State-funded insurance saved my mom’s life when she was working for a small business with no health plan and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Please tell your Senators that you support health care reform. Below is the email I sent to both my Senators this morning:
I am troubled by the negative press that health care reform proposals are receiving.
I am a young, uninsured Iowan. I’m a graduate student who works part-time at the public library. I am not eligible for health insurance from my employer because of my part-time status, and health insurance from the University is too expensive for my budget as a student. There are hundreds of thousands of other hard-working, uninsured Americans just like me.
So this is what I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks instead of posting to my blog… I’m trying to graduate from Library School (just two semesters left — halfway there!), and this is one of the projects I was working on this semester in my Information Policy class.
If you want to read about Obama, Britney Spears, Admiral John Poindexter, and the Department of Defense’s creepy plan to collect all kinds of data on you and then mine that data to predict whether or not you’re a terrorist, this is the article for you! OK, so that’s kind of unfair — I really only mention Obama and Britney Spears in passing. But I’m hoping its still an informative and entertaining piece on important things happening with your electronic health records RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE.
I am too bedraggled and brain-frozen right now to do any cool “click here to cut to the rest of the article” things, so for the time being it will just be a PDF: Your Liberty and Your Health: Protecting Electronic Health Records on the Nationwide Health Information Network.
More to come in the next few days: a lovingly-written paper on Critical Information Literacy in Public Libraries (an issue near and dear to my heart), and a rundown of the Iowa Library Association’s Technology Petting Zoo, which is happening this Friday.
(*edit: my brain is working much better today. Full text available below:)