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  •  Routing women's health (17+ / 0-)

    charitable donations through Susan G. Komen is inefficient (although has likely created more jobs than Romney has).  Here's the 2010-2011 Financial Statement.  While $334 million out of a total budget of $409 million looks good, drill down a bit and it's easy to see that those "programs" have substantial administrative costs.  

    Awards & Grants:
    Research $63 million
    Health Screening $51 million
    Treatment Services $22 million

    The largest program is Public Health Education at $181 million.  However, $66 million is TV, radio, newspaper "in kind" contributions, IOW free public health education advertising.

    $73 million for health screening and treatment services isn't even a blip in the US national spending on health care.  The annual budget for the National Cancer Institute at NIH (hardly the only cancer research operation in the US) is approximately $5 billion.  

    Planned Parenthood is one of the few cost efficient components in the US Healthcare system.  Take it out of the mix and total health care costs will rise.  Is that what Americans want?  Higher health care costs?

    •  I raced for the cure for years (17+ / 0-)

      raising over a thousand dollars a year (yeah I know that's small potatoes but it was a lot for me). when I contracted breast cancer and my insurance company first tried to dump me and then raised my rates to 55% of my gross income I contacted Komen. They were no help whatsoever.

      To keep our faces turned toward change, and behave as free spirits in the presence of fate--that is strength undefeatable. (Helen Keller)

      by kareylou on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 01:25:06 PM PST

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      •  $1,000 a year is a lot of money to raise. (7+ / 0-)

        Too bad more women don't understand what Komen is in the business to do.

      •  Just what you didn't need upon learning (1+ / 0-)
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        you had breast cancer; more stress ( insurance BS ) and finding out the SGK foundation you worked so hard for wasn't interested in helping you. Were you able to get the insurance issues resolved and get the treatment and care you deserve and even more importantly, how are you?


        Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

        by jayden on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 11:02:45 PM PST

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        •  wow thanks for asking (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm just on here taking the opportunity to kvetch and complain--something I don't do much in real life, hard as that may be to believe.
          Medically, after a really rough summer and fall, I am doing better. The past week I have felt great.
          Insurance wise, the situation remains. My 'uniquely American" solution? I have a friend who has a good government job but bought a house at the height of the market and is now underwater on his mortgage. Because we live outside Washington DC, there is a good rental market. He rented his house out and moved in with me. His rent pays my mortgage and I am still paying my insurance premiums. I just don't have the nerve to go without in my situation.
          So I have three unrelated adults and a business where 100 people a week walk through my front door--in a townhouse. It's a party. But we're all pulling together and getting by. Life is good. Still thinking once I get stabilized again I will quit paying the insurance, go without for 6 months, then get in the high-risk pool. I just want to be able to do it without too much risk to my life.

          To keep our faces turned toward change, and behave as free spirits in the presence of fate--that is strength undefeatable. (Helen Keller)

          by kareylou on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 05:48:33 AM PST

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    •  Thank you! (7+ / 0-)

      We need a nice pie chart (like the one for PP) showing how much goes to ADVERTISING for SGK instead of actual research and treatment.

      •  Every time I hear (2+ / 0-)
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        one of their incredibly annoying commercials on the radio for their walk -- commercials which start 6 months before the walk, and which are repeated ad nauseam -- I wonder exactly that.

        No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. -- Voltaire

        by Hastur on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 01:44:59 PM PST

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      •  Difficult to break that out. (1+ / 0-)
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        For example, does the Public Health Education marketing sponsored by SGK include the SGK logo?  If so, that's SGK advertising.  But can't be captured as such.

        "Race series production" is interesting.  Sounds like promo/advert to me.  And some of that gets buried in:

        Research: $58,000
        Public Health Ed: $8.5 Million
        Overhead: $390,000  

        Under the broadest definition, all fundraising costs are advertising.  What can be seen is:

        Fundraising Costs:
        Race for the Cure and 3 day: $60 million
        Other: $20 million

        Should state that the SGK financial statements look clean to me.  No dicey, funny, or spooky stuff in them.  

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