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  • Freepers Openly Supporting Liberal Democrats - Alison Lundergan Grimes

    06/26/2014 11:22:47 AM PDT · 104 of 270
    bigfootbob to JRandomFreeper

    With that strategy the Republic will be long gone before then. How many more years of Obama style politics and border dumping can we take...not much. Your type are fools.

  • Freepers Openly Supporting Liberal Democrats - Alison Lundergan Grimes

    06/26/2014 11:19:04 AM PDT · 101 of 270
    bigfootbob to RIghtwardHo

    Sage advice coming from a Democrat. That is what you are.

  • $1, 000 a Pill, Sovaldi Jolts US Health Care System

    06/17/2014 6:53:26 PM PDT · 35 of 36
    bigfootbob to mware

    Thank God your brother made it through. Many didn’t. The interferon/ribivirin therapy used 10 years ago is what I used twice and was the only drug available that did anything.

    Many people have this disease and have no idea they have it all the while their liver is under constant attack.

  • $1, 000 a Pill, Sovaldi Jolts US Health Care System

    06/17/2014 2:22:41 PM PDT · 28 of 36
    bigfootbob to Bikkuri

    Thank you. Yes, the cost is insane. So is interferon and it didn’t work twice for me and a host of others. I believe the interferon cure rate is 40-50%.

    Each interferon injection cost $1,000.00 too, but the standard treatment I had required weekly injections, not daily. There are some people who have had to take daily interferon injections while they are an end stage transplant priority patient.

    Yes, the costs are insane and with all 3 of my treatments, including the Sovaldi, the manufacturer provides price savings to patients and insurers alike. The point I was hoping to make, when you factor in the costs associated just on meds and treatment alone while a large group of patients called non-responders or relapsers are moving forward with transplantation or death, Sovaldi even as costly as it is, will be a cheaper method of treatment. Fix it in 24 weeks and be done.

  • $1, 000 a Pill, Sovaldi Jolts US Health Care System

    06/17/2014 11:41:56 AM PDT · 20 of 36
    bigfootbob to Vendome

    I have 4 weeks to go on the Sovaldi treatment. The virus is undetectable now and the doctors think it will stay that way. I have taken the standard treatment twice before and as soon as the treatment stopped the virus returned.

    I was close to needing a transplant. My liver enzyme numbers are now in the low normal range and my platelets are higher than they have been for 15 years.

    This drug is fantastic. There are few if any side effects unlike the other treatment that requires excessive monitoring which runs the costs up with the Sovaldi program. Plus, many folks feel suicidal when taking the interferon, so much so, all of the manufacturers have a corporate nurse call you weekly while taking the interferon.

    This cost equation being offered isn’t examining all the factors.

    This will pass...Gilead has another drug that is expected to clear the FDA in October that has a 100% cure rate and within 2 years or so there will be a vaccine released that will end the death and suffering from this insidious disease.

    I caught the virus 35 years ago from a tainted blood transfusion related to a surgical procedure. I’ve never been a drinker, yet I have non-alcoholic cirrhosis in the 4/5 range. Hopefully killing the virus will help my liver rejuvenate enough the canalization of my Aorta will cease and the fibrosis will decrease thus reducing the cancer threat.

    Right now in America 16,000 people die annually from this disease...what is the cost of that, both financially and emotionally?

  • Bergdahl speaks Arabic recites Koran? (vanity)

    06/05/2014 9:47:03 AM PDT · 31 of 31
    bigfootbob to Baynative

    Wow!

  • Bergdahl speaks Arabic recites Koran? (vanity)

    06/04/2014 8:05:24 PM PDT · 29 of 31
    bigfootbob to Baynative
    I asked Kevin Carns from HROC, I'm sure you know him, he's a former Army Paratrooper about this. It is military policy.

    So is the imprisonment and or execution of deserters. Kevin is disgusted with all of this.

  • Why Is Mark Levin Keeping Quiet About Vermont's Article V Resolution?

