No Rationing, No Death Panels in the Private Sector: Yeah, Right.

by jhwygirl

This one comes via problembear’s goddamnedindependents – who I might add had this news up a full 24 hours or more before the regular media even whispered it.

And whisper it they did – I mean, how many of you have heard this story, even now?

Crystal Lee Sutton, 68 – the woman who inspired the movie Norma Raepassed away September 11th from brain cancer.

Sutton had been diagnosed with meniginoma, which is typically a slow-growing cancer that is coupled with benign tumors. That was not the case, unfortunately, for Sutton, as she was denied possible life-saving treatment for two months.

Sutton had been a union organizer and woman right’s activist in the 70’s, who was harassed and jailed for her humanitarian efforts. Sadly, she ended up also having to fight to expose the abuses of the health insurance industries when she was denied coverage.

“How in the world can it take so long to find out (whether they would cover the medicine or not) when it could be a matter of life or death,” she said. “It is almost like, in a way, committing murder.”

This is no isolated incident – and one might even deduce that the only reason Ms. Sutton got her medication because the AFL-CIO brought attention to her plight.

One of the harder things, I think, that this health insurance reform issue faces is bringing these stories forward. All the crazy racist vile teabaggers make it even worse – it’s hard enough to lay open your vulnerabilities, yet alone to have to face situations like this. Or this.

Norma Rae

Norma Rae fought the good fight. God Rest Her Beautiful Soul.

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  1. Big Swede

    That’s funny, I thought the unions, like politicians, were immune to the new single payer plans that are being proposed.

    Did she left her AFL-CIO union dues lapse?

    • Big Swede

      left=let

    • Cognitive dissonance.

  2. problembear

    the worse thing is,if we allow the health insurers to continue killing off everyone who isn’t rich…the genetic makeup of the country will eventually distill into this….

    sorry, rebecca- i just couldn’t resist….

    • You do LOTS of drugs, don’t ya?!

      • problembear

        how did you know rusty? check this out….

        http://goddamnindependents.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/update-on-the-knee/

        • Tim

          Ah, I get it now. PB needs some 20 years old to pay for his meds for a few decades after years of becoming a crusty old fat fuck.

          Are you just a victim of deliciousness or do you acknowledge all those ding dongs and ho hos entering your mouth by your own hand?

          • JC

            You are verging on being banned with remarks like that Tim.

            I’m not going to allow you to attack other blog posters/commenters with language like that.

          • problembear

            Wanna spot me at the Y, tim? Or do you do all your talking from safe distances?

            On second thought stay away. Even a tiny cowardly POS like yourself might wreck my daily points budget.

          • Lizard

            worthless, useless, waste of a computer, blog, and brain.

            thanks tim.

          • Lizard

            just to be clear, i’m referring to the worthless use of this blog by tim, not the blog itself.

          • Tim

            Oh no please don’t! I don’t know how I ever made it out of bed in the morning without this blog! Oh the agony of not hearing whiny liberals avoid my points and repeat tired talking points NYT and HuffPo give them every morning.

            The horror! THE HORROR!

            Haha, I’ll meet you at the Y anytime, PB. Maybe your fat ass can chase me until you can fit on the operating table. Maybe I can even get employed to piss off fat libs and have them chase me around as part of ObamaCare preventative medicine.

            Don’t you have any more shit pictures to post? I know this blog needs quality content, since they’d rather ban people with different viewpoints than actually attract some semblance of discussion.

          • JC

            It’s not your viewpoint, Tim. It’s the childish and immature way you express it, particularly when you make personal and offensive comments about people here.

            Didn’t your momma teach you any manners?

    • I see that blank stare in my nightmares.

  3. Big Swede

    Death Panels will be our least concern if this crap passes.

    How ’bout 45% of doctors, quitting?

    • government bailouts for the doctor, of course

    • JC

      Nate Silver says your poll is crap:

      the Investors’ Business Daily poll purporting to show widespread opposition to health care reform among doctors is simply not credible. There are five reasons why:

      1. The survey was conducted by mail, which is unusual. The only other mail-based poll that I’m aware of is that conducted by the Columbus Dispatch, which was associated with an average error of about 7 percentage points — the highest of any pollster that we tested.

