Having the Right Disease

Jennifer Nix survives with a socialist kidney…

Sept. 28, 2009 | The day after this country elected Barack Obama its 44th president, a doctor told me I’d inherited from my father a rare form of cystic kidney disease and that I was already in renal failure. Beyond the devastation I felt on hearing this news, and despite having health insurance, my greatest fear in those first, foggy days was one that haunts millions of Americans. I was more terrified of being dropped or denied treatment by my insurer over some minuscule technicality than I was of facing the disease. After four years of progressive activism, delivery of Obama’s campaign promise of universal healthcare suddenly became very personal and urgent rather than simply a political goal for me.

Veterans, Medicare, Medicaide and a few select conditions will get you health security. We already know how to do it, we just need political will to replace a fragmented system that loses information and leaks money with a regulated system, a strong public option, and a determination to insure all Americans.

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