PS Picks: Molly Osberg's Grim Picture of Life in America Without Health Insurance - Pacific Standard

PS Picks: Molly Osberg's Grim Picture of Life in America Without Health Insurance

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Six months ago, Molly Osberg nearly died after inhaling a flesh-eating bacteria. Doctors struggled to understand why all her organs were shutting down, and she was put in a medically induced coma while they worked on her. Now she's gone back to interview those doctors, painting a persuasive and grim picture of what would have happened to her without health insurance in a new piece for Splinter: "On that second Tuesday in June 2017, I found myself in what I worry could be a fleeting moment in my life, one in which the institutions around me find it advantageous to protect rather than screw me. I find it baffling that, since my illness, well-meaning people have repeatedly referred to me as a "survivor," as if the fact that I got to go on with my life had to do with some inherent moral strength, rather than the material forces put in motion long before I got sick." It's a piece everyone should read if you're at all concerned with basic inequality.

This PS Pick originally appeared in The Lede, the weekly Pacific Standard email newsletter for premium members. The Lede gives premium members greater access to Pacific Standard stories, staff, and contributors in their inbox every week. While helping to support journalism in the public interest, members also receive a print magazine subscription, early access to feature stories, and access to an ad-free version of PSmag.com.

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