this: that sometimes to implement good public policy, you have to fight. You must fight tooth and nail, and you must sometimes take some serious punishment.
With the greatest respect to my pro-Obama friends, this seems to have been a test that Mr Obama seriously failed in his first term.
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