For those who do not believe we need health reform, they might want to talk to Kathy Myers, 41. Myers had a painful shoulder injury that had gone without medical attention because she lacked insurance. She was told that she would only be treated for emergency or life-threatening injuries . . . so she shot herself in the upper arm.
The severe pain from her shoulder had caused Myers to repeatedly and unsuccessfully seek medical attention. She tried to get a job for the medical coverage but (with a bad shoulder) no one wanted to hire her. That led her to take the .25-caliber handgun of a friend to produce an injury that would get her medical attention.
She may now be criminally charged. Ironically, the state is required to give her full medical coverage while in jail.
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