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Michael Valentine
Retired SEIU Member
03:38 PM on 03/15/2010
The shame is that we need a medical tragedy to to find empathy for a homeless mother and her teenaged daughter. Record homelessness is matched by unprecedented numbers of millionaires right here in what the Republicans call, ironically, "Christian America".
07:08 PM on 03/12/2010
We need to figure out is how to keep children in the womb until age 18. If only this girl were still in the womb, there would be mobs of people out in the streets protesting to save her life and give her a new lung!
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Graceless
03:18 PM on 03/15/2010
Fanned. (and agreed)
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mad world
If you stand for nothing, you'll fall for anything
03:20 PM on 03/15/2010
lol
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snapshot1940
"We have met the enemy and he is us"
10:30 PM on 03/09/2010
I would invite them to stay with us but the Arizona legislature is kicking 310,000 Arizonans off Medicaid so they can allow the uberrich here to keep their big tax cuts to balance the state's budget. Nice bunch of caring people!
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sacklunch
03:27 PM on 03/15/2010
Yea, right. Sure you would.
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05:32 PM on 03/15/2010
And so how much have you sent to support this girl?
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Antonio Epperson
10:13 PM on 03/09/2010
This is so sad.
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SusanStoHelit
09:34 PM on 03/09/2010
The sad truth though - when she moves up the transplant list, someone else moves down.

We don't have enough organ donors (and if you haven't signed your organ donor card, you ARE part of the problem) to give an organ to everyone who needs one. Huge numbers of people die, waiting for their organ. Thus, the transplant lists prioritize based on who needs them most and who will have the best chance of survival with a transplant.

It's sad that she's homeless, horrible that this means that she can't get a transplant - but what is really horrible is that even if she gets a home, gets her lung - someone ELSE will then be the one who dies for lack of a transplant.
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snapshot1940
"We have met the enemy and he is us"
10:16 PM on 03/09/2010
I hope you didn't mean that like it sounded.
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amdezurik
12:29 PM on 03/10/2010
just the way the real world works...
08:29 PM on 03/10/2010
No thanks. Not doing that donor card. I have 2 friends that recounted their story of the docs discussing their organs while they were supposedly unconscious. Call it selfish if you want. When I'm old and crusty I might change my mind.
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08:02 PM on 03/09/2010
No doubt the right-wingers would maintain that their homelessness and chronic disease will be an ADDED incentive to better their lives.

If you give her a home and a transplant, she will simply grow into one of those lazy, benefits-consuming lefties.

The GOP can sleep better at night knowing that this will be an excellent lesson for the whole family - and so morally enriching.
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sacklunch
03:31 PM on 03/15/2010
I am curious why she and her mother are homeless. Is the mom unemployed? If so, why? Where is the father? What happens in a year when housing isn't given to them anymore? This story doesn't address any of those.
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missingwmd
Not afraid of the Elephant in the room.
04:14 PM on 03/15/2010
that's because right now the most important thing is to save this girl's life! Going into the reasons for their homelessness will only give people a reason to judge. Not that they were gonna help anyway.
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Balzac
07:35 PM on 03/09/2010
I hope donations will be made for long enough to establish her stable residence so she can be on the transplant list and survive.
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06:59 PM on 03/09/2010
Our country is as bad as a third world country to our kids. If we were good to our kids, not one would be living like this. We would put them in foster care, or group homes. I teach and I see the horrors of how children are forced to live everyday. They live with fools for parents who drink, use drugs, and abuse them. And most of society just accepts how the parents treat them. It is the worst crime in the US.
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snapshot1940
"We have met the enemy and he is us"
10:17 PM on 03/09/2010
Ditto that! Been there, done that. Seen kids raising themselves with no clue.
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sacklunch
03:34 PM on 03/15/2010
... and we still are more than happy to give tax dollars to those families in the form of government handouts. Until we force parents to be responsible for their actions all we are doing is condoning their behavior. People should have to learn to live with the mistakes they make... maybe then they'll think twice before making that mistake again.
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Franklin1776
Micro-bio rocks! So does Cell-bio!
06:18 PM on 03/15/2010
LOL. Yeah. You sound more then happy about that...

