[Photos used with permission. Copyright 2009 Ray Skwire]
This issue couldn’t be more in my face right now. As most of you know, I was hit pretty badly by a van in May while biking at 6th and Spring Garden. I broke my leg in 3 places. Spent 4 days in the hospital. And had a metal rod inserted in my leg to hold it all together. I had no health insurance at the time. And the accident kept me off my feet for nearly 3 months.
I still remember the first time they told me my bill would be over 100K. Yeah, 100K. Seriously.
I applied for state help, obviously. But the few weeks it took for them to make a decision whether or not to approve me were spend facing a lot of very serious questions. Like, would I be able to afford any follow up treatment? Would I have to forget any (very, very necessary) physical therapy options? Would I be in debt for the rest of my life? Never having good enough credit to buy a house, a car, or to go back to school if I wanted to… I was going crazy.
Luckily, I was approved! And now I have health care. It’s weird. I haven’t seen a doctor since high school. Now, I can see a doctor when ever I want. I can go to physical therapy. I could get the Swine Flu vaccine, if I didn’t think it was a government conspiracy to control thought. (I mean seriously though, you all created a vaccine in 6 months? Really?!)
Lessons learned?… Stop winning in protests for Health Care. Just get off your ass and get hit by a car badly enough for the state to have to step in… Worked for me!
Click HERE to see the rest of Ray’s photos of last night’s Health Care for America NOW! Rally.