    05/10/2014 1:43:22 PM PDT · 30 of 42
    bigfootbob to montag813

    The Bircher’s are just about the equivalent of the left’s LaRouche fringies, IMHO. Con-con my arse.

  • Wisc. Dem Gubernatorial Candidate To Hand Out KKK Hoods At Republican Convention

    05/02/2014 11:12:50 AM PDT · 30 of 31
    bigfootbob to elcid1970

    My thoughts exactly. Let him try and hand me one of those and he’ll need dentures.

  • iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Recall

    04/27/2014 7:09:32 PM PDT · 10 of 19
    bigfootbob to Swordmaker

    Please place me on your list.

  • REPUBLICAN LEADER: OBAMACARE HERE TO STAY; IMMIGRATION BY AUGUST

    04/27/2014 7:05:12 PM PDT · 91 of 96
    bigfootbob to Baynative

    It gets worse Bay. Take a look at this copied article from the Kitsap Sun, (I copied it into word since the site is subscription only), once these enrollment numbers start taking off the only stopping Obamacare will be the bankruptcy of this state and the nation!

    Read and weep:

    Early numbers dwarf local estimates for health insurance signups
    More locals on state exchange than forecast
    • By Tad Sooter
    • Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:52 p.m.

    http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2014/apr/27/early-numbers-dwarf-local-estimates-for-02/#axzz303DzyYU7
    BREMERTON — It’s still unknown how many uninsured Kitsap residents secured health coverage during the first round of enrollment for the state insurance exchange.
    At least one piece of anecdotal evidence suggests a seismic shift toward coverage.
    Last year, about 30 percent of visitors to affordable care provider Peninsula Community Health Services were uninsured. As of March, that number was down to 7 percent.
    “It was a big drop,” Peninsula CEO Barbara Malich said. “That’s all good news.”
    The Washington Health Benefit Exchange released enrollment numbers Wednesday from its inaugural open enrollment period, which closed March 31 (Medicaid/Apple Health enrollment continues). More than 600,000 Washingtonians signed up for coverage through the exchange. About 164,000 enrolled in qualified private plans while the bulk qualified for expanded an Medicaid program.
    In Kitsap, 4,940 residents signed up for private plans, including 3,774 who qualified for tax credits. An additional 12,921 enrolled in Medicaid for the first time. In Mason County, 1,121 residents obtained private coverage and 3,668 enrolled in Medicaid for the first time.
    An exchange representative said staff are still compiling information on how many of the enrollees were previously uninsured. An earlier report from the state Insurance Commissioner estimated 27,000 uninsured Kitsap residents and 8,000 Mason residents would qualify either for Medicaid or subsidized health plans through the exchange (see graphic).
    Exchange enrollment in Kitsap easily dwarfed the conservative projection for the county. While eager to see more detailed statistics, Kerry Dobbelaere, manager of clinical services at Kitsap Public Health District, said the results were encouraging.
    “We’re all very pleased with that number,” she said.
    Dobbelaere coordinated a group of exchange “assisters” from the health district, Harrison Medical Center, Kitsap Mental Health Services and Peninsula Mental Health who helped enrollees navigate the online exchange.
    The assisters will continue to work with prospective Medicaid clients and help with the open enrollment period next fall. Dobbelaere said the health district will eventually play a role in educating newly-enrolled residents,
    “I think now one of our jobs is to provide people information as to what preventive care services are available to them under their plans,” she said.
    Some care providers are already reporting higher demand for services as a wave of residents receive coverage.
    At Peninsula Community Health, Malich said visits were higher than average early in the year. The clinic and dental office saw 21,000 visits in January, February and March, putting it on pace for 84,000 visits in 2014, compared with 77,000 in 2013. Malich said it’s too early to know if the pace will continue.
    The numbers aren’t as important as the benefit to patients now covered, she added.
    “It’s less about us, and more about the influence in the community,” she said. “It’s a much more stable patient payment base across the entire community.”
    Harrison HealthPartners also reported high demand for services, though statistics weren’t readily available. Spokeswoman Jacquie Goodwill said the physicians group had expanded rapidly in the last year, making it hard to compare patient numbers over time.

