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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:34 PM

Sen. Kirk says stroke changed perspective on Medicaid

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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said his debilitating stroke has sparked a new interest in the experience of people on Medicaid.

In an interview published Wednesday, Kirk said that most Illinois residents insured through the low-income health program would be eligible for just 11 rehabilitation sessions following a stroke.

"Had I been limited to that I would have had no chance to recover like I did. So unlike before suffering the stroke, Iím much more focused on Medicaid and what my fellow citizens face," Kirk told the Chicago Sun Times.

"I will look much more carefully at the Illinois Medicaid program to see how my fellow citizens are being cared for who have no income and if they suffer from a stroke," Kirk said.

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/medicaid/275291-sen-kirk-says-stroke-changed-perspective-on-medicaid


'I felt like there were angels in the room

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After a year away from work, Kirk said he realizes he was lucky to receive the care he did. While he still does not favor Obamacare, his recovery has given him a new perspective.

"On the Medicaid side, how we address citizens of Illinois who suffer from a stroke ... working so that my fellow citizens have the opportunities that I had," he said.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/03/16323596-senator-who-suffered-stroke-i-felt-like-there-were-angels-in-the-room?lite

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Reply Sen. Kirk says stroke changed perspective on Medicaid (Original post)
cal04 Jan 2013 OP
corkhead Jan 2013 #1
Tempest Jan 2013 #3
stultusporcos Jan 2013 #4
Doctor_J Jan 2013 #5
atreides1 Jan 2013 #34
Phentex Jan 2013 #7
catbyte Jan 2013 #30
jody Jan 2013 #2
malaise Jan 2013 #9
JDPriestly Jan 2013 #23
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Mojorabbit Jan 2013 #26
calimary Jan 2013 #40
spanone Jan 2013 #6
Honeycombe8 Jan 2013 #38
nobodyspecial Jan 2013 #8
Panasonic Jan 2013 #10
Ilsa Jan 2013 #11
Joey Liberal Jan 2013 #12
pangaia Jan 2013 #13
Heather MC Jan 2013 #35
undeterred Jan 2013 #14
Sophiegirl Jan 2013 #19
xtraxritical Jan 2013 #25
Tom Rinaldo Jan 2013 #15
catbyte Jan 2013 #31
Tom Rinaldo Jan 2013 #42
Bucky Jan 2013 #16
Ed Suspicious Jan 2013 #18
Ed Suspicious Jan 2013 #17
southernyankeebelle Jan 2013 #20
Curmudgeoness Jan 2013 #21
JDPriestly Jan 2013 #22
surrealAmerican Jan 2013 #24
Shrike47 Jan 2013 #27
KamaAina Jan 2013 #28
AAO Jan 2013 #29
no1uno Jan 2013 #32
Sarah Ibarruri Jan 2013 #33
Ed Suspicious Jan 2013 #36
Sarah Ibarruri Jan 2013 #43
Zoeisright Jan 2013 #37
Last Stand Jan 2013 #39
truebluegreen Jan 2013 #41

Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:49 PM

1. once again, another selfish repub that doesn't give a shit about something until it happens to them

When it comes to seeing the light, I guess, better late than never. Hopefully he will talk to members of his own party.

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Response to corkhead (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:54 PM

3. It's too late for all the people he's screwed over

And for that I will never forgive or forget.

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Response to corkhead (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:56 PM

4. Make the Pubs suffer first and then we will get change

 

It is ALL they understand



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Response to corkhead (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:58 PM

5. Yep. Between him and Peter King and Christie

these come-to-Jesus moments are pretty revolting. Why do these people have to have near-death experiences before they become human?

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:39 PM

34. King has already been brought back into the fold

Earlier today Boehner told NY/NJ Republicans that he will let the house vote on a bill that would allow 9 billion for Sandy relief, and then will take care of the other 51 billion later this month...the down side is that with the new Congress, the new bill will have to go through the process that all bills have to.

King was just putting on an act...his "come-to-jesus" moment didn't even last 12 hours! And I'll bet Christie will be in quiet mode for the next few days...

