Give me the specifics on health care, not more hot air

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For example, John’s son has an intestinal disease that has prevented him from gaining weight and leaves him in increasingly intense pain, so much that he misses school consistently and cannot participate in any rigorous activities for fear he will lose even more weight. His weight is so dangerously low that his organs are not doing well, his growth is stunted and he will have to have a large portion of his intestines removed if he doesn’t start doing better, gaining weight and growing, soon.

Besides the health issues, John’s son is saddled with an array of psychological issues, worried that the other teens think he has an eating disorder, which in fact many do, and doing everything he can to appear as if he is larger than he is, while constantly looking in the mirror and thinking himself disgusting and less than.

The doctor informs the family there is a medicine that will surely help kids in John’s son’s position. They have exhausted all the other meds and this one will definitely help, but it is expensive.

And sure enough, the insurance company tells them it is not covering the costs, which the family cannot afford. As much time passes and the boy continues to suffer, the insurance company finally relents, but will only cover a lower, cheaper dosage, which the doctor explains, to no avail, won’t be enough to help the boy.

We need to know specifically how lawmakers are going to fix situations like this, not just that they know such situations exist and are a problem.

For example, Edna is living on social security, barely getting by, and as it is, she can afford maybe one cup of coffee every two weeks with her friends. If her taxes go up any higher, she will not be able to afford them and will lose her home.

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