I just talked to a producer for Michael Moore's new health care documentary about Andy Stephenson. They are strongly considering putting his story - specifically the fact that he needed friends to fundraise for him - into the documentary.
That story is so crazy and awful, and is also a little to the side of the main point of the documentary, which is the high cost of health care. They may include it to show how easy it is for someone's healet care to get messed with.
104. I know the film isn't about Andy specifically,
Edited on Thu Apr-13-06 11:56 PM by kgfnally
but health care in general, but....
it would be a damn shame if MM didn't include some of the efforts that were put into actually stopping his care... by Certain Parties.
To me, that's the real story... not that he needed to raise funds for surgery- I've heard of that happening before, to others- but that some people were actually trying to stop him from getting it. And that may have (and, honestly, almost certainly did) sealed his fate.
99. you bet. unfortunately it cannot truly convey what he was feeling and
how we felt. I will never forget the night before he was diagnosed his posting here how scared he was to die and he didn't understand what was happening to his body - why he was a strange color and itching all over. I have panic attacks from time to time. I felt like I could understand. Thinking back and knowing he is now gone -
I remember the night he died. I meditated on him and felt he would leave. I let him know in that meditation that he could go - that we would carry the fight for fair elections. Now we need to take the next step and include health care.
God bless you Andy. You'll always be on my buddy list.
or anything else...you know how to get ahold of me. I have jpegs of a lot of the documentation while Andy was going round and round with getting his surgery. And I might actually, finally be at a place where I can talk coherently about what happened.
of how difficult it is for uninsured cancer patients to access quality health care. Its a disease where a delay of a week or more in getting treatment can mean the difference between life or death, its tragic. Cancer care is truly becoming an area where those who can't afford to pay get delayed or inferior care.
I only 'knew' Andy through DU...I have alays wanted to tell you how much that baby photo of him tugs at my heart... His spirit was so evident- even at that tender age. Thank you for using it in your posts...it is good to 'see' him in that sink every so often...
They reached out to me because Moore is doing a documentary on health care and was told by someone else that Andy's story should be part of the whole. I basically gave the producer the back story and then set her up with the people who were closest to the fundraising.
If you look at Moore's site, you'll see his letter about the documentary. He is looking for healthcare horror stories from anyone who has one.
greatauntoftriplets convinced me today to turn my sig lines back on (I turned them off after Andy passed when so many people had his pic in their sig). What convinced me was her description of the pic you have in yours. I look at it and smile and cry at the same time. :)
I had to take a break from this thread actually...I get this weird emotional mix of hope and sorrow which makes the tears fall too easily. It's hard to not relive his roller coaster of a story from the first "I'm scared" post to the nightmare of having to pay for the surgery up front to the amazing fundraiser and, well, you know.
My biggest regret is not posting more. I wish I had told him how much I was thinking about him.
if the spitefulness of the freepers helps bring about "socialized medicine"? And via their arch-enemy MICHAEL MOORE, no less! I could not think of a better revenge if I tried all year. It's too beautiful.
88. I hope the film addresses dental care as well.
It's outrageous how much it costs. I need some dental work done and the insurance I have won't cover hardly any of it. I'm paying sooooooo much out of pocket and I have decent insurance with a company that I worked at for almost 7 years. I can only imagine how awful it must be for people with zero insurance. Your teeth/mouth are a big part of your overall health.
Hope this helps, say hi to Michael Moore from the guy who did the ARMY OF ONE 30 second film for the MoveOn "Bush In 30 Seconds" contest, he actually announced my name at the event as one of the 14 finalists in NYC and I got to stand up under some spotlights, the coolest feeling in the world, he might remember me, we did talk a few times (Not trying to horn in here with Michael, just bringing it up in case he wants to know who did the Memorial should they be interested in using it at all, didn't want to send folks to the wrong link when it's about Andy and Honoring Him..)
Andy loved my "VoteRevolution" Flash work so much that he kept it up on his site for the rest of his days, it made me very proud to be part of the program, HIS work, not "she who shall not be mentioned"
Hope Moore CRUSHES those creeps who attacked Andy, that would be HUGELY JUST.
114. How Does Moore's Producer Feel About Second-Hand Information On Andy?
Edited on Fri Apr-14-06 10:17 AM by arwalden
You know what would REALLY have the biggest emotional impact? I'm guessing what the movie probably needs is first-hand information and an actual on-screen interview with either Ted or Andy's mother.
What was the reaction when you contacted Andy's family directly? You're pretty close with Andy's family, right? Did you get a good sense of how they were feeling about it all? Do you think the chances are good that either of them will be willing to appear on film?
I imagine that they are busy moving on with their lives and all... but I would think that for something as important as this, they would do this for Michael Moore, and for Andy of course.
115. y'all...I know everyone is excited and all, but...
I talked to one of the MM folks yesterday and they'd like to keep the whole thing low profile for now. Don't want to even accidentally dredge up the same kind of freeper shitstorm we had prior to Andy's passing.
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