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Mon Mar 24, 2014, 07:25 PM

Charlene Dill was murdered by Rick Scott, FL republicans RE Medicaid funding ("donut hole" death)

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This was written by a friend of mine (news of the death came this weekend). Posted with permission.

I was aware of Charlene's predicament with not being able to get meds or see a doc with her heart condition -- Kathleen (the writer) did a fundraiser to get her meds a while back. Now she's doing a GoFundMe for her funeral.

This is so horrific, and predictable. And preventable. And the result of Republicans in their insane crusade against Obama using the people of Florida as sacrificial lambs. And I just can't even begin to imagine all the other millions of people in Florida who aren't covered, and how many will also die or suffer permanent disability or lose their homes… the list just goes on and on.





Kathleen Voss Woolrich: A Loss Of Life, Caused By Partisan Politics – The Denial Of Obamacare

An unedited story told by a fellow Floridian. The consequences of Florida’s modern day partisan politics. A call to vote for change.

March 24, 2014

By: Kathleen Voss Woolrich

“Born in Pennsylvania to a warm family, Charlene moved to Florida when she was 18 years old. She worked at fast food joints and Disney, cleaned houses and babysat, but through the years found herself as a single mother with 3 kids. She had heart issues that needed to be managed. Her teeth needed to be fixed and constantly had infections, but Charlene never complained. She made $11,000 dollars last year – babysitting other peoples’ children and cleaning other peoples’ houses. She proudly paid her property taxes in February and took care of her little trailer, which she owned and took all three kids to school.

But, Charlene had no health insurance. Charlene was unable to get Obamacare, because she made too little to get the subsidies to purchase health insurance. She had no dental insurance. Her teeth hurt her at night and had so many cavities, but could not find a way to get the decay in her teeth fixed. She was denied medicaid and when she went to get Obamcare she was told she could not get subsidies.

So she went to the emergency room 2012. She had heart issues and was told to get on medicine and be monitored. But, had no health insurance to do so. 2012 Obama won and we all were so sure… NOW Charlene would have health insurance. But the Republican Party of Florida and Rick Scott turned down medicaid expansion. In December Charlene went to the emergency room with abcesses in her legs. Her teeth hurt her constantly. Charlene never complained. She took her two older kids to school each day and reported for work at her various jobs. Recently she began selling vaccuum cleaners in addition to the babysitting and house cleaning. She took antibiotics. She got her healthcare at Florida hospital emergency rooms.

On March 21st, she was supposed to come see me – on my first day off, in a while. She was excited about seeing my daughter who she had raised since she was 3. The kids were all going to play together. She had only 2 short appointments in Osceola County, to show the vaccum to customers. At about 4 pm, that afternoon, I got a message from her niece that she had died at the customers house. They rushed her to Poinciana Medical Center and worked on her. They could not bring my best friend back. She died. She was 32.



You see, the main argument Republicans use is that its some lazy person who needs medicaid expansion. That, those of us living without healthcare or dental care are lazy. But my friend, a single beautiful mother, worked 3 jobs. She paid taxes. She paid her house taxes. And now she’s dead.

Please think of Charlene when you decide who you are going to vote for in August and December. Please vote democrat. Please vote for people who want people like Charlene and me to have healthcare – to have a fighting chance.

I am burying my best friend soon, because of Rick Scott and Will Weatherford. I am buring my best friend, because of the policies of the Republican Party. I am burying my best friend, because had medicaid expansion passed her needs would have been met. She is one of the 7 people who will die each day, because the Florida House of Represenatives Republicans and Tea Party decided that we are not worth living. We are not worth healthcare. We were not worth medicaid expansion.




Please vote for Charlene.

Please help get the Republicans out and expand medicaid. I’ll never have her back. I’ll never see my friend again. I’ll never have another day with her, because of the Republican House of Representatives. Please, for Charlene and for me, register to vote and promise to vote against Rick Scott and any Florida Republican who runs. They need to know we know. We know who they hurt and we see what they are doing to the poor of Florida.”

