Heart patient, 8, lobbies Capitol Hill for Medicaid | The Columbus Dispatch

While Congress tussled over how best to raise the debt ceiling yesterday, a Nintendo DS-toting 8-year-old canvassed Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to support funding for Medicaid and children's hospitals. Full Story
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eulahoward

Fremont, CA

#1 Jul 27, 2011
Let me tell you one thing that the best health insurance plans has completely different set of meaning for different type of people. For those who are rich, the plan which can earn them more is best. However, those who are in the middle class have different ideas. They think that insurance plan is the best for which they will have to pay minimum premium. However, the poor person does not even know that what is health insurance? If you are one of them search online for "Penny Health" and get smart about insurance.
Linda

Galloway, OH

#2 Jul 27, 2011
How about marching on the drug companies?
Republicans dont care

Crestview, FL

#3 Jul 27, 2011
I feel for this family since Republicans dont care about the middle and poor income families. Their version of healthcare reform is to let everyone sick just die and get off medicare. Only very rich people can afford to pay for proper healthcare in this country and they pay no taxes and live like Kings off the backs of the poor and middle income families. I am in Private pay insurance and I have to have it, but it costs 2/3 rds of my retirement income just to have the policy, its just not right. I wish I could help but I am a nobody and I cant afford to bribe anyone. Money talks...
Buckeye Chuck

Dublin, OH

#4 Jul 27, 2011
Republicans dont care wrote:
I feel for this family since Republicans dont care about the middle and poor income families. Their version of healthcare reform is to let everyone sick just die and get off medicare. Only very rich people can afford to pay for proper healthcare in this country and they pay no taxes and live like Kings off the backs of the poor and middle income families. I am in Private pay insurance and I have to have it, but it costs 2/3 rds of my retirement income just to have the policy, its just not right. I wish I could help but I am a nobody and I cant afford to bribe anyone. Money talks...
Does you insurance pay for your anti-psychotic meds? I think you need a refill.
Jake

United States

#5 Jul 27, 2011
Everybody wants a handout. If they can afford a trip to DO, they should not need Medicaid. Medicaid which is supposed to be for the poor, not everyone who wants to keep their new cars, cell phones, and computer games.
Wowza

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 27, 2011
Buckeye Chuck wrote:
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Does you insurance pay for your anti-psychotic meds? I think you need a refill.
You are clueless.
I can't wait until a major disease devastates you or your family, then you will be seeing things from a different perspective.

I have Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed at 20 and am now 27. My major therapy drug alone, costs $3,000 a month and just keeps going up. 3,000 x 12 =$36,000 a year for the last 7 years has cost $252,000.00. That is not including the neurologist I have to see, other specialists I have to see like eye doctors, female doctors, etc..

I work full-time with overtime. I pay for health insurance that does jack s**** for me. So I have to manage everything on my own. It sucks. You best pray it never happens to you or yours.
Karen

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 27, 2011
Sorry they continue to trot out these types of cases in order to make the case that we cannot look at cutting entitlements or at least discussing how to make them more cost efficient. We have a country where 50% pay no taxes yet we want to continue to provide cradle to grave benefits. Well it just doesn't work that way. The entire congress, Dems and Republicans do not speak for the 80% of the middle ground that have no representation in DC. We are sick of the rhetoric and want action that includes cutting every program, eliminating duplicate ones, and starts to tax everyone who takes a paycheck even it is only $100 a year. That would piss off everyone which means it is fair and equitable.
Me Too

Canal Winchester, OH

#8 Jul 27, 2011
Karen wrote:
Sorry they continue to trot out these types of cases in order to make the case that we cannot look at cutting entitlements or at least discussing how to make them more cost efficient. We have a country where 50% pay no taxes yet we want to continue to provide cradle to grave benefits. Well it just doesn't work that way. The entire congress, Dems and Republicans do not speak for the 80% of the middle ground that have no representation in DC. We are sick of the rhetoric and want action that includes cutting every program, eliminating duplicate ones, and starts to tax everyone who takes a paycheck even it is only $100 a year. That would **** off everyone which means it is fair and equitable.
Emotional hijacking. Deflection from economic realities.
WHO CARES

Galena, OH

#9 Jul 27, 2011
I think every on is missing the point. Healthcare costs too much in this country. Insurance compaanies are partly to blame (years of unregulated costs). Drug companies are also to blame ( should never been allowed to advertise.). Patients are not aware of good old common sense.
Why does it costs pennies on the dollar to purchase the same meds in Mexico and health care is cheaper. This country needs to the most part go back to a simpler country medical Dr. Drs need to be trained to use common sense and not order a battery of expensive tests to tell him what he suspoects to begin with. Drs need to cut back on expensive overhead like fancy offices that serve no purpose than to impress others.
Get rid of insurance coverage to go see a family Dr. for routine services. You will see a lot cheaper service. Like flat fee to see a DR. for basic service. Insurance companies should be used for hospitilization only.

