CNN Recommends You Risk Breast Cancer

Posted by | February 05, 2009 | Uncategorized | 23 Comments


[unless you think you might lose your job]

CNN’s Senior health correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen has some tips about healthcare mistakes to avoid if you fear a layoff. Number 1. is avoiding getting every test out there.

Elizabeth quotes Dr. Delia Chiaramonte, a Baltimore patient advocate: “If a mammogram shows a likely cancer, it will be very hard to get insurance in the future,” she says. “If I knew I was going to start another job with insurance in two months, I might hold off on cancer screening until then.”

In a country where coffee has to have a label warning that it may be dangerous to drink, where buses are evacuated because of a missing peanut and slipping on a wet floor can secure your retirement, all because of people getting sued, a national news outlet can include, what would elsewhere be criminally negligent, advice of a qualified Doctor (who has sworn the hippocratic oath), to avoid prudent screening for a life threatening illness, in a list of health tips.

To add insult to potential injury, this advice concerns an illness whose risk has been diminished by recent health education campaigns consisting of well meaning charity runs, sincere TV hosts and pink ribbon wearers everywhere urging you to screen yourself – on places like CNN. But here we have the farcical situation where a professional patient advocate is telling you not to bother on a news outlet that would be careful not to recommend drinking hot coffee in case it got sued.

Ultimately, all of this stems from the incompatibility of healthcare and capitalism, in a country that has an idealogical attachment to the latter. Capitalism is genuinely ideal for things where there is a level playing field and everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive. But unfortunately not everyone is equal when it comes to health, and therefore, in a free market, insurance companies can’t break even from the unlucky people who are already or are likely to be ill.

Something that is becoming apparent in this recession is that until America has universal healthcare, like nearly all other developed countries, it will be a sick place for the sick.



  • jacksmith says:


    Tom Daschle, and Nancy Killefer are two of the finest, and most competent public servants you could possibly hope for in these appointments. They have been assassinated by the Washington healthcare lobby through their paid Bush Republican henchmen in congress. These Bush republicans are the same people blocking the economic recovery plan put forth by the Obama administration.

    I am BURNING MAD America. And you should be too. Tome Daschle and Nancy Killefer were exactly what we needed to help turn this country around and fix our economy, and catastrophic healthcare crisis.

    If I were their boss I would tell them to get right back to Washington. And dare congress to not approve them. How ridiculous is it to reject highly qualified people that this country needs just because they made a mistake on their taxes. Don’t stand for that anymore America. They apologized, and paid their taxes, and that should be it. Their country needs them. But President Obama has to do what he thinks is best. I understand that. I’M JUST SO MAD at the anti American Bush Republicans.

    Like many of you I have been trying to enjoy the after glow of this Beautiful historic election. But I see that the republicans in congress and their cohorts aren’t going to be good sports, and LOSER’S!

    SO BE IT!

    In spite of President Obama’s repeated offers, and gestures of collegiality to Republicans. Bush Republicans have seized upon every opportunity to stab President Obama in the back. And by doing so they are stabbing you, and the rest of the American people in the back. Well, you don’t have to put up with that. And you shouldn’t put up with that. President Obama has only been on the job two weeks. And he inherited two wars, and the worst economy since the great depression.

    We had an election. And president Obama, and the democrats won BIG. And Bush Republicans lost miserably!

    The Bush Republicans are the ones responsible for the worst economic crisis since the great depression. And the Bush Republicans are responsible for the worst healthcare crisis in American history. A healthcare crisis that is killing hundreds of thousands of you every year. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Insured, and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies.

    President Obama, and the Democrats should take back all the concessions they granted the Bush Republicans, and tell them to put up! or shut up!

    Everyone, start calling and contacting these Bush Republicans and tell them to stop blocking President Obama, and the Democrats recovery plan. And stop trying to block, and corrupt healthcare reform. Tell them to get on board with President Obama and the Democrats, or GET OUT!!

    If these Bush Republicans refuse to cooperate I want all of you to immediately begin the process of removing them from office by every legal means possible. Including impeachment, and recall. I want you to bring the full weight and power of the movement down on their heads that swept President Obama, and the Democrats into control of the whitehouse, and congress. Take no prisoners. Use all the techniques you learned over this past historic election. Be flexible, creative, adaptable, and relentless like you were in the past.

    To my cyber warriors I call on you again. You are among the best and the brightest. I call on you to move this fight from the cyber world to the living rooms, dens, and work places of the voters these Bush Republicans misrepresent. I know I can count on you. This is a fight worth fighting.

    To my fellow World citizens. As an American I invite, and welcome you and your advise, input, and help. By delaying Americas recovery, and healthcare reform, these Bush Republicans are delaying our commitment to your recovery, and to being the better America for you that we aspire too.

    I had hoped it would not come to this after our historic election. I had hoped that the Bush Republicans would respect the overpowering will of the people, and the World. But I guess not. All the Bush Republicans really care about is them-selves. Well, SO BE IT! Lets finish the job.


    jacksmith — Working Class :-)

  • This is true of cancer or critical illness insurance which is why it pays to get cover when you are younger. You pay much lower premiums and you know that cover is provided right up until the date you require.

  • david says:

    People move, so they can’t always remain with the same insurance.
    So unfortunately you comment/advertisement for your own company is rather disgusting.

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