A month ago Jay wrote of his upcoming hip surgery. In this blog he wrote of his struggle to get money for a down payment for surgery. The need to raise money to get health care is one of the saddest parts of our health care system. While Bennet’s health was going downhill and he was dealing with a horrible affliction, he was then forced to figure out how to afford a down payment to get the surgery he needed to survive.
When you are trying to find this money for a down payment you get sicker and your life gets more painful. When this happens the things that most of us take for granted, like making music and checking your Myspace, take a backseat to the need to survive. It is a sad thought that some of the artists who make the music we love could no longer create it because we don’t take care of our creative class. It isn’t just our artists and musicians who are uninsured, many label owners, producers and engineers who sit behind a desk 14 hours a day, 7 days a week working hard are still unable to afford reasonable health care in this country.
Most recent statistics indicate that around 45 million Americans are uninsured. With the upcoming legislation going through Congress this can begin to change. In the coming months we are going to begin the struggle to finally pass health care reform in this country and I ask you in the music industry and the musicians’ community to help. This time are you going to believe the bullsh*t that the corporations are going to promote about the government getting between you and your doctor or are we going to see it for what it is to us? A way for the musicians who have touched our lives to actually be able to concentrate on creating more great songs for us, rather than thinking about what equipment they can sell to be able to afford medical costs? Without having to go back to a job that doesn’t allow them to tour because you need to work a “real job” in order to get benefits, rather than freelancing? This could be the difference between you, yourself being able to pursue your dreams and creativity and having to work a job that has health benefits.
When Health Care reform comes up to the table this time will you help make sure it passes so we don’t lose another Jay Bennett? Will you please ignore the corporations funding smears of government interference and think with your heart and your love of music? If so, get this idea out there to the masses so that we do not have to lose another great artist to our broken health care system. Get it out there so you can be the next person affecting people’s lives with music instead of another person forced to be tied down to a desk job just to be able to get health care coverage.