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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JUSTSAYING

Hastings, MN

#22 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?
Tomorrow's article is titled "Watchdog's Solutions" which sounds to me like some follow up on educating us all about the system is coming.
John T

Saint Paul, MN

#23 Jun 2, 2009
Universal health care means:

47 million (or whatever the magic number is these days) people will have slightly better health care and not pay anything.

253 million people will have WORSE health care and may end up paying more (through both extremely higher taxes and copays).

This is a WIN-LOSE scenario. The minority WINS, the majority LOSES.

You can kiss the US economy goodbye with universal healthcare. All of our discretionary money will be spent towards the program. The poor get poorer and the rich get poorer under socialism. Only those at the top in government win.
Dependant Child

AOL

#24 Jun 2, 2009
Perhaps the state can do away with the dependant child requirement. If you think about it, a single woman with one dependant child who makes lets say 1200 a month, not only gets free child care but free health insurance, food stamps and wick. How is that cheaper than helping a single woman out who is only asking for healthcare. I don't get it. Which costs more? Who is better off?
Rick James

Des Moines, IA

#25 Jun 3, 2009
mary wrote:
<quoted text>No thanks. I heard the opposite. Too expensive and long waits for care.
I'm curious as to who you've heard about long waits from? I've been to all those countries except for Australia and Germany, and worked with people in all of those countries and the only thin I ever hear them say is how they can't believe the US hasn't gone to Universal Health Care. The only time you wait for care is when it has to do with ELECTIVE things, not necessary things.
mary

Minneapolis, MN

#26 Jun 3, 2009
Rick James wrote:
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I'm curious as to who you've heard about long waits from? I've been to all those countries except for Australia and Germany, and worked with people in all of those countries and the only thin I ever hear them say is how they can't believe the US hasn't gone to Universal Health Care. The only time you wait for care is when it has to do with ELECTIVE things, not necessary things.
Friends up north tell me people from Canada come here cause they get lousy care there. I have lost everything due to my medical bills. something needs to change but who pays for the universal care?
Ethel Mertz

Minneapolis, MN

#27 Jun 3, 2009
Rick James wrote:
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I'm curious as to who you've heard about long waits from? I've been to all those countries except for Australia and Germany, and worked with people in all of those countries and the only thin I ever hear them say is how they can't believe the US hasn't gone to Universal Health Care. The only time you wait for care is when it has to do with ELECTIVE things, not necessary things.
Australians pay a percentage of their taxes towards their health system. They also have the ability to get decently priced policies to enhance the coverage. The Canadians have the worst health care system in the world. My husband worked in Canada and we kept our American health coverage as the health care system is horrible. Last time the percentage of Canadians happy with their health care was 21%. You will wait for procedures that could save your life. You will wait months to get procedures, i.e. CT, MRI etc. In fact, many companies are setting up in Canada to do these procedures as your average Canadian can't get them in a timely manner. Periodically news shows in Canada show the obscene number of people waiting for procedures that could save their lives and the huge number that expire waiting for health care.
mary

Minneapolis, MN

#28 Jun 3, 2009
Ethel Mertz wrote:
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Australians pay a percentage of their taxes towards their health system. They also have the ability to get decently priced policies to enhance the coverage. The Canadians have the worst health care system in the world. My husband worked in Canada and we kept our American health coverage as the health care system is horrible. Last time the percentage of Canadians happy with their health care was 21%. You will wait for procedures that could save your life. You will wait months to get procedures, i.e. CT, MRI etc. In fact, many companies are setting up in Canada to do these procedures as your average Canadian can't get them in a timely manner. Periodically news shows in Canada show the obscene number of people waiting for procedures that could save their lives and the huge number that expire waiting for health care.
I still am not sold on universal care. Mn. care might be screwed up enough. Imagine that on a national level.
Ethel Mertz

Minneapolis, MN

#29 Jun 3, 2009
I wasn't selling Universal Care. I'm actually against it as it stands in Canada. Seems to work better in Australia.

We just need to look at what is working.
mary

Minneapolis, MN

#30 Jun 3, 2009
Ethel Mertz wrote:
I wasn't selling Universal Care. I'm actually against it as it stands in Canada. Seems to work better in Australia.
We just need to look at what is working.
I agree with you.
Anonymous

Saint Paul, MN

#31 Jun 3, 2009
Have you really checked out your story? Did you check medical records?
She has no contact with her family because she stole and lied to them all.
Please check out your info as these two were written up in the Tribune like last year. Their just looking for a free hand out.
Anonymous

Saint Paul, MN

#32 Jun 3, 2009
Linda and Don have not been hard working individuals paying taxes as hard working folks.
Gee I wonder if their former? heroin problems had anything to do with her health problems. They have everyone snowed. WHAT A JOKE.
charlie brown

Saint Paul, MN

#33 Jun 3, 2009
Insurance companies and drug makers are the root cause of our inefficiencies. They are also major financial political contributors. Get government involved? Sure but it wouldn't be any more efficient. Special interest groups would still have their hand in the cookie jar. What about GM and the sweet deal the Union got. Get Insurance companies out of the picture and see what happens. Make healthcare a free market once again and let competition force prices down.

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