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I want to tell you about a patient I will call Toni. Toni was in my office, worried about a lump in her breast. I examined her and knew immediately the lump which felt like a bit of concrete was likely a breast cancer. But, Toni who was 52 years old did not have insurance. For Toni, there was no possibility of surgery, no possibility of radiation or chemotherapy. As a Family Doctor working in a clinic for the poor, I was not able to help her. Even a mammogram to provide “proof” she was facing a cancer diagnosis cost too much for her.

 

Her only hope was to rely on the kindness of and charity from doctors and hospitals. After more than three months of calling many doctors and hospitals to beg for her care, I finally found a team willing to provide these services “just this once.” Toni finally got her surgery and then lost her maid job at a local hotel. Destitute, she was allowed State Medicaid coverage temporarily to cover the hospital’s losses for her surgery. She got six months of chemotherapy and when she felt better, Toni went back to work. Immediately she lost her Medicaid and thus her follow-up medication that was meant to prevent metastases. Although she stretched the medicine by taking it less often than prescribed, she finally ran out. Later she returned to the clinic with a lump in the other breast.

 

This is one story leading me to believe the US needs universal health care. I think the best option for providing this is to expand "Medicare for All".

 

SLeeMD 

 

The "Q" on Quindaro- Re-Opening the clinic to serve in the NE of KCKS

 

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion … People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love … For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,”  Nelson Mandela

 

More on racism

Robert E. Lee said- Let us "commit to oblivion the feelings engendered" by these statues to Confederate idealogues.

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How the 800,000 "Dreamers" differ from other undocumented immigrants: 1) They grew up speaking English and as part of the US community. 2) Most are in school or have jobs- they are part of our economy. 3) They have already passed background checks. 4) They have no where to go "back" to as many are not fluent in the language of their parents. We need to protect these people from the hateful effects of anti-immigrant policies. This has nothing to do with closing the border, protecting the US from "bad hombres" or other anti-immigrant policies. They are different. On the spectrum of undocumented immigrants, this group should be an easy pass.- SLeeMD
 

   
 

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John McKain - a hero in war, a hero in his life, a true hero in the senate. The senate adjourned at almost 2 AM 7/28/2017 after voting down the terrible health care bill with the Democrats and three Republicans- Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and a heroic and pivital vote "nay" from John McCain (Arizona). Thank you to these senators and Missouri senator Claire McCaskill who listened to their constituents and did not bow to special interests and partisanship. Sorry our Republican Kansas senators Jerry Moran, Pat Roberts and Missourian Roy Blunt lacked the courage and consideration to work for a health care system that will help more Americans and hurt fewer. We need to fix, not end the work of the ACA. SLeeMD

   
 

 ‘Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.’- Reverend Martin Luther King.

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How States like Kansas punish the poor for being both too poor and not poor enough...from the Health Foundation of Greater KC- click here

 

NPR Report- Study shows poverty reduces life expectancy by years...

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