– Charlene Dill 1981 to 2014

if you want to help the family:
http://www.gofundme.com/17bf60

Here's some information and an info graphic on the Medicaid Gap:

http://kff.org/health-reform/issue-brief/the-coverage-gap-uninsured-poor-adults-in-states-that-do-not-expand-medicaid/

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Reply Charlene Dill was murdered by Rick Scott, FL republicans RE Medicaid funding ("donut hole" death) (Original post)
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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 07:33 PM

1. PRick Scott killed and made her kids orphans.

Shame on him. Shame on the USA for allowing a working citizen to die without help.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 07:42 PM

4. it's like Rick Scott's refusal to accept money for high speed rail, only this time with dead people

he's got to go.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 05:36 PM

90. Thom Hartman is talking about her now!

OMG I am in tears...

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Response to Rockyj (Reply #90)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 06:19 PM

94. OMG!!!!

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 07:36 PM

2. This is the only way to deal with these ReTHUG

murderers.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 07:37 PM

3. Republicans are essentially murdering Americans by refusing to expand Medicaid in so many states

This is why voting is no joke, people.

Please GOTV and get those Republicans out of office.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 08:23 AM

46. truly, there's nothing more important than getting Dems out in off-years

if there's ONE place we should be putting resources, it's there.

it would be so amazing to have the money to send vote-by-mail requests to every single dem in the state.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 07:42 PM

5. Did Governor Skeletor get a copy of this?

He should.

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Response to Brigid (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 07:45 PM

6. this picture should follow him everywhere he goes - project it on the side of the capitol building


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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 07:51 PM

7. In a civilized country . . .

Never mind, I can't go on.

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Response to Brigid (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:30 PM

24. i actually sat on this for a day before posting b/c i just couldn't

i know…civilized. we have a ways to go.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #24)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 05:16 PM

88. Good post, good show of conscience

I hate that shit Scott with every breath a suffering Floridian takes. What a corrupt soul, if he has one. Sitting on his ill-gotten fortune like a diseased toad croaking out his tea-party crap.

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Response to packman (Reply #88)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 06:43 PM

99. thank you :)

it's really a coterie of demons in the state house right. we HAVE to get them out.

November is going to more of an exorcism than an election the way I see it

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #24)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 09:25 PM

104. Why is this not the first thing every capitol "D" Democrat running in 2014 opens with?

Goddammit, people! Everyone running in Florida should open with, "Hey, we're sending money to Washington, and our idiot governor is keeping a lot of it from coming back. People are dying here, who's lives can be saved. Here's a picture of just one..."

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 05:11 PM

87. She is so beautiful

And did not deserve to die because of a heartless Governor & sociopathic GOP.
I swear they are not human...
My prayers to her children, family and friends.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 07:52 PM

8. Goddamnit. And Scott thinks he's earned re-election?


His political career and those of every other filthy Republican governor and legislator murdering people to prop up their crazy- eyed hatred for government, healthcare, and Barack Obama should be beaten instantly to death for what they've done.

Their cartoon rhetoric KILLS PEOPLE.

Enough all fucking ready.

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 07:58 PM

10. Crist is hammering him in the polls this week, and ACA/Medicaid is the big discussion.

Wow -- imagine if he picked up on Charlene's story. This is so tragic and so powerful. It MUST be talked about.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 08:31 PM

15. Did Crist get a copy of this?

I hope so.

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Response to Brigid (Reply #15)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:23 PM

22. i'm trying to get it to his people right now.

everyone is emailing everyone, sharing on Facebook and making calls.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 08:34 AM

50. his money is just starting to kick in - saw two ads in the past day

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 07:56 PM

9. This breaks my heart.

Where is the television ad about Charlene's Obamacare horror story? These are the real horror stories. People denied healthcare. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. This poor woman lived and died in a horribly unfair and painful hell.

This story needs to go to the president, and to each and every senator, representative, and governor of each and every state. Is anyone doing this?

Those poor dear children.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 08:03 PM

11. Rick Scott & the FL GOP murdered Charlene Dill.

Those words should follow these grotesque creeps and their depraved anti-ACA tantrums everywhere.

