Confused, frustrated, ignored: Linda'...

Confused, frustrated, ignored: Linda's search for clear answers...

There are 32 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jun 1, 2009, titled Confused, frustrated, ignored: Linda's search for clear answers.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Linda Powis and Don Gunnon pose amid the mayhem of moving their St. Paul household to South Carolina on Monday morning March 23 2009.

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Finch

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jun 2, 2009
you know what? i got plenty problems too...
mike

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jun 2, 2009
3 words: universal health care.
Mr Secant

Maple Grove, MN

#3 Jun 2, 2009
The city, county and state spend more energy and money setting up every available barrier they can to stop its citizens from recieving the benefits it's taxes have been designated for and the positions they hold seem to be more important then the job and task that they were created to support!
Tammy

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Jun 2, 2009
General assistance is for unemployed single persons or married persons with no income. She wouldn't qualify as a single person because she has a job and she is not married, no minor children. She could be converted to regular medical assistance but again, she is a single person making a $1000 a month making her not eligibilty. The article mentions that state disability program, she can certainly apply for that but she will be required to apply for social security to get Medicare as well, and that requirement is you have to be OUT of work for a year or more. She is working so she doesn't qualify for that. The only option will be MinnesotaCare and yes it's expensive when your income is limited but so is the 400 a paycheck I pay for health insurance.

We all have problems. An you really think universal health care will solve this. NOT
Mr Secant

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jun 2, 2009
Tammy wrote:
General assistance is for unemployed single persons or married persons with no income. She wouldn't qualify as a single person because she has a job and she is not married, no minor children. She could be converted to regular medical assistance but again, she is a single person making a $1000 a month making her not eligibilty. The article mentions that state disability program, she can certainly apply for that but she will be required to apply for social security to get Medicare as well, and that requirement is you have to be OUT of work for a year or more. She is working so she doesn't qualify for that. The only option will be MinnesotaCare and yes it's expensive when your income is limited but so is the 400 a paycheck I pay for health insurance.
We all have problems. An you really think universal health care will solve this. NOT
If you could look beyond your selfishness you might consider the fact that universal health care would help with this couples problems and the 47 million people who live in this country that go without it.
Universal health care works in Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, Germany, France, Finland and every other civilized society, it is time to embrace it here!
madmadmad

Stillwater, MN

#6 Jun 2, 2009
I think its all a bunch of bull. We work at least me since i was 11yrs old and payed all my taxes so if i needed any help if something bad happened they would just slam the door in my face? I want all my tax money back if it is not set up to help me. It makes me mad to see the government gie immagrants all this help with the use of our money. F the government, stupid, ignorant,theives.
Blah Blah Blah

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Jun 2, 2009
madmadmad wrote:
I think its all a bunch of bull. We work at least me since i was 11yrs old and payed all my taxes so if i needed any help if something bad happened they would just slam the door in my face? I want all my tax money back if it is not set up to help me. It makes me mad to see the government gie immagrants all this help with the use of our money. F the government, stupid, ignorant,theives.
If you don't like how the government runs, go back to where you came from. Take a ship and sail on back home. It makes me mad to have my tax dollars given to ignorant people like you too.
WinTheF

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jun 2, 2009
"Confused, frustrated, ignored" working just the way the government designed it to.... Wait until it gets forced upon all of us common folks by the name of Universal Health Care... No thanks Mr. Obama.
The Big Bopper

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Jun 2, 2009
So where is the United Way help?
Suburban Mom

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jun 2, 2009
Blah Blah Blah wrote:
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If you don't like how the government runs, go back to where you came from. Take a ship and sail on back home. It makes me mad to have my tax dollars given to ignorant people like you too.
This IS their home. They paid taxes,they worked hard all their lives and through nothing they did wrong they lost it all. Linda is still working in spite of having an illness that might have also qualified her for disability benefits.
They would have been better off if their son had gone to college because she would have qualified for health care with a dependent child. Had she made just pennies an hour less, they would have qualified for health care. Had she asked for SSDI, she might have qualified. But they tried everything they could to do it on their own. These are not ignorant people looking for a handout, but honest, hardworking people who were suddenly dealt a lousy hand.

We're all just an illness or layoff away from the same fate. If we don't ALL stand up for Linda and Don and expect better treatment from our government and build an adequate health care system that is not tied to consistent employment, any one of us, even you Blah Blah Blah, could be next.
Blah Blah Blah

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Jun 2, 2009
Suburban Mom wrote:
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This IS their home. They paid taxes,they worked hard all their lives and through nothing they did wrong they lost it all. Linda is still working in spite of having an illness that might have also qualified her for disability benefits.
They would have been better off if their son had gone to college because she would have qualified for health care with a dependent child. Had she made just pennies an hour less, they would have qualified for health care. Had she asked for SSDI, she might have qualified. But they tried everything they could to do it on their own. These are not ignorant people looking for a handout, but honest, hardworking people who were suddenly dealt a lousy hand.
We're all just an illness or layoff away from the same fate. If we don't ALL stand up for Linda and Don and expect better treatment from our government and build an adequate health care system that is not tied to consistent employment, any one of us, even you Blah Blah Blah, could be next.
My comment was towards "madmadmad" for his/her rude remark, not towards Linda and Don.
2 Solutions

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Jun 2, 2009
1) When Don and Linda had good paying jobs, they should have purchased individual personal disability policies and catastrophic health coverage and this could have been avoided. In my opinion, the government needs to partner with private industry and educate people that these insurance programs are available. For $2,500 per year -- which I know is a lot of money but they were making close to $100k per year and could have afforded this -- the current situation would have been completely avoided.

