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    Man joins army to pay for wife's cancer treatment

    [B]I don't know why people think our medical system needs an overhaul, it seems to be working just fine.[/B]

    [B][SIZE="3"]Man Joins Army to Help Ailing Wife[/SIZE][/B]
    He Loses Job and Insurance, She Battles Cancer
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    A Terrible Sacrifice

    Bill Caudle was laid off from his job in March. Unable to find a new one, the 39-year-old Wisconsin man decided to join the Army. He has signed up for a four-year hitch. He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he doesn't want to be away from his family, but he needs health insurance so his wife can continue her battle with cancer.

    Michelle Caudle, 40, discovered she had cancer in 2006 and underwent surgery, followed by two rounds of chemotherapy. In May, her doctor told her there were signs the cancer was back and she would need to endure more chemo.
    The $136 monthly cost of insurance for the family rose to $497 when Bill's severance package ran out last month and was due to jump to $1,370 in January. Michelle worked part-time at a restaurant to help pay the bills, but the job did not provide insurance.
    With no employment prospects in sight, Bill decided his best option was to sign up for a four-year hitch in the military -- even though it meant leaving his high school sweetheart to fight cancer on her own. The Caudles have three children and Bill's decision also meant he would be away for all of his youngest daughter's high school years.
    The Caudles didn't attend any of this summer's heated town hall meetings on health care reform. They know politicians and interest groups on both sides of the issue would like to use their story to score political points, the Journal Sentinel reported. They want no part of it.
    "We're not activists," Michelle told the newspaper.
    All of Michelle's energies will be devoted instead to beating a deadly disease and caring for her children while her husband goes through basic training with recruits half his age at Fort Knox, Ky. -- nearly 500 miles away from home.
    Bill is scheduled to finish basic training and begin his new life as an Army communications equipment specialist in mid-December. Michelle would still be getting chemo by then, the paper said, but she hopes to feel well enough to travel to Kentucky for her husband's graduation.

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    Disgusting.

    This shouldn't happen in America.

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    [QUOTE=Tyler Durden;3321346]Disgusting.

    This shouldn't happen in America.[/QUOTE]

    Yet when anyone talks about reforming health care so everyone is covered, the histrionics begin. Throw politics out the window, and make it so every American has access to affordable health care. I don't care how they do it, just do it. The insurance companies, and those who continue to sabotage the process with slanted disinformation, are the ones responsible for the disgusting situation this husband and wife must struggle against. Stop throwing away trillions on endless "wars" in places where law and reason do not exist (and where the populace does not want us), and put this money to health care for all.

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    [QUOTE=Tyler Durden;3321346]Disgusting.

    This shouldn't happen in America.[/QUOTE]

    People act like they love America, but they don't care about an American being in this situation. Their family is covered and that's what's important.

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    [QUOTE=Borgoguy;3321351] Stop throwing away trillions on [B]endless "wars"[/B] in places where law and reason do not exist (and where the populace does not want us), and put this money to health care for all.[/QUOTE]

    BINGO

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    It's too bad we're never going to get real health care reform. Republicans and Democrats have been bought by the insurance companies.

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    [QUOTE=Timmy®;3321354]BINGO[/QUOTE]

    Of course it's more important to rebuild 2 countries across the globe,but we can let our own go broke cause they get sick

    I can't believe people get so passionate about their parties

    Dems,Repubs they are the same

    CROOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I wish I had an answer for the health care crisis we are facing. Unfortunately I don't.

    The one thing I'm fairly confident of, however, is that work place health insurance isn't really the answer. Its not fair to the employee who's health care is seemingly at the whim of their employer and its not fair to the employer (especially the small business owner) who faces soaring expenses trying to do the right thing for their employees.

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    This family's situation really makes me want to punch someone.

