Getting Involved.

I am really interested in getting involved in efforts to support some sort of health care reform. Is there a local organization working to support this and show our leaders we think this is important and necessary?

This is something I’ve been really concerned about as an uninsured young adult and I feel like I need to do something other than shout at the television.

Please help!

–Amy Swanoski

15 Comments

mevdev

about 11 years ago

You should write actual physical letters to our senators and representatives. It is easy to brush off an email, but a letter needs to be thrown away. How often do you want them to take out the trash. I'd say daily.

maria

about 11 years ago

www.moveon.org

farglebargle

about 11 years ago

Health Care Reform Rally
10 a.m., Saturday, September 19
March begins at City Center Park Tower and Belknap, Superior to Douglas County Courthouse, 1313 Belknap Street, Superior
Speakers will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Contact: Nick Milroy, 218-393-0220

tamara

about 11 years ago

http://www.healthcareforamericanow.org

TonkaTown

about 11 years ago

Or, if you're that concerned about having health insurance.....buy it.  A young adult can get good health insurance for less than $150 month.  Of course, you're probably looking for free healthcare, which would make sense considering the options people are throwing out there.  Otherwise, there's always MinnesotaCare.....unless you're one of millions of the uninsured that choose to not enroll in a state program or pay for it yourself.  A novel idea, I know.....

Amy Swanoski

about 11 years ago

I'm not a MN resident.  I live in WI.  I've been jumping through many hoops trying to get Badger Care Core Plus for low income adults, but it's been almost 4 months and I haven't been able to make any progress.  
I would buy my own but even 150 dollars a month is too much for me.  I'm super under-employed and can barely afford to pay for my cell phone.  
This isn't just a black and white issue:  either pay for it or get it through the state.  If I could afford it I would have found my own plan by now, and I could get it through the state of WI but the bureaucracy is making it ridiculously hard.

km2x

about 11 years ago

TonkaTown:

Just to let you know I know of more than one 20 something individuals that cannot buy healthcare on the open market.  Why?  In one case a Dx of asthma when they were young that the child grew out of.  Another was family history of Heart disease.  Another was an engineer who lost his job was completely healthy with wife that was pregnant...Ooops ..Prior Existing.  This just doesn't cut it to "Buy it!"  That is if you can get it and then afford it.

Schuy

about 11 years ago

Start with the State.  Pawlenty 'unallotted' health care for the poorest among us.  This means that as of March 2010 people with no income won't even be able to get diabetes testing strips or eyeglasses or ongoing medications.  We've thrown them off the boat entirely.  The State Legislature tried to fix this before the end of the last session and it lost by three votes.  We could change that with public pressure.

TonkaTown

about 11 years ago

A cell phone is a luxury.  Health insurance is a necessity.  You seem to be making poor choices with your money if you choose texting over health care.  And if you are that "super-under employed", perhaps you should look into getting another job.  Like I said in another posting: The AT&T Call Center is always hiring, and they have good benefits.  Of course, many people believe that working in a call center is below themselves.

Also Amy: You're complaining about the bureaucracy at the state level, and you want the FEDERAL government to start regulating/administering/selling health insurance?!?!?  ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FRIGGIN' MIND?  Do you have any idea what dealing with Washington DC is like?  And have you even looked into purchasing private insurance?  BCBS?  Medica?  Probably not, because coverage isn't unattainable unless you're spending your money on non-essentials.

And Schuy: Please let me know how many people have ZERO income.  Anyone is eligible for SOME federal or state money.  I know this for a fact, as they storm the bank every 1st & 3rd of the month to clean out their accounts and head directly to the bar/liquor store/casino/local dealer.

Tim K

about 11 years ago

Less Tonka, more town.

K

about 11 years ago

TonkaTown:

If health insurance is a necessity why cannot everyone get it?  Denied Coverage..Lost Job...Lower on the Income Scale You don't qualify for MNCare...List goes on and on.  If it is a necessity in these times why isn't it a benefit for all?  You seem to be looking at individual responses without looking at the bigger picture.  I have tried looking into BCBS, Medica, and other insurance plans for people.  Do you think $800.00 a month is affordable to the mass popualtion?  That is if you qualify.  I think it is great the ATT call center is hiring at the tech center can they provide a couple of million jobs to get this started?

Amy Swanoski

about 11 years ago

What planet are you living on?

Tim K

about 11 years ago

Hey TonkaTown, as long as you seem to know what's best for everyone else, what kind of job do you recommend for me? My current family medical plan runs about $2200 a month (I get to pay half!). Oh, there's a $10,000 annual deductible for the four of us. This is a BCBS plan and is considered "good" by the assholes that set up our private insurance system. Yeah, who needs reform when the US ranks 37 out of 38.

Amy Swanoski

about 11 years ago

In regard to the RATIONAL posts up top.  Thank you for your input.  I stayed up late writing letters to my representatives, telling my story, expressing concerns, and asking for a call to action.  

I plan on attending the rally in Superior on Sat, hopefully I'll learn of other ways to get involved.  

I did get a job offer for a 2nd job so I'm looking forward to that. (It's job I wouldn't have been able to get with out, you know, having a telephone to communicate.)  It's only 20-hours a week and they don't offer any health care for me as I'm part time.  

I'm going to look into trying to get my own coverage after I get settled in and review my budget, but I'm not going to hold my breath because I don't have a perfect health history.

And no, I am not "out of my frigging mind."  The reason I've been having so much trouble at the state level is because I have to prove I can't afford health care and there's thousands of other low income people who need help too.  It's a brand new program that they haven't worked all the kinks out of yet.

I'm tired of all the blaming and insensitivity people (on the right) have toward those who are having a bit of a hard time right now.  I think it will get better, but medical bills or the chance that I could get ill are just one less thing I'd like to worry about right now.

Tim K

about 11 years ago

Good luck, Amy!

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