Family Actions Off Belongings on Ebay to Cover Their Children's Health Care

@Bd200789 (2994)
United States
January 23, 2009 5:55pm CST
When seven-year-old Ayla Peters was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called Stills, and their other child Noah was diagnosed with autism, the Peters family realized they had to sell all their belongings, except for the house, to be able to cover the children's medical bills. I will never understand why some people can still say that we don't need universal health care. What do you think? http://www.11alive.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=125999&provider=top
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@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
25 Jan 09
I think the lack of healthcare is a disgrace. So many people are in desperate need and have been for too long and yet nothing is being done about it. The number of people needing healthcare is going to keep increasing until we get help. Its a real shame when you have to sell your stuff just so you can pay for things especially medical needs and especially when its a horrible disease you cant afford to fight. I sure hope, somehow, things will improve for us and very soon. Relief cant come soon enough.
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
26 Jan 09
I agree. I don't understand why nearly every developed nation has health care, except the U.S.
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
26 Jan 09
I know, I dont either. Cost is obviously a major part, but I wish we really knew what the problem was.
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
26 Jan 09
In my state, all children who can't afford health care (and pregnant mothers) get health care for free or a minimal charge. I worked in the restaurant business and worked with plenty of moms who used this system and they could take their kids to any doctor or hospital. So there are options for those who cannot afford their childrens medical bills. As far as universal health care goes, I suppose the concept looks good from the outside looking in. But in reality, it wouldn't be good for America at all. I have European relatives who know first hand about universal health care and it has not served them well. They wait for long periods of time to see a doctor or for surgery, their hospitals are not kept up as well as ours here and are in fact pretty dirty compared to ours. Doctors from other countries seem to have lesser knowledge and education than our doctors here. In fact, many doctors in other countries have about the same education as registered nurses here. I know a Filipino lady who was a doctor in the Phillipines, here with her education she was a licensed practical nurse- she had to go to school to be a registered nurse. If we get universal health care, the health care system will go down the tubes. The medical talent will go away because there won't be any money in it and then we'll be stuck with sub par hospitals and whatever bad doctors that are left. I'm sure America would have something to say about that. It just isn't a good idea for America though on the outside looking in, it may look good to those without medical insurance. But then again, there are state hospitals that will treat poorer people. I think there are some changes to be made to the health care system but universal health care is not the answer if we still want to recieve top of the line innovative medical care.
24 Jan 09
That is awful. My heart goes out to people in these situations. I am so glad that here in the UK everyone has access to health care. It makes me realise just how lucky I truely am.
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
24 Jan 09
i saw this story on the news yesterday and it should not be this way in a country with so much wealth. my husband too is self employed and we are eligible for insurance through nj family care and we do pay a premium and copay for all our services but it is very affordable and we are grateful for it. but on dec 31st with no prior warning they just terminated it and i had to reapply and we are waiting for our coverage to be effective again on feb 1st. in the mean time i have been battling a bronchial infection since late november at which time i did have insurance and was under a doctor's care. it has not cleared up so i am treating myself as i have no choice and i have been using herbal remedies and vitamins and asthma meds i already had on hand to get me through until i can see a doctor. i have also found a lump under my armpit and one in my neck and there is nothing i can do about it until my insurance becomes effective again. my point is to say that when we need care we should be able to receive it and be covered for it. it is a sad state of affairs indeed.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
24 Jan 09
It is such a mess. My family has not had healthcare for about 6 years now. We cannot afford it. We need universal healthcare so badly.
@dmrone (751)
• United States
24 Jan 09
A truly sad story. I don't think universal healthcare is what is needed. When you actually think of how much a rural practioner makes in a year. Then the hospital overcharging for very minor things. The healthcare is about money, plain and simple. The doctors and hospital overcharge to an insurance company just to get the amount they feel they deserve for their 3 minute run into the room and give you a diagnosis.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
24 Jan 09
It's a sad story & I feel for them.. I know it cost so much for therapy for an Autistic child & most insurance wont help when they should... With that said.... doesn't medicaid help families in situations like this? We were on medicaid & they took care of everything for us, even with therapy for my Autistic son... so I'm a little confused I guess, I don't understand... I thought medicaid was for anyone with kids who is having hard times. I know in the state of Nevada & Oklahoma, the two states I have lived, its the law to put all kids on medicaid if the parents can't afford insurance.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
24 Jan 09
Hi Bd200789! I do agree with them that what matters most in life is not the material things that we possess or want but our children, our family and the people we love. I do hope that they will be able to sell all their stuffs on ebay. And I do believe that we all need universal health care. It is very important and it is a necessity that all should be able to avail of medical and health care regardless of what kind of illness or condition one has. It is unfortunate and so sad that so few can afford health care here in my country. Take care and blessings to you! lovelots..faith210
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
24 Jan 09
that's a shame & so sad for people to have to do that. of coursewe need something done about insurance. it is a ridiculous situation & something needs to be done badly.
• United States
24 Jan 09
That is awful that they are having to auction off everything that they own just to pay for their kids health care. They are selling everything they own yet they are still thinking of others as they have said they are giving ten percent to charity. After all that they have been through and they are still thinking about others. They are a family that everyone could learn a thing or two from. I wish them all the best and hope that things work out for them.
• France
24 Jan 09
Depressing story. Yeah, the USA needs universal health care, one way or another. Seems like Obama's plan isn't socialized health care, but it is universal. I hope someone figures something out fast because the health care situation is one reason I'm staying in France still.