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  1. Grant Houston
    October 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    If it wern’t for the “socialized medicine” that I receive from the G.I.Bill through the VA, I’d have met my maker long ago. But Thank God for the VA and the excellent healthcare they provide to ex-military. Because of the fact that no medical bill has made me sick, and because I’ve been kept healthy at no cost to me, I’ve been able to be productive and to create jobs for other Americans and grow a tax-paying company into an interstate business. In my case, the money spent on my healthcare by the taxpayers has been more than repaid in keeping a couple of dozen people off welfare and to have them paying income taxes instead of costing the taxpayer far more than the relatively small amount spent on my healthcare. The idea that universal healthcare will cost some giant amount of money does not take into account the higher (and cheaper) productivity a healthy and worry-free population will deliver. Worry over potential bankrupting expense should illness occur has a self-fulfilling aspect that shouldn’t be ignored. The health care “industry” driven by the profit motive of insurance companies has cost our nation billions upon billions in lost productivity. It is time for this corporate cancer to be cut away from our nation. Universal health care is our right as human beings and our obligation as a nation. There is no longer room in our nation for this “mafia” orianted insurance scam to exist. “Private” health care is a public threat.

    Respectfully yours,
    Grant Houston
    American Veteran
    President/CEO
    Piano Master of Music City, USA, LLC

  2. Daniel Loftin
    October 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm #

    Hi Dawn,
    I’m commenting to let you know how much I appreciate your struggle, which is not just on your own behalf, but on the behalf of all Americans who have suffered from the injustices perpetrated by a profit driven health care system.
    Please know that there are many who stand by your side in this struggle.
    Thanks,

    Daniel

  3. Christina Marlowe
    October 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    Subject: ON BEING REPEATEDLY RAPED…I, for one, am sick of it…

    Insurance, particularly health care insurance, is the greatest scam in history. We pay thousands upon thousand of dollars each and every year and, increasingly, we get NO GOODS OR SERVICES. In essence, we pay out billions of dollars for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. We are in fact, making a handful of these huge industry titans, i.e. the top echelon CEO’s CFO’s, etc. of the so-called health care industry, a veritable FORTUNE.

    Simply stated, when any industry is driven by profit and profit alone, AS IS HEALTH CARE, they, the greedy and unconscionable controllers of the industry, reap dizzying and obscene amounts of money. WE, on the other hand, LOSE consistently and constantly. Profit-driven health care is an absolute NEMESIS.

    As this health care industry makes record profits from not providing health care to those who pay for health care, the industry also becomes much stronger and much more influential (witness the ULTRA-powerful and ULTRA-wealthy lobbyists who fight tooth and nail to keep things the way they are).

    How long does it take the average person to figure out that we are all getting UTTERLY and UNABASHEDLY RAPED????

    Cheers,

    Christina Marlowe

    To all the [health care] industry whoring politicians who are lying, treacherous and, of course, in cahoots with the industry titans:

    When my private (and expensive) health care “insurance” company dropped me, citing my illness as not only pre-existing but excluded
    from coverage anyway, I had to go onto Medi-Cal (California’s Medi-Caid program) and Medi-Care. Both are government-run programs.
    Both are excellent. I couldn’t be happier.

    It just amazes me that a full and startling half of all Americans are not only completely uninformed but so, well, so unbelievably stupid. Each
    one of these idiots shoot themselves in the foot every time they cast a vote and none of them even realize for what or for whom they’re fighting.
    Is it that they really want to keep the health care industry CEO’s, CFO’s, et al raking in billions of dollars for themselves, while they, these morons,
    keep paying more and more for (increasingly) ABSOLUTELY NOTHING?!?

    If I was mean-spirited I would wish for them, that is, for each one of these idiotic Republicans, to have a serious and/or chronic illness which
    would not be covered by their wonderful (preposterous) health care “insurance.”

    By the way, if people have not figured it out yet, I’m happy to spell it out here: [Profit-driven] Health Care “insurance” is one of the biggest
    and most profitable SCAMS in history…

    The (mostly) Republican politicians are greedy, thieving, self-centered whores while the Republican citizens are just incredibly stupid.

