Ishmel 
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Re: “The People on Jars

My wife and I were almost 'people on the jars'. We had just moved back to Boise when I contracted chicken pox. Yes, chicken pox, (which only sounds funny because it's a disease with the word "chicken" in it), at the age of 42, which landed me in the hospital to the tune of $15,000. Without insurance. We began to make small payments to the hospitals, doctors, and various other medical providers, when about three months later, my wife fell from a tree house when the railing failed... three days before the insurance provided by her employer offered was to begin coverage. $60,000 more. For the next 6 months we survived off the income from the contracting business I had just started and our meager savings. Meanwhile the bills began to come. An avalanch of bills, ever more insistant that we PAY NOW IN FULL. This progressed through the collections phase, the judgment phase, and the garnishment phase. We are now in the bankruptcy phase, which, I was displeased to discover, that since the new laws took effect does not offer a fresh start, but a court mandated payment which could be more than our rent and utility payments combined. Socialized medicine has contributed to the success of our species since we began to live in groups. It is mandated by every major religion. It is provided by most other nations in the developed world. It is the right thing to do. Yet, we live in a nation where medicine is a multi-zillion dollar business, and is well represented before our lawmakers. I don't wish for a hand out. I'm not asking for 100% free medical service. I would gladly pay a reasonable price for what services I needed. But that would mean less profit to the shareholders. Medicine should be different from other business' the way that needs are different from wants. If you wanted to buy a house, and I arrainged a loan you couldn't afford.. no, wait, bad example. In our deepest hearts don't we all feel that "if someone is hurt, you help them"? When did that become "when someone is hurt, you gouge them"? By way of gratitude, we would like to thank all of you who helped us, especially the one doctor who wrote off his entire bill.

Posted by W.DeMetro on 11/18/2007 at 12:19 PM

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