Rapper Pharoahe Monch, like many of us, have had to deal with health insurance issues due to various situations and diagnoses. The MC recently spoke out about the current state of Health Care in America, as well as Obamacare.
“Years ago, I’m like, ‘I don’t understand why you don’t want healthy thinking, functioning, and working citizens,'”the Queens, New York rapper says in an interview with the Examiner. “Just starting from that simple man’s assessment is mind boggling to me. But then when you’re blessed to travel abroad to Copenhagen, Germany, the UK, Canada and you see how things are functioning, it changes your thoughts and perspectives about what you’re seeing in this country healthcare wise. You come back and you’re in New York City, South Jamaica Queens, Brooklyn, and you have somebody who is contemplating checking out a severe appendix pain or paying the cable bill – it’s crazy.
“I was under COBRA [Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act] and how it works is it’s only for a certain amount of time that it lasts and you have to find a new carrier,” he says. “That doesn’t matter when you can’t breathe. Again, I’m likening it to what I can imagine to be a grave problem for people who don’t have the income that I have. If I need it at the time, I would just pay out of pocket. Most people can’t afford to pay out of pocket. There were times when I couldn’t afford to pay out of pocket — if I’m likening that to a spiral situation that’s deep and I think it’s worth writing about. I didn’t write a song about healthcare I’m just saying part of my writing in this project to explain where I was at still coming off of ‘Oh, this is heroic that he’s speaking out about the radio,’ or ‘This is heroic that he’s speaking out about these issues.’ I was just telling from the perspective that we’re shooting the video – same thing. The real hardcore is the people who put those types of things on the line and look at [Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X]. And the groups like [Public Enemy] who had to remove a member of their group. That’s what hardcore truly is in my eyes. I just wanted to make the record feel like P.T.S.D. is not a catchy, cool, popular thing to come behind the W.A.R. album with, but instead the reality of it is there are consequences to reap if you go independent and there is also hard work and trials and tribulations. I just wanted to show that side as well.”