News: RAP ON HEALTH: "They Stopped Our Health Coverage & It Was A Reality Check" -Mullage

Sunday, Oct 18, 2009 8:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

While health care coverage continues to be a matter of cost, artists like former T.I. associates Mullage have stressed the importance of seeking a medical plan.

For B-Boi, he has witnessed firsthand what it is like not to be covered.

"It's real important, health care in society and state of mind," he explained. "The government is in, the people are in, it's real important. Health care is being provided to the needy and to the less fortunate people. We, being military veterans, we really do understand how important health care is because we actually, we had health care but the time we got out of the military, they stopped our health coverage and it kinda was a reality check also. So it's really important to have health care, man. You never know what could happen or when it could happen." (SOHH)

B-Town also agrees and said people should study up on what policies are available.

"I'ma cosign," Town added. "After being in the United States Navy and having the military take care of you for four years and then when you get out you have to fend for yourself. At the age of 19 and you come out at the age of 23, without being taken care of. It's kinda like, 'Where do I go from here?' It's also about you doing your research and your background check on 'Okay, what if I get this or this happens to me?' It's the importance of that and it'll change a lot of people's minds as to whether or not they feel it's necessary or not." (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)

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

Check out Mullage speaking with SOHH about health care below:

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