Saturday, February 06, 2010

Campaign worker dies from lack of health insurance

or maybe not.

I've had five friends who have had breast cancer. All had insurance. All of them went to the doctor when they felt a lump.

Four of them died anyway. Health insurance doesn't guarantee results. It just guarantees treatment.

Life isn't fair.


airforcewife said...

And we can't legislate life into being fair.

But on reading what you linked, it does seem that she made a series of choices that were about her priorities as she saw them.

She had high deductible catastrophic coverage. Okay, but isn't cancer treatment usually covered under this?

She chose not to go to the doctor when she found a lump because she would have had to pay for her visit and had invested all her money elsewhere. Okay, but did she also choose to never eat out, never go to the movies, etc? And did she feel that her life wasn't worth spending a possible 5K?

I'm not at all trying to belittle her life. AT ALL. But we make our choices. I personally would be at the doctor the moment I felt a lump in my chest - insurance be damned. And if that meant making payments on the tests that would explain what was going on - so be it.

But that's just me. And were I to do such a thing, I'd have no right to complain about the "unfairness" of the debt - because it was my own choice that led to it.

I'm not unsympathetic - sometimes life forces choices on us that are painful. And sometimes those gambles don't work.

miriam said...

I had the same thought as you. I feel for her, of course. It's awful for a young person to die. A friend of mine died of this disease, leaving two small children. She fought it and lost. It was so sad.

Having said that, I hate special pleading, and I think it's a lowdown, dishonest trick of Obama's to use this woman's death to manipulate his audience.

Tony said...

According to the market-research group Datamonitor, medical inflation is the reason for yearly increases of 8% in health insurance premiums. The steady progress in the development of new drugs, therapies and equipment used to diagnose medical conditions and the resulting costs are an obvious reason for this. This is understandable and everyone wants the latest in diagnostics and treatments. Equipment becomes obsolete with time and invariably the very words newer and improved mean a rise in cost.