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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:11 PM

1. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:12 PM

2. I am sorry for your loss.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:13 PM

3. So sorry for your loss.

 

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And yes, we need health care for everyone.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:14 PM

4. I am so sorry for your loss

Thank you for your post.

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:15 PM

5. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:17 PM

6. I'm so sorry.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:18 PM

7. So sorry for your loss.

The health care system in this country is a sick joke.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:18 PM

8. I am so sorry for your loss!

And the terrible situation our government put your family in.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:18 PM

9. So sorry to read about your sister......

RIP

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:24 PM

10. So sorry...

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:24 PM

11. So sorry to hear this.

Just another faceless, dying American. And so many other Americans JUST DON'T CARE.

I sometimes wonder what be left of us when this dark era ends. Go ahead and vent your rage. We are with you.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:27 PM

12. We have never needed single payer more

 

RIP

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:33 PM

13. So sorry for your loss

You are 100% correct.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:40 PM

14. Hamsterjill, I am so sad that in the richest country in the history of the world

we don't have universal coverage, and people like your beloved sister needlessly suffer and die. She isn't just a statistic to anyone with a heart and soul. I will honor her memory by keeping up the fight to make universal coverage a reality.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:41 PM

15. So sorry for your loss

And the heartless, evil moneygrubbers that run the GOP want people like your sister to die, so that GOP donors like the Koches can increase their wealth by 10%.

If you want, I can post a picture of the Koches or their political director so people can see who to blame for shitty healthcare in America. But you probably just want to mourn right now.


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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:41 PM

16. Disgraceful! What other developed nation just lets its citizens die?

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:41 PM

17. Condolences on the loss of your beloved sister.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:44 PM

18. So very sorry Jill. No families should have to go through

what yours and so many others are. Health care in this country in the hands of the insurance industry, their executives and stockholders is nothing short of criminal. It is definitely a racket.

Again, so very sorry for your loss.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:45 PM

19. I am so sorry. Ive long held out hope that we are inherently a just and compassionate nation.

Iím starting to have serious doubts.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:46 PM

20. So very sorry for your loss...

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:48 PM

21. ...

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:51 PM

22. Memory eternal

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:57 PM

23. I am so sorry, hamsterjill.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:01 PM

24. I am so very sorry

may I ask, are you saying one month of chemo was going to be $125,000? (I don't know what chemo costs)

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Response to hamsterjill (Reply #27)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:35 PM

32. it is a crime

repukes keep talking about death panels as if they don't already exist

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Response to Skittles (Reply #32)

Mon Oct 9, 2017, 07:48 AM

82. I unfortunately have information about chemo...

First, hamsterjill, my deepest condolences to you and yours. It's a crime.

My SO, DUer OneGrassRoot, is going through chemo now.

ObamaCare saved her life though, for sure. She went to the ER in late July on a Sunday, they thought she was dying (they admitted her and the nurse asked if she wanted to see a pastor!), and had surgery two days later on Tuesday to remove a mass in her colon. Had she taken the typical outpatient route, it probably would have taken six months to get to diagnosis and then surgery. She said she had ever test known to humankind that Monday; having not had insurance for years, she hadn't had any of the recommended diagnostics for people over 50. Going to the ER no doubt saved her life.

Fortunately, surgery removed it all, but the protocol given the stage is six months of chemo.

Don't know how much the monthly chemo costs are, but I can tell you that Neulasta alone (given to increase white blood cell counts) is $15k-18k PER ADMINISTRATION. She has chemo every two weeks and Neulasta is part of that regimen. The cost for everything else must be extraordinary.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:05 PM

25. ....

My heart goes out to you. I'm so sorry.

