File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 99


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Sat, 05 Sep 2009 14:49:11 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] U.S Health Care System problems with puppeteers


Now, that is a story the republicans need to hear!

Mary
On Sep 5, 2009, at 1:48 PM, Monica Leo wrote:

> 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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