While news about the health care debate has died down a bit, the health care crisis in our country has not abated.
The Nation has a series up now, with voices from the uninsured.
An excerpt from one of the stories:
In College and Out of Insurance
I haven’t had health insurance since I was 18. I’m 23 now. My health started to take a turn for the worse around two to three years ago. I currently have many conditions–TMJ, tendonitis, spinal problems, poor eyesight, poor dental health, etc., and I almost never see doctors or dentists because they’re so hard to afford on a student budget.
I once had insurance for three months but it was cancelled after I had trouble paying the premiums on time. Now I can’t get insurance from anyone due to pre-existing conditions, and I’ve applied multiple times to every carrier on eHealthInsurance. There are no options for me in the US, except to pay out-of-pocket, which is wildly expensive. I can’t even move to another country because I’m still in college.
J. Travis Rolko, 23
Check out the rest at The Nation.