News: RAP ON HEALTH: "They Didn't Want To Accept My Wife Because She Was Pregnant" -Warren G

Thursday, Oct 8, 2009 10:10AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The health care reform debates have continued to expose the complications behind insurance policies in America and show why artists like Warren G have fallen victim to the strict system.

According to the rap veteran, he and his wife previously struggled with health insurance during her pregnancy.

"I think what [President Obama] is doing for health care is a great thing because you have a lot of people who has an existing condition that need that help," Warren G explained to SOHH. "A lot of these health care companies, when they find that out, they kinda shut the door on you. That actually happened to me with my wife. She was pregnant and I tried to get all this insurance together and we were moving back and forth so I had to change and they didn't want to accept her because she had a pre-existing condition being pregnant so I thought that was kinda foul. And from what I understand, Barack is going to make it to where even if you have a pre-existing condition, you can still get health care. I mean, I'm riding with him 110 percent so I mean, that's a good thing." (SOHH)

Health care companies like the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) have attempted to take on policy restrictions.

AARP believes insurance companies should not be able to use age as an excuse to make health insurance unaffordable for older Americans. We're also fighting to ensure that older Americans who need extra help paying for premiums and out-of-pocket costs can get it. In addition, AARP is fighting to ensure no one is denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition or gets dropped if they got sick. (Albertle Tribune)

The health debates have impacted both middle-class and senior citizens.

Frustrated older Americans are packing the town halls on health care. They are incredibly passionate about their Medicare benefits. Polls show senior citizens largely disapprove of health care reform ideas so far. And of course, they vote -- in larger numbers than any other demographic. But so far, Democrats have focused much of their health care sales pitch on middle-class Americans and the uninsured -- a slight that has been noticed by senior citizens, who hold great influence with members of Congress. (Yahoo News)

Another key issue with health care reform has been its overall cost.

The American health-care system suffers from three serious problems: Health-care costs are rising much faster than our incomes. More than 15 percent of the population has neither private nor public insurance. And the high cost of health care can lead to personal bankruptcy, even for families that do have health insurance. These faults persist despite annual federal government spending of more than $700 billion for Medicare and Medicaid as well as a federal tax subsidy of more than $220 billion for the purchase of employer-provided private health insurance. (Washington Post)

Be sure to stay tuned as SOHH Presents: Hip-Hop & Healthcare is featured this month.

Check out Warren G talking with SOHH about health care reform below:

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