|Commentary By Guest Author Jessica Bernstein, Psy.D.||
Who knew that healthcare reform was still such a hot issue?
Everybody’s talking about the recent cover article of Time Magazine discussing the high costs of healthcare: “Bitter Pill” by Steven Brill.
Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) was so excited by the article that he exclaimed, “I don’t think I’ve ever said this before. Go out and get Time Magazine….It’s unbelievable.”
Lyme disease may come to be known as the illness that exemplifies the “all profit, no care” attitude of HMOs. Contrary to popular belief, Lyme disease is not just on the East coast. It’s a worldwide epidemic. According to the CDC, rates of Lyme far surpass rates of AIDS in this country.
We’re all at risk for this deadly disease.
HMOs are fighting tooth and nail to prevent this raging epidemic from becoming public due to fears about it becoming the next costly AIDS epidemic. Countless people with Lyme are being misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS, arthritis, depression, bipolar disorder, etc. Even when patients do get properly diagnosed, they can only receive 2 to 8 weeks of antibiotics.
HMOs refuse to treat people with chronic Lyme. As a result, patients are suffering and dying from debilitating neurological problems and many other physical symptoms.
The Lyme community has decided to fight back. They are holding a worldwide protest this May. If you’ve ever had a gripe with an HMO, join them in the struggle. Lyme is not just an illness. It’s a movement. It’s time to reform healthcare. Come stand with them on May 10 and 11th.
To see how you’re at risk for Lyme watch: Under Our Skin Extended Trailer
For more information about the Lyme epidemic: National Lyme Headquaters
Find a Lyme protest near you: Worldwide Lyme Protest
Jessica Bernstein, Psy.D. is a psychologist with Lyme disease and Type 1 diabetes who has a private practice in Oakland, CA specializing in chronic illness. She is producing a documentary film about illness and suffering: Blood and Honey