A Locksmith's Tale And Other Health Care Stories

As the debate over health care overhaul goes on and on and on and on, we thought we’d slip off and visit some people who have strong opinions about insurance. Nobody’s elected them, nobody’s paying them to influence anybody. They’re just folks with their own notions. And, in some cases, rather odd notions. My friends Will Hoffman and Dan Mercadante did the interviews and shot the videos. I think they’re stunning to look at.

I Do Fine Without It
Lou Padilla's a locksmith, and pretty good at fixing things, so when he broke his ankle a few years back, he decided to set it himself. He didn't have health insurance, and he still doesn't.

They Made It Impossible
Angela Prugal had to skip a lot of medical care during her last pregnancy — with a brutal outcome.

Thank God I Have It
One day, Stan Comora tripped over his own feet, and was pretty sure his life would be over in minutes. He had fallen on a saw, cutting open an artery in his face. What went through his mind?

My Son Needs It
Rick Bartlett's son wanted to come home and work on his family's farm. But a need for health insurance is forcing Trevor away from his family.

Will and Dan have been busy on a joint project they call Everyone Forever Now, which captures folks doing ordinary things: lying on a sunny beach, sitting on a city stoop, shooting targets at a shooting range, pumping gas. When nothing in particular is going on, Will and Dan get very interested. See all of their work at

This program aired on December 11, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.


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