What If We Didn’t Have To Worry About Healthcare?

An American Fairy Tale

Jacqueline Dooley
5 min readJan 11, 2023

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Image by Gerd Altmann from PIxabay

My new government-issue healthcare card arrives promptly two days before Christmas on December 23rd, 2022. It looks like a driver’s license, but there’s no photo. Just my name and an ID number that will stay with me until I die.

The crisp image of a bald eagle superimposed over a caduceus is embossed on the card, the…

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Jacqueline Dooley

Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent. Bylines: Human Parts, GEN, Marker, OneZero, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Pulse, HuffPost, Longreads, Modern Loss