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On the Road to Death Panels

silvereagle Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 7:32 AM
Many folks are assuming the 'death panels' only applies to the elderly. It doesn't. It applies to everybody in every age group. For example, my son was born in Feb 79. In Mar 80 he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer of the sympathetic nervous system. It started on his adrenal glands (atop his kidneys) and spread everywhere. His was rated "high risk" and his prognosis was less than one year. He lived until 5 1/2 years old. In the interim he went through 6 laparotomies (look it up), max Cobalt-60 radiation therapy, and max dosage of chemotherapy (specifically, adriamycin, cytoxan and cisplatinum (look them up too). He had many good days and many bad. Even though he was considered "high risk" they STILL tried.
Daune Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 8:53 AM
Silver - first - I'm so glad you were able to have the extra time with your son - those added years must have been a very special gift. Second, thank you so much for serving our country - I'm glad that any tax dollars I paid might have gone to help your son, and to pay you for your service. You are a gift to us all - thank you.
Rich Not wealthy Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 12:42 PM
I second that! And I don't believe that unBelieversss is really sorry about Silver's son. He seems to be an uncaring buffoon.
silvereagle Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 7:42 AM
Under Obamacare he would receive medication to "manage the pain" because it wouldn't be considered "cost effective" to even try. After he passed I spoke at length with all of his doctors, surgeons, nurses etc and asked many questions. I specifically asked if they had learned anything that would help the next child. All were adamant that they had because neuroblastoma is rare. I asked if anything they found surprised them. Again, yes. No one, absolutely no one thought he would live beyond his prognosis. It had never happened before. They had requested that I donate his body to medical science so they could continue to study the disease post mortem. I couldn't, he was my son. They understood. I asked if I could get copies of absolutely every
silvereagle Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 7:50 AM
piece of paper. They gave me a copy of everything which I took to a medical billing office and had them calculate the cost. It came out to over $6.5 million. Think about it. Ultimately, I didn't have to pay that amount. In fact I paid only for his meals. Because you see, I was in the Army at the time and he was treated in US Army Class III hospitals. Specifically, William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, TX and at Walter Reed AMC. Now, under Obamacare how many babies, children of all ages, young people, middle age and the elder are going to get care if their condition is considered "not cost effective"? I'm voting for Romney.
karen33 Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 7:56 AM
God bless you and your son.
Daune Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 8:50 AM
Believersss - no - there is NOT something fundamentally corrupt about keeping a young child alive as long as possible. There IS something morally corrupt about a person who thinks it's better to let a child die so someone else can afford a six-pack of beer and a big screen TV. And you are the face of everything that is wrong about Obamacare.

With the first presidential debate and the only vice-presidential debate behind us, it seems pretty clear that so-called "social issues" are not going to get much attention in this year's presidential politics.

It's unfortunate, I think. We deceive ourselves to permit the assumption that values and behavior are not the real drivers behind our economic problems.

The fiscal crisis of our entitlement programs is the direct result of these values and behavior.

The fiscal soundness of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is rooted in the assumption that those...