DOUBLE JEOPARDY

  • Article by: CHEN MAY YEE , MYCHEN@STARTRIBUNE.COM
  • Updated: July 22, 2009 - 5:25 PM

For some who've lost their jobs, the lack of health insurance could cost them their lives.

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fish60Jul. 22, 09 8:55 AM

Health care bankrupts an American about every minute of every day of every year and one party wants to maintain the status quo. Care to guess which party is looking out for the insurance company profits?

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dmadairJul. 22, 09 9:00 AM

For profit health insurance is immoral.

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Packman_1Jul. 22, 09 9:05 AM

This is happening everyday. Every day somebody goes into bankrupcy because of medical problems. What a country. Compassionate conservatives.

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schnemarqJul. 22, 09 9:11 AM

...and the other party wants to bankrupt America to provide the same inefficient care to everyone without addressing uncontrollable escalation of costs.

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winddanceJul. 22, 09 9:12 AM

Health care costs have destroyed more than just the financial well being of this country. Many people in this position forego care because if it doesn't work out their family is straddled in debt forever after they are gone. It takes a braver person to do what Harris doing. Having worked with kids with cancer I have seen many, many times that even with insurance families loose their homes and just about everything else.

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guest1Jul. 22, 09 9:21 AM

From reading the article, it appears that Mr. Harris was laid off in January, but apparently chose not to continue any health coverage. This is puzzling, since he was aware of having some symptoms and feeling ill for up to two years before he was laid off. It appears he made a choice at that time not to retain continued health insurance under COBRA. His wife was also employed and may have been able to add him to her health insurance, at additional cost. Whether due to cost of other reasons, they chose to gamble and go without health coverage for him. Unfortunately, he did have a serious illness, and then had to rush to try to get coverage. I have every sympathy for him and wish him well, but the article does not really indicate that choices were made in this situation that did not work out for the best at the time. One other point, the first doctor completely missed the cancer diagnosis. Always get a second opinion if you have continued symptoms.

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dmadairJul. 22, 09 9:30 AM

Only the wealthy can afford COBRA.

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guest1Jul. 22, 09 9:46 AM

Well, the article states they were paying the $400 COBRA premium, which is now reduced to $138 per month. I don't think they are wealthy, but they managed to pay the COBRA costs.

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twnctyguyJul. 22, 09 9:51 AM

So, if I embrace the Republican viewpoint on healthcare, I guess that means that consequently if there's a flood, earthquake, tornado, hurricane, or other natural disaster, it is NOT the responsibility of the Federal government to provide any assistance, just as it's not the government's responsibility to help sick people. Gotta love that compassionate conservativism!

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largeliverJul. 22, 09 9:51 AM

There is a great deal wrong with our current system, however, one thing I rarely her conservatives or liberals bring up is the cost of care itself, not insurance but the actual medical procedures. Maybe a company would provide affordable insurance to this guy if it didn't cost $37,000 for each chemo treatment. For somer reason, the law of supply and demand does not apply to medical care. Are they is there platinum in the I.V. solution? For some reason everyone accepts $37,000 for chemo treatment and $24.00 for an apple at a hospital.

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