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haval2
what to say?
04:27 PM on 12/08/2009
This is sad and wrong. People in Iraq and Afghanistan get better health care from US services than our own vets. Shameful and my heart goes out to this man.
08:04 PM on 12/08/2009
I hope that you do not really believe that, after hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead, do you call that care.
04:27 PM on 12/08/2009
Governent run healthcare at it's finest......get ready everybody....you're next! :)
04:39 PM on 12/08/2009
You've never been in the military so i don't blame you... there's a difference between federal health and VA-run by military... get it right before you start talkin smack
04:49 PM on 12/08/2009
oh how WRONG you are. I was born on a military base 36 years ago, was the daughter of an active duty NCO who was in for 25 years and am now the miltary wife of an active duty officer. I have been around the military since the day I was born. When I say I've been around my enitre life I mean it literally.....every.single.day! What would make you think "You've never been in the military"?? I've got it right so I can talk "smack"!!
05:51 PM on 12/08/2009
That is just such ignor ant tras.h that it's difficult to comprehend your stu pidity. Be gone with thee.
04:24 PM on 12/08/2009
So it is. I stand by my post, though.
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04:23 PM on 12/08/2009
The issue here is NOT whether "The doctors would have performed the colonoscopy" ... but whether the patient's provider would have paid for the "preventative" screening.

YES, the VA was WRONG and SHOULD BE SUED!
04:50 PM on 12/08/2009
Oh but there is a provision: You can not sue the military healthcare system:)
08:48 AM on 12/09/2009
As a military spouse like you claimed you are.. you should know that military spouse and dependents CAN sue...
Sergeant
Dress Right
04:15 PM on 12/08/2009
Wait. Isn't this the system the new health program is supposed to emulate?
04:21 PM on 12/08/2009
So are you saying we shouldn't fix this current system?
04:40 PM on 12/08/2009
Stop spreading misinformation.. this system is VA... not Federal Health.. postal workers and folks in govy jobs can't go to VA hospitals...
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MNValley
Volens et Potens
05:35 PM on 12/08/2009
Government workers are covered under FEHBP - as are Senators and Representatives...
04:14 PM on 12/08/2009
Yay insurance companies and the GOP. Creeps.
Sergeant
Dress Right
04:16 PM on 12/08/2009
This is a federal health program. Read it again. VA. Get ready, here it comes.
04:24 PM on 12/08/2009
So it is. I stand by my post, though.
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PoliticalJunkie65
"Buzzinga!"
04:00 PM on 12/08/2009
Gawd, this is awful.
05:08 PM on 12/08/2009
I second that. Words really have no meaning here. Our society is ruthless.
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03:58 PM on 12/08/2009
Turns out they had homes all along.
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nickmantas
03:58 PM on 12/08/2009
Oh yeah! other than these kind of deplorable events, we have the best health care in the world according to Rethugs, we just can't access it unless we are members of the Congress or the Senate, everybody else can just drop dead, but them stupid Canadians and Europeans have universal health care that takes care of these situations even if you have to wait a few weeks, but God forbid we have socialistic programs like that here, only if it is forced down the Rethugs throat like the Social Security and Medicare and over time is proven how well it works, then they act like they are the ones that came up with the idea and not the ones that have tried their damnest to kill every program benefiting the people and not their corporate masters.
04:19 PM on 12/08/2009
It helps if you read the article. He was denied by the VA. Which a GOVT RUN HEALTH CARE!!!
04:41 PM on 12/08/2009
Military run... it's different from Federal Health... people need to know the difference before spreading misinformation
03:56 PM on 12/08/2009
American "healthcare system" is A FAILURE and only THE RICH CAN AFFORD IT.
Message to the rest of Americans: DROP DEAD!
04:20 PM on 12/08/2009
The rich have nothing to do with VA, this is a federal benefit offered to Veterans.
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Zeus9000
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I see
04:38 PM on 12/08/2009
You do realize that the VA is a government run health care program?
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superjules
Why won't god heal amputees?
03:54 PM on 12/08/2009
I'm not surprised in the least. As a military wife I know the government will do the absolute least they can get away with. I have to fight tooth and nail to get decent health care. The old saying about getting sick in the military "Take two motrin and go back to work" isn't for nothing. We all laugh about it because it's so true. I am so sorry for this man. Sometimes you just have to yell louder.
04:22 PM on 12/08/2009
Or just throw percocet at you.

People don't get it. My wife had to wait 6 months to get a referral to see a dermatologist. My insurance company now only took a 30 min visit to her normal doctor.
04:30 PM on 12/08/2009
Right on.. freakin VA was in such a mess (among other things) when bush left... it's going to take forever to bring it back up to par...
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superjules
Why won't god heal amputees?
04:33 PM on 12/08/2009
I hope for all of our sakes things get better. Hang in there friend.
04:52 PM on 12/08/2009
the VA has been a mess for years but I truly hope it gets better. Our Vets deserve the best and now that my father has retired he falls into the VA system.
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RitaS
03:53 PM on 12/08/2009
That wonderful committee the ACOG & their callous recommendations has sentanced this person to death.

I for one will refuse to follow their recommendations w/ regard to pap smears & mamograms. They clearly do not have the people's health in mind even when there's a history of cancer in the family. Here are my final thaughts on the committee. --!--
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C IH8U2
04:03 PM on 12/08/2009
I like this one better: ‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›
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03:45 PM on 12/08/2009
In case you haven't noticed Meggie, the cost for those tests can be several thousand dollars since individuals pay more than insurance companies that have made deals with the providers. My son's insurance has a $1000 deductible so he basically pays more than half of the bill out of pocket. His monthly premium is $500.00 a month which is about twenty-five percent of his income. Luckily, I can still afford to help him. Not everyone has the ability to pay out of pocket. Don't be so judgmental.
04:02 PM on 12/08/2009
People who cannot afford to pay for needed tests have the option of getting the tests and worrying about paying later.
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C IH8U2
04:06 PM on 12/08/2009
B.$.
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koalaholik
We are the USA. We DO NOT torture.
04:27 PM on 12/08/2009
Hey, I thought Conservatives were so big on personal responsibility.

So, you are saying get the service done and stiff the hospital?

First, they won't even schedule without insurance or a lot of cash up front.

Second, when the hospital gets stiffed enough they raise their rates and we ALL pay for it.
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liberalNmoderation
We've only got the one planet, don't screw it up.
03:39 PM on 12/08/2009
this is absolutely horrible....
I'm speechless.
03:33 PM on 12/08/2009
here in Canada, if there is a history of something in a family, testing is routine...I wish you had single payer but hope for the next best thing as this should not EVER happen.