It’s this sort of story that makes me realise the United States of America is largely a sick society. I’m not talking about people being unhealthy, I’m talking about a health system which is so crippled by profit margins and a general disdain for fellow citizens that people are denied absolute basic medical treatment.
As someone who lives in a country with reasonably comprehensive universal healthcare (ironically, dental is somewhat limited), this makes me sick to my stomach:
“A 24-year-old Cincinnati father died from a tooth infection this week because he couldn’t afford his medication … Kyle Willis’ wisdom tooth started hurting two weeks ago. When dentists told him it needed to be pulled, he decided to forgo the procedure, because he was unemployed and had no health insurance.
When his face started swelling and his head began to ache, Willis went to the emergency room, where he received prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medications. Willis couldn’t afford both, so he chose the pain medications.
The tooth infection spread, causing his brain to swell. He died Tuesday.”
Honestly, it’s sickening that basic pain killers and antibiotics – the simplest and cheapest of all medications – are unavailable universally to everyone in a western country.
And if you think I’m being harshly judgemental, you’re absolutely right.
It’s sad, and it leaves me sick to the core.
If this is the “victory” of your conservatives – the “grand old party” and the tea party, then it’s a terrible inditement. The people who achieved this victory are those “christian” and “god fearing” types who spout sanctimonious piousness but in actual fact only worship one single thing – money.
Please America, learn that there’s nothing wrong with caring for your neighbours.