#IAmUninsured: An #IAmScience Story

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Update 19 Feb, 1:52 pm EST – A New Photographic Premium Offer!

(c) 2012 - Alexis Rudd

Alexis Rudd (@SoundingTheSea) sent me a note to generously donate some work for two lucky donors in her support of the Zelnio family:

One 7″ X 9″ matted portrait of a spinner dolphin (taken during her research in Hawai’i) will be sent to the first person who donates $75.

As a bonus, the person who donates $100 or more before the end of the day on Sunday will instead receive a 16″ X 20″ (unmatted) print.

Both prints will be on high quality, professional-grade Fuji Pearl photo paper (silver halide FTW!).

Thank you, Alexis!

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Update 17 Feb, 7:30 am EST: Here’s a special premium offer – yes, I sound like NPR – from painter Michele Banks:

How about we sweeten the deal a little? The next person who chips in $75 or more gets this original watercolor painting of cell division by Michele Banks (aka Artologica). It’s matted to fit a standard 11 x 14 frame and will look great in your lab, office or study.

I’ll monitor the PayPal line and set up the lucky winner with Michele for shipping details. Thanks, Michele, for offering your beautiful science art on behalf of the Zelnio family.

Update 2: The painting is gone but we understand that a new one may be arriving. Thank you, winning donor!

This isn’t news to my readers but the sorry state of employment-based health insurance in the US means that anyone is one catastrophe away from bankruptcy.

A rather personal example of this came home to roost today when several folks recommended that I read Kevin Zelnio’s post on his son Elliot coming down with pneumonia and a larger discussion of the 49.1 million uninsured folks in the United States. Therein, he uses his current experience to document what happens when a family with highly-educated parents can’t provide basic healthcare for their kids because they’re either unemployed or unable to afford insurance for the self-employed.

A good man. #IAmScience

Kevin gives a great deal of himself to our community. Beyond the music he plays and the encouragement he gives to students, writers, and his own discipline of marine biology, he’s also spearheaded one of the finest post-ScienceOnline efforts of the year: #IAmScience. his own emotional journey in encouraging others to do the same. The response has been overwhelming.

So, as they say, I’d like to help a brother out. If after you read Kevin’s post you feel compelled to throw a few doubloons in his direction, go ahead and tap the button below.

As Kevin sang in Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” at the ScienceOnline Open Mic night three weeks ago: “I’ve got me debts no honest man can pay.” But he does have a beautiful six-year-old son who is fortunately recovering from pneumonia. After the PayPal fees are deducted, I’ll pass along to Kevin and his family whatever you care to share.

#IAmUninsured Relief Fund

If the button doesn’t take you to the donation page, click on this link instead to go there directly.

In launching #IAmScience, Kevin wrote,

“Magical things can happen when you enthusiastically open your mouth on the internet.”

I hope so, bro.

Because you deserve to reap the love you sow.

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20 Responses to #IAmUninsured: An #IAmScience Story

  1. AbrashTX says:

    Thanks for posting this info. Kevin’s blog post was very moving and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help.

  2. Thanks for setting this up David!

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  4. Thank you for doing this, David. Srsly.

  5. Thank you, David, for always being the one to step up in situations like these.

  6. Maitri says:

    This is great. The true power of online community when lawmakers try to destroy it in real life.

  7. Linda says:

    This is Elliot’s mother. I just wanted to really thank you all, we really appreciate the love and help.

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  9. bill says:

    Paypal not working for me. May work if I log in (wife has an account). If others are having the same issue, it might be useful to set up an alternative route?

  10. Karen James says:

    Thanks so much for setting this up, David. I wanted to do something to help, and now I can. Friends don’t let friends fall through hole-ey safety nets.

  11. I am a PhD who is self-employed and it would cost me $1600 (at least) per month to insure my family of four so I am uninsured. It upsets me when people say- go to a clinic for this or that. Going to a clinic (even for a check-up) is the last thing we uninsured want to do. If anything gets diagnosed it becomes a pre-existing condition which puts health coverage even further out of reach. I an British and would take the NHS in the UK over the US failed system any day. I found it confounding that a country that touts its superiority all over the world cannot look after its own citizens’ health.

  12. I can’t think of a better use for my blogging money than to help out a great friend and #SciAmBlogs sibling. I only wish I could help more.

  13. Carl says:

    done! hope it helps.

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  15. Cat says:

    Just FYI–this is Bill’s wife, and we used my account. :)

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  18. Claudia Sawyer says:

    I’ll donate.
    I think Kevin owes us a tune or two.

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