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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 03:58 PM
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138. I put in a lot of time with Health Care for All Colorado, and they devoted a lot of energy to
a hearing, but it didn't really pan out. I think part of the problem was that rather than be directed towards illuminating the people on the receiving end, it was for the politicians etc to hear, and they simply didn't show.

These experiences definitely need to be heard, but I don't know a good way to do it. I think we are coming to realize that we are on our own, and need to stop waiting for leaders, and figure out our own ways to bring people together and take ACTION.

I think that video about the kids taking over the school board in AZ is quite instructive. :) :hi:
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  -We had to tell a patient today that she is probably going to die. MedicalAdmin  Apr-28-11 12:56 PM   #0 
  - Yes.  MineralMan   Apr-28-11 12:58 PM   #1 
  - I cannot imagine the pain your job must sometimes bring you.  ScreamingMeemie   Apr-28-11 01:00 PM   #2 
  - I will cross my fingers for you too.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 05:59 PM   #61 
  - It should long ago, have had people out in the streets  sabrina 1   Apr-28-11 01:01 PM   #3 
  - Bewildering, isn't it? Especially since the very same people who SHOULD be out  calimary   Apr-28-11 01:58 PM   #21 
  - Yes, it is bewildering. It's apparently the result of a lot of  sabrina 1   Apr-28-11 02:04 PM   #23 
     - propaganda and the wide reach of corporations  BlancheSplanchnik   Apr-28-11 08:03 PM   #84 
        - You make a good point. I don't understand it but that would  sabrina 1   Apr-29-11 02:10 AM   #101 
  - Perhaps There Were People Out In the Streets  AndyTiedye   Apr-28-11 05:23 PM   #52 
  - that's right  barbtries   Apr-28-11 05:33 PM   #53 
  - Our clinic and staff fought for and will continue to fight..  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:02 PM   #64 
  - We are doing what we can for her ...  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:01 PM   #63 
  - We have gotten lazy. In the 50's and 60's  emilyg   Apr-28-11 09:16 PM   #90 
  - Recommend  xchrom   Apr-28-11 01:01 PM   #4 
  - I'm so sorry.  lapislzi   Apr-28-11 01:02 PM   #5 
  - "when one's helping hands are tied behind one's back." Excellently and poetically worded!  bobbolink   Apr-29-11 01:35 PM   #132 
  - Are online donations possible? nt  wtmusic   Apr-28-11 01:02 PM   #6 
  - Donations can be made at the local bank.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 01:26 PM   #12 
     - Thanks. nt  bluestate10   Apr-28-11 04:17 PM   #39 
        - Thanks to you.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:03 PM   #65 
           - Medical Admin, my heart goes out to you  Mimosa   Apr-29-11 02:55 AM   #104 
  - What do you expect from the greatest nation on the face of the earth???  CreekDog   Apr-28-11 01:03 PM   #7 
  - Unbelievably sad. And unnecessary.  tabatha   Apr-28-11 01:18 PM   #8 
  - Her entire community is rallying around her.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:06 PM   #66 
  - Life in America shouldn't be like this  DainBramaged   Apr-28-11 01:23 PM   #9 
  - Good point - I'll do that.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 02:34 PM   #24 
  - So sad.  ceile   Apr-28-11 01:24 PM   #10 
  - You can do both. I do.  bobbolink   Apr-28-11 03:59 PM   #30 
  - Me too... :^(  GreenPartyVoter   Apr-28-11 05:03 PM   #49 
  - Yah - me too. It's one of those cancers that is almost  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:07 PM   #67 
  - Examples of why the US needs a single payer system  murphyj87   Apr-28-11 01:24 PM   #11 
  - These are great links.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 03:31 PM   #27 
  - My cousin...  murphyj87   Apr-28-11 04:13 PM   #35 
     - Dr. Aberle is looking at a primary gig at ...  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 05:06 PM   #50 
        - Pierre Trudeau said.......  murphyj87   Apr-28-11 05:36 PM   #54 
           - Sleeping next to an elephant.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 05:56 PM   #58 
  - Canada blocks people from coming in if they will be 'burden on society' due to medical problems, so  stockholmer   Apr-29-11 06:13 AM   #111 
  - I cried while reading this, still am, health care is a right, not a privilege, I am sorry this is  louslobbs   Apr-28-11 01:27 PM   #13 
  - I will give up the fight when they pry my cold dead fingers...  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:09 PM   #68 