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 08:27 AM

48. they created this donut hole -- it was done by design to "punish" obama

they should have to live with the images of all the people who've died b/c of it.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #48)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 09:21 AM

53. Republicans' aim is to prevent government from helping people ...

... in order to prove that government can't help people.

It's truly demented twist of logic, and one they are carrying to increasing extremes. What government can do, and what they talk about much less, is funnel wealth upward from taxpayers to, say, a private clinic stealing Medicare funds.

Worked for Rick Scott. He is rich man who has profited most from that taxpayer-to-private interest funnel.

Now he's out to apply his model of government of, by, and for private pecuniary interests to the entire state, no matter what the cost to the people.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 08:03 PM

12. she died over the weekend and we're all just starting to digest it.

i'm hoping the story gets picked up. i'm hoping people pay attention. she's like so many people i know in FL cobbling a life together of part-time work, kids and barely getting by.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 10:38 PM

36. So sad

She's a VICTIM not the repuke operatives like Julie Boonstra.

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Response to maryellen99 (Reply #36)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 08:19 AM

45. yes, thank you -- victim is exactly the right word.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #9)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 05:38 PM

91. Tweet & E-Mail Ed Show & Maddow

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 08:17 PM

13. Murderer will probably be re-elected.

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #13)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:27 PM

23. right now Crist's numbers are in the "wins comfortably" zone

lots can change btwn now and then, but it's a good sign. shows that people are warming to his message, and the lack of medicaid funding has been a feature of his argument for election. people get it. i hope they vote.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #23)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 10:06 AM

56. Scott is touring the state, promising everything


... to everyone. Money for airports. Money for schools. He's a big spender all of a sudden, after eviscerating our schools and turning away billions our own federal tax dollars marked for high-speed rail and the Medicaid expansions.

I would hope no one would buy it, but Scott's millions somehow were enough for people to overlook his dodgy past the last time around.

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #56)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:29 PM

72. i've seen Crist respond to this, and he really nails it

That, Rick Scott is offering too little too late. He practically broke education in the state and now he wants to cut a check to every teacher to buy their votes. Everyone sees thru that.

He turned down high speed rail that would have put 24,000 people to work and brought the state into the 21st Century. These are not actions that will be forgotten by writing checks to airports.

He then says, Florida needs someone who truly loves this state.

It's a great message for him. Charlie Crist is not my first choice, but he's a better choice than Rick Scott, and everyone knows that he truly loves the state. That's worth a lot. Rick Scott has shown nothing but contempt for Florida and Floridians.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #72)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:33 PM

74. I will take a busload of Charlie Crists if they rid us of Rick Scott.

Yes, his views seem to bend gently in the political breeze from time to time. But he refused to help Bush by cutting early voting hours and also, he IS NOT RICK SCOTT.

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #13)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 10:22 PM

33. WTF?!

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #33)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 11:01 PM

40. amen.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 08:21 PM

14. There but for the grace of God, go I............

I m eligible for Medicaid under federal guidelines, but it was not expanded in my state either. I can't afford the health insurance rates, keep my fingers crossed and go to a free clinic.

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #14)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 08:58 PM

17. And there's no reason for it.


The ACA is supposed to expand Medicaid so no one is left out.

We need to fix this.

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #17)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:31 PM

25. and it's our money. FL give more in federal taxes than smaller states

but we're paying for their healthcare while our people die. it's grotesque.

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #17)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 12:24 AM

43. One payer system......medicare for everyone.......

is the only way to fix it, in my opinion

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #43)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 08:25 AM

47. AMEN, the hobby lobby thing might turn out to be the wedge there

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #43)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 05:46 PM

93. All of this only proves that MORE.


The ACA *is* a good thing. But all the issues -- Republican generated and otherwise -- just point further to the need for true unversal healthcare. No one in "the richest country in the world" should have to juggle paperwork or dig for money, never mind go without healthcare.

One card in your wallet. No out-of-pocket costs to pay. Period.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 08:36 PM

16. This should go to every voter here in FL

Every Dem in Alex Sink's district who just stayed home should hang their heads in shame, because we should be voting in every election to prevent this very travesty from happening.

