Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Elasticity of Empathy



Whenever people try to convince me to come out for a fundraiser put on for one individual's health care costs, I always find it a little off-putting. There are people all across the country with serious health problems that need money, and it's like they're competing with each other for everyone's disposable income. When the solicitations aren't made to be emotionally compelling, they can seem like popularity contests. The fundraiser for Adam O'Connor seems to have equal portions of both. The story of his illness could only be topped if it was happening to a small child.

This fundraiser stands out because it's "sponsored" by Adam's employer, Real(?) Detroit Weekly. It wouldn't surprise anyone that one of their employees doesn't have health insurance, but this guy is the editor. And check this shit out. The piece they did to promote the fundraiser includes the line "Many of you may be aware of the fact the hospitalization is not cheap, even for those with insurance". They don't come out and say that their editor has health coverage, but they allow you to arrive at that conclusion yourself. If we give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they were giving him some kind of coverage, that coverage was so shitty that it's not enough to cover the cost of keeping him alive. That's right, keeping him alive. That basic thing health coverage is supposed to do.

Events like these should include some outrage. Something like "Why the fuck are still having to put on fundraisers to save people from medical traumas in 21st century America?". Before anyone tries to cite Obamacare in the comments section, let me remind you that most of that law doesn't kick in until 2014. In addition to that, employers with less than 8 full-time employees will be exempt from its new requirements. If Real(?) Detroit Weekly doesn't already slip underneath that threshold, I'm sure they'll finagle something so that they'll slither under it.

This Adam guy is no less deserving of your $10 than anyone else (except maybe sickly small children), so if you've got nothing better to do tomorrow night, go to that place in Ferndale that you always got confused with the Magic Stick when you first started coming out to shows. It will be all the same people you run into all the time anyway, and that's never bothered you before. The only exception will be that the people who think they deserve to get into everything for free will get the shaming at the door they rightfully deserve.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lazarus, Come Forth

Oh my god you guys! Our favorite defunct blog, Eat This City, has finally come back. One of my field reporters was at there at the right time, and the right place to record the Dynamic Duo reconciling.


I really don't care what they post about, I just wanted the comments section to come back.