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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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