It was incredibly sad to hear that Rasul “Rocky” Clark died today. Many knew him for his tragic accident back in 2000, when the former running back for Eisenhower High School, was paralyzed during a game. It was one of the many stories which opened the topic, “Is football safe for kids or anyone for that matter?”
“Rocky” died just after undergoing surgery for kidney stones he passed away. It would had been considered a simply procedure, but not for him, possibly due to injuries caused when he was tackled and suffered two broken vertebrae in his neck and a spinal injury. He was only 27-years-old, which seems like a lifetime according to insurance companies.
The truly tragic part of this story is that while his insurance was in place, he was given top care and seemed to be progressing. But back in 2010 his $5 million health insurance policy reached its maximum, which meant his medical needs would no longer be covered. Therefore, it was replaced with medicare and a loving mom who had to take over his round the clock needs, as a quadriplegic. The really sad part is she had to cover the work of three nurses.
After finding out he was out of coverage he told the Chicago Tribune, “I was told I’d be taken care of all of my life, That was one thing that brought me comfort. I knew I’d be OK.” What’s more tragic, is that he went on to say, “Now it seems like I’m being penalized for living too long. That’s how I see it.” It appears this is exactly what happened to this young man, which is intolerable.
It’s bad enough football players have to endure severe pain, injuries, and the threat of serious harm. But knowing insurance coverage could run out in your time of need, is even more painful. This is an outrage and has to be addressed now. How can insurance companies put a cap on life?
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