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  •  While what she has done makes (2+ / 0-)
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    sense given her risks, it most certainly points out the vast chasm in our health care system.  

    The 1% can have whatever they need, the rest, not so much.

    I read her entire op-ed, and I just don't see that she gets that for most people, even $3K for the test is out of reach.  She's telling women they should do it, but how??  And for the surgery itself, I can only guess how much it would cost.

    Can you imagine an insurance company covering this, even if the risk of breast cancer was high?

    Awareness is important. But what does one do with that info when they cannot afford to do anything about it except watch a celebrity buy the treatment that they need.

    If you took the greed out of Wall Street all you’d have left is pavement ~Robert Reich

    by k8dd8d on Tue May 14, 2013 at 01:28:04 PM PDT

    •  I also read the op-ed and (1+ / 0-)
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      was very touched by her down-to-earth narrative.

      Your points are very valid and I'm assuming that this type of surgery would be considered "elective" by insurance companies.

      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Tue May 14, 2013 at 02:55:52 PM PDT

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    •  She specifically mentions in the article (0+ / 0-)

      that the cost is going to be an obstacle for most women...did you not see that part?

      •  I know she gets it on an intellectual level (0+ / 0-)

        But do you think she's really gets it on a gut level?  She's never wanted for anything in her life.  She may do a lot for refugees, etc, but then she goes back to her 5 star hotel and designer handbags.

        If you took the greed out of Wall Street all you’d have left is pavement ~Robert Reich

        by k8dd8d on Tue May 14, 2013 at 05:04:57 PM PDT

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        •  As UnaSpenser (0+ / 0-)

          mentions below, many insurance companies are covering the test and surgery.  And it is true that Ms. Jolie can afford any sort of treatment or surgery, but, really, what is the point of your comment?  She did not have to write this; she did not have to disclose her decision or the bare naked facts of her surgery.  She could have kept the whole thing private.  She's rich, she does have designer handbags.  But she chose to disclose this and chose to do so in a public way to help other women.  

          And her help for children and refugees?  I don't always agree with her politics, but I don't begrudge her for her activism.

          Why the cynicism?  She did a good thing today.

          Be sure you put your feet in the right place; then stand firm. ~ Abraham Lincoln

          by noweasels on Tue May 14, 2013 at 11:27:06 PM PDT

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          •  my point was that the real effect of her (0+ / 0-)

            disclosure is to point out the vast disparity in health care options between the rich and the poor.

            If you took the greed out of Wall Street all you’d have left is pavement ~Robert Reich

            by k8dd8d on Wed May 15, 2013 at 10:27:07 AM PDT

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    •  actually, more and more insurance IS covering (1+ / 0-)
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      this surgery, because it costs them less than treatment for cancer.

      •  My concern is that if someone gets the test (1+ / 0-)
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        Then opts not to do that procedure, that positive test result is going to be a reason (legal or not) for health insurers to refuse to write them coverage in the future.

        Breast cancer without insurance IS a death sentence. So women really need to know absolutely that they'll follow through (and that they're physically capable of following through) with the surgery before they run the test.

        © grover

        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Tue May 14, 2013 at 11:34:10 PM PDT

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