I recently gave a copy of “Staying Alive,” the Arts Hub article I wrote on artists and health care to a friend seeking health insurance. After reading it, he looked at me with angry confusion. “Howard,” he said, “I don’t even understand the difference between an HMO, a PPO, and a La La La.”
A few weeks later, I attended a lecture where several prominent playwrights discussed issues facing artists in America. When the subject turned to healthcare, a collective groan emanated from the panel. After a pause, one Tony Award-nominated writer all but screamed in frustration. “Who the hell can afford health insurance?” he asked.