His story is dear to me: my aunt suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and, although she is able to afford health care, I see the toll it takes on her and can imagine the damage such a debilitating neurological disease could have on a family that does not have health insurance or insurance that is not comprehensive enough to meet the needs of treatment. For people who are not privileged or capable enough to support themselves, diseases and conditions like MS can be a death sentence.
As the son of a doctor who works actively to study MS and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (known as ALS or "Lou Gehrig's Disease"), I have seen what it does to those afflicted with neurodegenerative diseases. I've also gotten to witness firsthand, my Dad, a doctor, speak openly about how much we must reform the health care system so that no one has to die of a disease just because they don't have enough money.
From Lee's story in "Faces of American Health Care," you can see the financial burdens that he has to take on just to keep himself healthy. The question of how to advance health care reform is a complicated one, but it must be done without delay (without the so-called "triggers," which will prevent meaningful change). A public option will not drive up premiums, it will drive them down despite what insurance lobbyists and those against reform say (see the Huffington Post or, oddly enough, Fox for more on triggers and the debate). If Lee Bender's piece moves you, read up on the health care debate, take some action, write your representative and tell them you want meaningful health care reform. To learn more about Lee, check his blog. To lend him a little financial help, pick up his Actions Realized Deck from Real, which helps cover a portion of his medical bills. Those of you who have read this far and don't agree with what I've said, leave your angry comments below.
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