    Cheers,

    Christina Marlowe

  4. Christina Marlowe
    October 11, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    P.S. THE SO-CALLED INSURANCE COMPANY WAS KAISER PERMANENTE, FOR THE RECORD–A NON-PROFIT!!!!!

    Cheers,

    Christina Marlowe

  5. Kate & Richard
    October 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    So very proud of your courage! We support you every step of the way. Thanks for standing up for yourself… & for fighting for all of us.
    Love & prayers, Kate & Richard in St Augustine, Fl

  6. connie jones
    October 11, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    Go Girl, Dawn we are proud of you !!!!!!!!You got up, & just made a move which will help thousands. We love you dearly. I do not have any type of illness that I know of. However, after listen to you from a message on moveon.org . I truly support your task.

  7. Assunta M. Riley
    October 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    Dear Dawn,
    Bless you and thank you for your courage, strength and persistance. Your journey touches so many whose needs are similar. My thoughts and prayers are with you each step of the way. You are climbing a steep mountain and I pray your climb will bring you to the top and a new beginning for yourself and so many others. Peace and love to you.

  8. Alx
    October 11, 2009 at 8:17 pm #

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Health-care-reform-means-more-power-for-the-IRS-56781377.html

    Our current healthcare problem does need to be fixed. What is happening to you should not ever happen to anyone, but the current plan is also flawed. No one should sign a thousand page document without reading and studying it thoroughly. I doubt most of our congressmen and senators have done so.
    I hope that you get better. I hope that you look into alternative natural treatments as a possibility for a cure as well.
    I support HR 3394 and HR 3395.

  9. Jose D. Medina-Esquilin
    October 11, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    Dear Dawn,

    you’re my inspiration!!

  10. Erna Boldt
    October 12, 2009 at 3:03 am #

    As the headline so appropriately reads, it could happen to anyone of us, being denied health care benefits, a Civil Right for all of us, who helped built the economy and this country over a lifetime of work. Demand for health care from the cradle to the grave = Universal and Comprehensive – shoulg be out goal. Good luck to you dawn…Keep on fighting.

  11. Cynthia simmons
    October 12, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    Dear Dawn,first of all we give all glory and praise to our most high God.Dawn God says it ain’t over until he says it’s over. hang on to his unchanging power. Remember no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Sometimes we have to keep fighting and remember the fight is not your’s it’s God he has already won it for you. I pray you will be healed in a might way. God is faithful in all things and God has the last say so hang in there he won’t let you down. God loves you so much and just think how many other people does not have the courage to fight as you do. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Be safe Cynthia.

  12. Mark Bleier
    October 12, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    Dawn, thank you for being so brave and asserting your right to the medical care you need and deserve, and for which you have been paying insurance premiums. Your efforts are certainly garnering attention to the fact that profit-making insurers hinder, rather than help, to assure that everyone has access to adequate health care.

  13. Ita Kane
    October 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Dear Dawn,
    May you find the courage to keep up the fight and continue the fight on behalf of the American people. You are a credit to your country.

  14. Peter Holmes
    October 13, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    Thank you for your tremendous effort – if we get meaningful reform, it will be because of brave people like you!

  15. Barbara Diaz, NY, NY
    October 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    Woman denied coverage for out-of-network hospital to treat rare tumor; premiums doubled, medication co-pay upped 100% to $1000+ (not a typo); appeal denied 9 times. Smacks of lack of choice, reduced benefits, & death panels, but it’s not a scary future public option scenario. It’s a scary happening-now private insurance scenario. Are the 47,000,000 who don’t have health insurance the smart ones? Why pay for what you won’t get anyway?
    If every person who pays for his/her own insurance, and every employer or union or group providing insurance for their employees or members, stops paying all premiums, I think the health insurance companies, and our government, would take notice. I am not the one to do, but I wish someone would organize a general strike against paying insurance companies their premiums. Then they can decide if they want to do this right — or they can just go out of business and we’ll negotiate our health care directly with our providers. I bet it would cost a lot less.

