The news about measles hits home to me.  When my oldest brother was eight and my mother was pregnant with me, my brother contracted measles and encephalitis.  My father took him to the hospital but they would not admit him.  We could not show that we could pay for the hospital stay or the treatments.  The doctor did provide medical advice at least.  He said that my father should do his best to keep down the fever and he should keep his wife away as watching her son die could cause her to miscarry.

 

The fever reached 108 which should have killed him.  He survived but with brain damage that left him with gran mal seizures he was unable to control until new medications came out when he was near thirty.  He was not allowed to attend high school on the grounds that his seizures scared the girls.

 

Of course he could not be insured.  No one worked harder than my father but the weight of medical bills kept him from prospering from his efforts.

 

But all this is in the past.  Today we have vaccinations, Obamacare, and laws against discrimination. These programs work against these illnesses, provide for insurance to those with pre-existing conditions and civil rights laws protecting those with disabilities from discrimination.  It’s called progress.