Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 8, 2013, 2:03 a.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic
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"I need mental help!" shouted the man. He looks to be in his 50's, not quite old enough to qualify for medicare. He's wearing a blue Nike NFL jacket and carrying a bag over his shoulder. 5 minutes earlier he had walked through where we were setting up to make a video and initiated a conversation. A friend informed him we were doing a video about getting an external auditor for the police department to keep them accountable for allegations of abuse. The man tells us of his troubles,
"I told this cop the other day 'I don't need to talk to a cop. I'm trying to get mental help.' They're trying to just send me to the Salvation Army. Mother fucker, I don't need no Salvation Army. Mother fucker, I need mental help. But society only get you the kind of help they want you to have. It ain't what you need, it's what they want you to have."
He later goes on to talk about his living situation and the people around him destroyed by drug addiction.
"What the people need to fight for, they won't fight for. But everything else, they'll kill for."
"The other day I tried to commit suicide. Jumped out in front of a car, they wouldn't even hit me."
This is a common story for a lot of people who need mental help and other forms of health care. They cannot afford the care they actually need. Even some with insurance will avoid doctor visits due to co-pays and premiums. A friend of mine with MS says she spends upwards to 5 thousand dollars all together for a year. That's 1/6th of her income and so much of that money is going to an insurance company that doesn't give her any actual care.
Our health care system and our drug laws are still deeply flawed. We need treatment for drug addiction, not jail and prison. We need public option health care, not co-pays and premiums the poor still cannot afford.
"What the people need to fight for, they won't fight for. But everything else, they'll kill for." A very wise perspective from a man who has obviously seen it first hand.
Kill for oil. Kill for cheap labor. Kill to maintain for profit health insurance companies. Kill to maintain the corporate takeover.
So will we just give up in the fight for a public option?