RIP this lovely women and blessings on her family and friends.

The Fl legislature pays $8 per month for their health insurance but they don't believe Charlene and people like her are worthy of health insurance because they don't work hard enough, or look right, or make enough money or live in the right neighborhoods - or something.

FL House Speaker Will Weatherford married into his job so apparently he earned his $8 monthly high quality health care. Senate president Gaetz is a multi -millionaire so apparently he earned his $8 monthly health care. Guess Charlene and her kids just don't rate in Florida.

The truly frustrating thing is how many Floridians in similar dire circumstances will vote R in November

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Response to mcar (Reply #16)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:11 PM

19. agreed, and very good points on healthcare republican reps provide for themselves at OUR expense


this is exactly the sort of story to help turn that tide in November. people HAVE to see the real faces on this issue. the lives of people aren't political footballs -- we're moms and sisters and daughters and best friends. We're FLORIDIANS -- we're supposed to care about each other.


on the Alex Sink thing -- i don't read too much into that except that it's a wake up call for the party. there's a tremendous amount of work to educate people on "down ballot" voting, and special elections and all the non-presidential year stuff. i hope that lesson gets through to those who control those things.

Alex could have won with more feet on the ground she was within that kind of striking distance given the overall low turnout. also, Jolly might not be able to hold on to that seat given the changing demographics in that district.


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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #19)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:35 PM

26. She was within striking distance

And there were far more registered Rs in that district than Ds. Charlene is a real and tragic face on the Healthcare issue.

I hope it helps to make a difference here. GOTV 2014!

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Response to mcar (Reply #26)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:40 PM

29. devastating direct mail hit on every anti-medicaid repub up for reelection.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #19)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 09:25 AM

54. Whoever runs against the Space Alien

Should blast the airwaves with this story. A few years ago he wanted to CUT Medicaid. Show the faces of exactly who is getting Medicaid. A non-profit agency serving the MR/DD population ran ads on TV showing their Consumers. These are the people who Rick Scott thinks are" lazy loafs on Medicaid".

Put a FACE on these people, like this woman and her children.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #54)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 06:46 PM

100. precisely -- i hope the right people are listening.

i hope we're getting thru to them.

the thinking lately (inside baseball here) has been not to attack Rick Scott, but to champion issue that work for Floridians. I think we need both. The milquetoast approach has achieved nothing.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:01 PM

18. Heartbreaking. I lost my best friend 2 years ago.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:14 PM

20. Please, can you provide an update on

the 3 children? What will become of them?

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Response to tea and oranges (Reply #20)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:22 PM

21. i will let you know as soon as i know -- there's aunts

hopefully they will all be able to stay together.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:35 PM

27. Besides getting a copy of this to

Scott and President Obama, we should make sure that Ed Schultz gets a copy too. He will certainly give it a lot of air time. This really needs to be publicized so all those jerk governors who have denied their citizens expanded Medicaid can see what their decisions have really done. This is so heartbreaking.

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Response to spartan61 (Reply #27)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:36 PM

28. that is a wonderful idea! and Thom Hartmann, and Rachel! and Chris.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:51 PM

30. Didn't Rick Scott want to take the Medicaid money, but the legislature stopped him?

Not that he put up much of a fight when the legislature said no.

At least Jan Brewer genuinely fought to take the Medicaid money. Rick Snyder too.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #30)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 10:24 PM

34. no, that's not what happened ,he said yes to it cause he knew their legislature would say no.

 

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #34)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 08:35 AM

51. it's even worse than that -- the fact that anyone REMEMBERS that he supported the expansion

is wrong. he supported a privatized scheme where he and his cronies would profit, THEN he did nothing to get the Speaker of the House to bring it to the floor. NOT ONE PHONE CALL.

nothing but a PR stunt.

the bill passed in the Senate. we were all waiting on the House to act. nothing. not a peep from rick scott.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #51)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 10:49 AM

58. Yeah. Nice sleight of hand there, Rick. "Well, I TRIED

to get a Teaparty-acceptable private scheme going ..."

