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 Post subject: BOB GEIGER: Why Should Life Or Death Be Decided By Income?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:14 pm 
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Ever noticed how the more income you have, the more security you also seem to have? I think of cars that are much safer but are also much more expensive. Those flying or sailing in first class are always given top priority. If you have medical insurance like Dick Cheney has, or if you're a "big government person,"you might get the same high level of medical attention he has. Money talks...and it always will.

Why Should Life Or Death Be Decided By Income?

the symptoms of what we at first thought was a sinus infection – debilitating headaches, dizziness, slurred speech and spontaneous nausea -- became so profound that my sinus doctor ordered a full brain MRI. The test revealed a giant blob of blood on my brain and I was rushed into emergency surgery.

With a flawless procedure performed by a well-known brain surgeon and an exceptional ICU staff, I was released in only three days and was quickly on the road to what has been a full recovery.

"Do people still die from a subdural hematoma?" I asked one of the nurses, while still in my ICU bed. "Yes," she replied. "Just not people like you." When pressed for what she meant by that statement, she said "People with good health insurance, who can afford a neurosurgeon from Scarsdale don't die from these as much."

That comment has stuck with me and, as I researched the subject further, I found that a large number of people do indeed still die from the inability to easily obtain a 20-minute surgery, a procedure that has become a simple, routine operation for all neurosurgeons.

With a new Democratic Congress about to broach the subject of some degree of universal health care -- and with Republicans undoubtedly poised to remain as steadfastly hostile to the issue as they have for decades -- this becomes a very personal issue as I ask what seems to me to be an obvious question: Why should anyone die because they're not like me?



"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime."
Honore de Balzac

"Democrats work to help people who need help.
That other party, they work for people who don't need help.
That's all there is to it."

~Harry S. Truman

 Post subject: Re: BOB GEIGER: Why Should Life Or Death Be Decided By Income?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:40 pm 
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I was struck by the empathy shown by the author. Totally the opposite of the libertarian philosophy of "The Virtue of Selfishness" or what I call the "fuck the others, I have mine" attitude. If being aware and humane to one's fellow human beings makes one a socialist, then bring it on. Much better than being a self-centered, self-absorbed, egotistical asshole.

I'm not a member of any organized party. I'm a Democrat.”-Will Rogers

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