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October 14th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Reporting on a friend’s cancer

Celebrated New York Times reporter, Nicholas Kristof, shares the story of his close friend battling prostate cancer.


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  1. Donna M. Davenport

    RE: Kristof's Story of Friend with Cancer:

    I have many questions regarding this story...First of all, my spouse and I are both cancer survivors. (My husband is having a recurrence of jaw cancer at present.) Neither of us have college degrees;, we have never had high paying positions. However, we pay for health care coverage. OK, here's my questions: How could a college graduate neglect to purchase health care coverage?; What did he do with his money?; How many electronic devices does he own?; What type of car does he drive?; what type of housing does he live in?; yadda, yadda, yadda...where could he have cut back to ensure having health care coverage? Or, does he have an "spending issue"?

    We have lived a very modest lifestyle to make certain we could pay for health care coverage and do our very best to take care of ourselves. We own one television that is not a flat screen, one personal computer that is ten years old... I purchased a "GoPhone" cell phone a few years back and purchase minutes ($100 per year) in case either myself or spouse becomes ill, and I need to call 911 in an emergency situation.

    We lead a debt-free lifestyle, and we save money for emergencies. We have been fortunate enough to do some travelling, and have some luxuries in life, which are all Blessings.

    Any type of insurance is a gamble. I liken insurance to going to Las Vegas (I've never been to Vegas). Your friend gambled with his health and lost. I'm sorry he did this, and I definitely feel the pain of having to deal with cancer. It's ashame he chose this way to live...but HE MADE THAT CHOICE! So, I do not understand why it is everyone else's responsibility to cover his mistake. If he was uneducated and very poor, I would be able to accept this story much more easily...

    We are already feeling the "crunch" from Obamacare. I don't quite understand this, but my husband has health coverage from the job I retired from, plus he is on Medicare. He makes a monthly Medicare premium payment; However, I was advised from our insurance company that my husband will only get benefits from his monthly Medicare premium if he needs to go into a nursing home. So, I'm confused as to why we are paying two health care premiums monthly for my husband, but he really is not receiving any Medicare coverage. What is that money being used for? Is it going to help pay for this man's mistake of not having health coverage?

    October 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  2. Patti

    Sorry for your problems. But, please don't blame Obama care. Please go to the social security office and have them review your husbands file. Something does not seem right. Please go and talk to someone at the office and bring your paperwork with you. Good luck.

    October 15, 2012 at 1:48 am |
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