  16. Ted
    October 14, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    Al Gore is against the health care bill since he said the main reasoning for global warming is over population.

  17. mary
    October 14, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    This is an incorrect statement, as what we DESERVE is not a RIGHT nor merited just because we are born…it would be nice to have
    health care but QUALITY HEALTHCARE as provided by some govt or other charitable source is not a demand that anyone in any nation can merely claim.

    This entitlement that comes with an ATTITUDE of demanding whatever, even medical services is more of an American media induced lie and misinformation thing than a reality.

    Every ill or diagnosed person who insists THEY are Special and They Deserve…even to live for however short or long…is being
    arrogantly presumptuous and typically American in imperialistic value systems. To assume we deserve more than the rest of the world because we have become so consumerist is just being spoiled and claiming more than our fair share of this universe. And just beause we are used to having already had much higher standards of living and even our poor are better off then in many other lands and nations, does not give any USA citizen or person any more privileges, tho they want and wish to claim they deserve MORE !

    We have been misinformed and lied to. We have been told just to wish, to be positive, to pretend we are what we want to be and all will COME TO US, as if in fairy tales and dreams and advertising claims.

    To think this is what life is “suppose” to be is a supposition. Not a reality. Not even in this USA as it is today, October 2009.
    Why fool ourselves ?

    That does not mean do not try and shame a company whose has been paid for services they do not deliver. That we assume what is not ours to claim does not say we do not try to GET MORE, and this
    campaign sounds like one that may succeed. Good luck.
    But dont believe everything that is claimed HAS TO BE, just because you or your allies demand it to be.

    Let’s do everything to make a fair and just system work for us but let us not believe their lies nor our own exaggerations in that game we play with them together.

  18. Stuart
    October 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm #

    Wow. Some pretty angry people here! Sorry for everyone’s frustrations. Respectfully, I have yet to see any compelling arguments against the insurance industry. When we pay auto insurance premiums, and don’t make a claim, we don’t take issue with paying in ‘thousands’ and getting ‘nothing’ in return. You did get something– you got a service called ‘insurance’, which by definition, doesn’t always require some sort of payout. If we do indeed file a claim, and want coverage for something NOT covered by the insurance, what’s to lead an entitlement of that very thing which is not covered under out agreement?

    Insurance company profits are in the 4-5% range. This is far lower than the beverage industry (18%) and software industry (20+%). No one cries such foul against companies that provide their iphone apps and adult beverages, eh?

    Unfortunately, quality health care isn’t a right. It’s a luxury that we’d all like to have, but it in no way is a right. Nothing that compels the action or services of other humans can be construed a right. Doctors are tradespeople just like any other profession. When a governing entity commandeers an industry and dictates utilization and reimbursement for a service provided by individuals, that leads us down a pretty slippery slope to some bad things. There is a good deal of educated and insightful writing on this ‘healthcare: privilege or right’ discourse. It’s worth reading and thinking on the issue, rather than just making a feel-good assertion, which I think a lot of people do.

    As a point of reference, I was diagnosed with one of the most rare and aggressive forms of Lymphoma cancer less than a year ago. I just completed 8 rounds of high-dose inpatient chemo. I am now in remission and getting back on my feet. I am a happy customer of the so-called evil, raping, profiteering insurance industry, namely United Healthcare — one of the biggest.

    I hate to say it, but if my policy had not covered my chemo, I would’ve been incensed and very update. It would’ve led to either personal bankruptcy or an early death for me as a 31-year old. Unfortunately, lashing out at the insurance company, or the entire industry for that matter, would not have been effective, prudent, or even justifiable.

    Where there are gaps, I am hopeful that the generosity and compassion of the church, doctors, and even corporate giving, can help to mitigate the pain of those who do indeed fall through the cracks for all legitimate reasons.

    Hang in there, everyone. Anger is great when it leads you to the table to have a rational, logical discussion. When it leads to lashing out and irrationality, I think we are all worse off.

    Be well!

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