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Actual Letter from Oncologist: RE: Sequestration

Posted on 04/02/2013 1:33:14 PM PDT by Toespi

My brother-in-law is fighting stage 4 prostate cancer. He just received this letter from his oncologist:

April 2, 2013

Dear Patients and Friends of The Zangmeister Cancer Center,

You may have heard about "sequestration," the automatic spending cuts to defense, education, healthcare and other programs that are the result of the failure of Congress to compromise on how to responsibly rein in spending. Unfortunately, sequestration will have a severe adverse impact on cancer care. That's because it will cut payments to providers – your physician – for chemotherapy and other critical cancer drugs, paying for most at below cost. If these cuts are allowed to stay in place it will force further cancer clinic closings and push cancer care into higher-cost settings for patients and taxpayers. In the past 2 years in Ohio, several practices have moved to higher cost settings raising the costs of cancer care in their communities.

The Administration should not include cancer drugs as part of the sequester cut, but has ignored current law that clearly defines payment for these drugs. Here are ways you can respond and help:

You can help by signing an official White House petition to stop the sequester cut to cancer drugs. Simply do the following: Go to http://wh.gov/HDEm Click on the "Set Up Account" button, which simply requires your name, email address and zip code to verify you are a real, unique person. Wait a few minutes to get an email from the White House with a link to the petition to sign. This email may appear in your “Junk” folder. Click on the link in the email to sign. It's that simple! When we get 100,000 signatures in 30 days, the White House has to respond to the petition.


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KEYWORDS: cancer; healthcare; obamacare; sequestration
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1 posted on 04/02/2013 1:33:14 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Toespi

What a heartless bastard Obama is.


2 posted on 04/02/2013 1:35:00 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I hate him to the depths of my being. Yes, I am a hater. of evil.


3 posted on 04/02/2013 1:36:06 PM PDT by Student0165
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To: Toespi

In sum, please keep printed Gov’t Bernanke money flowing, to allow the continuous blowing-up the cost bubble of the medical-industrial complex!

Your life depends on it!


4 posted on 04/02/2013 1:36:46 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: PGR88

I forgot to mention, please take the time to sign the WH petition. Many lives depend on it!


5 posted on 04/02/2013 1:39:08 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Student0165

I thought for a second this might be a late april fools joke. Nobody could do something like this, right?

A simple web search returned site after site with articles on this.


6 posted on 04/02/2013 1:39:10 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Why, just why should we have to google for this information? It should be breaking news on EVERY news outlet. I am sickened.


7 posted on 04/02/2013 1:41:28 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Toespi

He is just heartless and cruel. He sends this while he goes off on lavish vacations at the taxpayers expense. There are no words, and he has no shame.


8 posted on 04/02/2013 1:42:04 PM PDT by Essie
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To: Toespi
Uh, oh! Congress will be in full harrumph mode soon.

A law must be passed to prevent any such cutbacks from ever happening again.

One more law ought to create utopia.

9 posted on 04/02/2013 1:43:40 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Tax laws are complex and may change at any time.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

There actually is a law already, Obama is ignoring it.


10 posted on 04/02/2013 1:44:53 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Toespi

11 posted on 04/02/2013 1:45:30 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Essie

-— There are no words, and he has no shame. -—

All I needed to know was that he voted in favor of allowing babies, born of botched abortions, to die of exposure.

He is capable of any evil.


12 posted on 04/02/2013 1:47:04 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Toespi
But but but but I thought the Democrats are the Party of the little guy- gee who can you trust - the media or your own lying eyes?
13 posted on 04/02/2013 1:47:17 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Toespi

Keep going on lavish, multi-million dollar vacations at taxpayer expense while killing off the poor cancer victims, eh? Well, he did tell us that “elections have consequences.”


14 posted on 04/02/2013 1:47:47 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: driftdiver

If the left will politicize soldiers’ and civilians’ deaths and the weather, they will politicize ANYTHING.

The ends always justify the means, as long as one is a Democrat.


