On Dec. 15, Twitter user Lori (@iCounterSpin) showed how crushing and cruel our healthcare system is to those who rely on it to survive. In a post paired with a screenshot of a healthcare plan, Lori writes:
“I’m in tears. My husband is so sick, our debt costs more than we make each month and here’s the best (cheapest) plan available to me to keep my husband alive this coming year. There is no way I can afford this. No way.”
I'm in tears. My husband is so sick, our debt costs more than we make each month and here's the best (cheapest) plan available to me to keep my husband alive this coming year. There is no way I can afford this. No way. pic.twitter.com/578Ab9l5z1— Lori (@iCounterSpin) December 15, 2019
The plan is listed as “Bronze,” which are typically high premium/high deductible plans on the healthcare marketplace. The premium for this specific plan is $18,000 a year.
In the thread, Lori revealed one of their sons is also sick, but not as sick as their husband.
One of my sons is also sick. But not as sick as my husband. Maybe if I just leave the two of them on the app and remove my other two kids and myself it will be better. Stay tuned.— Lori (@iCounterSpin) December 15, 2019
Twitter users immediately flooded Lori’s mentions, offering sympathy, advice, and support.
This is a travesty. I’m so sorry that our government is controlled by corporations. Lots of love 💪🏾❤️ one day we will get Medicare for all.— Elijah Manley (@iElijahManley) December 15, 2019
Criminal. I'm guessing you've already fully checked, but on the *very* off chance: Is Kaiser or Cleveland Clinic available to you? Our Kaiser plan is the same cost for whole family, but basically no deductibles or copays and much lower out of pocket max.— Gabriel Levine (@MyLawyerGabe) December 15, 2019
I'm not sure how it works where you live, but last year for me there was a thing where if you took a silver plan the cost sharing was better and the end result was that it was cheaper for me to have a silver plan than a bronze one. Maybe swap it out and see if the numbers change?— Paula Stokes (@pstokesbooks) December 15, 2019
I’m so sorry. You and your husband deserve so much better. We all deserve so much better.— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) December 15, 2019
@Bimericangirl tried to get the attention of politicians and celebrities who are vocal about universal healthcare.
Bernie fam - Can we make this go viral? This is exactly what we're fighting for. @BernieSanders @People4Bernie @SenSanders @petercoffin @Noodoggy #Bernie2020 #BernieSanders2020 #MedicareForAll @MayoClinic @AOC @IlhanMN @ninaturner @KillerMike @SusanSarandon— ✨AshleyJordan235✨ (@BimericanGirl) December 15, 2019
A few non-Americans commented on how confusing and infuriating this is compared to the healthcare they’re used to.
These costs baffles me!! Why do Americans pay so much?? In Australia my cover costs me $60/month, I get a tax deduction based on my income (less the more I earn) and my out of pocket expense is never more than $500 for medical treatment.— Sarah Korks (@Korks83) December 15, 2019
I speak for all Europeans when I ask... What's a deductable and copay?— seamuso'ceara (@seamusoceara) December 15, 2019
This does not happen in Canada. Period.— Eric Rehm (@erehm) December 15, 2019
Maybe you just move to Germany and the whole family gets what they need... Thank god we have a decent health-system.🙏🏻 Cross my fingers for you.👍— Oliver Schmidt (@oschm1812) December 15, 2019
While others weren’t helpful. At all.
We can’t help your situation, but use it as a teaching moment—make yourself healthy and live outside this system. Exercise and eat right and when you go, you go. With no regrets. Health care is meant to take money out of your pocket because you missed your chance at life.— Paul Crowell (@supapally) December 15, 2019
I know this might not be something you want to consider.. but.. Have you tried to use natural approaches to healing? My husband & I have saved many, many thousands of dollars using natural approaches &they have worked for us... even on what Dr. calls uncurable health problems.— Ginny Riker (@Geminifty) December 15, 2019
Get a job that offers insurance?, i pay 75 a week for me and my daughter and my deductible is 1000.— black eyes (@Blk__Eyes__) December 15, 2019
Some people even shared their own healthcare horror stories.
I though mine was bad.— Yarnie 🌹 (@TweetingYarnie) December 15, 2019
i make $11 an hrs at 2 jobs. My premium is $400 a month with a deductible of $9000 & $500 deductible on name brand prescriptions.
I can't afford to see Doc in 2020. I have a $4000 deductible bill from 2019 after having precancerous colon polyps removed
I pay $2200 a month for a family of 4, with $10k deductible. I had foot surgery this year and had to pay $5k out of pocket. Insurance is a for profit business making money off of sick Americans. Govt has done nothing to rectify this, it just continues to get worse!— jcapria (@jcapria) December 15, 2019
I'm going through this same with my parents this year, while my dad is going through treatment for pancreatic cancer. This system is rigged. And I cannot support anyone who wants to keep it.— Rob (@robdaemon) December 15, 2019
I'm so sorry for what you're going though.
People asked Lori about a GoFundMe option and instead, Lori encouraged people to donate to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, one of the candidates that supports Medicare For All.
People have asked about a gofundme. As tempting as that is, just read through the threads here and you see I'm not alone. We need to raise awareness and keep fighting for Medicare for All. So donate here! Not me, Us. https://t.co/3VJ8wQQGra— Lori (@iCounterSpin) December 16, 2019