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    Thank you for all you do!  This summer the medicaid issue has landed in my own family's lap.  My niece, who was living with us to go back to school to become a physical therapist, had a rock climbing accident.  Although we asked nothing from her (as far as rent, expenses) when she lived here, our only requirement was that she get health insurance.  She did, after months of procrastinating.  But she decided to take the summer off before her really hard classes began in the fall and go rock climbing in Colorado.  And as young people often do, she made a bad decision:  to cancel her health insurance for the summer.  Now, after falling 300 feet, she is recuperating in a hospital in Denver and is paralyzed from the waist down.  She will need a lifetime of care and has applied for Medi-Cal.  Just at the time that medicaid is being put on the chopping block!  So, we are hoping and praying that this program, which helps many more people than most realize (as we ourselves are learning firsthand) is not made a sacrificial lamb.  We are willing to do whatever we can to work to educate people and have talked about possibly writing an op-ed for the LA Times about our experience.  Any thoughts or suggestions?  And once again, thank you for all your hard work on behalf of the millions who have no voice.

    Got Social Security? Thank a Democrat!

    by Fury on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 08:24:47 AM PDT

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