News: RAP ON HEALTH: "There's Health Care Offered But You Might As Well Go Out & Pay For It Yourself" -Shanell aka SNL

Thursday, Oct 15, 2009 11:25AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

While the health care reform debates continue in Congress, artists like Lil Wayne protege Shanell aka SNL have had to settle for difficult plans and hope that the future brings about change.

For the Young Money songbird, health care coverage is difficult to come by in her line of work.

"The entertainment business is hard, like, there are a few different unions and stuff that you can be a part of but it is hard," Shanell explained. "It is hard to be covered if you're not working with a major company like IBM or you know, it is hard. I got a lot of friends and family members that don't have health care. Artists, dancers, choreographers, there's health care offered but it's not, you know, you might as well go out and pay for it yourself by the amount of coverage they give you. [laughs] It is kinda hard, so, whoever, whatever is going on right now to make that a better situation for everybody, I will be supportive." (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 & Health Care is featured this month.

Check out Shanell aka SNL talking with SOHH about health care reform below:

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