My friend hominysnark, who I have known for years and years, who is an indepent artist of the funniest water, is sick and needs surgery.
I will let asatomuraki say it for me, because I cannot improve on this:
hominysnark needs a hysterectomy to keep an unpleasant medical condition from becoming a life-threatening one (it's already most of the way there) and she can't, because she doesn't have health insurance.
Why doesn't she have health insurance? Because she's self-employed, and as many self-employed creative people (she's an artist and writer) know all too well, when you have to choose between eating and having a place to sleep or having health insurance, the health insurance loses. I know this, because the hubby and I have been paying for self-employment health benefits for most of this decade, watching the cost go higher and higher while the benefits get lower and lower. We pay more for health insurance than we do for shelter, but live in terror of not having it, just in case. Because not having it could mean complete financial ruin, and destroy our children's future. It's freaking scary.
So, anyway. She needs $2700.00 for the operation, or she has to wait for her condition to become life-threatening. (It will get there long before she could save up that much, especially since she has $8,000.00 in medical bills from just having it diagnosed.) See, she falls in that sweet spot between having enough income to have health insurance or pay for health care herself and being poor enough to qualify for any sort of break from providers or government program.
I know that if every one who can will give a buck or two, maybe we can get this thing done before her life is at risk.
Lisa is made of awesome. I know the fandom appeals seem to get thicker and thicker on the ground; I know none of us is made of money.
I do ask you to consider kicking in a buck or two for simple, basic medical care that can help save a woman's life. Or you could buy a fucking awesome T-shirt.