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:08 PM

26. I am so sorry for your loss...

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:12 PM

28. Terrible. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:13 PM

29. Jill, so sorry about your sister, and especially sorry

that she could not afford treatment that would keep her alive.
The story I'm about to tell you is meant to emphasize your last paragraph:
My husband of 47 years died a month ago today. He had been feeling ill for some months and had seen many specialists, the last one being an oncologist who ordered several tests (bone marrow biopsy, scans etc.) to determine lymphoma. Having died very suddenly of a stroke in the middle of the night at home in bed, he was spared the treatment options being suggested -- radiation, chemo, steroids etc.
All of this is to say that all his doctor apps, hospital visits,visiting nurse over 3 months, tests etc. cost him $0, because we are fortunate enough to live in a country that believes healthcare is a right, and not just a privilege. Oh, we were out of pocket $45 for each of 2 ambulance rides. His final one was to the hospital for an official doctor's pronouncement, but there was no charge for that.

Nine years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Besides the diagnostic tests, I underwent 2 surgeries, 6 chemo treatments, 10 shots of neupogen between each treatment (which my darling husband gave me), anti-nausea meds and steroids, visiting nurse once a week for almost 3 months, umpteen doctor visits, blood tests and so on. This also cost me $0.

I have several American pals who were going through the same thing (we met on-line) and, while most of them had great employer-based insurance, a few of them did not. Some are still struggling to pay off their bills because of a horrid disease that doesn't choose you based on your ability to pay.

To all DUers -- do what Jill says: Please, please, please fight for healthcare for all. It's just criminal that the most successful country in the world lets so many of its citizens suffer and die.

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Response to luvtheGWN (Reply #29)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:42 PM

38. I'm very sorry for your loss, too

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Response to luvtheGWN (Reply #29)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:43 PM

39. My son

died at 45, for lack of healthcare. He was laid off and could not afford $600 monthly for insurance. He kept hoping he would be called back to work. He died. I have Medicare and a supplement, and STILL get bills . Medicare does not pay for eye refraction, so the supplement will not pay, either. I am about to go through a series of shots to both eyes for Macular Degeneration. If I want the very best shot, I have to pay $75.00 per shot. Then the mandatory eye drops cost $98 last time and likely will be over $100 by now. Deepest sympathy on the loss of your sister. WHEN will people see that the gop caters only to the rich?

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Response to luvtheGWN (Reply #29)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:58 PM

44. thanks for writing that post

It certainly is illuminating. It's bad enough to be hit by a disease, but to have to also worry about the cost of treatment? That, to me, is unbearable.

I'm sorry you had to go through both your own disease but also the experience of your husband's. I don't know how people get through these phases of their life, but I guess there is no choice.

In your last paragraph, I think you should add an adjective: "It's just criminal that the most financially successful country in the world...." The U.S. is financially successful, but millions of people in this country think life is all about the dollar. Being successful financially. There's so much more to it than that, and to be fair, millions of others realize that, too.

Another example of how we are not successful is how our government has been hijacked for the purposes of big business. I do not consider this a democracy anymore, so there's another failure of the U.S. Drug problems, racism, inequality, and more. We are not even keeping up with nations like China in becoming energy independent.


Cher

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:17 PM

30. Awful

 

I'm sorry to hear that. And I agree 100%.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:21 PM

31. I understand, believe me. So sorry for you and your family

and sister too. My sister could easily be writing the same thing for me in a few years if they get rid of the ACA with subsidies. My healthcare with the ACA and subsidies is 35% of my income (for now anyway...45 is sabotaging it). My disability income is about $75 a month too much to qualify for Medicaid. I have been fighting hard to keep affordable healthcare and will keep it up until I am too ill to continue.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:35 PM

33. I will. I am so sorry to read this hamster jill. Thank you for sharing her story with us.

Peace and progress, aloha no.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:39 PM

34. You are right to be furious and sick at heart.

It is a crime that we live in the richest country on earth and our citizens do not have access to basic healthcare.
You posted an epic rant in honor of your sister. I hope everyone who reads it is moved to take action.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:39 PM

35. so sorry.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:40 PM

36. I'm so very sorry & so very angry right along with you. Shame on the Republican party.

Money>people; party>country every goddamned time. Again, I'm so sorry.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:40 PM

37. My deepest condolences, jill

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:46 PM

40. so sorry hamsterjill...

