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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tired of the health care reform debate? (The industry thanks you.)

Posted by on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 3:05 PM

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(An update from Faulkner Fox, who's helping to raise money following Rhonda's seizure yesterday:

TO DONATE TO A FUND FOR RHONDA'S MEDICAL EXPENSES: please send a check made out to "Southern Coalition for Social Justice" with "Rhonda Robinson fund" written in the note line on the check to:


Suite 470

115 Market Street

Durham, NC 27701


please contact Faulkner,


please write to:

I can't help you on the subject of what they're doing with health care reform in Washington. I recommend Talking Points Memo and Firedog Lake as reasonably up-to-date sources (as up-to-date as they can be when nobody knows wtf  to do about Joe Lieberman). I can help you -- or Jon Parker, the Durham filmmaker-activist, can -- as far as what's important to think about as you try to follow the bouncing bills. Here's a link to Jon's post on DailyKos -- it concerns Rhonda Robinson's setback yesterday, humanity, and why we just can't give up on this thing as much as we may be tempted to:

Eventually, the doctor with the white lab coat comes in to check on Rhonda. After perusing the file, the doctor asks the attending physician "Why is there no neurologist report in the file?"

The attending physician says "She is uninsured."

She is uninsured...


So let’s get this straight. Rhonda has epilepsy. Rhonda is having seizures despite taking her prescribed anti seizure medications. Rhonda lives in constant pain. Rhonda needs to see a neurologist. Rhonda is uninsured. Rhonda could die!

Rhonda is asleep or unconscious or whatever in Exam Room #43. I rummage through her purse to find her cell phone and the cell numbers for her kids.  And there in her purse is the blue index card with the notes for her never delivered speech for what it means to be uninsured in the United States of America.

If there is a god, how about a blessing for Jon and Rhonda Robinson. And read Jon's post.

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