He didn't. Not that that would be okay in the first place.

I don't know that I have ever seen so blatantly malicious a public figure as Rick Scott. He's hurting people at every opportunity, wearing his cocky custom-made boots with our state seal on them, then going to The Villages to have hand-picked cadres of elderly conservatives and coerced children with pre-made signs congratulate him.

He's like the Michael Keaton character in Pacific Heights, locking the doors of our house while he destroys everything from within, and daring us to evict him.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #30)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 11:23 PM

41. the FL senate unanimously passed the legislation. then,

for one hot minute rick scott said he'd approve a "private" scheme. but he never did anything on it. it was all show. political cover.

the House is run by tea party radicals and they wouldn't give the bill a vote, which rick scott knew they wouldn't, and plus, it wasn't the private scheme he was asking for.

so, we have $50+ billion in federal money that we can't give to dying people b/c the tea party has to show that they will no way no how work with a black president. and i'm sorry -- but that's what this on the level of the House republicans in FL. they would rather have floridians die before affirming a policy put forth by Obama. on the most base level, it's because he's black and they won't "legitimize" him. that's the way they think.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 09:51 PM

31. Republicans are always okay with innocent people dying as long as the guilty get punished.

It's the opposite of what we say we believe, that it is better for the guilty to go free than to have the innocent unjustly punished.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #31)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 08:31 AM

49. Republicans on FB have left messages like "I have no sympathy for stupid people"

and, "she made her bed, now she must lie in it."

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #49)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 08:41 AM

52. jeez,! I hope FB will remove such nastiness.

She was WORKING! I suppose if she had quit her jobs she could have gotten coverage, but she was trying to make sure she could pay her rent.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #52)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 12:17 PM

60. I hope they don't.

We need to show everyone just who Republicans are.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #52)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:16 PM

67. there's such nonsense that comes from repubs on healthcare -- they think

that if someone who is poor gets to see a doctor, that somehow that reduces the value of their own healthcare. as if, status should be assigned to the ability to see a doctor, where only the most wealthy get good healthcare. working folks can have *some* access, but not as much as the wealthy. and poor people, well, they should just die quickly.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #67)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 07:36 PM

102. The zero-sum fallacy.


"If you're getting more, I must be getting less."

Except it doesn't even work that way. We all pay when people suffer; we all benefit when they are freed to live their lives without the constant threat of needing astronomically expensive healthcare and either not being able to get it, or being financially ruined trying to pay for it.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #49)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 10:22 AM

57. such strong statements from anonymous cowards

 

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #57)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:18 PM

69. most were actually people on Facebook who are known in the community

and were not at all shy about the world seeing how callous they are -- in fact, they're PROUD of their Galtitude.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #31)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 12:52 PM

61. Human suffering seems to be their index of success. n/t

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #61)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:12 PM

66. ain't that the truth!

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 10:22 PM

32. to those who say dems pols need to "motivate" my ass to get me to vote- is this enough?

 

to those who say "I want to vote for someone not against someone" is this enough to get you to the polls

to the person who said this to me "I will not vote for another Democrat just because they have the letter D in front of their name ... " is this enough

will the whining and excusing ever end geeez just shut up and vote

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #32)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 10:46 PM

39. since this is on Rick Scott and the radical republicans in the house, i'm hoping this will stick

it's black and white -- no shades of grey. the republicans are refusing this money b/c they want poor working people to suffer. Charlene made just $450 too much to qualify for Medicaid without the expansion. that's insane -- that turning down $450 of work would have been the difference between life or death for a mother of three.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 10:27 PM

35. So sorry to hear this, nb.. mahalo for

enlightening us and for the really nice tribute to Charlene Dill.

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Response to Cha (Reply #35)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 10:41 PM

37. i hope we can make a difference

we'll start the work in earnest tomorrow to get some press going. it's just been so horrible for everyone. just sad messages back and forth. people haven't been able to collect their thoughts yet.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #37)

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 10:45 PM

38. I can imagine.. :(

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 12:07 AM

42. So sorry for Charlene's needless death.

My heart goes out to her children.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 08:18 AM

44. morning kick

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 09:56 AM

55. Wow, this is really terrible to hear.

I hope her kiddos will be okay my thoughts are with them.

