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Terri Carlson, 45, has posted several videos on YouTube saying she will marry someone in exchange for health insurance. She also started her own website.

The divorcee and single mom has a genetic disorder called C4 Complement Deficiency, and there are no known cures.

She has one year left under COBRA health coverage, but she was issued a lifetime denial from every other health insurance carrier.

How sad is it that THIS is what a single mother must do to get heath care in the United States of America? It's so sad she's been pushed to this point. It blows our minds.

What do you think about Terri's campaign?

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tennmom February 1, 2010, 6:36 PM

That is so sad. I’ve several friends in such situations. One had to make the choice between accepting a part-time job that would pay enough to make her mortgage payment, or decline the offer b/c her sad salary would mean her diabetic son would not longer be able to accept our state’s insurance.
Still, I don’t know how much I would trust a man willing to marry such a woman. I would be afraid he may feel it is okay to physically, verbally, emotionally, sexually abuse her in exchange for supporting her in such a way.

Anonymous February 1, 2010, 6:52 PM


GW February 2, 2010, 4:30 AM

Nice comment “Anonymous”. I hope “God” blesses you with Stomach Cancer.

chris February 2, 2010, 4:51 AM

What we need is for real health care reform not the bill that Obama is trying to pass. There is NO reason why amendments can’t be passed without having to redo the entire system. Tell me why our government can’t make it law that insurance company can’t reject for pre-extising conditions? Just that one bill will change a lot of people lives. I’m in my mid forty and most people I know at this age has some condition and would pay more for their insurance if they could just get it. I guess what I don’t approve of is giving whole states the option of not paying for medicare care taxes or not making the unions pay their health insurance taxes which is just some of the deals that Obama has made to get the votes he needs to get this bill pass. I don’t understand how you can justify giving everyone health insurance but still expecting only some people to basically pay more for it than others. If health insurance is available for all, then all should pay the same price for it regarding of their situation.

Daniel February 2, 2010, 11:59 AM

this is sooooo stupid. sje should find a job WITH A UNION!!! if you have stage 18 lung cancer, guess what??? have a great health plan. seriosly

michelle February 2, 2010, 1:22 PM

Chris, did you even read the health care bills? Or study basic economics? If you pass a law saying insurance companies can’t reject anyone with a pre-existing condition, the insurance companies will find another way to make up the lost profit. Costs will spiral upward even faster, so that even if people are not being “rejected,” they still can’t afford to buy the policy. We simply cannot reform one piece of the system without reforming the rest. Also, if you want health insurance for all at the same price, a privatized system cannot deliver that. You are basically saying you want single-payer government-funded health care. And I agree — that is really the only solution to this mess.

Solomom February 2, 2010, 1:31 PM

It seems only tennmom has any understanding. And Daniel, seriously? Chris, we have public education so why not public health. We are on this planet to care for one another. If Terri Carlson went on a dating site, she would include the traits she wants in a man. Having health insurance is a benefit and she is doing what she has to do. I married an old friend for health insurance, too, only he lost his job after 21 years and now we’re both stuck. I also have a lifethreatening illness and have no idea what to do one Cobra runs out.
To Terri, you go, girl. Just make sure his job is secure!
Andrea, editor
Single Mothers Online

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