Until parents are responsible for their behavior.... so parents who can't afford things like a lung transplant for their kids should shut up and let them die???? So that they can learn from their mistakes???

I have no problem with people being responsible for their actions. But it's really a no-brainer when kids are starving or need health care. The "make them learn" alternative is death.
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06:35 PM on 03/09/2010
. . . forwarding the URL like crazy. (Hint, hint. :o)
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Renee27
The Most Censored Commenter on HuffPo
06:07 PM on 03/15/2010
Gotcha :)
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breakingpoint
War is a Racket - Smedley Butler
06:20 PM on 03/09/2010
secede
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ETSpoon
06:19 PM on 03/09/2010
On the other hand this young lady is too young to remember what the Republican god, Ronald Reagan, said about the homeless:
"What we have found in this country, and maybe we're more aware of it now, is one problem that we've had, even in the best of times, and that is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless, you might say, by choice. "

Show of hands, how many of you HuffPo right wing trolls believe what the Gripper said is true?
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sacklunch
03:37 PM on 03/15/2010
Not all are doing it by choice, but I'd be willing to be that most of them are. It's easy to find exceptions to the rules. There are those exceptions in any case. I still strongly feel that (most) people are in the places that they are in life as a result of their own choices.
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05:36 PM on 03/15/2010
Go.d you're clueless, aren't you?

People are not homeless by choice. Only those who are mentally ill would "choose" to be homeless, and at that point I would question their ability to make a choice of free will.

I'm sure all unemployed people are nodding their heads in agreement with you that they are unemployed by choice.
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ETSpoon
06:26 PM on 03/15/2010
So don't come crying to Uncle Sam when your employer outsouces your job to India, the bank forecloses on your house and your wife files for divorce. All on the same day!

You like camping, don't you.
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waldopepper
I'd tell you all about me if you were my friend.
05:53 PM on 03/09/2010
Some superpower.
05:51 PM on 03/09/2010
May God bless her and her family!

How blessed we are....
05:41 PM on 03/09/2010
Contact the Jackson Memorial/University of Miami hospital. If we can do million dollar multi organ transplants for foreigners at no cost to them, we should be able to take care of our own.
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jack7576
05:33 PM on 03/09/2010
this is how the system treats our americans kids

illegals get priority

disgusting
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JShankel
I want my country forward
05:45 PM on 03/09/2010
Why shouldn't they? If they have the ability to pay and the Americans are too lazy or stupid to get jobs?

I mean we have 10% unemployment in this country. Real unemployment is approaching 20% 20%!!!

Obviously, everyone is more interested in cashing their fat unemployment checks and ducking their mortgage than in finding a job. What other possible explanation could there be? It's obviously a massive failure of personal responsibility.

I've worked all my life since age 14. I've been unemployed for approximately six months, total, in all that time. So obviously anyone who doesn't have a job is just lazy or stupid.

Why should hospitals be forced to take lazy, stupid, poor Americans who can't pay when rich illegals are more than willing to?

If this girl wants a new lung so badly, she should go get a job.
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Notsosurearewe
A pair o' pathetic peripatetics
05:56 PM on 03/09/2010
She's 14. Remember child labor laws?

And as for laziness... it's difficult enough to survive when you barely have enough money to eat and not enough to live. how are you supposed to think about the future when the present is so bleak?
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05:56 PM on 03/09/2010
You are being sarcastic, right?
KristenfromMA
I hate platform shoes.
05:45 PM on 03/09/2010
Are you seriously suggesting that undocumented workers are receiving benefits that this girl is not? it's terrible that the girl and her mother are in this situation - homelessness in the country is scandalous - but it is not the fault of undocumented workers. (And that's what they are. 'Illegal' is not a noun.)
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sacklunch
03:42 PM on 03/15/2010
Is undocumented a noun?

You're right. They are undocumented... but they are also illegal.