Contessa Brewer interviewed my friend, Veronica De La Cruz, who now works for NBC/MSNBC. The occasion was the one year anniversary of the Health Care Reform law. Veronica talked about losing her brother, Eric, before reform was passed:
I started tweeting, and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails was reading my Twitter page and he had his management get in contact with me and say, ‘look, we’re in the middle of this world wide tour and we want to help fund raise for you.’ We raised almost a million dollars for my brother’s heart transplant. And even after we had all that money, we still couldn’t get him into a hospital. UCLA Medical Center was saying, “You still need supplemental insurance to make sure he can pay for the anti-rejection drugs after he has the transplant. People don’t understand how difficult it is to maneuver the system.”
UCLA was SO much worse than this. The hospital staff was snickering at Veronica during the repeated calls she made after the shock of learning, they wouldn’t take Eric without supplemental insurance.
CB: There are still Republicans who say it’s time to go in and repeal Health Care Reform. They say that in the United States even people without health insurance can get medical treatment, that you have access if you live in the United States you have access to quality medical care.
Veronica: It is a lie. It’s unbelievable. When this happened to my brother, I was working at CNN. My brother was a college student. He was working part-time at a web design firm that only employed seven people. None of those people had insurance.
And I have to include these quotes because I love Veronica’s fire:
Health Care Reform: It was supposed to kill your grandma. It was supposed to be a death panel. The only death panels I’ve seen are the ones that are happening in Arizona with Governor Jan Brewer and the cuts in Medicaid.”
“For the Republicans out there who are saying, ‘This system, the status quo works.’ I don’t know what planet they are living on.”