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:46 PM

41. I will fight along side you to get universal health care

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:51 PM

42. My Deepest Condolences.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:58 PM

43. I am so sorry, Jill.

Words cannot express.

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 04:01 PM

45. that is awful

For Texas not to even have spend down for Medicaid is pathetic. Your family deserved better.

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 04:01 PM

46. I am so very sorry for you and your family....

Your sister was the same age that I am.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 04:02 PM

47. Colon cancer

My mother died 40 years ago at the age of 49 from colon cancer. She was poor, no health insurance and was diagnosed too late. No one in this country should die because they don't have health insurance and can't receive the care they need. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 04:08 PM

48. I am sooo sorry, Hamsterjill

I remember when you posted about your sister in June.

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 04:08 PM

49. I'm so sorry for your loss

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 04:47 PM

50. So sorry, hamsterjill.

What a terrible loss. The injustice is just infuriating.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 04:51 PM

51. I am so sorry to hear about your sister hamsterjill.

I can't imagine how sad and angry you must feel right now. This is why we must all fight and put the pressure on our politicians to stand up for affordable healthcare in this country. This is just so wrong. My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 04:54 PM

52. Peace be with you, Hamsterjill. There's far too many voices never heard.

Sorry to hear of your loss - walk with her memory every day! Lost my mom to colon cancer, even though she had good treatment at Vanderbilt. Hers was the aggressive kind unfortunately, that kept coming back.

We agree with you totally that there's no excuse for lack of proper care, as folks have in other civilized nations. We have a portion of our populace that don't give a damn about their fellow man - yet claim to be Christian. The best things we can do in your sister's memory is to donate to the Cancer Society and fight like hell to win back Congress.

One (of many) things that hurts very deeply for me is that Republican policies most often hurt those having the least-heard voices - the sick, the poor, the disabled, and our minorities. These simply are not good people in the GOP.

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 04:56 PM

53. A big for you , hamsterjill.

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 05:08 PM

54. I'm very sorry for your loss, hamsterjill.

Our system is cruel and heartless.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 05:28 PM

55. I am so sorry for your loss.

My heart goes to you and yours.

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 05:30 PM

56. I'm so sorry

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 05:48 PM

57. There are no words to make it better

Financial issues keep people away from the help they need time after time after fucking time.

May you and rest of her family find peace.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 06:01 PM

58. So sorry for the loss of your sister

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 06:02 PM

59. I am so very sorry....thank you for sharing your sister with us..

...(((hugs)))

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Sat Oct 7, 2017, 06:04 PM

60. my condolences

what horror your family has gone through...I'm sorry

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 06:19 PM

61. I'm so sorry for your loss.

For all of the good medicine available in Texas, it is horrible that something, maybe an experimental program, couldn't be found for her. I hope your family can find peace.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 06:20 PM

62. Deepest sympathy

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 06:49 PM

63. My heart breaks for you.

I'll keep up the fight. Take care of you for a bit, as well - and condolences to your family.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 07:11 PM

64. I am so very sorry for your loss, hamsterjill.

We never have enough time with the ones we love.

Wishing you peace and comfort in remembering all the good times with your sister.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 07:48 PM

65. I will seethe with you...

 

...were it not for Medicaid, I would be either dead or sleeping on the street.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 08:37 PM

66. I'm mad for your loss.

It's disgusting what this country does to it's own.

My heartfelt sympathy

We can and must do better.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 09:03 PM

67. I am so sorry for your loss

I think I told you before how my dad has had stage 4 colon cancer for 4 years. Itís still controlled, but it is a constant worry. He has had a lot of problems with the side effects of the treatments. I feel heartbroken by your story. We need to take the profit motive out of health care so that everyone gets the care they need. A country that ignores the health of its citizens will never be a prosperous one.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 09:39 PM

68. I'm so sorry.

 

very time I go to the doctor I am grateful for both Medicare and my supplemental policy, even though it costs me about 25% of my total Social Security (and Part D another chunk -- I honestly try not to even look at the numbers).

