Wow. Just wow.When you think you have problems, just read amazing
stories about families like this, who show remarkable grace and faith in
staggeringly difficult circumstances. Thank you for sharing, and may
you be blessed with everything your family needs and deserves.
No American family should have to go begging to cover medical expenses.
Happily, this time, generous people came forward to donate. But that isn't
always the case.Here is just one more reason why ACA is so
desperately needed.And one more why Mitt and his fellow Republican
ideologues should not be elected to any office in the land until they recognize
the need to DO something besides just shout NO.
ACA is not desperately needed. It is appalling. Democrats take extreme
situations (like this for example) and cry out as if it is the norm, then use
that as their feel good example of why a law, which infringes upon the rights of
Americans, should be passed. While extremely unfortunate, this
family first tried to do it on their own, then has done everything they can to
raise funds for their daughters, in a proper way, which doesn't'
require everyone else in America to foot their bill. There are going to be
situations like this, however, I shouldn't be forced to pay for my
neighbors broken arm, but I'd be more than glad to help in dire
circumstances like this.Regardless of the politics, I feel so sorry
for this family and couldn't imagine what they are going through. But I
support them, and pray for them and their beautiful little girls. I admire
their resolve as they deal with something I would consider one of the most
difficult trials someone could deal with. God bless.
Re: ACA. Now that we know it's a "tax" and not a "penalty"
we see that Congress has shackled the American people with the most oppressive,
regressive tax in our nation's history. Instead of hacking at the leaves
of the problem as this law does, shouldn't we address the cause of the high
cost of medical care? Here are a few suggestions: 1) make it
cheaper for doctors to get educated. Leaving med school with 200K debt means
having to earn a significant amount to meet their obligations.2) for
those who are insured, make them pay there deductibles/co-insurance/co-payment.
In 12 years, our office has lost 10s of thousands of dollars because these folks
don't meet their contractual obligation.3) allow hospitals
& emergency rooms to collect money up front on anyone they suspect will not
pay. Even collecting $100 will be better than the $0 they get from illegal
aliens or the poor. 4) tort reform. There are few physicians who
are willfully and purposefully negligent. Punish those who are in criminal and
civil court, but not those who are just doing their job as best they can.
We chortle that the mayor of NYC outlawed super-sized sodas. But it is
indicative of one of the primary causes of the high cost of healthcare -- life
style. There are many cases such as this family where disease strikes for
genetic or other reasons. But the majority of our nation's illnesses, and
nearly all of its chronic illnesses, are the result of personal choices,
especially the food we eat and the lack of physical activity. As a nation, we
have the worst health habits of any industrialized nation. We eat food that is
devoid of nutrition. Few of us get the recommended minimum of 60 minutes daily
of exercise. Many of us insist on risk taking activities : motorcycle riding,
illicit drugs, casual sex, alcohol & tobacco, etc. Ultimately, the best way
to bring down the high cost of healthcare is to change our life styles.
Unfortunately, most of us are unwilling to do that.Reduce the demand
for healthcare and cost will follow.
adwight: ACA is desperately needed. Over 49.9 million (as of 2010) Americans
and growing annually do not have any type of health insurance. If nearly 50
million people who don't have access to healthcare does not necessitate a
need for action what does? ACA is not perfect but it is certainly better than
nothing. No American should be forced into soliciting for help because of
inability to pay for health care. America is the still the only civilized
western society without guaranteed health care for all citizens.
Hate to break it to you, but these girls have such severe issues, in many
countries where socialized medicine is the norm, they would be "allowed to
die" to save money for the masses in the system. Happy to see
they will survive in this loving family. They can teach us all.
Tillotson. That name sounds familiar. Any relation to the wealthy Tillotsons at
the top of the NuSkin pyramid? My guess is the "strangers" who gave this
"gift" were family relations.Unfortunately for most families
with such oppressive medical conditions, they have no family or friends with
enough money to help like this. Where do they go for help? Medicare, Medicaid,
or other Government programs, perhaps combined with some creative
"begging".The bottom line is that the American taxpayer
foots the bill by default whenever people in such situations do not have health
insurance. The costs of paying for emergency room visits and other healthcare
for the uninsured is huge! While not perfect, ACA is the best approach so far
for trying to address this huge cost of healthcare.What brilliant
alternatives have the Republicans put forward?(cue crickets here)
McDugall: There is no one in this nation who lacks access to healthcare. No
one. Anyone who is ill can find a hospital, ER, physician, or urgent care
facility. I'm uninsured and have never been denied service. Let's not equate lack of insurance with lack of access to healthcare.IMLDS2: ACA may be "the best approach so far," but that
isn't saying much. As I emphasized previously, this law
doesn't address the reasons for the high costs of healthcare. And contrary
to what McDugall claims, it won't really improve access to healthcare -- at
least not here in IL. If IL meets the requirements of the law, it will add
about 300K to the Medicaid rolls. In order to add so many people, the state
will be forced to cut reimbursement rates -- the amount paid to
physicians/hospitals for their services. Those rates are already so low that a
high percentage of doctors don't accept Medicaid. Cut the rates further
and the only physicians who will accept it will be quacks who can't make an
honest living anyway. So, how does this benefit anyone?
