Health Care is a Right!

Day 37

We awoke after a freezing cold night in our tents and headed into town. I am sick and tried to find a doctor. Unfortunately, in America, healthcare is a privilege, not a right. I do have healthcare in the state of Massachusetts, but once I cross the state line, I join the ranks of the 46 million uninsured Americans. I do not understand why the richest country in the world does not take care of it’s citizens. The right to see a doctor, to be healthy, to live, is such a basic human right in my mind. Every other developed country provides it’s citizens with healthcare. It is crime that America denies it’s citizens the right to live healthy.

Anyway, as you can probably tell, healthcare is my other big issue. So, I trekked around Telluride all day searching for a doctor that would see me. One person sent me to a clinic, the clinic sent me to another clinic, that clinic sent me to a doctor’s office. The doctor’s office couldn’t help me either. So, in America, the richest country in the world, I was not able to see a doctor. It is incredibly obvious that my country does not care about my well-being. That makes me ashamed to be an American. We must see health care reform in the next few years, or we, as a country, are a failure.

Anyway, back to the fight for LGBT equality! We were able to set up an interview for tomorrow with a couple of gay guys in town. It will be great to get a queer perspective from Telluride.

Click on the picture to see which countries care about their citizens enough to value their lives with universal healthcare.

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