I just saw a segment on CNN about kids, high school age and younger, who are dropping out of school to take care of a home bound love one. These kids are caring for a mother, father, grandparent, or sibling on a full-time basis because there is no one else available to do it. The compassion they show is inspiring indeed. But at the same time it is totally shameful that they are even be put into a situation like this.
It is estimated that there are about 1.3 million kids in this situation. They have dropped out of school to give constant care to a loved one. By leaving school at such an early stage they are almost guaranteeing that they will live a life of poverty. This situation does not occur in any other developed country besides the U.S. We are the only developed country in the world that chooses to make healthcare a privilege of those who can afford it instead of a right to all its citizens. This terrible situation is a direct result of that choice. Unfortunately there are hundreds of other examples to be found.
I pray that someday we will provide universal healthcare for our elderly and disabled so that future kids do not have to make the choice of staying in school or seeing that a love one is cared for. SHAME ON US FOR EVEN PUTTING THEM IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS…..