Week's events focus on insurance for all
By Jacob Santini
The Salt Lake Tribune
As Cover the Uninsured Week launched Monday, big dreams shared the stage with small wishes.
Rocky Anderson, Salt Lake City's mayor, wants universal health care coverage.
Joseph Jarvis, a local doctor, wants the same but confined to Utah's borders.
The Utah Jazz hope 60,000 kids can continue participating in their junior basketball league with adequate health insurance.
And Stormy Rodriquez, a mother with two jobs, just wants to find a way to afford coverage for her four children.
Cover the Uninsured Week, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is about raising awareness about the growing number of uninsured people -- in Utah there are 200,000 and nationally there are nearly 44 million.
"I work and I should be able to afford this," Rodriquez said. "I could feed and keep a roof over [my children's] heads, or I could pay insurance premiums."