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Trisomy 18 Without Health Insurance

Rick Santorum is canceling Sunday events leading up to the Florida Primary after his daughter, Isabella, has been admitted to the hospital, likely due to complications related to her condition Trisomy 18.  Full public statement here.  Luckily Santorum is adequately covered with Health Insurance.

For the other 50 million Americans without health coverage, Rick Santorum feels that you are just a bunch of lazy bums looking for a handout. Rick says ‘This is capitalism, get a job!’

Santorum describes his daughter as the “center of the universe for our family.” I have no doubt that’s true. However, you would think someone like Santorum would be able to sympathize with this fellow parent of Trisomy 18 a little more compassionately:

Having a 15 year old daughter with a chromosome disorder called Trisomy 18, our family has incurred years of extremely high out of pocket expenses due to chronic health issues. During her life, health insurance drove many family decisions such as where we worked (whether or not we could leave a job) and then finally extreme stress and financial burden when laid off and left with the 100% cost of COBRA. Even now, my husband is re-employed but family coverage is almost $700 a month. While we are extremely thankful for good insurance coverage and excellent health care in Houston for our daughter, there seems to be too many flaws in our system.

Mike and Nanci Grimes

Rick Santorum and other Republicans say they support “life” and “freedom” but never actually support them in action.  America is waking up to their lies and hypocrisies and we will see that none of the GOP presidential candidates stand a chance in November.

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About Justin McAffee:
Justin is the publisher The Nevada View, which has earned the recognition in the Washington Post’s “Best State-Based Political Blogs,” as well as being awarded the “Most Valuable Blogger Award” by the local CBS affiliate in 2011. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee


22 Responses to “Trisomy 18 Without Health Insurance”

  1. As a Belgian I pay probably the highest percentage of taxes (in whatever form) in the world. I get 45% of my gross income, but in this country you get medical care at a base rate, almost free scholing, etc… When I hear all the Americans constantly talk about god, praying, etc… I can not think about anything else but that all Americans are the mist hypocritical and selfish bunch of biggots around. If you really believe what the bible says you should help other people, nit be the most egocentric around.

    Posted by Midrac | April 10, 2012, 2:26 pm
  2. My neighbor was laid off 2 yrs ago in Riverside County Ca and has had only PT jobs since. His wife had jaundice and fatigue last Xmas and they took her to the doctor even though they knew it would cost and arm and a leg. She was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease despite being a non-drinker, non-smoker. She needs the excess fluid drained from her belly 2 times a week. As of March 30, this family had $64.000 in medical bills and that is without ever having been hospitalized more than 2 days at a time.

    In the 1930s half of my family tree went to Canada looking for work in the Depression and stayed. They receive medical care paid for with their taxes. None of them has ever complained about the care they receive from doctors or hospitals. Imagine a country that thinks the money they take from you should be used for your health and welfare. That sure is something. I guess we’re too busy building up our military and fighting wars to consider for a moment that billions of tax dollars go to an institution built on destroying and killing and not on an institution built on saving and healing.

    Posted by jennifer | April 10, 2012, 1:57 pm
  3. I completely agree with you! How is it people expect others to pay for their bad choices? I don’t understand why people insist on saying that medical care is a right. You have a right to access it, but that doesn’t mean it should be free. I hate this society and it’s entitlement issues. I have a cell phone and I WORK for it. I have no insurance because I can’t afford it right now, but I’m not complaining. I made my choice. If I had a life-threatening Illness, yes, I’d dump the phone for medicine or medical procedure. I don’t expect others to pay for me.

    Posted by Mai D | April 9, 2012, 12:15 am
    • Do you really think the money you pay for your cell phone is even close the amount you would pay for a catastrophic illness? My phone costs $46 a month. That is less than a visit to a vet, much less a physician.

      Posted by jennifer | April 10, 2012, 2:00 pm
  4. I hate Santorum, but his insurance doesn’t cover his costs here. Attacking people without knowing what you’re attacking is always bad.

    Again, I’m not a Santorum fan and will refuse to vote before voting for him. But his insurance doesn’t cover this.

    Posted by Shaun | March 4, 2012, 6:31 pm
  5. You would be making a major assumption if you think that children like Bella would receive any form of life prolonging care in a country with socialized medicine.

    Posted by Mary | January 30, 2012, 9:30 am
  6. Did Santorum SAY the “50,000 without insurance” are ‘are just a bunch of lazy bums looking for a handout,’ or did you infer this?

    If it is the latter, your bias stinks. If he actually said that, I’d like you to cite the source.

    Posted by Ellen Wiser | January 29, 2012, 5:08 pm
    • Thanks for your comment. To be honest, he has said basically the same thing, but with a lot more sugar coating; so I was removing some of that for my readers. Here’s a more direct quote:

      “I had a woman the other day who came up and complained to me that she has to pay $200 a month for her prescriptions…I said, in other words, this $200 a month keeps you alive, she goes yes. I said, and you’re complaining that you’re paying $200 a month and it keeps you alive? What’s your cable bill? I mean, what’s your cell phone bill? Because she had a cell phone. And how can you say that you complain that you have $200 to keep you alive and that’s a problem? No, that’s a blessing!”


      Posted by Justin | January 29, 2012, 5:31 pm
      • I am sorry Justin but what Santorum said is NOT “basically the same thing” as what you have suggested he said. Clearly everyone has to make choices with how to spend their money and those choices will be affected by values and priorities (this is true for individuals as well as government officials). A fairer characterization of Santorum’s point would be to say that after the woman made it known she did not like spending $200 a month on prescriptions, Santorum pointed out she was probably paying an equal amount for cable and cell phone service each month. If she can afford those monthly bills, why should anyone have to pay for her prescription costs. Is it fair that a 23 year old teacher in their first job out of college has to pay taxes to subsidize the health care costs of a woman who can afford discretionary expenses like cable and cell? Is it fair that someone who is truly destitute would have government resources shifted from their essential care to provide free care to this woman who is probably not destitute? That is really what we are talking about here – tradeoffs, cost-benefit analysis, values and priorities.

        Posted by Christopher J. | January 30, 2012, 5:58 am
        • It is truly telling when one judges another person on what they assume a person has. You have no idea how unfair, terribly regulated, and corrupt the US medical system is. I am one of the few private practice doctors left in my county-and I don’t accept insurance for the very reason that it is a terrible system. By not accepting insurance, I can charge my patients 60% less than a physician who accepts insurance.

          Drug companies and insurance companies are the reason the US Health system ranks in the bottom seven compared to the health system of other countries. There are third world countries that have better health care than the United States!

          Posted by Dr.Bailey | January 30, 2012, 10:14 am
          • You hit the nail on the head Dr.Bailey. It is amazing to me that there are so many people who are so blind that they can not see the situation for the mess that it is. Only universal health care can save this country from financial disaster.

            Posted by beth | April 10, 2012, 10:09 am


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