Hello comedy friends and young people in general-
Last week a campaign was started to raise money to support fellow comedian Liza Dye. Sadly, Liza was struck by a subway train and is recovering in the hospital right now. I don’t know Liza personally, but as a member of our community I wish her…
This is important. A lot of people have fought very hard and risked their political careers to make it possible for anyone to get and afford health insurance. And they did it!!
So give to Liza. Then sign up for health insurance so we can make sure this is the last fundraiser.
I don’t know Liza personally but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about her situation since the news broke. I can only imagine the pain and suffering, the intrusions of privacy by unscrupulous reporters, the recovery ahead. I feel uncomfortable using this one girl’s terrible accident as motivation for everyone to get insurance; it indirectly points the finger at her for not signing up in the first place. Our health system is confusing and I don’t blame anyone for being overwhelmed or putting it off.
But, yes, of course, get insurance. Now. And donate.
Anna raises a good point. As I said in my previous post, I don’t know Liza. I don’t know her circumstances. My message to her is solely this: I hope you make a fast and full recovery. I hope this money helps.
But to everyone else… After Newtown the NRA said it was not the time to discuss gun control. It exploits the families! And maybe it does. Life is complicated. Everything is mostly gray area. But I believe any tragedy demands self-reflection (both personally and as a community). I believe we have to use these moments of community togetherness to make positive change. And I believe we’re all complicated enough to be able to rally to Liza’s aid in a pure spirit and simultaneously challenge ourselves to better the future.
If the reason people have not signed up for healthcare is because it is too confusing or overwhelming… all the more reason we should be discussing it. There is a ton of information and misinformation out there. But not having insurance when something terrible happens is a tragedy on top of a tragedy. And luckily it does not have to happen anymore.
These are the facts as I understand them:
If you are under 26 years old, you can be covered by your parents’ insurance.
If you are over 26 years old (or can’t be covered by your parents for whatever reason), you can get federal subsidies to help cover the cost of insurance (based on your income).
If you don’t sign up, you’ll be fined a penalty when your file your taxes next year.
So basically you can pay for insurance and have piece of mind, regular medical care, etc. Or you can pay the government extra money and have nothing.
Go to healthcare.gov. Find out what is available to you. And sign up.