15 posted on 04/02/2013 1:51:03 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Toespi

He must have learned this from Romney. /s


16 posted on 04/02/2013 1:54:34 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron. No, they are both.)
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To: driftdiver

Unfortunately BO won...we lost...and if I remember this then nothing at all surprises me this adminstration does....nor the speed in which they will attempt to do their dastardly deeds....they have the wheel....the most we can do is put obstacles in the way...and our guys aren’t doing that...thus we see what we see going down.


17 posted on 04/02/2013 2:07:28 PM PDT by caww
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To: Student0165

+1
18 posted on 04/02/2013 2:09:13 PM PDT by tomkat ( .. shall NOT be infringed)
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To: Toespi

So, the Death panels do exist. By 0bama’s hand.

Mr. Duck, Dodge and Dive. He could have had as much discretions as he or any of the agencies needed to trim around the edges of excess...but NO, let them pay, is his motto. Uniter, my a@$.


19 posted on 04/02/2013 2:10:09 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: driftdiver

Just TRY and get someone in the MSM to cover this! Just try!


20 posted on 04/02/2013 2:11:39 PM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: driftdiver

Heartless sounds too benign for a man who is utterly evil to his core. Our only mercy is that as evil as he is, he’s also extremely lazy, but it’s not much of mercy as he has plenty of minions who are as evil as he is, to whom to delegate the work. Unfortunately, though they’re as evil as Hussein, they’re a thousand times more energetic and dedicated to action.


21 posted on 04/02/2013 2:11:51 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Toespi

Yeah, we’re all small-government conservatives, unless the gravy is being ladled into our bowls. Listen to you guys; do you really think government should be paying medical bills?


22 posted on 04/02/2013 2:22:19 PM PDT by lurk
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To: lurk
Since this is a real issue for real people, and not a mere talking point, the appropriate response should be a call for an orderly correction, rather than a useless knee jerk reflex.
23 posted on 04/02/2013 2:35:59 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Toespi

Cancer patients die while the Obama brats enjoy spring break in the Bahamas and Sun valley. Imagine what the media would be screaming if the Bush daughters would have done this.


24 posted on 04/02/2013 2:37:13 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Toespi

I thought as conservatives we are in favor of the free market , that the government should not pick winners or losers.

Or does that just apply to things we disagree with?


25 posted on 04/02/2013 2:56:06 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: driftdiver

Why should the government be paying for cancer drugs in the first place?


26 posted on 04/02/2013 3:00:12 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Vermont Lt

That the gov’t is involved at all is contrary to free market. Obama is just making this political. They could have cut non life threatening procedures like, abortion, but he wants the most vulnerable to pay to make a point. I don’t know how they can explain this when they’re spending so much on Obamacare.


27 posted on 04/02/2013 3:09:07 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Toespi

Death from cancer is not avoided by signing a petition.


28 posted on 04/02/2013 3:10:53 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (3% of the population perpetrates >50% of homicides...but gun control advocates blame metal boxes.)
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To: Rusty0604

Obama care has hardly started.

These are probably Medicare cuts.

The article is pretty vague about how the sequester is going to lead to reduced reimbursements.

I don’t want to sound cold, but we cannot pay for everything. And because we have been trying to, a lot of people will die. Not because of civil unrest, but because they will get sick.


29 posted on 04/02/2013 3:22:22 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: Vermont Lt

I know we can’t pay for everything and I agree with you, but from a simplistic point of view if the gov’t has money to pay for abortions and were consider paying for sex changes then why cut down on cancer treatments first? It’s like the model in UK that rec’d new boobs for free while patients in the hospital aren’t getting enough to eat.


30 posted on 04/02/2013 3:30:42 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Toespi

Obama’s administration didn’t compromise either. Obama’s administration decided where ALL the “cuts” would take place.


31 posted on 04/02/2013 3:34:56 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Toespi

With all the cuts, there is still MORE money to spend this year over what last year’s budget was. Like 3% more money. These “cuts” are nothing more than a tyrant bullying his subjects.

We need to flood every elected rep with this reminder, and tell the House to call him on it.


32 posted on 04/02/2013 3:34:59 PM PDT by wrench
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To: Rusty0604

The government says they don’t pay for abortions ( yeah, I know...it’s under other items.)

The sex change thing was in MA, and even we thought that was too much.

I still cannot figure out how a private health care system is getting their funding cut through the sequester?


