10.26.2007

"from the get-go, i was going to die because i didn't have insurance"

Is this the Greatest Nation on the Face of the Earth?

Go to the link, then choose "Local Woman's Fight With Breast Cancer". There's an ad you can't skip, but please wait and watch the video.

This was sent to us by a member of our Red Sox community at Joy of Sox.

Just among our little group, one person is losing his wife to cancer because they could not afford adequate treatment and cannot afford to keep her alive any longer. Another lost his child because an HMO did not approve treatment, and sent the family home from the emergency room. Their two-year-old daughter died that night.

And those are just two people who have disclosed their tragedies to us. I can almost guarantee there are others.

It doesn't have to be this way.

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Cathy Baskin, a million thank yous for your courage, for your strength, for choosing to be public to try to help others. I'm sorry we are losing you.

15 comments:

loneprimate said...

They sent a two-year-old home from an emergency room to die?

Don't revolutions start from stories like that?

M. Yass said...

And hell, even if you do have insurance, you're probably going to have to file bankruptcy from the parts they don't cover. Additionally, the odds of them covering all of the treatment your doctor deems medically necessary are not very good.

This, in the richest civilization man has ever known by far.

GBA! TGNOTFOTE!

M. Yass said...

loneprimate said...

Don't revolutions start from stories like that?


Naa, we'd miss American Idol.

L-girl said...

Don't revolutions start from stories like that?

Naa, we'd miss American Idol.


Uncanny.

When I was growing up, my mother used to say, There'll never be a revolution in this country. Everyone would miss their favourite TV shows.

loneprimate said...

This, in the richest civilization man has ever known by far.

Avarice unsurpassed, as financed daily by the People's Republic of China. :)

SoSock said...

The story last night got such a big response that WXII (our local NBC station) is doing a live interview with Cathy Saturday morning.
The problem is - so many people will call and want to help - they will want to donate some money, send some food, get a nice cheerful gift, make a donation to a cancer charity. That's all good and fine and I'm sure they'll be able to feel better about themselves after doing so. But if you suggest real changes, changes that might inconvenience them or cost them some precious tax dollars, or cause their doctor son-in-law to settle for 1/4 million dollar home instead of a 3/4 million dollar one, well then you're just a liberal communist.
At this moment Cathy's sister has a very treatable form of hepatitus, but cannot afford the tests that the doctors insist she have before they can begin treatment. She is a single mom with an 12 year old daughter and no insurance offered through work. Fortunately, her ex carries insurance on my niece through his job, but my sister-in-law needs about $7000 just to find out which treatment she will need
And people wonder why I'm reading so much of Laura's info on moving to Canada

L-girl said...

SoSock, one thing that impressed me about the piece is that it did reach for the wider political meaning. It's not only "help this woman" - it's "it doesn't have to be this way".

I know exactly what you mean about charity. We see those stories all the time. One sad story - people reach into their pockets - one person is helped. Good for that person, and the people who helped, and the system continues.

But if you suggest real changes, changes that might inconvenience them or cost them some precious tax dollars, or cause their doctor son-in-law to settle for 1/4 million dollar home instead of a 3/4 million dollar one, well then you're just a liberal communist.

You're right... but is that even the root of the problem?

We pay the same taxes in Canada as we did in the US. The difference is where those taxes go.

Why is the US spending - how many billions? - on foreign wars FOR PROFIT and so little on its citizens, who foot the bills? Why do elected officials allow this to happen?

Anyway, good luck. Such a trivial thing to say, but I mean it most sincerely.

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In case it isn't obvious to other readers, SoSock is Cathy Baskin's husband.

redsock said...

How you can be forced into a situation like this and not burst into a murderous rage is just about beyond my comprehension.

SoSock said...

I heard a comment last week at the LL field that sums up most people's thought process. A man, a very nice guy who donates a lot of time, said
"Well, they're obviously going to have to have some kind of plan eventually. Hell, I'm a conservative guy, but even I see that. My company (he works for a huge banking co.) is probably going to be downsizing next year, and I'm right in the middle of the area that will be affected."
There you go, not "There are too many people with no coverage", but MY ASS might be affected soon, therefore we have to do something.
Oh well, maybe the results will be good, even if the motives aren't

L-girl said...

Well, they're obviously going to have to have some kind of plan eventually

I hear this too, but frankly, I don't understand it. Where do people think this is going to come from? How do they think it's going to happen?

Anyone who is prepared to take on the insurance industry and the AMA is shot down before they can even get started.

People seem to think "some kind of plan" will just materialize.

But SoSock has a good point here, one that applies to most things in the US. As this effects more and more of the middle class, we might see some change. (X-ref the war and the draft.)

L-girl said...

their doctor son-in-law to settle for 1/4 million dollar home instead of a 3/4 million dollar one

On a lighter note, you can always tell when someone is not from the NYC area. Whoever heard of a $250,000 house??

Most surgeons in NYC wouldn't be caught dead in a $3/4-million home.

Amy said...

SoSock, I was so sad and sorry to read this post. My heart breaks for you and your family, and my mind rages at the injustice and insanity of our healthcare system. Each of us is only a few steps away from the nightmare your family is suffering because health insurance is never a guarantee since no job is guaranteed. Please know that you and Cathy are in my thoughts.

Laura, thank you for posting this. It's awful to learn that one of our JOS community is going through this while we are all celebrating a baseball victory. I hope that Joy Nation has helped to left SoSock's spirits in this terrible time for him.

Amy said...

That should have said "lift" his spirits, not "left."

loneprimate said...

Anyone who is prepared to take on the insurance industry and the AMA is shot down before they can even get started.

I think one of the more disheartening things I've seen in recent years is that scene in Sicko with US politicians of both stripes trotting out on stage with Pop-Up Video balloons following them around denoting how much money they'd received from the US medical industry. It's clear to me if we hadn't managed to institute it in the 1960s, it's just about impossible to imagine we'd be able to manage it today in Canada, either. It's the very definition of the word plutocracy... millionaires paid by billionaires to run the country in their mutual interest. Honest to God, what hope is left?

SoSock said...

It's the very definition of the word plutocracy... millionaires paid by billionaires to run the country in their mutual interest.

Well said - That, my dear, is the very root of the problem. The whole notion that you have to have more, no matter how much you have. People think it's great that Bad Hair Trump loves to haggle over every dime because it's an "art" to deal. They just don't get that that extra money they're making won't just materialize out of nowhere. It comes out of somebody's pocket, somewhere down the line somebody is not getting a raise, or is losing their job, or is paying even more money they don't really have for what they're buying.

On a lighter note - YAY SOX !!