From the Back of the RV After Atlanta

This morning Dawn began her journey for answers and reform on the steps of Atlanta’s capital building. Though the past few years of her life while waiting in Cigna’s health care limbo have been characterized by debilitating physical pain, Dawn spoke today about of a type of pain which no treatment, nor any arsenal of medication, could help to alleviate–the pain of being made to feel insignificant. This, she says, is what chips away at you.

It seems to me that one of the most basic desires of all human beings is to feel as if your life matters, as if someone cares about whether or not–and how–you exist. We need to be significant. Today I was reminded that policies which reject patients’ claims not only deny people life-changing medical treatment, but they also serve to steal that sense of “mattering” which we all deserve.

It must end now. Cigna’s indifference, the calloused disregard for life, and their complacency with prolonging human suffering cannot go on because, Dawn, your life is NOT insignificant. You matter. And I am confident that because you are sharing your story and calling out insurance companies on their dehumanizing way of business you are helping to usher in change. You are ensuring that no other American will feel as if her life is insignificant because she cannot receive the care she needs or because she must choose between paying rent or filling a prescription.

You and the millions of Americans who are under- or uninsured are not alone. We stand with you. And we will not allow big business to chip away at any more precious lives.

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    October 11, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    Thank you for your words, Ryan. They made chills run up and down my spine. I can only imagine how insigificant I would feel if what happened to Dawn happened to one of my grown daughters. We have to have the public option.

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