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 11:08 PM

69. so sorry for ur loss

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 11:31 PM

70. I'm so sorry, Jill

I've been filling out my Medicare papers. My questions are (1) How do people understand what to choose? and (2) How does the average person on Social Security afford it? Your sister's choice isn't unusual, I'm sure, sadly.

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Sun Oct 8, 2017, 12:09 AM

71. I am so sorry for this, and your loss.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sun Oct 8, 2017, 12:22 AM

72. I hope by the replies that you can feel the love and support of your cyberfamily.

R.I.P. to your beloved sister.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sun Oct 8, 2017, 03:06 AM

73. I am so sorry.

Single payer. RIGHT. FUCKING. NOW.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sun Oct 8, 2017, 07:18 AM

74. Single payer

 

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is the only way to fix this for everyone. I will ONLY vote for democrats that say and PROVE they support single payer. There is no reason in the world as to why we currently do not have single payer. It'll happen some day. And I'm hoping real soon. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sun Oct 8, 2017, 09:09 AM

75. There'a a reason I live in Minnesota.

Of course, comparing living in an isolated rural area versus living in a large urban area with world class teaching Hospitals and Universities is not a fair one, but we already had most of the provisions of O care a long time ago.and programs to insure people like your sister that were much better than medicare. You couldn't pay me enough to live in any of the former slave states even though I love visiting there, playing there, and meet wonderful people there. Quite simply, they are third world countries run by a corrupt oligarchy for the benwfit of the wealthy. Texas is one of the worst. The bottom quintile pays a higher tax rate than the top one.I had the displeasure of doing business with a mrtgage servicing company in Texas recently. They continually lied and broke the law. Never even heard back from their paid off AG. Took the Minnesota AG's office to get them moving. This is the Republican dream. Everything exxpendable to capital.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sun Oct 8, 2017, 09:26 AM

76. The entire healthcare system in the US is a scam, sham and a folly.

Sucking nearly 20% of the GDP from our economy and delivering poor, inadequate, incomplete, price gouging performance is criminal.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sun Oct 8, 2017, 11:34 AM

77. Words cannot express

The pain I know you have, Jill. The only good thing to say about a debilitating illness is that you have more time to say goodbye.

I had two Type 1 diabetic sisters, ages 9 and 12 when diagnosed. They/we were so fortunate they made it into their 50's. Without Medicaid and Medicare to pay literally millions of dollars in healthcare costs over the years, that would have never happened.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sun Oct 8, 2017, 12:34 PM

78. Hamsterjill, I am so sorry, my dear

And your words are so true.

The insurance and healthcare in the US is such a maze and labyrinth. It is hard even for the professionals in the industry to understand and to coordinate.

The only way is single payer.

I am so sorry your sister passed away because of the faulty system. This should not be so.

I am so sorry that she had to endure the pain, suffering and system failure.

We should not have to choose between utilities, food etc or more insurance policies.

I am sending my best thoughts and prayers to you.

This is the American tragedy.


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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sun Oct 8, 2017, 12:48 PM

79. Much love to you, hamsterjill, and many hugs.

Thank you for sharing this personal agony - we need to hear these stories because you're absolutely right - we need to fight for decent affordable healthcare! For EVERYONE!

We ALL MUST make sure that your sister did NOT die in vain. And that your sorrow will NOT go unheard and ignored.

This is one for that jerk Raul Labrador, R-ID, who had the gall to declare at a town hall meeting awhile back that "no one dies if they don't have healthcare." Oh yeah? Hey, Raul, why don't you ask hamsterjill about that sometime?

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sun Oct 8, 2017, 01:23 PM

80. So sorry for your loss

these stories make me so angry. There is no reason for this to happen here. Ever.

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Response to hamsterjill (Original post)

Sun Oct 8, 2017, 01:45 PM

81. Sorry for your loss

And I will not quit, ever.

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