Monday, October 19, 2009

Joining the Army for insurance

A 39 year old man signs up for the Army after being laid off in March so the family could maintain their health insurance. His wife is fighting ovarian cancer. The article notes that the family has not gone to any town meetings or paid attention to the health care coverage debates. Yet their story perfectly illustrates the need for change.

3 comments:

SocialWrkr24/7 said...

I wonder if we would be having this same conversation if he decided to take a job in his field and it was just as far away from home? Or are people just outraged because he decided the Army was his best option?

LeighSW said...

That's a good question. People would still highlight this story if he had to take a job far away from home but it probably would lose some of the emotionalism. Joining the Army while a war is going on definitely ups the ante. I admire his decision to put his family and country first at all costs. I hope that the time he spent taking care of his wife before he left won't be the last time that they see each other, whether she loses her fight with cancer or he dies while in service.

Sgt. Social Worker said...

I am debating marrying my ex boyfriend in a year (who is in the army) not because we love each other (that ship has long sailed) but because I will get kicked off my family's health insurance and still have a year left of my MSW. My school's health insurance has a prescription cap that I would meet after 3 months because I'm on a medication that costs 700 for 3 months.

Something has to change...