In April 2014, we learned of a water crisis issue in Flint, Michigan. The water source changed from being treated from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department to the Flint River and this is when the problem began…
Corrosion inhibitors were not put in during this transition. As a result, nearly 12,000 children have been exposed to lead which has led to serious health problems.
The majority of residents in Flint are children and pregnant women. Medicaid coverage will be available in Flint to cover children up to 21 years of age and pregnant women as part of the continuous effort to help those affected by the city’s water crisis.
They will have access to a broad range of health care services after being exposed to high levels of lead. Coverage is available to all income levels. People with income more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level will have to buy into the program in order to receive full Medicaid benefits.
An entire population has been poisoned by this Flint water crisis. It’s a public health state of emergency. Several lawsuits and investigations have been made, including resignations, firings, suspensions, and criminal indictments.
The Governor apologized to citizens and promised to fix the problem. It will cost $165 million for lead pipe replacements and water reimbursements. Unfortunately, residents are still having to pay for contaminated water.
Something like this Flint water crisis is so shocking and has made us all question if it could happen anywhere. It’s too close for comfort that babies, children, and entire families are being poisoned. Many women living in Flint cannot afford to move and have limited resources.
Pat Daniels, 59, has not been tested because she doesn’t have a ride to her doctor. She has drank the water, cooked with it, and bathed in it. Beverly, 38, only gives her children a bath every three or four days. All of them have negative tests for lead but she still worries.
These women, and many other residents, have received free water filters. What they weren’t told was that they have to purchase the faucets that fit the filters. Another thing they aren’t told is that you can’t put hot water through the faucets. And the filters don’t fit in a shower.
Many are comparing this travesty to the Tuskegee experiment which between 1932 and 1972 monitored the progression of syphilis in poor African-American men in Alabama. This happened under false pretenses, and without administering treatment to the patients, despite it being known and available.
This Flint water crisis is acknowledged as one of the most shameful acts in American history. Flint’s majority black, socio-economically deprived population does not believe officials have their back. It also poses the notion that this was a deliberate attempt towards the underprivileged. What do you think?