Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hagerstown Town Hall

A friend of mine went to the Hagerstown Town Hall yesterday and interviewed several people on both sides of the health care issue. His report is here. I hope you will check it out.

A woman who earns too much to qualify for Medicaid can't afford insurance for both herself and her child. Her child doesn't qualify for any publicly funded healthcare due to her income and to her state's plan for SCHIP (Maryland). A man who opposes reform tells her to take her son to the ER if he needs care because it's free.

See, now that's just plain wrong. Emergency room care is only free if you qualify for charity care because you earn right about the federal poverty level -- about $15,000 for a family of two. Since this woman earns more than that, her ER care would NOT be free.

How are we going to get anywhere when people refuse to listen long enough to hear the truth? Jennifer

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