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FLAprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:10 PM
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Every Half Hour Another Nicky Dies! Congressman Grayson
 
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Alan Grayson is one of the best in the house.....
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mascarax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:24 PM
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1. Thanks for posting - we need more like Grayson
I like Kristof too.
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Frosty cupcake Donating Member (51 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:02 PM
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2. That's my Congressman
I volunteered for the campaign and worked in his office last semester. He is terrific. Smart as can be and very progressive, but I think he'll have a tough reelection campaign. The district is very conservative, white and old in the Ocala area and the GOP has made defeating him a priority.
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mascarax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:11 PM
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4. Thanks for volunteering! I donated last year & will again
He's someone that we *need* to keep in there. I've read that he's been targeted. Maybe there are some hot buttons that can be pushed that speak to the conservatives? Like repeatedly asking Bernanke where the money went (yes, I'm sure the Repubs can make that All Grayson's Fault...sigh...). This guy is a gem.
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:08 PM
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3. Here's the link to the Kristof column
NY Times 9/12/09
Op-Ed Columnist
The Body Count at Home

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Published: September 12, 2009

In the debate over health care, heres an inequity to ponder: Nikki White would have been far better off if only she had been a convicted bank robber.

Nikki White died at the age of 32. She had lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that was untreated because she could not afford health insurance.

Nikki was a slim and athletic college graduate who had health insurance, had worked in health care and knew the system. But she had systemic lupus erythematosus, a chronic inflammatory disease that was diagnosed when she was 21 and gradually left her too sick to work. And once she lost her job, she lost her health insurance.

In any other rich country, Nikki probably would have been fine, notes T. R. Reid in his important and powerful new book, The Healing of America. Some 80 percent of lupus patients in the United States live a normal life span. Under a doctors care, lupus should be manageable. Indeed, if Nikki had been a felon, the problem could have been averted, because courts have ruled that prisoners are entitled to medical care.


Good for Congressman Grayson to bring this up.

And my condolences to the White family. I hope that one day other families will not lose their loved ones like they lost Nikki. A disease that was treatable but went untreated for lack of money or insurance. :cry:

May Nikki rest in peace.



Sonia
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