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January 18th, 2007
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From:makuus
Date:January 18th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
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(Hi, long time listener, first time caller.) I just wanted to thank you for the health rant side of the post. Thank goodness that there's someone else who gets (and can illustrate) just how piss-poor the healthcare situation is in this country for those without the good fortune to afford their own health insurance (or to work for a company that can supply it), who populate, oh, some ninety percent of my friends and acquaintances (I may have a biased sample set, however). It's something else to talk to a friend that really needs some sort of preventative care, but has no insurance, and is living paycheck-to-paycheck, when your only answer can be "um, try a clinic?" (sometimes followed up with "can I wire anything along?").
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From:baxil
Date:January 19th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
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Hi there, and welcome to ... um ... my comments section! (Since I can't welcome you to a journal you've been reading for a while.)

Health care is definitely a bigger problem among the artists and counterculture types that predominate among furry circles. I, too, have had the experience of dragging a friend kicking and screaming to a clinic for preventive care that really couldn't be put off any longer. (In this case, a diabetes test. Which was, in fact, the problem.)

But that it's a big deal among our circle doesn't mean there's a disconnect -- the problem is real, and it's real nationwide. I've had health insurance about half my life, and I've had nothing but hassles every time I need medical care whether I have insurance or not.

If you want to get a feel for the scope of the problem, browse through the blog Political Animal sometime. Health care is one of Kevin Drum's favorite recurring topics, and probably every statistic I've cited was one I found via his blog.

Also, just to comment on something downthread - I can't quite tell who was taking what tone, but in context it sounded like the Captain Obvious line was meant to say he agrees with you. (At any rate, you, me and baphnedia are saying the same thing, and I can't imagine his intention was to insult all of us.)
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