News: SOHH Special Report: The Rap Community Is Ready For A Health Care Upgrade

Monday, Oct 19, 2009 4:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Throughout our Hip-Hop & Health Care special rappers like Juelz Santana, Raekwon, Warren G, Kid Cudi and Juvenile have shared their experiences and opinions.  Now, as we conclude the program, SOHH  is revealing the results to our survey which shows your views on one of the biggest issues currently facing our nation.


Based on 610 respondents 68.75% of respondents claim they are covered while 31.25% of readers are currently uninsured. Dipset's Juelz Santana told SOHH that he has coverage through his record label, Def Jam.

"I don't know who it's by, I forgot, I gotta dip in my wallet. I do have health care, you know what I mean, thanks to Def Jam Records. Nah, you gotta have health care. I mean, at the end of the day, you got a lot of artists that are just getting into the game right now, too, you dig what I'm saying? At the end of the day, it depends on what type of artist you are, I guess. I can't say I can get everything, but I may can get more than what some artists can get. Ya dig what I'm saying? And that's all through the [position] you put yourself in. I always like that."

For the users who do have coverage, 51.85% felt that their  costs are reasonable while 48.15% disagreed. Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon told SOHH about trying to move his family to a country which carries free coverage

"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."

While a strong portion of users claimed to be insured, there was also a scattered turn-out of respondents who had mixed knowledge of their policies. 38.46% said they knew "Some" knowledge about their plan, 30.77% responded by saying "A Lot" while 19.23% said "Not Very Much" and 11.54% stated "Hardly Anything." Rap veteran Warren G told SOHH about his conflicts with coverage in the past due to pre-existing.

"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."

60% of respondents felt health care reform is "Very Urgent," 16.67% said "Not Urgent At All," 13.33% felt it was "Somewhat Urgent" and 10% claiming it was "Not That Urgent." Former Cash Money Records artist Juvenile recently expressed the seriousness behind health care reform with SOHH.

"Nah, I don't have health care. I think it's needed for a lot of people. I'm really not up on the politics of health care and what's going on. But I think, whatever it is, a lot of people really need help on health care, especially senior citizens and those who are unable to pay. There were a lot of promises made to a lot of those people so I'm just hoping they come up with a plan or a bill and make sure it's effective quick enough to help the people out that are struggling 'cause you know, that's a major problem...Yeah, you go [to the doctor] and they send a bill to you and that's basically it."

As President Barack Obama continues to stand up for a more universal health care system, 48.39% said they supported a public option while 32.26% said they did not. There was also a total of 19.35% of users who said they were "Not Sure." DJ Webstar insisted to SOHH about Obama's need to live up to his promises for health care.

"I think Obama made a lot of promises to people and I think everything he wants to do is a beautiful thing. Health care is one of the most important things, if not 'the' most important thing because we need our grandparents, we need our kids to be healthy and ourselves for that matter. So, whatever I can do to play a role in helping us get the best health care that we can get, I wanna do it but I don't know pretty much what I can do because Obama looks like he's having a little bit of problems getting what he want done. But I think health care is important, I think it's a great urgency for our country and we have to pay attention to our health care. I'm signed to two major labels, so they both -- I'm covered through my labels but I already had health care before this, so I'm good. I'm covered."

Thank-you to all the SOHH respondents who participated in the survey.

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