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SB Rock Star Uses Fame to Rally Voters for the Affordable Care Act

Prompted by his own battles with Crohn's Disease and with insurance companies, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready urges voters to protect the Affordable Care Act.

Seal Beach rocker and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has issued a call to arms to motivate voters around the Affordable Care Act.

McCready started an 'Obamacare petition' on SignOn.org and released a video asking people to pledge their vote for candidates that support the Affordable Care Act

In a video posted on Youtube, McCready shares his struggle trying to obtain healthcare while battling Crohn’s Disease.

“Before the Affordable Care Act, people with conditions like mine could be denied coverage. I know. I was denied twice, even being a member of a famous rock band,” said McCready.  “I have met a lot of people who have been denied coverage who don’t have the resources to fight insurance companies…the people who don't have those kind of resources, they are stuck, they have no choices. But now, we can’t be denied insurance because of something we can’t change—our illnesses. We have choices, we can be insured, and we can focus on having a life.”

Mariana Williams November 06, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I appreciate the well thought out comments of Watts. I was a professional musician for almost all my life. I played piano in the most posh hotels, wore expensive clothes and played songs everyone loved by Stephen Sondheim, etc. I had no health insurance, my husband and I paid cash for our son's birth--($5 K). Life was a struggle and hard working people that are in jobs that don't have insurance need solutions. Obama-care is one solution. We aren't done figuring this out. I like the tone of Watts remarks. It is one of compassion. I will be glad when the politics season is over. Showing the strength of character not to crap on something good---is not asking too much.
John B. Greet November 06, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Mariana, isn't it fair to say that you made conscious, voluntary, and specific decisions in your choice of career? Didn't you choose your career knowing full well that you were not likely to receive health coverage as a contracted employee? Musicians and other live peformance artists have a very warm place in my heart, having been one during some of my college years. That said, we all make choices in our lives and if one chooses a career, profession, vocation, or job that does not provide good benefits, then it does not seem reasonable to lament a lack of those later. Incidentally, ACA (or "Obamacare") would not have helped you as a contract musician in a posh hotel. ACA does not cover contracted workers. This is but one of the many challenges with ACA, it is forcing many smaller employers to use the laws own exemptions to convert the majority of their workforce to part-time and contract employees, thus avoiding any requirement to provide the coverage that ACA mandates. http://www.topecheloncontracting.com/blog/bid/54516/Could-Obamacare-Increase-the-Demand-for-Contractors This is part of why I say that we should be able to offer others a sincere compliment while still reserving the right to disagree with the potential effectiveness of their efforts. Many, like Mr. McCready, who support ACA have nothing but the best of intentions. Good intentions, however, do not always suffice to effectively solve serious challenges like these. Would that they did!
Watts November 06, 2012 at 05:22 PM
What you wrote was the definition of a backhanded compliment; an insult cloaked as a compliment. If you had just put a period where you ended up putting a comma in that last sentence and ended it there, that would have been a show of character for you. But you didn't. You couldn't just say something nice about his effort, you had to stick in the shiv.
John B. Greet November 06, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Still assuming the role of instructor, ay, Watts? Still presuming to educate folks on what they should write or how they should write it. I do not believe, as you seem to, that respectfully disagreeing with another is analagous to "sticking in the shiv." I believe it is only interpreted that way by folks who see reasonable and respectful disagreement and debate as some sort of threat or personal affront. This, in turn, in my experience, most often occurs when those who feel thus threatened or affronted tend to view themselves as somehow intellectually or morally superior to those who would dare to disagree with them. I intend my disagreements with others as neither a threat nor an affront but, rather, simply an attempt to share my own views, just as those others have attempted to share theirs. I think it's strange that you seem to have such a difficult time with concepts such as these.
Mariana Williams November 07, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Okay, John, Thanks for pointing out that in my case the health care plan would not have helped. Ok, we/our couny is working on it. The plan will have to be tweaked over and over, but other countries have met the challenge. Back to my point. It has been said that a culture can be judged by how they treat their artists. I'm not talking about the hit-makers, or rappers. I'm talking about the working musician and their contribution. It's not a filling by a dentist, but it has a value. People like the ambience that good music offers; it has value for people that may have had a stressful day. In the same way a book would take you away from your cares. A painting, a photograph taken by an excellent photographer. Let's put a little grace in our lives. As for you and Watts. The person who gets the last word, who cares? You both have valuable points and trying to get the last word of upmanship isn't flattering. Watch the pelicans dive in the bay. You both have friends that see things the way you do. Let me have the last word. "Let it Be" Mc Cartney & Lennon.

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