33 posted on 04/02/2013 3:46:15 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: Vermont Lt

OK, Obama care will cut reimbursements for some physicians.

THIS place http://www.zangcenter.com/ doesn’t seem to be a government funded hospital. They are not a VA hospital. They are a for profit Cancer Treatment Hospital.

I call BS on any cuts coming to this place as a result of the sequester.


34 posted on 04/02/2013 3:50:29 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: ctdonath2

“Death from cancer is not avoided by signing a petition.”

However, a petition may stop the death of our nation.


35 posted on 04/02/2013 3:59:08 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Vermont Lt

“The Administration should not include cancer drugs as part of the sequester cut, but has ignored current law that clearly defines payment for these drugs. Here are ways you can respond and help:”

This doctor is an oncologist in Columbus, Ohio. He is affiliated with Mt. Carmel Hospital. I think if you read more carefully, the point he is making is that doctors are experiencing, unlawfully, sequestration cuts for cancer treatment. Incidentally, Obamacare pretty much insures that ALL hospitals are government funded.


36 posted on 04/02/2013 4:04:04 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: lurk

many decades ago (I was alive then :O) there was no such thing as health care. There was only Blue cross/blue shield for hospital payment of bills. We were expected to pay for our own doctor visits, shots etc. I recently was cleaning out some old files and ran across my oldest son’s bill for his birth....5 days in hospital for me and 5 days in hospital for baby, cost to me was only for the TV...Total bill from hospital that was covered was under 200 dollars.... He is just a tad over 50 now...


37 posted on 04/02/2013 4:04:30 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: driftdiver
What a heartless bastard Obama is.

How about a deadly midair collison over an urban area that you can blame on the republicans? If Albert Whitted can't function safely without a tower then maybe the local dems who wanted to turn it into a park will finally get their wish (ref. Meigs Field)

38 posted on 04/02/2013 4:07:20 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: Vermont Lt

As you said, may be medicare or medicaid. But it still seems that they are picking the cuts to purposely cause the most uproar.


39 posted on 04/02/2013 4:08:20 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Sawdring

Good question but thats the system we have. To arbitrarily pull them and leave people hanging is immoral.


40 posted on 04/02/2013 4:13:15 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I’m sorry. I didn’t think the < SARC> tag was necessary.


41 posted on 04/02/2013 4:21:00 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Tax laws are complex and may change at any time.)
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To: Toespi

I am not trying to be difficult, but I am trying to figure out how the sequester is resulting in these cuts. It not explained anywhere.


42 posted on 04/02/2013 4:33:43 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: Essie

“He is just heartless and cruel.”

It goes along with murdering babies after they have been delibered aliveat abortion clinics. It’s more than cruel—he is evil.


43 posted on 04/02/2013 4:35:18 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Vermont Lt

There are numerous articles that have been recently released. Just google sequestation cancer treatment and it is quite enlightening.


44 posted on 04/02/2013 4:41:59 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Student0165
I hate him to the depths of my being. Yes, I am a hater. of evil.

Many, many years ago I heard Laura Schlesinger talk about hate. I have tried to find a source for her talk, and haven't, so far.

Basically, what she said was that everything God gave us is for good, even hate. There are things that should be hated. The trick is to apply hate where it belongs.

Evil should be hated.

45 posted on 04/02/2013 4:44:04 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Toespi

I will do that. Thanks.


46 posted on 04/02/2013 5:32:52 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: goat granny

Granny I did the same thing. Looked at my childbirth hospital bill. Amazing. You know when the prices for health care went up? The day Lyndon signed Medicare, and then went through the roof when Medicaid was signed.


47 posted on 04/02/2013 5:34:22 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: Toespi

Petitions: verbal homeopathy - the absurd notion that a few thousand people saying “me too” to a pithy statement will somehow persuade those willing to kill millions to achieve their goals.


48 posted on 04/02/2013 6:38:35 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (3% of the population perpetrates >50% of homicides...but gun control advocates blame metal boxes.)
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To: Toespi

Change oncologists, this one is a lying nut cake.


49 posted on 04/02/2013 7:18:11 PM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

50 posted on 04/02/2013 7:22:09 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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