Help a Woman Buy Herself a Trachea

by jhwygirl

Rachael Phillips is a 37-year old woman who’s trachea is collapsing. She needs a new trachea, and her medical costs are mounting and the only surgery that could possibly save her life is not covered by health insurance.

I could go into a sorry long rant on healthcare.

Rachael has friends here in Montana though – including Kirsten who is willing shave her head as a means of helping Rachael get herself that life-saving trachea. The goal here is pretty lofty – $5,000 – but the cause is worthy. There’s a link there on the page for donations.

I can’t imagine the feeling of needing life-saving care and knowing that the only way to get it was to pay for it, cash. How is it we have a healthcare system that allows a young woman to die for lack of money?

Death panel? People were scared of death panels? How is what Rachael Phillips going through not a death panel?

Remember Mikaslyn Larson, the 8-year old girl here in Missoula that needed a new hip That insurance wouldn’t pay for? Mikaslyn is getting better now and can move around- all because her family was able to raise the money and avoid the death-panel free-market healthcare insurance providers.

At least someone makes money while these people have to beg.

How can anyone champion a system that allows people to die for lack of money? We’re supposed to live in a civilized society. It’s as if our nation has decided it’s find to sit by drinking a beer while another human being sits before you and bleeds out.

Kirsten, though, is a good egg. Shaving her long locks for a friend? That’s soul. Kirsten is a commenter here on occasion. She has Libertarian tendencies..and describes herself as an anarchist. we bump heads a lot. Frankly, I don’t have the energy to debate her – so do feel free to debate her on Twitter. I hope you can all consider helping her friend Rachael get herself a new trachea.


  1. 1 An Anarchist’s View on Healthcare « 4&20 blackbirds

    […] is a guestpost from Kirsten Tynan. Some of you may have caught a previous post Help a Woman Buy Herself a Tracea – Kirsten is the Montana woman seeking to help raise $5K towards purchasing the trachea […]




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