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Response to giftedgirl77 (Reply #55)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:31 PM

73. conservatives are so concerned about fetuses, would be nice if that concern extended to families

once the fetuses are born. children need mothers who don't die from lack of healthcare. you'd think that would be an American Value regardless of political stripe.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 11:02 AM

59. He was too busy profiting from welfare drug-testing

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #59)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 02:07 PM

62. Does he still own a piece of HCA? Along with Bill Frist? read this.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 02:25 PM

63. Hope some Democrat is making a commercial of this. People of Florida simply

don't understand what is being done by the GOP.

RIP Charlene.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #63)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:34 PM

76. me too! we'll see.

this just happens to be the tragedy that we're aware of at the moment -- i've seen stats that show we're likely having a few people die every day for lack of healthcare in the state.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 02:52 PM

64. is this posted anywhere I can repost to FB?

This should be shared far and wide.

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Response to BanzaiBonnie (Reply #64)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:10 PM

65. please repost widely -- and share knowing that the writer

has given her permission to get the word out.

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #68)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:19 PM

70. freaking AWESOME!

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:23 PM

71. **UPDATE** the fundraiser is almost to the goal

The writer of the piece, Kathleen Voss Woolrich, started the GoFundMe to pay for the funeral. It's not going to bring her back, but it's making things a little easier on the family. We were chatting on FB while I posted this last night and she was not optimistic about being able to raise enough for the cremation and service. But today it looks like she'll get there.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:34 PM

75. Scott is a soulless opportunistic weasel.





He should be slithering instead of walking upright.

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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #75)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:36 PM

77. he's definitely rocking a reptilian look with the tiny bald head and lack of eyebrows.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #77)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 03:50 PM

78. It's the soulless gleam in the eye.



... reminds me so much of Mitt Romney. The sociopath with a dead kitten in his pocket, who thinks no one knows.

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #78)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 04:08 PM

79. little shoes.

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #79)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 05:17 PM

89. Kids: Do NOT help this man "find his kitty."

... all I'm saying.

In all seriousness, I don't see Rick Scott, or any of the new breed of really horrific Republican governors betraying an ounce of empathy for the people they were hired to represent. I see an ice-cold dedication to the destruction of anything that might benefit the community as a whole, or raise quality of life or opportunity for anyone, save a presumed small circle of privileged cronies.

And Scott in particular seems to feel that the best and perhaps only use of government is to funnel money to wealthy interests, preferably his own.

Not just bad governance, but actually chilling.

These are bad people, and they are going to do bad things until we make them stop.



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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 04:14 PM

80. K& R

Heartbreaking. She tried to do everything right, and Republicans STILL killed her for being working class.

My condolences to those beautiful children and to all who loved this fine, awesome mom.

RIP Charlene

Think also of the many people who have no loved one to tell their story, who die because of abject greed.

My governor, the rich golden boy Haslam, has done the same thing here. He wants the poor to remain sick, to be locked up, or alternately, they can just die of their diseases. Haslam's buddies need a lot more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

because CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS are far more important than the lives of working class Tennesseans

When does the greed STOP?

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 04:20 PM

81. Thom Hartmann just did a segment on her on his show today.

He called Rick Scott a murder and said he should be prosecuted.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #81)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 04:26 PM

82. Wow. Maybe now people will pay more attention


to this. Shouldn't have taken someone dying.

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #82)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 04:45 PM

84. He also just mentioned this thread and told people

to donate to her funeral.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #84)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 05:04 PM

85. I understand he may have donated himself as well.


What a thoroughly decent human being.

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #85)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 05:06 PM

86. He said he did and encouraged others to do so. n/t

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Response to Cleita (Reply #81)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 06:23 PM

95. omg - that is SO amazing! i knew he reads DU :)

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #95)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 06:32 PM

96. He posts videos from his show in the video forum.

Maybe he'll post that segment in the next few days, I hope.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #96)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 06:42 PM

98. I will totally be on the lookout for those!! thank you so much for flagging this!

I haven't had Sirus/XM in a while, and that's one of the two things I miss (Underground Garage being the other).