      2. At least one of the questions is blatantly biased: “Do you believe the government can cover 47 million more people and it will cost less money and th quality of care will be better?”. Holy run-on-sentence, Batman? A pollster who asks a question like this one is not intending to be objective.

      3. As we learned during the Presidntial campaign — when, among other things, they had John McCain winning the youth vote 74-22 — the IBD/TIPP polling operation has literally no idea what they’re doing. I mean, literally none. For example, I don’t trust IBD/TIPP to have competently selected anything resembling a random panel, which is harder to do than you’d think.

      4. They say, somewhat ambiguously: “Responses are still coming in.” This is also highly unorthodox. Professional pollsters generally do not report results before the survey period is compete.

      5. There is virtually no disclosure about methodology. For example, IBD doesn’t bother to define the term “practicing physician”, which could mean almost anything. Nor do they explain how their randomization procedure worked, provide the entire question battery, or anything like that.

      My advice would be to completely ignore this poll. There are pollsters out there that have an agenda but are highly competent, and there are pollsters that are nonpartisan but not particularly skilled. Rarely, however, do you find the whole package: that special pollster which is both biased and inept. IBD/TIPP is one of the few exceptions.

      And if you can’t believe the #1 poll analyst in the country, who can you trust?

      • Big Swede

        Commenter’s response to the #1 poll analyst.

        September 16, 2009 1:20 PM
        Bart DePalma said…
        Nate:

        1. The survey was conducted by mail, which is unusual. The only other mail-based poll that I’m aware of is that conducted by the Columbus Dispatch, which was associated with an average error of about 7 percentage points — the highest of any pollster that we tested.

        OK, lets subtract 7 points in favor of Obamacare. A heavy majority of the polled doctors still oppose Obamacare.

        A side note. Given that it is almost impossible to reach a doctor by telephone because they are generally with patients, mail questions would appear to be the only reasonable alternative.

        2. At least one of the questions is blatantly biased: “Do you believe the government can cover 47 million more people and it will cost less money and th quality of care will be better?”. Holy run-on-sentence, Batman? A pollster who asks a question like this one is not intending to be objective.

        How is this question at all biased? Frankly, I consider it refreshingly relevant and direct. It is far more relevant than the nonsense question about whether you favor a hypothetical public option health insurance option in competition with private insurers without providing any detail.

        You could criticize the question for being compound in that it covers two different results of insuring 47 million uninsured.

        My question is why about a quarter of supposedly intelligent docs can believe that insuring 47 million additional people will not cost billions more.

        3. As we learned during the Presidntial campaign — when, among other things, they had John McCain winning the youth vote 74-22 — the IBD/TIPP polling operation has literally no idea what they’re doing. I mean, literally none. For example, I don’t trust IBD/TIPP to have competently selected anything resembling a random panel, which is harder to do than you’d think.

        IBD/TIPP pegged the 2004 election and was 12th in 2008, above Gallup and almost all the Dem media polling. Not quite Rasmussen, but not too bad.

        5. There is virtually no disclosure about methodology. For example, IBD doesn’t bother to define the term “practicing physician”, which could mean almost anything. Nor do they explain how their randomization procedure worked, provide the entire question battery, or anything like that.

        As opposed to Gallup and many of the Dem media polls?

        • JC

          NIce try, but…

          Who is Bart DePalma, and why should I care about his opinion?

          Silver at least has some transparency to his arguments.

          • Big Swede

            Bart’s a nobody.

            Which makes it worse for Nate, the poll master.

  4. Tim

    Just out of curiousity, since you all think medications come from fairies and not from private corporations investing people’s time and money into research and development, is there a health care fairy somewhere that pulls money out of her ass too?

  5. JByrd

    Meanwhile, Sally Field’s shilling in TV ads for Boniva, a drug that’s of questionable benefit, has more worrisome side effects and costs 10 times more than the one your doctor would probably recommend.




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