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  •  The Democrats should bring up legislation in (5+ / 0-)

    response to fix (at least) this problem.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Fri May 03, 2013 at 09:47:09 AM PDT

    •  Cancer patients lack the "juice" in Congress, (15+ / 0-)

      unlike airline passengers.   Death and pain matters little as opposed ot the inconvenience of business travelers.  

      The obscenity of much of our political class is exposed by that strange calculus.  

      Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

      by TomP on Fri May 03, 2013 at 09:48:47 AM PDT

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      •  And this guy says the sequester... (2+ / 0-)
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        Is all Obama’s fault!


        I'm not sixty-two—I'm fifty-twelve!

        by Pragmatus on Sat May 04, 2013 at 09:32:42 AM PDT

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        •  It's only half (2+ / 0-)
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          It's only half Obama's fault with the other half being the GOP.  The "sequester" was the deal worked by Obama with the GOP.  

          So let's stop pretending Obama is a passive victim in all of this.  He negotiated this deal and he agreed to the deal.  Enough of this "but they're picking on Obama again".  This sequester is his baby.  

          •  Uh-oh. More concern trolling. (0+ / 0-)

            The sequester was the only thing the GOP Congress would accept as an alternative to refusing to raise the debt ceiling, which would have brought the financial world crashing down.

            If a man holds a gun to your head and forces you to say "I love shit sandwiches" or he will shoot you, can you really be accused of loving shit sandwiches afterward?

            Please take your concern trolling elsewhere.

            The sequester was ALL the GOP's doing.

            All the current misery in government is the GOP's doing.

            The gigantic debt we are suffering under is the GOP's doing.

            And you are the silly little tool they send out to lie about everything.

            I'm not sixty-two—I'm fifty-twelve!

            by Pragmatus on Sat May 04, 2013 at 10:26:15 AM PDT

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        •  Can you just imagine how toxic that idiot's breath (1+ / 0-)
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          must be?

          Can I get a Grey Goose on the rocks over here?!

          by G Contractor on Sat May 04, 2013 at 10:01:16 AM PDT

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      •  Cancer patients actually have a lot of juice (0+ / 0-)

        Elderly and sick doesn't always equal poor and powerless.

        First off for the poor and elderly and sick, what doesn't get picked up by Medicare gets picked up by Medicaid, and what doesn't get picked up by Medicare or Medicaid gets picked up by Free care.

        Secondly the number of charities, foundations and philanthropies that fund cancer care because someone wealthy got it and left their money in the right places, is indicative of a special interest out there somewhere.

        Third, a lot of cancer patients are kids and if you are human there really isn't much you wouldn't do for kids, yours or anybody else's. As a matter of fact I sort of expect cuts to head start funding to follow a similar track.

        Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

        by rktect on Sat May 04, 2013 at 09:38:20 AM PDT

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        •  That's not true; the Rs hate people; people are a (0+ / 0-)

          Resource to be exploited or oppressed, hence "profitizing" schools & prisons which are two examples.

        •  The most influential one, American Cancer Society (1+ / 0-)
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          is funded and controlled by pharma companies and physicians who receive money from them.

          It's harder than you realize to run a successful cancer advocacy group that doesn't take corporate money and compete with those who do.

          There are good groups out there, they're just underfunded.

          "If you can't take their money, eat their food, drink their booze and then vote against them, you have no business being up there."

          by Betty Pinson on Sat May 04, 2013 at 10:42:50 AM PDT

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          •  some pharma companies (0+ / 0-)

            including some that provide chemo therapy drugs that make radiation treatments more effective but cost thousands of dollars, provide grants so that poor cancer patients without insurance or medicare can get the treatments they need to survive.

            I know that cause my wife is in that situation. She was diagnosed just a few months before her 65th birthday which was today. The rest of her treatment will be paid for by medicare and medicaid.

            Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

            by rktect on Sat May 04, 2013 at 01:39:31 PM PDT

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      •  True, but the chairman of Cancer Treatment (0+ / 0-)

        Centers of America, Richard Stephenson, is a well known right wing nut job, and if you dig deep enough, I suspect you'd find that the reason this particular node in the sequestration saga is getting any press at all is because of his whining to his GOP lackeys.

        Everybody loves free speech until they hear some of it.

        by dobleremolque on Sat May 04, 2013 at 10:11:50 AM PDT

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        •  Very likely (0+ / 0-)

          There are also quite a few for-profit outpatient clinic chains that provide chemotherapy treatment.  

          They're not affiliated with hospitals, they're stand alone, centers.  Many are owned by large corporations or physician groups who make nifty profits and donate to GOP candidates.

          In some ways, it may be better for patients to get their cancer treatment at a hospital instead of a cancer clinic in the strip shopping center between the dentist's office and the tanning salon.  Patients will get better quality health care in the hospital setting where there's better quality control and highly trained personnel who can quickly handle any emergencies.

          "If you can't take their money, eat their food, drink their booze and then vote against them, you have no business being up there."

          by Betty Pinson on Sat May 04, 2013 at 10:49:13 AM PDT

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