WAY TO GO JOE 150 150 Lauren Ellerman

My daily ritual (no matter where I am) is reading the Roanoke Times, my local paper. This morning I was sort of delighted – a call to action in Roanoke. Healthcare where profit is the goal – is that really the best we can do?

Joe Kennedy writes “We’ve read story after story about the political influence that drug companies buy, and about politicians who accept money, vote a certain way and assure themselves of more campaign contributions — and maybe even a splendid job at a splendid salary with companies that benefited from their votes.
Watching the Canadians, the English and the French laud their national health systems, with their free care, and their countries’ we-not-me mentality, made me yearn for a time that used to exist in America, before greed took over.” Read his entire article here.

I agree Joe. My first job in Law School was working for a wonderful non-profit in Richmond Virginia, called LINC – Legal Information Network for Cancer (check out their website here). My first summer there I attended numerous health care insurance appeals – trying to convince the most wealthy insurance companies to cover cancer treatment for folks, who were denied coverage becuase they had “pre-existing conditions.” We heard time and time again that chemo would not be covered, or some other treatment. Do you have $20,000 sitting around for chemo? Me neither, and I wouldn’t want to dig my family into debt either.

I think it is sad when profit wins out over care. Anyone agree?

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Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.

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