  • Splash: Hollywood mermaid Daryl Hannah condemns Keystone XL 'serpent'

    04/27/2014 12:05:28 PM PDT · 41 of 67
    bigfootbob to jimbo123

    Dude...never, ever post a picture as offensive as that without a warning!!! My eyes feel like they are about to start bleeding.

  • REPUBLICAN LEADER: OBAMACARE HERE TO STAY; IMMIGRATION BY AUGUST

    04/27/2014 11:04:40 AM PDT · 83 of 96
    bigfootbob to SierraWasp

    Ditto!!!

  • Seattle Mayor set to announce $15 minimum wage plan (socialist Sawant demands even more)

    04/25/2014 8:37:58 AM PDT · 22 of 23
    bigfootbob to Baynative

    I went to a meeting over in Seattle a couple of weeks ago with a councilman from one of the incorporated cities in my county. The meeting was about the 15 hourly wage issue.

    You are right, this 15 dollar thing is just a stepping stone for what they really want...$22.50 hourly minimum wage!

    You may get your chance to help campaign, Bay.

  • Individual insurance plans up by 17 percent [WA]

    04/19/2014 10:58:23 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    bigfootbob to USNBandit

    You’re not factoring the fact many got their Basic Health & CHP plans cancelled 01/01/2014. Those subscribers went someplace...the subsidies are very generous if you are in the target group I’ve been told.

  • Some talk radio people annoy me when they yell at their board ops while on the air ~ Vanity

    04/16/2014 12:24:12 PM PDT · 8 of 68
    bigfootbob to GraceG

    Ditto

  • Costly new hepatitis C drugs from Gilead, Merck show near total cure rates (link only)

    04/15/2014 8:57:11 PM PDT · 11 of 12
    bigfootbob to Chode

    Go see the doctor anyway. There are grants and Gilead has a program to help people obtain the medicine. Talk to your doctor, he may know how to help you, if not go to a community clinic and ask them.

    I am almost 1/2 way thru this treatment. I have done the interferon/ribivirin twice. Worked while I was on treatment, but 30 days post treatment, the HCV was back. I have 4/5 grade cirrhosis and my aorta is canalizing into my abdomen.

    My liver enzyme numbers are now down to 20-22 range. Previously they were in excess of 250-200.

    The Sovaldi doesn’t have the side-effects the interferon had. I am taking the Sovaldi with ribivirin too. One Sovaldi pill in the morning with 3 ribivirins and in the evening 3 more ribivirin tablets.

    The only side effects are a slight anemia and high billirubin levels. Not enough to turn me yellow however.

    Next month at the halfway point we’ll be doing an RNA Viral Load test to measure the amount of virus in my system. I’m very excited about what we’ll find. I am getting more energy every day. Some days in the past I have had such fatigue, I have had to take a nap after taking a shower and a cup of coffee/tea!

    This disease really sucks, I want it gone. I have had it 40 years and the past 15 have been Hell.

  • Laura Ingraham joins ABC News

    04/14/2014 7:24:04 PM PDT · 45 of 49
    bigfootbob to Forgotten Amendments

    Thank you, I didn’t know that. I knew she had a cancer issue a few years ago and heard rumors she was a lesbian, but I don’t care about that.

    I didn’t know she had adopted 3 young ones. I agree with you those kids need a complete set of role models/parents. Perhaps there are family members filling those positions...at least that is what I want to believe. Can’t do anything about it other than pray for their well being.

  • Laura Ingraham joins ABC News

    04/14/2014 11:38:44 AM PDT · 17 of 49
    bigfootbob to Forgotten Amendments

    Explain what you mean to non-Laura followers.

  • Company unveils first age-verifying, pot vending machine

    04/14/2014 11:11:42 AM PDT · 23 of 28
    bigfootbob to tophat9000

    Not always true.