File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 96


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 12:48:51 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] U.S Health Care System problems with puppeteers


Three or four years ago, I was visiting my brother in Canada when I  
had a bicycle accident (on a Sunday afternoon) and ended up with a  
huge gash in my face.  My bro took me to the emergency ward.  They did  
a beautiful job of stitching me up (6 stitches; no scar); I was there  
a total of four hours, and they apologized profusely for having to  
charge me since I didn't have a Canadian health card.  The total  
bill:  $215.00.

Give me that "socialist" system, please!

Monica


On Sep 5, 2009, at 11:40 AM, puppetpro-AT-aol.com wrote:

> I usually don't like to discuss these things. However, here's my  
> story.
>
> Having not been able to afford health insurance this year, I was  
> caught when I had a bout with the flu. It was Sunday evening, no  
> walk-in clinics were open in my area, and my fever was 103. I went  
> to the hospital, knowing it was certain death to my savings account.  
> They had me there for 3 hours, fixed me up nicely, giving me fluids  
> (I was dehydrated), a prescription (costing $120), and sending me  
> home telling me to "become a couch potato" for a few days. I had to  
> cancel/reschedule two gigs. Luckily, Mike Graham was able to take  
> over one of them.
>
> The hospital bill is over $3000.00. When I called to arrange  
> payment, they had two options: a monthly payment of $200 OR apply to  
> the Department of Social Services. The Dept. of Social Services will  
> probably put a lien on my house.
>
> How does this affect puppetry? Besides missing the gigs, it means  
> more attention/stress given to finances, less time and money for  
> puppetry. How much longer can my company continue? I don't know.  
> Many things are uncertain.
>
> Ruth Duncan's story has a very familiar ring. When we are doing  
> well, we cannot imagine anything going wrong with our plans. When  
> problems occur, they usually surprise us in ways that cannot be  
> anticipated.
>
> Rolande
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alan Cook <alangregorycook-AT-msn.com>
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Sent: Fri, Sep 4, 2009 11:01 am
> Subject: [Puptcrit] U.S Health Care System problems
>
>
> =0
> A
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>
> Isn't it iteresting that a current political snow storm over health  
> care in the
> U.S. is also something that directly affects puppeteers and other  
> artists who
> rarely get compensated as richly as CEOs like Madoff, the heads of  
> Ford Motor Co
> & General Motors and other rip-off artists.
>
> When puppeteer Ruth Duncan (Tatterman Marionettes) was healthy she  
> planned to
> leave all the remaining Tatterman puppets to me for preservation,  
> along with her
> home in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a smallpuppet museum.
>
> When she suddenly faced health problems and went into a hospital,  
> she got good
> care, food and daily therapy for 30 days. The 31st day, the therapy  
> ended and
> the food ended.
>
> Ultimately she had to sell her home, and sold the puppets to me  
> (wiping out my
> small bank account), then had to rent a room in her old house until  
> she died.
>
> Sarah Palin is an idiot when it comes to real information on healh  
> care, not to
> menion her major ignorance about sex-ed in schools (her daughter  
> could have
> benefitted) and just about EVERYTHING ELSE.
>
> The sad thing is that this kind of ignorance is harmful to puppeteers.
>
>
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