What are insurance companies for?

A midwife friend replied to my exasperation at the way the public option has been “sold” as the way to regulate insurance companies, instead of actually regulating insurance companies, by saying, “Why do we need the insurance companies at all? It’s crazy to give our money to somebody who says, OK, now maybe I’ll give SOME of this money to the person you need care from, or maybe I won’t…”

The root problem is still Americans’ refusal to accept the basic tenet of having a society, which is that we ought to take care of each other.

Universal healthcare for all citizens? Don't be silly!

Universal healthcare for all citizens? Don't be silly!


Fred is a Teaching Artist, an arts integration advocate & a social justice activist. He is near completing a two-month Residency as String Game Performance Teacher at Calabasas Elementary School in Watsonville, CA, and performed at the 2015 Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival. He also serves as Teacher Consultant for Professional Development with UCSC's Central California Writing Project and as their Technology Liaison to the National Writing Project. He is a Connected Learning Facilitator and coordinates Face To Face Drop Ins on Connected Learning biweekly at Arts Council Santa Cruz County. He teaches self-directed & connected learning via real-world projects & string games through his Original Digital Project, an Associate of the Arts Council.

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