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Curry on Healthcare
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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04/03/2008
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A lack of health insurance costs lives in Connecticut each week

 

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Bill Curry: Photo by Catie TalarskiBill Curry: Photo by Catie Talarski
Last year at this time, we talked with our political analyst Bill Curry about the possibility of universal health care in Connecticut. There was some hope amongst advocates that it would be a key issue in the legislature. That didn't happen - but the last year's national debate about health care costs and the effects of poor health coverage on people around the nation - have pushed the debate back into the forefront.

A new plan to extend state health benefits to a variety of residents is gaining traction in both houses of the state legislature - and a new study is out today, talking about the long-term impact on residents who don't have coverage.

We're going to talk about state health policy today with someone who's been writing a lot about it recently - our politcal anayst Bill Curry. He's a columnist for the Hartford Courant, the former state comptroller, and a two-time democratic nominee for governor.

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Hi there,

I am inspired by Bill's commitment to tackling the healthcare dilemma; I'm a 21-year-old epileptic and have already experienced many instances of red tape trying to get the care I need. Even though I do have health insurance through my mom's plan, I am completely disillusioned with the system currently in place. A few months ago I woke up in an ambulance after having a seizure. I was confused, disoriented, and had no idea what was going on. Before I could ask the EMT what was going on, he handed me my purse and told me he needed my insurance card. This just shows how backwards things are right now-- in cases like mine, total care is not allowed to be given until there is first proof of payment.

I am curious what Bill thinks of the documentary Sicko-- I have shown it to so many people I know, and most are shocked, as was I, at the reality of the American healthcare crisis. It just doesn't seem possible, but it is. The brushoff I received in the ambulance is NOTHING compared to the horrors that other Americans all over the country are facing. Hospital visits should not feel like complicated business transactions-- the emphasis should be on the patient's health, and the stress of payment clearly impedes one's ability to heal restfully. I am so pleased that Connecticut is considering some changes because even if they may not affect me per se, I know that any improvement to the system will make things indirectly easier on everyone in the state. We are all potential patients, and we need to realize the gravity of this matter. Bill Curry is so right on. Is there anything that CT citizens can do to support this movement?

Thanks so much,
Molly