Dad's life or yours - you choose

Esther - posted on 10/04/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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That's the title of Nicholas Kristof's column today (read here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/opinio...)



In short, David Waddington has a polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, a genetic disorder that leads to kidney failure. First he lost one kidney, and then the other. A year ago, he was on dialysis and desperately needed a new kidney. Doctors explained that the best match — the one least likely to be rejected — would perhaps come from Travis or Michael, his two sons, then ages 29 and 27.



Travis and Michael each had a 50 percent chance of inheriting PKD. And if pre-donation testing revealed that one of them had the disorder, that brother might never be able to get health insurance. As a result, their doctors had advised not getting tested. After all, new research suggests that lack of insurance increases a working-age person’s risk of dying in any given year by 40 percent.



So what would you do? Who needs an overhaul of the system right?

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Esther - posted on 10/05/2009

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Quoting Jeannette:

Has anyone thought of ways to reform healthcare without having the govt take it over?



Yes, Obama.

Esther - posted on 10/05/2009

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Quoting Jeannette:

http://www.pkdcharity.co.uk/PKD%20Charit...

Don't get PKD in the UK...unlikely to get a transplant there.



That has nothing to do with universal health care though. It's because of a lack of donors. That's a problem in a lot of countries - including the US. But that's not the problem for David Waddington. He could get a donor. If only his potential donors could be tested without losing their insurance.

Kate CP - posted on 10/04/2009

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Quoting Jeannette:

Has anyone thought of ways to reform healthcare without having the govt take it over?


Make insurances companies non-profits like churches and other charities. Make all claims numbered and anonymous and require the agencies to report their processed claims to the IRS. In order for the companies to maintain their non-profit status they must donate a certain amount of money (or claims) by a certain time every year. If they fail to do so they lose their 501(c) status and have to pay back taxes. This way the only pressure any one has to deal with is "are we giving away enough health care to not have to pay taxes?"



 



Tada. 

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Jeannette - posted on 10/06/2009

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Actually, when I worked inside, I told one of the local guys...hey, I'm thinking about starting a not for profit insurance company....he said, they practically are.

I would love an overhaul...I don't love the govt, none of them....

Isobel - posted on 10/05/2009

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Quoting Esther:



Quoting Jeannette:

Has anyone thought of ways to reform healthcare without having the govt take it over?






Yes, Obama.






Oh Esther...you beat me to it! :)

Sara - posted on 10/05/2009

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We're the only nation on earth that makes a profit from the dying and the sick. How does that make you feel?



I agree, make the insurance companies non-profits...

ME - posted on 10/05/2009

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Quoting Kate:



Quoting Jeannette:

Has anyone thought of ways to reform healthcare without having the govt take it over?





Make insurances companies non-profits like churches and other charities. Make all claims numbered and anonymous and require the agencies to report their processed claims to the IRS. In order for the companies to maintain their non-profit status they must donate a certain amount of money (or claims) by a certain time every year. If they fail to do so they lose their 501(c) status and have to pay back taxes. This way the only pressure any one has to deal with is "are we giving away enough health care to not have to pay taxes?"






 






Tada. 





I'm all for making insurance co's non-profit agencies...interesting idea!

Esther - posted on 10/05/2009

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Quoting Jeannette:

http://www.pkdcharity.co.uk/PKD%20Charit...

Don't get PKD in the UK...unlikely to get a transplant there.



That has nothing to do with universal health care though. It's because of a lack of donors. That's a problem in a lot of countries - including the US. But that's not the problem for David Waddington. He could get a donor. If only his potential donors could be tested without losing their insurance.

Esther - posted on 10/05/2009

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Quoting Jeannette:

http://www.pkdcharity.co.uk/PKD%20Charit...

Don't get PKD in the UK...unlikely to get a transplant there.



That has nothing to do with universal health care though. It's because of a lack of donors. That's a problem in a lot of countries - including the US. But that's not the problem for David Waddington. He could get a donor. If only his potential donors could be tested without losing their insurance.

Kylie - posted on 10/04/2009

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I have PKD..they found it during the 20 week pregnancy scan.and the genetic counselor said they were going to keep all the finding off the books until i had a chance to get some private health insurance and my family could be tested and get their insurance in order. I decied against getting private health insurance because the doctors said i wouldn't have any issues until at least my 40's but i don't need to worry because the public health system will still provide care if i need it....I'm the only one in my family who has it but my children have a 50% chance of inheriting it.. I'm grateful i live in Australia and we have a public medical system that takes care of us. My sister and Mum both want to give me a kidney when the time comes..i would feel so guilty if they couldn't get health insurance or proper health care because of me..that's completely unfair and totally screwed. I hope you guys get an overhaul ASAP.....

Jeannette - posted on 10/04/2009

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Has anyone thought of ways to reform healthcare without having the govt take it over?

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