News: RAP ON HEALTH: "I Was Thinking About Going To A City That Carries Free Health Care" -Raekwon

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 8:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

As President Barack Obama prepares to make history by signing a new health care bill into legislation, SOHH looks back at Raekwon speaking to us about the importance of having family coverage

With the price of health care becoming a top issue for all citizens, the "Chef" explained the importance of understanding how vital it is to be covered through medical insurance.

"You know anything far as me, I always had health care benefits when you a rapper or whatever," Raekwon told SOHH. "But a lot of times we dealt with it with cash. We them kinda dudes 'Yo, how much, put it on the table.' You know what I mean? That's ill that this conversation came up because, you know, I had to get a good plan, you know what I mean? Because at the end of the day, you wanna make sure when you're getting older you stay healthy and do the right thing for your body. And definitely, I was thinking about going to a city that carries free health care and put my moms there because she's getting older and she has to get in that frame of mind too to know what it really is to be all right. If you see your moms getting older and her body getting weaker, you thinking of them. We still on some rebel sh*t, you know what I mean? We feel like, boom, knock a little cold out whatever, whatever. But it's important to have them things and far as rap is concerned, I never took advantage of them situations, knock on wood I haven't got sick or fell out or had to utilize that, you know, I had a few scares though but it was more less family scares, you see your moms or your girl going through something, automatically, you want them to be covered. And that's a must right there. For me, I have a little policy but I'm working on getting a bigger one. [laughs] And writing a will out too." (SOHH)

Canadian rapper Drake has taken full advantage of his citizenship by having his recent knee surgery operations handled in Canada, a country known for its universal health care system.

Canada has a universal health care system that's paid for through income taxes and sales tax. All Canadians are covered, and they can see any doctor they want anywhere in the country with no copays or deductibles. Some things aren't covered: optometry, dentistry and outpatient prescription drugs. Many Canadians have private insurance to cover those services, though some struggle to pay for them out of pocket. (National Public Radio)

Here in the United States, one of the key underlying issues for health care reform was the overall cost.

As Democrats prepare to take up health care legislation on the floor of the Senate and the House, they are facing tough choices about two competing priorities. They want people to pay affordable prices for health insurance policies, but they want those policies to offer comprehensive health benefits. These goals collide in the bills moving through Congress. The different versions of the legislation would all require insurance companies to provide coverage more generous than many policies sold in the individual market today. That is good for consumers, Democrats say. (New York Times)

Last year, the president was working on multiple issues to help bring down the cost of health care in America.

To help expand health coverage, President Barack Obama is seeking changes to underwriting practices that can prevent Americans from obtaining affordable insurance. His proposals would ban higher premiums, caps or denial of coverage because of a pre-existing medical condition or when a person gets sick. But he contends that's not enough; Obama also would set up a government-run insurance option which he contends will keep private insurers honest. (Associated Press)

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

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