     - I really feel you my friend, I am so sorry.  louslobbs   Apr-28-11 06:24 PM   #77 
     - What [s]he said.^ K-R  999998th word   Apr-29-11 01:46 AM   #100 
  - Unfortunately, the douches in Congress  Cleita   Apr-28-11 01:29 PM   #14 
  - rough situation  ontime1969   Apr-28-11 01:41 PM   #15 
  - I agree to some extent.......  murphyj87   Apr-28-11 01:58 PM   #22 
  - Thanks for that info.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 03:04 PM   #26 
  - ^ Re: "huge overhead needed to fight insurance companies for every payment" ^  Mimosa   Apr-29-11 03:41 AM   #108 
     - I see nothing in the ACA that will change this.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-29-11 10:23 AM   #117 
  - Sometimes it may depend on the insurance a person has  dflprincess   Apr-28-11 09:02 PM   #89 
  - .  Coyote_Bandit   Apr-28-11 01:42 PM   #16 
  - It's strange but I actually feel blessed to be able to do this job.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:11 PM   #69 
     - They did the same thing for my mother, kept her comfortable, pain free and hospice was wonderful,  louslobbs   Apr-29-11 11:28 AM   #127 
        - Oh, Lou, I'm sorry!  bobbolink   Apr-29-11 03:15 PM   #133 
           - Thanks Bobbo, it was kind of you to say those words to me, I appreciate you also.  louslobbs   Apr-29-11 03:28 PM   #134 
           - Yes, I do think we know that. The thought has occurred to me, with this onslaught of Randism, that  bobbolink   Apr-29-11 03:44 PM   #136 
              - I like the way you think........all the best, Lou  louslobbs   Apr-29-11 03:50 PM   #137 
           - I also left you an email on your private email address, read it when you can, thanks  louslobbs   Apr-29-11 03:31 PM   #135 
  - Recommended.  Pool Hall Ace   Apr-28-11 01:44 PM   #17 
  - This is why some of us are so "uncompromising" on the issue of health care reform  Armstead   Apr-28-11 01:45 PM   #18 
  - Amen brother.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:12 PM   #70 
  - Repeated over and over again.  MuseRider   Apr-28-11 01:50 PM   #19 
  - Thanks.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:14 PM   #71 
  - I worked in an Oncology unit for  libmom74   Apr-28-11 01:53 PM   #20 
  - Would it be possible to write that as an LTTE?  bobbolink   Apr-28-11 04:04 PM   #32 
  - LTTE?  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:15 PM   #72 
  - sorry... Letter To The Editor.  bobbolink   Apr-28-11 07:14 PM   #81 
     - I willl need to check with the pt. but if she OK's it....  MedicalAdmin   Apr-29-11 10:23 AM   #118 
        - Thank you. You know, that would probably be very difficult for her and her family at  bobbolink   Apr-29-11 12:20 PM   #129 
  - I haven't done that but it's something  libmom74   Apr-29-11 02:46 AM   #103 
  - I put in a lot of time with Health Care for All Colorado, and they devoted a lot of energy to  bobbolink   Apr-29-11 03:58 PM   #138 
  - Why stop there? Write an editorial  Cowpunk   Apr-29-11 10:50 AM   #123 
  - Great post. Our system is a nightmare, and too many people don't realize this until they are ill  anneboleyn   Apr-28-11 04:14 PM   #36 
  - I remember going to fundraiser for a cancer survivor who needed follow up  CTyankee   Apr-28-11 02:48 PM   #25 
  - ^'Her insurance only covered surgery, refused to pay for the follow up chemo.'^  Mimosa   Apr-29-11 03:06 AM   #107 
  - !!!  Odin2005   Apr-28-11 03:37 PM   #28 
  - Thanks everyone for the feedback and support.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 03:52 PM   #29 
     - Yes, our "health care system" is a collection jar at the local 7-11.  bobbolink   Apr-28-11 04:05 PM   #33 
        - It's funny but the last time I was in canada a few years ago...  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 05:58 PM   #59 
  - Preventive medicine is a dirty word in America -- !!  defendandprotect   Apr-28-11 04:01 PM   #31 
  - Thank you and your team for doing what you can in a terrible and tragic situation. REC. nt  bertman   Apr-28-11 04:06 PM   #34 
  - Thank you DU for your support.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:17 PM   #73 
  - This made me cry  lunatica   Apr-28-11 04:16 PM   #37 
  - *hug* nt  sudopod   Apr-28-11 04:17 PM   #38 
  - your shoes have been on my feet  irisblue   Apr-28-11 04:23 PM   #40 
  - What can you say except "it sucks."  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:18 PM   #74 
  - K&R  Fire1   Apr-28-11 04:27 PM   #41 
  - My heart breaks for her and her family...  Moostache   Apr-28-11 04:33 PM   #42 
  - Thanks and thanks for the guinness.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:23 PM   #76 
