In a piece for The Stranger, entitled “Let’s Not Let Him Die,” Savage comes to the aid of Milwaukee’s own Steven Hawley. Hawley is a member of the venerable Codebreaker, and has been suffering from an unknown respiratory illness for most of this year. But Hawley doesn’t have medical insurance, and has been unable to pay for desperately needed tests and procedures. Savage details the plight of his friend, and bemoans the state of our country’s health care system—a system that seems to cater solely to insurance companies and baying, mouth-breathing jackals. He writes:
The American health care system is cruel (45,000 Americans die every year for lack of access to health care) and unusual (we are the only industrialized nation that does not provide health care for its citizens). Americans who don’t have access to health care—people who aren’t insured, people whose insurers drop them the moment they get sick […], people who are unemployed, people with pre-existing conditions, people who are “uninsurable” (a.k.a. ill people who desperately need health care)—are often reduced to begging for help.
As an unemployed person with no current health insurance, my heart goes out to Steven, and i can't imagine what he's going through--from his debilitating illness to begging online for assistance with his bills. It has to take a superhuman swallowing of pride. So hey, if you can spare a few bucks to throw his way (and believe you me, i know how hard things are these days), do so, ok?