Whoa… where’d this reporting come from?

Hey guys, I found a good article… no seriously, I swear. I did. One exists, seriously. Stop laughing damnit.

Several years ago, two Harvard researchers, Susan Starr Sered and Rushika Fernandopulle, set out to interview people without health-care coverage for a book they were writing, “Uninsured in America.” They talked to as many kinds of people as they could find, collecting stories of untreated depression and struggling single mothers and chronically injured laborers—and the most common complaint they heard was about teeth. Gina, a hairdresser in Idaho, whose husband worked as a freight manager at a chain store, had “a peculiar mannerism of keeping her mouth closed even when speaking.” It turned out that she hadn’t been able to afford dental care for three years, and one of her front teeth was rotting. Daniel, a construction worker, pulled out his bad teeth with pliers. Then, there was Loretta, who worked nights at a university research center in Mississippi, and was missing most of her teeth. “They’ll break off after a while, and then you just grab a hold of them, and they work their way out,” she explained to Sered and Fernandopulle. “It hurts so bad, because the tooth aches. Then it’s a relief just to get it out of there. The hole closes up itself anyway. So it’s so much better.”

Lots of interesting tidbitty things in this article. Worth a read.

Link (Source: The New Yorker)

6 Responses to “Whoa… where’d this reporting come from?”

  1. DoubleMan Says:

    Great article. We need to let the market work…. FUCK THAT!!

    Here’s another article, from the August 2003 Harper’s. It’s about health care in American prisons, and it’s one of the most devastating things I’ve ever read.

    http://www.wrongfuldeathinstitute.com/links/sickontheinside.htm

    I made someone we know well (tall and lanky) read it and he said, “eh, those guys deserve what they get.”

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