  - The people we encounter that fear  Enthusiast   Apr-28-11 04:49 PM   #43 
  - My brother in law was like that.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:29 PM   #78 
  - Just think ...all those "freeloaders" who are needing help from big government...  L0oniX   Apr-28-11 04:49 PM   #44 
  - actually it would take the cost of 300 million screens a year  hfojvt   Apr-28-11 04:49 PM   #45 
  - Actually it wouldn't.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-28-11 06:31 PM   #79 
     - Wow. Simply wow.  Mimosa   Apr-29-11 02:57 AM   #105 
     - Technically, that's supposed to be true in the US, as well - 'practicing medicine without a license'  closeupready   Apr-29-11 06:12 AM   #110 
        - They sneak around that by claiming that....  MedicalAdmin   Apr-29-11 10:29 AM   #119 
           - Infuriating and scandalous. But they don't care.  closeupready   Apr-29-11 10:39 AM   #122 
  - k/r  FourScore   Apr-28-11 04:49 PM   #46 
  - I am so sorry for this. I hope your patient goes quietly and painlessly  neoralme   Apr-28-11 04:52 PM   #47 
  - This is so sad...  rasputin1952   Apr-28-11 04:56 PM   #48 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-11 05:11 PM   #51 
  - If the mainstream media WAS liberal,  Permanut   Apr-28-11 05:38 PM   #55 
  - We Need Real Nationalized Health Care  WVRICK13   Apr-28-11 05:43 PM   #56 
  - I am SO glad my wife was coverd under the German system  DFW   Apr-29-11 02:21 AM   #102 
  - That sucks. I swear our corporate masters want to turn us into a third world country.  Initech   Apr-28-11 05:52 PM   #57 
  - Want to? I think they are pretty far down that road.....  Desertrose   Apr-28-11 05:58 PM   #60 
     - I hear ya. It's bad, really bad.  Initech   Apr-28-11 06:21 PM   #75 
  - That's very sad, unfortunately with good coverage doctors sometimes miss things that can kill you  slackmaster   Apr-28-11 06:00 PM   #62 
  - Which is no argument against single payer. But good try. nt  TBF   Apr-28-11 09:37 PM   #91 
  - My husband's doctor killed him by not doing a colonoscopy on him.  SharonAnn   Apr-28-11 10:18 PM   #94 
     - Ugh. That one runs in my family.  slackmaster   Apr-28-11 10:30 PM   #96 
     - My mom was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago.  OnyxCollie   Apr-28-11 11:54 PM   #99 
        - Can you afford NOT to get screened? Family history is a strong justification for early screening.  slackmaster   Apr-29-11 08:51 AM   #115 
           - What's to fight?  OnyxCollie   Apr-29-11 10:52 AM   #124 
     - That's malpractice.  Mimosa   Apr-29-11 03:01 AM   #106 
        - I concur. Sounds like a potential major lawsuit, and that doctor should be de-licensed.  slackmaster   Apr-29-11 08:52 AM   #116 
  - we need single payer  mdmc   Apr-28-11 06:32 PM   #80 
  - Thanks for putting this here. So many familiies devastated for nothing.  freshwest   Apr-28-11 07:24 PM   #82 
  - I just lost my mom, puebloknot, the same way.  SourFlower   Apr-28-11 07:39 PM   #83 
  - this is just too heartbreaking....I hope at least she can be spared as much pain as possible  BlancheSplanchnik   Apr-28-11 08:05 PM   #85 
  - K&R is all I got.  Chorophyll   Apr-28-11 08:05 PM   #86 
  - I shed a tear- you described the majority of my patients,as well.  w8liftinglady   Apr-28-11 08:07 PM   #87 
  - K&R (nt)  Kurovski   Apr-28-11 08:57 PM   #88 
  - This is just so sad.  Thumper79   Apr-28-11 09:51 PM   #92 
  - Recommended...  MrMickeysMom   Apr-28-11 09:52 PM   #93 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-11 10:25 PM   #95 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-11 10:50 PM   #98 
  - EVERYBODY SEND AN EMAIL  jbeing   Apr-28-11 10:49 PM   #97 
  - end-of-life counseling  HolyCity2012   Apr-29-11 05:21 AM   #109 
  - It can be hard to be a caring human.  JNelson6563   Apr-29-11 06:52 AM   #112 
  - Terrible story and I feel so sorry for her family.  trotsky   Apr-29-11 06:54 AM   #113 
  - Not at all. It was a statement, not a judgement.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-29-11 10:33 AM   #120 
  - Stage 4 cancer  TheManInTheMac   Apr-29-11 07:55 AM   #114 
  - Yes, it does.  MedicalAdmin   Apr-29-11 10:36 AM   #121 
     - It is a shame  TheManInTheMac   Apr-29-11 11:19 AM   #126 
     - It really is insanity, $1000 in tests approx 2-3 yrs ago, could have stopped this whole painful  louslobbs   Apr-29-11 11:45 AM   #128 
  - The U.S. system  area51   Apr-29-11 10:58 AM   #125 
  - Our president never even considered single payer.  Stinky The Clown   Apr-29-11 12:48 PM   #130 
  - I don't know where you are located, but if you're in the Seattle area...  keopeli   Apr-29-11 12:51 PM   #131 

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