Health Care Sad Stories
“This is an email I received depicting our horror stricken health-care system, this story is commonplace, but that does not make it any less tragic.” Dave
I want to tell you about my only sibling, my brother Eric De La Cruz.1Diagnosed with Severe Dilated Cardiomyopathy five years ago and in need of a heart transplant, my brother Eric passed away far too early this July 4th. All because the health care insurance system in the United States is broken.
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You see, unlike most of us (but like millions of others), Eric couldn’t get private insurance. His employer didn’t offer it as a benefit. And his , while treatable, was a pre-existing condition that no private insurers would cover. Sadly, there was no affordable, public option to protect Eric. So he remained excluded from the basic right to life-saving treatment that all people deserve. Although a heart transplant would save him, without coverage, Eric’s condition needlessly and slowly deteriorated.People don’t realize how vulnerable they are to the devastating costs – both in dollars and in human life – of an insurance industry concerned with one thing: profit. As a TV journalist and correspondent, I’ve enjoyed a public platform few have, but when it came to the health and well-being of my family, I’m as susceptible as everyone else. Despite a national online campaign and celebrity fund-raising that amassed nearly $1 million, and emotional and political support from thousands of strangers, Eric couldn’t beat this broken system. If it can happen to us, with all of THAT support, it truly can happen to anyone. In fact, sadly, it IS happening to thousands all over the country right now.
After Eric’s death, I went to Washington strong health care reform bill that would provide all Americans with affordable, guaranteed health care coverage – a bill that would help control the spira I met in the offices of many Senators and Representatives to ask why there is even a debate about passing a
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