POLICY: Two awful stories

Just before you get too lost in the wonkiness of health policy, just remember the financial implications of being sick in the wrong circumstancesin this country. Here’s a woman with a sick kid who is going to have her husband take a pay cut so that she can qualify for S-CHIP.

And here’s a benefit tonight in Richmond Virginia, for Kellie Brown, a student who needed an emergency appendectomy and has dropped out of college to pay of the $10,000 she owes. I kicked in a few bucks; if you’re feeling nice you might too.

Think of the economic insanity of these two things–someone dropping out of college, and someone moving to a lower pay grade because of health care costs!And no, this shit does not happen anywhere else in the civilized world.

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Stuart Browning

Ann Malone, Your comment above “(btw stuart browning is a troll on the payroll of corporate healthcare …)” is untrue and slanderous. I have made clear on my website (http://www.freemarketcure.com) that I receive no funding from the health insurance or health care industries. Yet no matter how many times I have made this statement, advocates of socialism such as yourself nevertheless resort to conspiracy theories. By the way – your advice here to warn others about me is a little late. My video “A Short Course in Brain Surgery” has now been viewed over 1.7 million times on the internet… Read more »

Ann Malone, RN

Thanks for raising this paramount moral dimension of our worsening hc crisis. as a nurse who works mostly w/folks who are of low/moderate income in the inner city, and as a sibling of someone w/chronic mental illness, i, too, know of countless stories like these that occur every. hour. of. every. single. day. – only in the USA. (btw stuart browning is a troll on the payroll of corporate healthcare; i hope you’ll ignore him and warn others to do the same) i approach health reform activism in an unusually feisty style, or at least it feels that way compared… Read more »

Matthew Holt

Mr Browning as usual fails to note the difference between us and those savage nations which have waiting lists. Here if you get sick, it’s a financial catastrophe, not just a health one.

Julie Pippert

As of November there are 6 million more KayTars out there, courtesy of Bush killing the SCHIP extension.
6. million.
On top of the 9 million uninsured children.
Thanks for getting this story out there. I think too many people believe in the oh-so-very-wrong image of “lazy people who don’t want to work and have entitlement issues and want everything handed to them on a silver platter.”
These are hard-working people who fall through the cracks, or should I say canyons.
And personally, I don’t think it’s an issue to feel entitled to health care in this country.

Stuart Browning

Maybe this “shit” actually does happen somewhere else in the civilized world:
Would you say that these people were “sick in the wrong circumstances”?


Peter is right–Kyla’s story is just one among many. If you read the comments at MOMocrats, you’ll find a number of others. The question is, what can we do about it? We can use our votes, but that does not seem like enough.
Thanks for getting this story out there for discussion.

Jenny, Bloggess

Thanks for getting this story out. So terrible. A change has got to come.

Matthew Holt

Peter, I’m in contact with Kayla and trying to find out a little more about the economics of her situation. As for Kellie–if it’s a scam it’s a good one, with lots of pepple roped in!


…. and then there is the real situation of families with two parents who both work at jobs where health insurance is offered. Instead of getting family coverage with just one employer, they get family coverage at both!! So, when one plan doesn’t cover something, the other one will!
The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.
Ain’t that America.


To think the S-CHIP example is just an isolated anecdote does not recognize how the S-CHIP/insurance system creates many Kylas who are caught on the border of no way out solutions. I would guess that the biggest hurdle (other than mindset) for welfare recipients to work instead of collect public tax payments is healthcare coverage. Their children may qualify for S-CHIP but what covers them? As for Kellie Brown, I’ll have to know a lot more than just a plea for money and a web payment page before I am assured I’m not being scammed. I wonder if Kellie is… Read more »