Jan 29, 2010
Spaghetti dinners take the place of real health care reform
News stories on a couple of recent fundraisers really illustrates the need for health care reform in this country, and it should debunk rightwing Republicans claim that health care is just fine the way it is.
Republicans have made defeating health care reform their no. 1 priority even if it wrecks the country, and they have rolled out a massive fear mongering campaign and lie after lie. Health insurance lobbyists are spending $1.4 million a day on that misinformation campaign to protect their huge profits. With more than 50 million Americans and counting without health care coverage and medical bills the number one cause of personal bankruptcy for people with health insurance, we will have to hold a lot of spaghetti dinners. As a public service for both the uninsured and those people putting on the fundraiser, I will highlight them.
The most recent benefit was held yesterday at T.G.I. Friday's in Green Oak Township for Courtney Beard, 21, who was kidnapped from the parking lot of a nearby restaurant where she worked on New Year's Day. She was held, according to the Detroit News, for 12 hours in a trailer in Antrim County by her estranged boyfriend. When police rescued Beard, she was suffering from hypothermia and underwent surgery for a stab wound to her leg at a Gaylord hospital. Although like millions of Americans, she works, but she does not have insurance.
All proceeds from the drinks sold were donated to her medical costs, as well as half the proceeds of a 50/50 drawing.
A fundraiser was held last Saturday for Michael White of Howell at 59 West Bar and Billiards in Highland Township. White, according to the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, was left with about $500,000 in medical bills after undergoing a 16-hour surgery to reconstruct his spine after he was involved in an all-terrain vehicle accident and broke his back in several places.
Like many Americans, White had been paying for health insurance for nine years before last July, when he was laid off from his job as an electrician and lost his benefits. Luckily for him, he was called back to work, but while he was waiting for his health benefits to be reinstated, he had his accident. A fear millions of Americans have.
"He's a homeowner with these ridiculous medical bills, and are we're just trying to help him out," Jessica Hilla, a friend of White's who is hosting the benefit, told the P & A.
I have no idea how the benefit for Ms. Beard went, but the word is it went well for White; that’s good news.