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Every year, some 45,000 Americans die prematurely because they didn’t have access to health care. Mike’s story is just the one we know, but it’s hardly the only one.
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Story o' Mike
Mike was Michael Timothy Danforth, an egomaniac with self-esteem issues. He was a smart, funny, generous, wise and loving person who died because he didn’t have health insurance.
That meant he couldn’t afford the colonoscopy that might have found his cancer before it was too late. He died April 1, 2008. He was 33.
Mike is one of an estimated 45,000 people who die every year because they didn’t have insurance and so didn’t have access to the lifesaving diagnostic tests, or diabetic supplies that would help them monitor blood glucose, or medication that would help lower blood pressure.
We want to put faces to those numbers. Tell us your story. Post blogs, post photos. Let everyone see that good people are dying — beloved people. After all, every one of those people was loved as much as we all loved Mike.
I couldn’t stay away from the Civic Center yesterday. Mitt Romney was coming to speak and I had to be there to counter his “the emergency room works fine” lie. See, Mitt believes people can get the care they need at the emergency room and that they won’t get a bill. Wrong and wrong, Mitt. [...]
I’m migrating my blog entries over to our new site, www.wnchealthadvocates.org, reading some of them as I go along. It’s a long process, but it’s interesting to see how we have evolved from when we started by putting up this web site just six weeks after Mike died. We have educated, we have helped people [...]
I went to Charlotte yesterday with my friend, Sarah Skinner, to attend the Planned Parenthood Yes We Can rally just across the way from the DNC site. I didn’t go because of abortion; I went because millions of women get their health care through Planned Parenthood, and I don’t want to see health care access [...]
I’m heading to Charlotte tomorrow with my friend Sarah Skinner. Sarah and I have a lot in common — we’re a couple of old hippies who think access to health care is the most important issue of the day. We have been to Washington, DC, together four times, and now we will take the issue [...]
It’s not always easy letting go of something with an emotional connection as strong as the one I have to Mike, but there comes a time when it becomes necessary. That time has come for our name. Life o’ Mike has honored the memory of my son, who died because he couldn’t get access to [...]
I have railed against fast food and processed food rather frequently on this blog (and in person), and people usually claim that low-income people can’t afford healthy food. Well, the Environmental Work Group has issued a new publication to debunk that myth. The booklet, “Good Food on a Tight Budget,” offers a wealth of information [...]
I don’t want to be political here, but I need to correct some falsehoods out there, especially the one about President Obama “stealing $716 billion from Medicare. Here’s the truth, as told by the New York Times (with my comments in italics): “In reality, the $716 billion is not a ‘cut’ in benefits but rather [...]