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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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Guest blogger on the Bennet Letter

Scott Benner



Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) has written a letter to Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) urging him to bring a vote to congress on the public option under budget reconciliation rules. Without going into great detail, the public option gives everyone an option to buy health care through the government at a lower cost than they can now from private companies.


     There are more then 3 million children with type I diabetes and over 40 new kids are diagnosed every day. The need for lower health care costs are clear now more than ever. The costs of caring for a child with type I diabetes for example, is astounding. Insulin and all the supplies needed to manage this horrible disease range between 3-4 thousand dollars per year, if the person has insurance. That does not include doctor and hospital visits or insulin pumps which can cost upwards of 5000 dollars. 


     As you can see the cost of managing type I is staggering for people with health care coverage but there are so many that can not afford proper or any insurance. Try to imagine that your child has type I and that you can’t afford to take them to see their doctor regularly. Imagine what it would be like if you weren’t able to buy the needed insulin and syringes for them let alone a pump that could better manage their blood sugar. A public option would give these people a chance. It would allow them to get the insurance so that they can get themselves and their children the care that they so desperately need.


     My roommate, Ray and I were proactive today, not only did we sign the petition but we called our Senators and asked them add their name to the Bennet letter. I urge you all to do the same. Everyone deserves a chance to be healthy!  Americans have a long and proud history of coming together when there is a need.  After watching Arden live with type I for the last three years I can tell you, with no reserve that politics aside, I believe that a fellow citizen’s health should never be limited by finances.  There is already so much dignity lost when you are sick, surely we can give some back.


Thank you for your time and attention,

Arden and Cole’s Uncle Brian


There are links to the Bennet Letter on our site here