Karen Tumulty’s brother Patrick thought he was OK. Then Patrick’s kidneys gave out. And suddenly, despite his insurance, the bills were ruinous.
His sister happened to have a big megaphone. Now she’s telling his story. It’s the story of millions of Americans as the country girds for debate over health-care reform.
This hour, On Point: Covered, and vulnerable, in America. One brother, one sister, and a story that brings the health-care crisis home.
You can join the conversation. Are you really covered? Are you sure? What’s the way out of this mess?Guests:
Joining us from Washington is Karen Tumulty, Time magazine's national political correspondent. Her cover story, "The Health-Care Crisis Hits Home," illuminates her brother's struggles with today's health-care system.
And with us from New York is Jonathan Oberlander, associate professor of social medicine and health policy & management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. He is the author of "The Political Life of Medicare."
This program aired on March 9, 2009.