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #98)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 07:15 PM

101. Can you stream?

He might have some clips or articles on his website, or Free Speech TV might. I can't post links right now but you can get there with google.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 04:39 PM

83. Time to expand the subsidies.

I'm one of those lucky people who doesn't make enough to qualify for Medicaid. ( Nor, do I qualify for Medicaid, which is limited to people with children in my state--which didn't expand Medicaid or set up exchanges. So, odds are that I will wind up just like Ms. Dill. Lovely. I don't have $400+/mo. for the crappy "catastrophic" plans available to the people in my state, let alone something decent.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #83)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 06:40 PM

97. here's a map of states that have expanded or are considering expanding Medicaid

It's (largely) the states with a history of slavery/racism that are the hold-outs. The second map below shows states where slavery was concentrated according to the 1860 census.


When I read the comment on FB, I can't help but see the veiled racism. That "people are lazy," "too stupid," and "don't deserve healthcare if they can't 'afford' it." It's all this "otherness" that reeks of racism.










The majority of America's racists live where slavery was most common a new study has revealed.
The University of Rochester has found that despite the abolition of slavery 150 years ago, white Southerners who live in the Cotton Belt where the economy was build on slaves and plantations are much more likely to express negative attitudes toward blacks than their fellow Southerners who live where there were less slaves.

Indeed, these white people are also more likely to identify as Republican and to hold opinions on race-related political policies such as affirmative action.

The study by is believed to be the first to demonstrate the lasting effects of slavery on racial attitudes in the South.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2428103/Majority-Americas-racists-live-areas-slavery-common-says-new-study.html#ixzz2x171KCdy
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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #97)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 08:37 PM

103. I'm in one of those states.

It's not just racism. It's "I got mine. Screw you." Bunch of phoney Christians, who accuse people of being lazy in order to absolve themselves from actually acting like the Christians they claim to be. Wish I could get the hell out of here.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Tue Mar 25, 2014, 05:45 PM

92. This is what RepubliCONS do . The're killers , Gangsters , liers ,and destroyers of all that's good

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Wed Mar 26, 2014, 10:02 AM

105. New Here, Some Thoughts

I'm a Canadian, but I have disdain for the GOP, mainly because they want to shove religion down America's throat. I've been on a mainly anti-Obama forum site of late (even though I'm not anti-Obama) where I regularly expose their lies and call them out on their hypocrisies. I found that lots of the Obama bashing stems from articles that are blatantly false or use worst case scenarios as the basis for them. It makes me skeptical about everything I read on the internet, and that includes articles from the left and center as well.
I want to say that I believe this article. But it seems to missing some key things like if the father or fathers of the kids give any support, and what exactly did she die from. The skeptic in me made me do a google search. I found a site that is asking for donations for her funeral. Looks like the goal was met. But then I went to the funeral home, and a search of her name comes up empty. Maybe it isn't posted yet since her funeral is supposedly on Saturday.
But I did find her Facebook page. There are no messages after early March. No condolences that you usually see when someone passes. And what I really found strange is that friends were accepted a few days after she supposedly died (that could be explained by someone else having access to her computer and accepting the friends). https://www.facebook.com/charlene.campbell.376

Anyway, I still believe the story is true. But I'm not 100%. Bottom line, depending on what exactly she died from, there is a very good chance that if she lived in Canada, and not Florida, she would be alive today.

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Response to Baconeater (Reply #105)

Wed Mar 26, 2014, 01:39 PM

108. Your last sentence says the truth. In Canada she would have gotten the

health care she needed to stay alive and raise her children.

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 08:19 PM

109. Republican death panels

That's what we should call them,

using their own terms against them.

It fits doesn't it?

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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 08:21 PM

110. Republican Death Panels

That's what we should call them,

using their own terms against them.

It fits doesn't it?

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Response to Pharaoh (Reply #110)

Mon Jul 28, 2014, 12:08 PM

111. Amen.

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