Using humor and compassion, Diane is writing a book that is part documentary on what she calls “the sad state of medical care and social services in this country.”
“I have to either stage some serious protests in this country or leave the country,” she says. “I can’t stay here without doing something after the injustices I have seen and experienced.”
The problem is Diane says she doesn’t really have the health, strength, and energy to do either one but that she has to try.
“So, I am looking at a lot of foreign countries and documenting my case for political asylum or compassionate care,” she said. “I have been taken advantage of and abused and discriminated against in ways that qualify me for political asylum in a lot of countries.”
Diane writes that she hasn’t really talked about it but she has experienced some serious, criminal medical abuse and also discrimination due to disability; has been told by a number of attorneys that she has a good case for civil rights violations and assault and battery charges in one of the cases and Americans with Disabilities Act charges in the other.
“However, Legal Aid won’t help me and the door to every single legal clinic in town has been slammed shut in my face as soon as they find out my allegations took place in a medical setting,” she wrote. “Health and Human Services could care less.”
Diane stated that the district attorney’s office hasn’t been any help.
“The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says I have valid, serious charges in the second case that they are pursuing but they are so incredibly overloaded that they are dropping the ball,” she explains. “What is infuriating is that I keep reading over and over again (not deliberately looking for this information, it just keeps popping up) how I would be getting free legal assistance for both cases in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Australia, and other countries in my particular situation if I were in those countries.”
Diane is also starting a non-profit organization and staging a protest at a local county hospital.
“I have to go very slow because there is a lot of organizing and planning to do with very limited time and energy,” she emails. “I will have to learn how to organize people and how to stage a political protest – things I have never done.”
Diane states that she has to figure out a way to keep people motivated and interested while she generates enough people willing to demonstrate to gather media attention.
“I’m tired of the people around me thinking I have the words ‘doormat, step on me’ tattooed across my forehead and believing they can abuse me, deny me basic life necessities, and take advantage of me just because I’m poor, sick and disabled and can’t fight back,” Diane said. “They have another thing coming.”
Diane says she doesn’t “buy” the “pop psychology and New Age idea” about choosing to be a victim.
“I have only rarely seen individuals that ‘choose’ this path,” she explained. “It does happen, but not anywhere near as often as these people would have us believe.”
Diane emailed that she doesn’t have anything against “New Age” culture in general, but she does think some of their ideas are flawed.
“One ardent New Age author said that if someone were driving on the highway and a drunk driver swerved and hit them that the person who was hit somehow ‘attracted’ the accident by their attitude or energy,” she intimated. “I think these people are afraid of life and want to think that they ‘control’ everything, which is a very Western philosophy, unlike the Eastern philosophies these people say the ascribe to.
The health care system is in seriously bad shape and it’s based on profits, which is not how health care should be run. In the U.S. we reward doctors for spending as little time as possible with patients because their time equals money.”
Diane writes that in countries such as the United Kingdom, doctors are rewarded for curing patients and for not having patients that return repeatedly with the same problem.
“It’s not how it’s done in other countries that provide universal single-payer health care,” she explained. “And the insurance companies and the huge lobby for them and the pharmaceutical companies are working round-the-clock to try to stop a national health care plan.”
Diane said that the fervor in the U.S. against universal health care “makes her head spin.”
“It reminds me of McCarthyism and when I see these people on TV, they sometimes look like rabid dogs to me,” she wrote. “They spout a lot of completely untrue propaganda with no facts to back it up, whatsoever.”
Since participating for a number of years on several boards with people from all over the world, Diane says she has seen how other health care systems work from the perspectives of the people in those other countries.
“Every country’s health care system has strengths and weaknesses, but the twisted ideas about socialized medicine that are regarded as gospel in the U.S. are nothing but urban legends,” she said.”They just aren’t true. And the fact that dental expenses are not covered is absolutely absurd. So many people I know have lost teeth and had bad infections because they don’t have dental coverage nor the scads of money it takes to pay for it. And few dental clinics exist.”
Untreated dental infections can be fatal.
How do they not fall under the umbrella of ‘health care?’ ” Diane asks. “I don’t get it. So my suggestion would be to get together with like-minded people in your area and organize what you can to protest the inequities, especially in your state.”
That’s what Diane is doing, health permitting.
“I am very serious about some ’60’s style protests complete with singing and signs, etc.,” she details. “If anyone can think of, or write some appropriate protest songs, I’m all ears.”
Diane also plans to start a nonprofit organization and create a website for it.
“States are cutting back in health care all over the place,” she concludes. “It’s not clear if the funds in the federal stimulus plan will help or how they will help in the States.”