I was hoping my friend Veronica was in Paris doing something glamorous as an entertainment reporter. Or maybe she was on a healing sabbatical mending her soul after losing her brother less than a year ago.
But no. She is researching and continuing to look for answers to problems with American health care. Here’s an excerpt from her latest piece at the Huffington Post:
As I sat and watched the vote take place from my perch in Paris, tears ran freely down my face. Why am I in Paris? What am I doing here?
The short answer can be found in my quest to discover just why the World Health Organization ranks France and its socialized medicine, so derided by conservatives, #1 in the world in terms of health care, and within the top 10 in life expectancy. The United States, meanwhile, slides in at an unimpressive #37 and #50, even after spending more per capita on health care than any other country. France spends less on health care, yet has had a better outcome. How so?
That would be the short answer for my visit here. But behind that one is a longer answer which lies somewhere in my brother Eric’s dream. A dream never to be actualized, because my brother Eric died on July 4, 2009 after private insurers repeatedly denied him coverage, making it a lengthy struggle to get into a hospital and receive proper care for a heart condition that worsened. Eric died far too young. And when he died, my whole world was turned upside down.”
The article also appeared in The Herald de Paris.