the Detroit Free Press ran a story about a mother and daughter who had both been diagnosed with breast cancer and neither had health insurance. In the next three years, we will hear a lot more of these stories. Views on America's health care reform debate from our panel of experts at Health Care Rx.">

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Kathy-Ellen Kups is the breast cancer blogger for Everydayhealth.com.

A lot of Americans will die

This Sunday, the Detroit Free Press ran a story about a mother and daughter who had both been diagnosed with breast cancer and neither had health insurance. The story told of their subsequent battles: the mother's with cancer and the daughter's with finding funds for surgery and treatment without which she will die. The mother qualified for a program that covered her surgery and treatment. The daughter, at 31 years old, was too young for federal aid programs and she couldn't qualify for Medicaid. This is bittersweet for the mother who will win her own battle but may have nothing to live for if her daughter loses hers for lack of insurance.

In the next three years, we will hear a lot more of these stories. Many Americans will die while waiting for coverage. Our representatives are so worried about costs they are trying to find a way to either kill some sick people off or prevent them from getting coverage. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) lead me to this theory when I heard him on a Sunday news program discussing the bill they were working on at the time. He was against lowering the age for Medicare recipients to include 55 year olds. His reason was that too many sick people will apply thus making it too expensive. You think? Generally healthy people don't use health care. Even the insurance companies know that, just check out their policies that make it impossible for sick people to buy into.

It was the daughter's doctor who finally figured out a way to help her. He is doing the surgery for free. Now if only our representatives worked for free we could all afford health care.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups  |  January 12, 2010; 10:46 PM ET  | Category:  Health Care Reform , Insurance Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Well, what can I say. After reading this I never advise ANYONE I know to read Everydayhealth.com for any sort of advice! Considering this author truly believes our government is trying to find ways to "kill some sick people off" is just absurd! If this is an indication of her thinking would you really want to read what she has to say on breast cancer? This just shows how a little ignorance, but believing it to be truth can be a very bad thing! If I were Everydayhealth.com I would keep this lady on a short leash for a while, or better yet reconsider their professional relationship.

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | January 18, 2010 10:19 PM
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leave it to wapo to make this a story against a Republican...
wapo should remember that a free press does not include a tax free press...
they should keep that in mind...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 16, 2010 12:25 PM
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