Since: Jun 10

Canal Winchester, OH

#10 Jul 27, 2011
This won't go away just because we want it to.
Our culture is not in the habit of turning away the ill and the disabled when they need medical care. We just add the costs to our tax tab and call it "Medicare."
One other alternative is to require universally acquired health insurance - similar to the requirement for drivers to have automobile insurance. Another would to be to combine Medicaid and Medicare - effectively reducing the coverage of Medicare patients while saving bureaucratic expenses and relinquishing state control and responsibility. Those currently on Medicaid would have to have their Medicare paid for by vouchers after they have been found to qualify, or they would pay out of pocket combinded with those vouchers as their income allowed. An advantage to some of the latter would be that the program would be more anonymous than the current system.
The question is how are we going to pay for unplanned illness - before or after the fact. Additionally, who is going to pick up the tab and with how many layers of costly bureaucracy.
Jane Galt

Westerville, OH

#11 Jul 27, 2011
Wowza wrote:
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You are clueless.
I can't wait until a major disease devastates you or your family, then you will be seeing things from a different perspective.
I have Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed at 20 and am now 27. My major therapy drug alone, costs $3,000 a month and just keeps going up. 3,000 x 12 =$36,000 a year for the last 7 years has cost $252,000.00. That is not including the neurologist I have to see, other specialists I have to see like eye doctors, female doctors, etc..
I work full-time with overtime. I pay for health insurance that does jack s**** for me. So I have to manage everything on my own. It sucks. You best pray it never happens to you or yours.
I'm truely sorry that you have MS; I have a family member with it as well. But please explain to me why I or any other tax payer should be paying for your treatment?
Bettina

Columbus, OH

#13 Jul 27, 2011
Jane Galt wrote:
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I'm truely sorry that you have MS; I have a family member with it as well. But please explain to me why I or any other tax payer should be paying for your treatment?
Boy, that Christian stuff just zipped over your head, didn't it?
Old Timer

AOL

#14 Jul 27, 2011
Son...here is the economic reality. No money, therefore no care. Go to church daily and pray for a miracle. Maybe if you go to a tea-partier, they can explain it to you better. Sorry about your luck. As for being a 3rd grader reading at 5th grade level...still not good enough for the ultra-right. The ultras have no soul...
soooo

Columbus, OH

#15 Jul 27, 2011
the whole system needs overhauled. i dont want to see people go with out insurance but what we are being charged is rediculous.
isnt it like $10 for a tylenol at the hospital...
WHS76

Blacklick, OH

#16 Jul 27, 2011
Easy to do when it is not his or parents money.
In other words it is easy when he gets a free ride(not payin the bill).
Chaser26Crusader s

Wilmington, DE

#17 Jul 27, 2011
Wowza wrote:
<quoted text>
You are clueless.
I can't wait until a major disease devastates you or your family, then you will be seeing things from a different perspective.
I have Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed at 20 and am now 27. My major therapy drug alone, costs $3,000 a month and just keeps going up. 3,000 x 12 =$36,000 a year for the last 7 years has cost $252,000.00. That is not including the neurologist I have to see, other specialists I have to see like eye doctors, female doctors, etc..
I work full-time with overtime. I pay for health insurance that does jack s**** for me. So I have to manage everything on my own. It sucks. You best pray it never happens to you or yours.
Hey, no matter what he thinks or your opinion is, you can never wish that kind of pain upon someone else. Ive raised Money for the MS society for awhile and ive learned quite alot about it, however, you just cant say that.
Joebody

Springboro, OH

#18 Jul 27, 2011
What's wrong with this kid? He is eight years old and still freeloading off his parents?

He needs to get out there and get himself a job, preferably one with health insurance. Millions of kids in Bangladesh start working at age 4, whats so special about this kid that he has to mooch off his parents and taxpayers?

The truth is that competition is great, the sooner he gets out there and gets into the workforce, the better off he will be. He can already read at a grade 5 level, that's good enough to read a technical manual. There has to be a sweatshop somewhere in Columbus with an opening for him.
whatever

Reynoldsburg, OH

#19 Jul 27, 2011
Chaser26Crusaders wrote:
<quoted text>Hey, no matter what he thinks or your opinion is, you can never wish that kind of pain upon someone else. Ive raised Money for the MS society for awhile and ive learned quite alot about it, however, you just cant say that.
I think she had every right to say that to that idiot.
Julie

Columbus, OH

#20 Jul 27, 2011
what about adults with DISABILITIES!? I am 47 with a disability, I am worried my rent wont get paid in august! PLus I need medicare/caide to pay for my Dr visits and anti depresent drugs! WE are JUST as IMPORTANT as the KIDS are! Pisses me off!!!!!!!! I feel sorry for the young boy but we adults should matter just as much! Those rich republicans outa take a paycut and see if tHAT fixes our National DEBT!:)
Chaser26Crusader s

Wilmington, DE

#21 Jul 27, 2011
Heres the deal, The richer, Usually Republicans benefit off of this and Democrats and middle class citizens just dont as much. Its like giving more to the person that has it all, instead of the person with not much yearning for more. And @Julie, agreed, but dissagreed. adults and kids, male and female, all equal. For some reason people just put more urgency on children. Which, i am a child. Dont know if I should be speaking on this matter. Im off.

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