I attended the Warped Tour music festival several years back. It’s a live music festival for young indie musicians to showcase their music. There are several stages for performances and many merchandise booths. There was also a booth for skin cancer screening and I decided to get a mark on my hand checked out. They said I’d be notified in a few days. A year passed and I’d forgotten all about getting results, I did have the mark checked by my dermatologist and found that it was cancerous. My point being that these young artists don’t have healthcare and rely on the goodwill of others and, as well intentioned as that is, is inadequate. They simply can’t afford decent care. There was a project called Rock For Health a few years ago, the project eventually died, but it did try to help musicians who got sick and couldn’t afford medical attention.
The tracks below are from Rogue Wave, whose drummer, Patrick Spurgeon suffers kidney disease and was in need of a transplant. He had no insurance, but was able to get medicaid when he went into end stage renal failure. He had to almost die before he could get care.
I support the affordable care act, and think those against allowing people with preexisting conditions and those unable to afford it are either selfish, or uninformed. True, people have lost coverage, but those were people who were wagering on never getting sick and purchasing cut-rate insurance and it would have forced taxpayers to pay their medical bills in the event of medical issues. If your insurance was cancelled and you had to pay more for other insurance, it’s because you had shitty insurance and can afford decent insurance. Prices are related to income. I only ask that people stop being greedy and think about helping those in need.