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Response to corkhead (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:58 PM

7. Yes. This is how they think all the time...

as long as they are fine, screw everyone else. But oh wait, when THEY need something, it suddenly matters.

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Response to corkhead (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:47 PM

30. +1,000

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:53 PM

2. Had a heart attack & died. Two guardian angeles with combat experience at my side within seconds,

 

paramedics within three minutes who wouldn't give up, an emergency room doctor and staff who finally got a heart beat, a heart surgeon who had already performed over 1,400 bypass operations, and after five and a half years I'm still on DU.

Couldn't go to sleep for the first month, afraid of not waking up.

Realized that one can't live like that and decided to live one day at a time.

Today when I awake in the morning, I KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE ANOTHER GREAT DAY!

I love all of you, friends and enemies.

Sounds like Sen. Kirk had an epiphany like mine.

Happy New Year to the World, jody woke up one more time.

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Response to jody (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:02 PM

9. Wow!

Lucky you

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Response to jody (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:45 PM

23. So glad you did wake up this morning.

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Response to jody (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:01 PM

26. .

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Response to jody (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:59 PM

40. God Bless Our First Responders!!! Great story, Jody!

AND it has a happy ending!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:58 PM

6. this is what people get for electing idiots. nothing matters till it happens to them.

if he had an eighth of a brain he might try to apply this to other aspects of his job, but i doubt it.

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Response to spanone (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:10 PM

38. A lot of people are like that.

Many of us think we know what something is like, or why it is so, but that's not the same as experiencing it.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:59 PM

8. OMG, he's openly exhibited compassion

and caring. They will drum him out of the party for this.

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Response to nobodyspecial (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:05 PM

10. If he realizes that Obamacare needs to be improved, then by all means, he should quit the R

 

and go Independent, caucusing for the Democratic Party, strengthening the Senate further.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:13 PM

11. The both happy and sad part is,

These Repubs probably will never need emergency contraception for a rape, or a safe abortion for any variety of reasons, or extended UI because their jobs were shipped overseas, or really actually need Social Security because their IRA went to near-zilch after Congress threatened not to pay the govt's bills again, etc, etc. Most of them will be stuck in their dogma, and the most of the few that actually require this help, will simply be hypocrites about it.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:20 PM

12. The Tea Baggers will turn on him for sure!

They could care less about people and medicaid.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:22 PM

13. Do you mean you had to have a stroke

to realize what hell people go through who do NOT have insurance..or enough insurance.
You stupid, ignorant douchpickle...

OK here's my plan-- EVERY republican politician must have a stroke and be told his/her insurance does not count...

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Response to pangaia (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:41 PM

35. Don't stop.at the stroke

they all have to live on minimum wage. live in a town for year where all the major jobs got shipped over seas. live on welfare, live in section 8 housing. Only go to a crowded free clinic for medical care. Oh and survive a mass shooting spree just barely so they can stay alive long enough to wmenant better gun laws.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:25 PM

14. Let's celebrate a change of heart.

He went through something really life altering, and maybe it really did change his perspective. That's a good thing.

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Response to undeterred (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:38 PM

19. +10000

If something like what he experienced brings a change of heart or thinking, then I welcome it.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:59 PM

25. RepubliCONs probably kicked him to the curb when they found out he had a heart.

 

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:33 PM

15. Good for him. It makes no sense to be critical of someone having an enlightened moment

I don't care how willfully blind he might have been about this prior to his stroke, seeing it now is a good thing, period. I can only wish that his newly discovered empathy for others with health issues carries over into other issues also. I don't count on that, but his statement regarding Medicaid is a positive one and I'm glad to see it.

