Salwa Shabazz, who enrolled in a plan under the health care act, found she could not afford co-payments. Photo credits:  Mark Makela for The New York Times

Salwa Shabazz, who enrolled in a plan under the health care act, found she could not afford co-payments.
Photo credits: Mark Makela for The New York Times

Life is too busy.  But here is one you shouldn’t have missed.  A recent Sunday NY Times ran a front page story on the complexities and failures of our current national health care system —  Newly Insured, Many Now face Learning Curve.  The article reported that on her annual income of $19,000 Ms. Salwa Shabazz could not afford the $60 co-pay for a service she badly needed and her life just got worse.  (See last 6 paragraphs in the attached article.)  Below the fold on the same page with Ms. Shabazz’ photo was a much larger photo of Serena Williams in her power stroke posture for the US Open — with the headline “Time to Use Your Vacation Days.”

 

Are these not an expression of an inequality, detachment, and a cultural libertarianism that are overwhelming us?   If so what do we want to do about it and are we ready to adjust our lives for a better outcome for more of us?

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US Open Tennis & Getty Photos

US Open Tennis & Getty Photos

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