Check This! @amandapalmer’s #insurancepoll
As you read this, there’s a fascinating conversation about health insurance in America and abroad taking place on Twitter and on musician Amanda Palmer’s blog. It’s an outpouring of stories about medical bankruptcy, asking a friend to stitch up a deep finger wound, skipping medications and losing loved ones who couldn’t afford needed care.
The conversation started shortly after Palmer read Nick Kristof’s column about a college buddy with stage 4 prostate cancer, cancer he didn’t catch sooner because he didn’t have health insurance.
Palmer decided to poll her 698k Twitter followers about their health insurance, She asked these four questions:
1) COUNTRY?! 2) profession? 3) insured? 4) if not, why not, if so, at what cost per month (or covered by job)?
Palmer has a couple of volunteers now tallying the results, which keep coming in (check the hashtag #insurancepoll).
Many of Palmer’s followers live in Germany, the UK or France and are baffled by the stories on Palmer’s blog about the cracks in the American health care system.
In Massachusetts, where many residents are proud of the state’s low uninsured rate, one college student points out that required school coverage is often more expensive than some of the subsidized options available to anyone who is not a student.
And, there’s the occasional mention in the stream of comments about moving to Massachusetts to get insurance coverage. I’ve often wondered how often this happens.
Anyway, keep an eye on this poll and the flood of responses that highlight, as Palmer puts it, “the power of social media and sharing stories.”