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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 03:01 AM
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One of the millions of reasons we need universal health care.
Warning: A very sad picture.

This man has an overactive thyroid and cannot get treated.

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/overactive-thyroid/photo/...

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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 03:06 AM
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1. The thing is, thats cheap and easy to fix
Its sad this man has to live like this.

A family member of mine just had their thyroid killed with radiation, and supplements Synthroid for life. Its better than a real life version of Thinner.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 03:10 AM
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2. I have an underactive thyroid.
Mine died when I was ten years old. I take Armour Thyroid which is cheap and effective.

Some people don't get symptom relief on Synthroid (like me) and have to take the cheap, natural stuff.


Learn more here: www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 07:31 AM
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3. My 26 year old niece has been sentenced to death because she has
treatable cancer and no medical coverage for treatment.
:dem:"
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Democrat 4 Ever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 07:37 AM
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4. I don't know what kind of cancer you niece has but most states
have a breast and uterine cancer program for uninsured women through Medicaid. I was diagnosed in June 2007 and I had no insurance. I was petrified. My daughter who lives in South Carolina said that her state has this program and for me to check it out. Kentucky did so I got my surgeries, chemo and medication through Medicaid throughout my treatment. It is important to get signed up with Medicaid before treatment starts. It was easy - I had to provide my social security card, proof of income and sign a statement saying I do not have health insurance. The Medicaid did end after I completed my chemo and does not pay for my medication that I have to take for the next 10 years but that program was a life saver for me. Literally, a life saver.
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Tanuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 07:45 AM
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5. Posting this info may save the life of someone who reads it today.
Thanks for sharing your experience, and best wishes for continued remission and a healthy future. :grouphug:
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Democrat 4 Ever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 07:55 AM
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6. Thanks, I take very opportunity to tell people about this program.
My doctor, hospital and the cancer center that treated me HAD NO IDEA OF THIS PROGRAM. If they don't know, who should? The local cancer center told me that I had helped at least seven other women with treatment just by letting them know the program is available.

I am doing great, feel good, now if I could only find a job. Was laid off last week and I'm still reeling from the shock.
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groundloop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 08:23 AM
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7. It's great that this program is available.
However, IMHO it's far too difficult for people to get information about targeted programs like these.

My wife lost hearing on one side, we're fighting our insurance company about covering a procedure that will restore her hearing. It's insane how greed has screwed up insurance over the past couple of decades.

I remember once upon a time when you went to the doctor with your insurance card and you were treated, end of story. Now they've added layer upon layer of complexity, approvals, paperwork, non coverage for pre-existing conditions, and all kinds of other nonsense in pursuit of bigger profits.

My hope is that President Obama's health care plan will return us to a level of ease and simplicity where you go to the doctor or hospital, show your ID card, maybe pay a small deductible, and get treated, end of story. Even if there's a program currently available to cover certain conditions as yours, it's ridiculously hard to be informed about them.
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