Beyond I-Got-Mine-Jack Health Care

Erin Ryan

Lewis & Clark Law School

September 21, 2009

The Virginian Pilot, p. 9, September 21, 2009
Star Ledger, p. 13, September 22, 2009
American Constitution Society Blog at The William & Mary School of Law, September 23, 2009

The “Aha!” moments come fast and frequent about all that’s wrong with our health care system – higher costs and worse outcomes than comparable Western democracies, mounting personal bankruptcies following illness, and the drain that health care costs pose for small businesses and the overall economy. But my most recent came when I realized that Emma, my 16-year old cat, was getting better health care than Emily, my 40-year old housecleaner.

This short commentary, published by several newspapers and blogs, tells the harrowing story of a single mother's failed encounter with the health care system, and why "I Got Mine, Jack" cannot remain the American approach to reform. It urges those who warn that health care reform will lead to rationing not to forsake the victims of the rationing we already have.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 2

Keywords: health care system, health reform, health insurance, uninsured, health care bill

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Date posted: February 2, 2010  

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Ryan, Erin, Beyond I-Got-Mine-Jack Health Care (September 21, 2009). Star Ledger, p. 13, September 22, 2009; American Constitution Society Blog at The William & Mary School of Law, September 23, 2009 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1546215

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Lewis & Clark Law School ( email )
10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
United States
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