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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:56 PM
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Remember my dad's recent heart and hernia surgeries? Guess how much they cost.
Also, add in some ambulance trips and some ER visits because the first few times they didn't get it that he truly was having serious heart problems.

$150,000!!! Lucky for him he has good insurance but as a retiree even the part he does have to pay makes things a little tough.

We are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO overdue for universal not-for-profit health care. :cry: x(
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:57 PM
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1. And I thought the housing market was bad...
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:58 PM
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2. That's about half what a house costs around here. In fact that was my first thought when he told me.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:59 PM
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3. my Dad's house cost less than that!
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 01:00 PM by LeftyMom
:crazy:

Okay, that's in 1988 housing prices (crash or no, this is California) but still... :crazy:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:05 PM
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4. Yep! I was in the hospital for 6 weeks in 1982. It cost $11,000 I think.
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:13 PM
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5. My cardiac bypass surgery cost $100,000 in 1991.
Shortly thereafter,they built a new wing on the hospital.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:22 PM
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6. Hmmm. We'll have to keep an eye on hospital construction. LOL
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:23 PM
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7. unreal, eh?
If a person was uninsured (or poorly insured) how the hell would you ever be able to financially recover from something catastrophic like that? It's just wrong. I'm encouraging my daughter to become a cardiothoracic surgeon (I'm only half kidding)
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:39 PM
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8. This is how medical situations cause people to lose their homes. That is, if they
ever were able to own one in the first place.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:17 PM
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9. not to mention credit ratings, etc.
and to add insult to injury they've probably lost pay as a result of being ill, possibly even lost their job. Employers are now looking at credit ratings in some hiring situations, your ability to get security clearance is also based on your credit rating. Pretty much you're all around fucked with no way to get out with any dignity remaining.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:13 PM
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13. Jeez, that is bad. I know several people who have gone bankrupt or who are filing. (including us) I
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 10:36 PM by GreenPartyVoter
am so glad hubby is not out looking for a job right now.
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:29 PM
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10. My Father's Throat Cancer Treatment was about $300,000
He's retired military, so he didn't pay a cent. Damned Government Socialist Health Care........ :sarcasm:

He's been cancer free for five years now, so that's good. We can all have the same level of care that he got for free.
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Longhorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:47 PM
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11. I'm very happy for your dad!
I'm just starting my treatment and all I've had is a few copays at $30 each and I was told my out-of-pocket expense for radiation per year will be the copays (must be for each round of treatment because they only collected one the first day) and $1000. I'd hate to have to pull too much from our IRA mutual funds (especially the way the market is tanking right now) in order to pay more! I thought the $775 a month we pay for insurance (my employer doesn't contribute) was so expensive but I'm sure glad I got it!
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 02:20 PM
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15. I've been following your posts......
I am glad you don't seem to have too much of the financial burden of illness added on. I really wish you the best and can attest to the fact that people do make it through treatment.....
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Longhorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 03:00 PM
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17. Thank you!
:hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:17 PM
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12. Glad your dad is ok, and man was he lucky to have been covered so well.
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 02:17 PM
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14. We should all be as well insured as Government Employees
Military and Civilian........
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 03:00 PM
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16. Just like Elizabeth Warren said in the added footage from "Sicko":
"Unless you're a multi-millionaire . . . you're not safe."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9447-200...

This isn't about the US becoming a "red, creeping comm'nist" country, you fucknut lurking Republican IDIOTS. It's about a SERVICE. Just like your police, just like your fire departments, just like your libraries, just like your schools, just like your military. You pay taxes, you get a service. Same same same same SAME. I really DON'T see what the goddamned problem is.

You ask any Republican't what their problem is with universal health care, and it will boil down to an answer with either one or both subjects: "comm'nism" or "welfare queen and her nine babies".
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 11:22 PM
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18. My BIL is like that. Gov't is for defense and nothing else.
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