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  •  I am not exaggerating when I say (4+ / 0-)
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    vernonbc, bthespoon, Actbriniel, Thassa

    that my brother died for lack of health insurance.

    When he worked for a company and had insurance, he had a pre-cancerous node removed and was told to follow up and monitor it every 6 months.

    5 years later he was self-employed with no health insurance, the symptoms returned, and he (unwisely) ignored them because he didn't have health insurance.

    Finally the pain got so bad he went to the E.R., where he couldn't be turned down.  His cancer was so advanced it got everyone's attention....but it was also so advanced that, despite treatment, basically nothing could be done.

    This would not have happened under the system outlined above.

    It makes my fucking blood boil.  I wrote a letter to Obama telling this story (in far more gruesome and graphic detail).  

    Please can we stay focused on this.


    "The party of Lincoln is now the party of Limbaugh." Paul Begala

    by smileycreek on Wed May 20, 2009 at 08:02:00 PM PDT

    •  Thank you for sharing this grim story. I'm so (0+ / 0-)

      sorry for your brother's shortened life, and for your loss.  I hope you will eventually have the satisfaction of knowing that kind of thing doesn't happen in the United States any more.


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