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Susan Shor

Posted on April 18, 2019 13:19

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Families should not be forced to beg for money from friends and teachers in order to pay for their medical care.

Healthcare in this country is an appalling, embarrassing mess. This should not come as a surprise to anyone. In case you were thinking that maybe it really wasn’t because you are lucky and have decent insurance, here’s a story that may at least leave you wondering.


I work and live in a high school district in a working and middle-class community with a large immigrant population. We have some students in real need and some students who are well off. There are two high schools in the district. This story is about a student at the other high school, so I don’t know him, but received an email about his situation.


As teachers and school employees, we get solicitations all the time to help families, buy sports spirit wear or club T-shirts and other products, etc. The fact that schools have to beg teachers to contribute to activities is a story in and of itself, but this one highlights how messed up our allegedly great nation is right now. Don’t get me wrong, I do think this can be a great nation, witness how many people are still trying desperately to be here, but we have some significant flaws; healthcare is definitely one of them.


A student athlete was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and requires chemotherapy. Staff and faculty are being asked to contribute to the family because their insurance did not cover the diagnostic testing the student went through, and their co-pays are prohibitively high. Really? This is simply one more example of how medical care can end up bankrupting people and ruining lives. Show me another developed nation where this is a problem. This family has insurance, but it is completely inadequate. I don’t know their finances, but does it matter? Do they feel good about having to take to GoFundMe to pay for their son’s cancer treatment? I sincerely doubt the answer is yes.


When we force people to beg, when we ask teachers to constantly shell out so students can have activities, we as a society are sending a message about what is important. Clearly, safeguarding our citizens’ physical and financial health falls low on the priority list. That is not the society I want to live in.

Susan Shor

Posted on April 18, 2019 13:19

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Source: NJ.com

The teachers and the district are battling over healthcare costs.

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