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National Health Care and Down Syndrome - For Better or Worse?

By August 23, 2009

I have to admit that I have been caught off guard by the controversy surrounding the proposed national healthcare plan.

Having worked in a variety of medical settings over the last 25 years, there is no question in my mind - the current system is broken. It works for the well, but not for the sick. And children with genetic conditions are especially vulnerable due to "pre-existing conditions" and benefit caps.

It has been very interesting to me to see how people are reacting - from Sarah Palin's "death panels" to raucous town meetings. Given all the rhetoric out there, I wonder if there will be any benefits to those with genetic conditions.

Do you think that a national health care plan will benefit those with genetic conditions, or lead to further discrimination? Have you faced any coverage issues with the current system?

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