The Common Good

How Our Health-Care System Wrecks People Who Play by the Rules

Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. This course was set due to illness with both parents -- they needed to re-mortgage their home in order to pay their mounting medical bills. My father has worked his entire life as an industrial mechanic, has had insurance, and both parents are eligible for Medicare. Thanks to other factors, however -- cancer, a rare genetic cardiovascular anomaly, brain surgery, other illnesses, thousands of dollars in medicines, the massive co-pays, other treatments insurance wouldn't cover, and a tanked economy that deeply hit my father's industry -- my parents are now losing the home.

My father struggled to preclude this from occurring. Through the physical suffering of disease and the constraints of a 76-year-old body, my father did not retire. With his skill set, even in a bad economy, and in a job that is meant for younger men, he desperately continued to work more than most

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