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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Abolish Texas Medical Debt

Happy New Year 2020! Resolve to perform a random act of kindness. I don't often promote one charitable organization over another, but the crippling effect of medical debt on Americans who have done nothing but commit the crime of getting ill and requested help back towards health is heartbreaking. Ideally in a first world country like the US, bankruptcy, destitution, and depression due to medical debt should not occur. This does not occur in other first world countries. Until our expectations of healthcare coverage as a right and our voting behavior that it's a privilege (and not a right) are aligned, families succumbing to medical debt will continue to be an issue. Caring for each other through illness is a human condition. The moment in our human development on this planet that we stopped to attend to the cripple, ill and to morn the death of a fallen in our tribe, we separated ourselves from many other species on the planet who with little pause simply stepped over the ill/fallen amongst their group and continued on. Denying this human attribute of compassion and attending to the ill is akin to denying we need oxygen to live. Hopefully, we shall reconcile this discrepancy by aligning our healthcare expectations and our healthcare voting. In the meanwhile, I would encourage you to engage in a random act of kindness and to forgive the medical dept of your fellow American though a donation to charitable organizations such as RIP Medical Debt. RIP Medical Debt does not forgive individual medical debts but buys medical debts in bulk from debt collectors and forgives the debt in total including paying the taxes so there is no tax obligation to the recipient of the medical debt relief. Texas is among nine states in the nation where families are burdened the greatest. Abolish Texas Medical Debt in 2020:
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

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