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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Scott Benner

President Obama has asked Americans to “Create the best 30 second video you can that makes the case for passing health insurance reform in 2009.” 

I made such a video and submitted it today.  



I try very hard not to bring political issues onto Arden’s Day but given the nature of Arden’s disease it begs doing now and again.  We really are lucky because our family has decent health insurance.  Consider that without insurance a test strip costs one dollar each and Arden gets tested 9 times a day on average. Uninsured diabetics pay over five-thousand dollars a year to operate the same insulin pump that Arden uses and that costs us less then four hundred dollars a year to operate.  Arden’s pump is making her life, easier, less stressful and longer and every person deserve that - not just the ones that can afford it.


So I made a video because I’m very concerned that one day if things in the insurance industry continue on their current path Arden may well be denied care because of a pre existing condition.  You may remember that she was already denied care last year for an important procedure so that is certainly not out of the question.  You may not know that I spend a fair amount of time arguing with insurance companies every year over a myriad of issue all of them you would think wouldn’t be an issue... but they (the insurance company) contest everything that they can which adds stress to the lives of people that already have too much of it.  


So we support health care reform if it is real and if it adds coverage for all the people of this country, if it limits costs and most of all if it protects people from being dropped or excluded because they are sick.  Reform that doesn’t do that at minimum is useless.  So if you are likeminded please show support for our video by watching it and passing it on.


Thank you!