Adwight. It is not the ACA that is appaling. It is the obscene cost of health
care. I am not in support of the ACA. I do support health care reform. I had
a colonscopy. $5000.00. The clinic assured me they accepted my insurance
plan. Then sent me a bill for for $3000.00 because I was out of network. I
suport repeal of ACA with soemthing better. How about a surcharge on health
insurance premiums for tobacco smokers. If you get a speeding ticket
you're auto insurance goes up. If you are overweight, don't exercise,
abuse drugs then you should pay more for health insurance. Our health care
system is all about treating disease, not promoting healthy lifestyles and
metamoracoug: you can seek stabilization care at the ER not cancer or other live
saving treatments from long-term diseases. So, I assume your reference that you
utilize the most expensive form of medical treatment, the Emergency Room, the
system is working? We are all paying for your treatment one way or another, it
is about time everyone contributes to maintaining the system.
Metamoracoug and NeilT make some good comments and ways of facing our health
care challenges. On the other hand, liberals don't like to face facts.
Just look at how poorly Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security are managed by
our out of control federal government. The Tillotson's are a great example
of how charitable people help others in need, and not how much we need another
entitlement program by our already overreaching government. This story inspires
me and makes me want to help others. Our federal government sickens me and
makes me want to fight against their invasion of my privacy and rights.
I'd rather die for freedom than live in tyranny.
McDougall: No one is paying for my treatment because I pay my bills, thank you
very much. In fact, I am probably paying for your bills because I pay the full
amount and don't get an insurance-negotiated rate reduction, i.e.
"usual and customary."Urgent care is the most likely reason
for needing medical assistance. But in the case of "cancer or other live
saving treatments," I again say no one in our nation lacks access to medical
care. Anyone who thinks so is laboring under ignorance of the system and its
operation.Is it a cost effective method? Not especially, but adding
the cost of government bureaucracy to it is not going to do anything to relieve
the overall expense to of healthcare to anyone. And that is why ACA is a
misnomer. It does nothing to make healthcare affordable.
There are people with means who would like to give to worthy causes.
Unfortunately too many of those asking for money, pocket a third of it for their
own expenses. It's wonderful when there is the means whereby people can
share their needs and those who have the means can donate directly to them, as
it is in this case.Americans are generous people and when the politicians
are concerned that we don't know how to spend our own earnings, and pride
themselves in "saving the poor" they show that they don't
understand the virtue of Charity in contrast to the dole.
@ Metamoracoug: Have you considered the fact that you are being irresponsible
by not having health insurance? You may have been able to pay your bills so far,
but should you have a catastrophic illness, you may not be able to pay and will
thus become a burden to tax payers. Not having health insurance to cover
ourselves and our dependents is little different than not having automobile
insurance. At some point and to some degree, the uninsured are putting the
burden on others.
I enjoyed reading this article about this lovely family working hard to take
care of their children in tough circumstances. They are an inspiration.
I'm sure they will all come through this strengthened, having learned much
of what is of value in life. Best wishes folks!!
The courage and faith of this family is as heartwarming as their story is
heartbreaking.I think it is appalling that folks made their story
into a political issue. Surely we can all find common ground in our desire to
wish them well, and pray for these wonderful girls and their family.
It is for cases just like this that originally medicaid was funded. To help when
people have done all they could for themselves and are in temporary need of help
(the father lost his job and probably his health insurance). My worry is that
with raising the funds it is now making them ineligible for medicaid. I hope all
goes well for them in their struggle. Here is what really gets my goat, those
who find out ways to exploit the system. I have a niece whose husband is going
to school and working BUT he makes sure to work only enough to get maximum money
but still qualify for food stamps and medicaid for their numerous children.
Know what they are doing right now? Just left on a 30 day vacation across the
US which includes a dino dig in the midwest, trips to zoos, the Arch in St Louis
etc. She showed me all the places they are going and the hotels they are
staying in along the way.And eating along the way using my tax money. Really!?
My vacation is a few days off when my garden is ready so I can get everything