If Home Depot Helped This Child, Why Can’t the Insurance Company Do the Same?

America is one of the wealthiest countries on earth. If the powers that be wanted to, they could help every American, regardless of employment (or lack there of) and ability to pay, to have gain access to reasonable health insurance. But the powers that be have made a choice that one’s access to reasonable health insurance is limited.

Logan Moore is an adorable two year old boy from Georgia. He suffers from Hypotonia, a disease that hinders his ability to walk properly. His parents questioned if their health insurance company would not only cover the cost of a walker, but also provide it in a reasonable amount of time. Out of sheer desperation, the family took a trip to Home Depot, looking to purchase materials to make a walker until such time that the insurance company would hopefully provide the walker.

Out of the goodness of their hearts, the staff not only built the walker for Logan, but they did so for free.

To my mind, this story illustrates one of the weaknesses of this country. Healthcare and access to affordable health insurance is a human right. There are many countries that provide some form of universal healthcare for their citizens. And yet, in the United States, one’s ability to see a doctor without breaking the bank depends on one’s employment and financial status.

The question I have to ask is, if Home Depot helped this child, why can’t the insurance company do the same?


Flashback Friday: Blow Out (2004-2006)

The reality show genre has exploded over the past fifteen years or so. Every sub-genre under the term of “reality show” has had it’s day in the sun, for better or for worse.

Blow Out aired on Bravo from 2004-2006. The show followed the lives and careers of the staff of Jonathan Salon and the salon’s owner, Jonathan Antin. As with any reality show, the drama and personality differences between the participants created the narrative.

As I recall at the time, Blow Out was just another reality show. I understand the appeal of this genre, especially after a long day of work or school. Your brain has been pushed to the max all day and you just want to watching television that requires a little less thinking. However, as I recall, there was nothing special about Blow Out and in the end, it was nothing more than free marketing for the salon’s products and services.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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