A Local Perspective: Why America Needs Health Care Reform

I’m disheartened that the current Senate bill eliminates the public option component of the House bill, but I support any type of health care reform that makes our current system more flexible and helps those who are uninsured. A story I recently wrote reminded me of the dire need for health care reform in this country. Danny Host is six-years-old and has an aggressive form of brain cancer. While his parents have health insurance, he’s receiving care outside of their HMO network at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where his parents decided he would get the best treatment. He’ll be undergoing intravenous chemotherapy later in December at Children’s Memorial Hospital, but his parents are worried that this too will fall outside of their HMO network. The Hosts, who live in Tinley Park, have spent $13,000 of their savings for Danny’s care so far, and in response, neighbors organized a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the family.

In addition, a trust fund for donations has been set up at First Midwest Bank, 17500 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park 60477. The family encourages sending Christmas cards or letters to Danny Host, care of Ronald McDonald House, 850 2nd St., SW, Rochester, Minn. 55902.

You can read the article I wrote about the Hosts for the Tribune here.

Author: Sheila Burt


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