On 4/30 I wrote that Alec and I were going to the May 5th “2006 Gala Celebration Breakfast.” And so today we did.
The breakfast was good ~ I broke my diet for diabetes. Oh well. Newly diagnosed and mostly I am being really cazeful.
One of the speakers (who was younger than me I think) said this needs to be worked on now, but that we probably won’t have everyone covered by health insurance her lifetime. Yes that is probably true. It is depressing ~ we (the USA government) have money for war! Apparently it may have to happen (or begin) state-by-state. Mention was made of new Massachusetts legislation to offer health insurance for all thier state residents.
Something that I felt was missing at the event was a sense that there were people there who don’t have insurance coverage. The people who spoke are professionals in health care services and politicians. All with hearts and minds in the right place. But in the speeches, people without insurance were referred to as ‘them.’ Some of the speakers talked about people they worked with – but nobody was there to tell their own stories firsthand, and I wish it had been so. I know how powerful that can be from my work with other issues and organizations. If there had been an opportunity at the end I would have spoken.