2) Universal health care with a twist. There is enough money in this country that it is incomprehensible that every person can't get a basic level of health care. There should be a government program that provides for folks like Linda and Don and others. It's not going to be the best and there will be long waits, etc., but everyone should have coverage. The twist is that there should be a base level of catastrophic care for everyone, but then those who can afford it should be able to upgrade to a "private" system if they would like. If you upgrade, you could see the doctors you want, when you want, etc. But again, EVERYONE, should receive a base level of care...it is the moral responsibility of all of us to take care of others in need.
mary

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jun 2, 2009
Mr Secant wrote:
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If you could look beyond your selfishness you might consider the fact that universal health care would help with this couples problems and the 47 million people who live in this country that go without it.
Universal health care works in Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, Germany, France, Finland and every other civilized society, it is time to embrace it here!
No thanks. I heard the opposite. Too expensive and long waits for care.
r l sauer

Theodore, AL

#15 Jun 2, 2009
The selfishness and smugness of some of these commenters testifies to the problems we have in developing a coherent community.
The guy recommending disability insurance must be and insurance agent. Reminds me of the plan published on the home page of the neocon Cato Institute web page. This economist thought people should buy health care status insurance so when the premiums went up with advancing age or illness that insurance would pay the difference in the new premium. I.E. if you think you may have trouble in the future with high premiums you should take on another premium right away to avoid that possibility. You get to keep paying two premiums until you get to Medicare age and then two smaller premiums. Great deal --- for the insurance industry.
At least Minnesotans didn't have the insensitivity to blame these unfortunates for living a hazardous life. Most of these on your own folks bring up smoking, drinking and obesity. Interesting, because the World Health Organization statistics show us to be 3rd to 5th best in developed countries in smoking and drinking statistics. Only in obesity are we first and not by much. Glad to see Minnesotans don't blame the victim.
Ridiculous

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jun 2, 2009
The biased reporting on all 3 articles so far is just ridiculous. As someone who knows the system, it's a damm injustice that this article even went to print. Is it all about what PEOPLE and the REPORTER "THINK"? Or is it about FACTS?

There is no safety net, and there is no free ride.

I would need a minimum of three hours to correct all the biased and wrong information in this series so far.

HEY here's a novel idea!!!!!!!!!! How about instead of using your "connections" to help this couple (which I'm sure thousands of other people would LOVE to use the reporters connections) HOW about actually reporting FACTS and the correct process of applying for and being approved for benefits? Then everyone could access and use information, instead of just the couple that was deemed worthy of checking into?
Mr Secant

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Jun 2, 2009
mary wrote:
<quoted text>No thanks. I heard the opposite. Too expensive and long waits for care.
You heard the opposite? You would do yourself a service by turning off the propaganda that you are fed on a daily basis by corporations or individuals paid to continue the lies and distortion of fact regarding health care systems outside the USA.
I have lived in three other countries and can promise you, everyone of them have better systems then the for profit, at any cost system adapted by our political and health care administratiors.
sick of socialism

United States

#18 Jun 2, 2009
THIS is exactly why MN needs to cut back spending on social engineering until it can figure out just where all the milions are being spent (or wasted.)
7200 employees??? No wonder they can't get any straight, clear answers. They're tripping over themselves at Human Services.
This is also exactly why the government should NEVER be allowed to run a health care plan. Efficient, my rear end!
NoDoubt

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Jun 2, 2009
Ridiculous wrote:
The biased reporting on all 3 articles so far is just ridiculous. As someone who knows the system, it's a damm injustice that this article even went to print. Is it all about what PEOPLE and the REPORTER "THINK"? Or is it about FACTS?
There is no safety net, and there is no free ride.
I would need a minimum of three hours to correct all the biased and wrong information in this series so far.
HEY here's a novel idea!!!!!!!!!! How about instead of using your "connections" to help this couple (which I'm sure thousands of other people would LOVE to use the reporters connections) HOW about actually reporting FACTS and the correct process of applying for and being approved for benefits? Then everyone could access and use information, instead of just the couple that was deemed worthy of checking into?
Your message has no point, or is that the point?
RIOT

Madison, WI

#20 Jun 2, 2009
Mr Secant wrote:
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If you could look beyond your selfishness you might consider the fact that universal health care would help with this couples problems and the 47 million people who live in this country that go without it.
Universal health care works in Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, Germany, France, Finland and every other civilized society, it is time to embrace it here!
Really, have you actually talked to people from these countries or are you just buying into the propaganda from the libs? I've got relatives from these countries and they talk about the poor service, waiting for service and no service at all. They would love to pay a premium for health care and have the CHOICES that we have now. Universal health care will not work other then to eliminate more of our population because the rich will be able to bypass it and get to the head of the line and who would want to be involved with healthcare when the government tells you who to treat and to let die.
mary

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Jun 2, 2009
Mr Secant wrote:
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You heard the opposite? You would do yourself a service by turning off the propaganda that you are fed on a daily basis by corporations or individuals paid to continue the lies and distortion of fact regarding health care systems outside the USA.
I have lived in three other countries and can promise you, everyone of them have better systems then the for profit, at any cost system adapted by our political and health care administratiors.
You dont know what I do all day. I disagree on creating another huge govt. run program.Why would that save money and who is going to pay for this?

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