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    [QUOTE=Tyler Durden;3321359]It's too bad we're never going to get real health care reform. Republicans and Democrats have been bought by the insurance companies.[/QUOTE]

    Yes it is so sad

    Just like they will never ever cure another disease cause there is no money in it.They'll treat you forever to bleed you out of all your money,but no money in a cure

    The last thing they cured is Polio....friggin Polio how long ago was that?You mean in over 60 yrs they can't find a cure for anything else

    Greed will be the undoing of this country,Yes I believe in capitalism..but when CEO'S get million dollar bonus and the worker busts his a$$ and gets a 3 percent raise a year..that won't cover the spike in gas....it's spiking again folks..Still waiting for an investigation on why oil went to 150 last year...oh that's right cause the govt is in big oil's pockets

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    [QUOTE=IHATEDOLPHINS;3321368]
    Greed will be the undoing of this country,Yes I believe in capitalism..but when CEO'S get million dollar bonus and the worker busts his a$$ and gets a 3 percent raise a year..[/QUOTE]

    I feel like joining the Black Panthers - are they still in business?

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    [QUOTE=Timmy®;3321365]This family's situation really makes me want to punch someone.[/QUOTE]

    Thankfully, no one in my immediate family was in this nightmare. (Cancer isn't enough of a frightening burden than adding on no way to pay for the treatment which could save or prolong your life? F**k you.) But about eight years ago, my wife and I were both out of work and had to go on COBRA for our health care. My son was a toddler, so there was no way not to have it. It cost us $1,800/month of money we didn't have. I wanted to put my fist through a wall or against a politician's jaw almost every day. The system does not make it easy, even for people like us who were always previously employed, paid our taxes, etc.

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    [QUOTE=IHATEDOLPHINS;3321368]Yes it is so sad

    Just like they will never ever cure another disease cause there is no money in it.They'll treat you forever to bleed you out of all your money,but no money in a cure

    The last thing they cured is Polio....friggin Polio how long ago was that?You mean in over 60 yrs they can't find a cure for anything else

    Greed will be the undoing of this country,Y[B]es I believe in capitalism..but when CEO'S get million dollar bonus and the worker busts his a$$ and gets a 3 percent raise a year..that won't cover the spike in gas....it's spiking again folks..Still waiting for an investigation on why oil went to 150 last year...oh that's right cause the govt is in big oil's pockets[/QUOTE][/B]

    Commerce has led to the ruination of the average citizen since man learned the concept.

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    [QUOTE=Borgoguy;3321380]Thankfully, no one in my immediate family was in this nightmare. (Cancer isn't enough of a frightening burden than adding on no way to pay for the treatment which could save or prolong your life? F**k you.) But about eight years ago, my wife and I were both out of work and had to go on COBRA for our health care. My son was a toddler, so there was no way not to have it. It cost us $1,800/month of money we didn't have. I wanted to put my fist through a wall or against a politician's jaw almost every day. The system does not make it easy, even for people like us who were always previously employed, paid our taxes, etc.[/QUOTE]

    I think a lot of us here are in the same boat. Insured through work. I've been laid off a few times though and I worked with people making ten bucks an hour w/ no insurance. Good people, and most of them work harder than us. Love their spouse and kids just as much as we do

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    [url]http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/nearly-blind-womans-world-grows-darker-as-the-medical-bills-pile-higher/1039722[/url]

    No one should have to make this decision, let alone an American.
    Last edited by Tyler Durden; 10-20-2009 at 06:39 PM.

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    that's a REAL MAN....

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    [QUOTE=Timmy®;3321395]I think a lot of us here are in the same boat. Insured through work. I've been laid off a few times though and I worked with people making ten bucks an hour w/ no insurance. Good people, and most of them work harder than us. Love their spouse and kids just as much as we do[/QUOTE]

    When you really look at it objectively, it is dumbfounding that a country as wealthy as ours doesn't provide basic health benefits to every person who can't afford to pay for it on their own.

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    [QUOTE=Timmy®;3321365]This family's situation really makes me want to punch someone.[/QUOTE]

    Be sure to punch someone who is insured though. :P

    This story absolutely sucks.

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    pay doctors, our societies most educated and needed resource, the money they deserve.

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