Look at this from Jamison’s point of view when you think about healthcare.
I haven’t been able to get out of bed on my own in nearly two years—and I’m only 28 years old.
For more than a year I was unable to speak, sit up, or eat solid food. In June 2015, first responders wheeled me into the emergency room, too weak to eat, drink, or elevate my head. I had been, essentially, waiting to die of dehydration. Besides administering some much-needed fluids, doctors offered little help.
I have among the most severe cases of chronic fatigue syndrome (sometimes known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME). It’s a devastating multi-system disease that’s been given a patronizing name. The cause is still unknown, which makes getting a proper diagnosis—often necessary for insurance and disability coverage—near impossible.
When I was released from the hospital in 2015, my family learned that California’s state-administered Medicaid…
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