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:54 PM

31. The thing that upsets me so much, Tom, is that it ALWAYS takes a personal

experience like this for Republicans to open their eyes. I give them no credit for becoming "enlightened." It is their job to advocate for their constituents, not screw them over in order to placate their corporate overlords. Lack of empathy is a sign of being a sociopath, and the GOP is infested with them. It is utterly despicable.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #31)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 08:48 AM

42. I agree that is upsetting, very

But I always give anyone credit for any moment of enlightenment. They are to be encouraged. God knows we need more Republicans to have them. It is a sad commentary that it usually takes a personal crisis for empathy beyond their own peer group to break through to so many Republicans. But the deperessing truth is that for many of them even that doesn't bring that about. Many in Kirk's place would simply rationalize that they in some way deserve good medical coverage and other people don't; becuase they are lazy, inferior, whatever. Kirks comments in this instance weren't nuanced with bullshit. In this case under these circumstances it seems for a mment at least that he truly got it.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:35 PM

16. Why do Republicans have to have strokes or lesbian daughters before they learn compasssion?

Why do we have to see whole classrooms of first graders shot up before they think guns are a problem?

Welcome to an ounce of sanity, Senator. Where the fuck were you before?

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Response to Bucky (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:38 PM

18. My thoughts exactly. Its a real tragedy they can't drum up a few feelings before they're actually

in the situation.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:37 PM

17. Why do republicans often lack empathy? It seems it takes their own tragedy to provoke feelings.

Aren't they emotionally evolved enough to mentally insert themselves into the situation before it occurs?

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:44 PM

20. Well there you go again. Until it happens to them or a family member republicans just

 

don't get it or want to get it. Well maybe now he can open eyes on the republican side.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:44 PM

21. Too bad they do not know what empathy is.

E-M-P-A-T-H-Y. Look it up, you GOP pigs. I am glad that he has finally realized that the safety net they talk about is not adequate, but I find this sort of revelation stomach turning.

I have never had a stroke, but I know that I would listen to doctors to set treatments and rehabilitations instead of government monkeys. I have never been homeless, but I can imagine the hopelessness and fear that it would bring. I have never had children going hungry, but I know that playing that "punish the parents" game is disgusting.

You should not have to go through every horrible experience in life to feel for the people who are living that experience.

I hope that Sen Kirk rethinks a lot of other things too.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:44 PM

22. Skimping on physical therapy and rehab sessions is false economy.

I wonder how many elderly people could learn through physical therapy how to avoid falls and hip surgeries? How many of us could avoid knee problems if we walked correctly and got (and followed) dietary recommendations from someone who knows what they are talking about?

How many accidents could be avoided if elderly people could afford eye care and hearing aids. Glasses can cost a lot if your eyes are really bad. And some of my elderly friends warn that hearing aids can cost $3000 per ear and then don't work well.

Of course, all insurance plans for younger people should cover these items too. Many, many accidents and the costs that go with them could be avoided if people had access to preventive care for a lot of conditions. Glasses and hearing aids are not covered by regular Medicare.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:52 PM

24. I'll believe it when I see it.

I have a hunch that if McConnel tells him to vote for medicaid cuts, his new found empathy may be hard to detect. Here's hoping, anyway.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:22 PM

27. I'd rather they saw the light late than never.

Let's hope his epiphany is a lasting one.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:25 PM

28. Now we'll see about his perspective on the UN CRPD

You remember, the one that would give the UN power to force repuke women to have abortions.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:36 PM

29. Not too bright. If you can ONLY learn from experience,

 

you are typically what I would call a moron, and shouldn't be dogcatcher, yet alone, a US Senator.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:19 PM

32. Yeah now he will....

I've said it time and time again...Unless some thing like this affects you personally or some one close to you, most people really don't care. We are just one catastrophic illness or injury away from loosing every thing.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:34 PM

33. What is it about the Repuke brain, that unless they experience something

in their own skin, they just CANNOT GET IT? Are they born stupid?

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Response to Sarah Ibarruri (Reply #33)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:01 PM

36. Emotionally dead. n/t

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Response to Ed Suspicious (Reply #36)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:46 AM

43. I think so! nt

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:09 PM

37. Why is it these dumbshits don't get it

until it happens to them? God, repukes are fucking dumb.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:11 PM

39. Quick, Boener's having a stroke.

Send Jack Daniels.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:42 PM

41. You know how repubs are fond of saying

that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged?

A liberal is a conservative with a health problem.

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