Go read When "minor" and "devestating" are used in the same sentence. I'll wait.

The most brutal part:
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They called it a minor stroke...but the results were devastating.

However they found that both arteries feeding the brain stem were either partially or almost fully blocked and the decision was made to place stents into those arteries and restore flow to that part of the brain. Some of the tissue was already dead from lack of blood flow and oxygen.

The stents were the main plan of attack...

Until they found she was uninsured." (italics mine)
Yes, they could treat it in a jiffy, fix it all up, IF ONLY SHE HAD INSURANCE. But she worked for a NON-PROFIT, and was in the retirement gap, so was UNINSURED. So now, this person who has worked to help people without computers get them, may just DIE OF A TREATABLE STROKE BECAUSE SHE LACKS INSURANCE OR THE MONEY TO PAY FOR IT!!

THAT IS WHAT THE CORPORATIST GOP AND THE TEA PARTY HAS BROUGHT THIS COUNTRY TO!

Is this America? If you aren't a rich stockbroker, or in the service of one*, you don't deserve to live? Is this how far we've fallen?

This woman isn't eligible for Medicare, and now the GOP wants to make Medicare harder to get, so more people just end up waiting to die of treatable conditions.

I guess that's better than starving due to the cuts in Social Security that they want to make, so that people my age don't get back what we've paid in to all of our working lives. Oh, yeah, we were supposed to save "enough" out of our ever-shrinking wages to invest in the great Ponzi SchemeStock Market in 401(k)s. (Mine have all shrunk over the last ten years, unless I literally added boatloads of cash I couldn't afford.) I bet our corporatist overlords will be happy to import melamine contaminated dog food for us to eat so we die and are out of their hair even quicker. After all, a slave who can't work should be put out of their misery, right?

FUCK THE TEA PARTY AND THE GOP WITH A WAD OF C-NOTES FOLDED UNTIL IT'S ALL CORNERS

* Corporate wage slaves are by definition in the service of the rich stockbrokers who own, buy and sell their employer's stock.
ravan: (give me coffee - siliconshaman)
( May. 19th, 2009 11:10 pm)
In the US, healthcare still involves leeches.

Only we call them "Insurance Companies" now.

Seriously, I'm pissed that the cowards in Congress have taken Single Payer National Healthcare off the table. Now the insurance leeches are lobbying hard to remove a public option.

These jackals want us to be required by law to pay them for the "privilege" of being cheese-pared and denied coverage. The health insurance and pharmaceutical industries are jackals, gnawing at the bones of the American people while we try to survive.

We must take the profit motive out of health insurance. Whether it's single payer, or requiring all health insurance to be provided by non-profit "co-op" style copmanies (mutualization), I don't care.

I'm tired of them making their obscene profits based on denial of coverage and squeezing the people who actually provide care.
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