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Cancer patients are feeling the brunt of Congressional ineptitude as they are being turned away from cancer clinics across the nation. The sequester has hit Medicare funding forcing many oncology clinics to choose between turning away patients or going out of business. Continue Reading

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  1. Bill Sr.
    1 year ago

    Elise

    Can we assume you issued similar warnings to the fear mongering democrats when they said that Paul Ryan and the republicans wanted to poison the air and water and push Granny off the cliff ??

  2. Elise
    1 year ago

    This is irresponsible fear-mongering. The care hasn't been eliminated but the location of where it will be provided has been changed. While it may be less convenient, it's irresponsible to assert that patients will die because of the change in location.

    It's also irresponsible to say that the care will bankrupt people. There are lots of options, including Medicare Advantage plans and Medicaid, which would eliminate this out of pocket charge. While these may not be the best options for people, it's shameful to play the "people will die" card when it just isn't true.

  3. Bill Sr.
    1 year ago

    The article states the Sequester is the excuse for these recent cuts in cancer medication availability, not the 700 billion Obama stole to finance Obamacide, originally known as Obamacare, which did not get a single vote from the republicans..
    Obamacicee is the proper name of the gradual implementation of socialized healthcare designed to provide the least amount of care to the fewest number of patients in order to pay for the employment of all the bureaucracy necessary to regulate and operate the system.

    Never forget these facts when discussing Obamacide.



  4. vance
    1 year ago

    3 years ago I asked my doctor if he is accepting new medicare patients and his answer was " NO ". He explained that he can't afford to take on new medicare patients because doctors take a big loss. This woke me up fast. Since Obama took $700 BILLION DOLLARS from medicare to pay for Obamacare, does it leave any doubt to why medicare cancer patients are being "RATIONED" out. We were warned back in 2009 and 2010 about "Rationing" and "Death Panels". It's now begun.

  5. mjgt
    1 year ago

    According to the New York Times, President Obama intends to propose cuts to Social Security and Medicare in his annual budget next week. See link below.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/05/us/social-programs-face-cutback-in-obama-budget.html?partner=MYWAY&ei=5065&_r=1&

  6. Tom
    1 year ago

    Didn't the heathcare law cut 500 billion from medicare? How is this problem related to the sequester?

  7. Bill Sr.
    1 year ago

    For anyone who can not immediately see what kind of president and democratic congress we have in power now, here is the truth capsule you need to take.

    The democratic platform designed by the Obama administration agenda tells us they are the compassionate party who is for the poor, the helpless, the uninsured, and the sick or invalid. They say the republicans want to throw granny off the cliff or take away your Medicare and leave you to eat dog food. They say republicans are the ones who want to cut Medicare.
    Actually the republicans are the only ones who want to assure Medicare survives the way it has always been for seniors.
    The democrats and the White House are THE ones who designed the Sequester, not the republicans. Because the democrats refused to negotiate a new budget and work with the republicans on cutting waste, fraud, and duplication in entitlement programs (not current benefits for seniors) the Sequester was enacted and the administration made ALL the decisions as to where and what to CUT. They intend to blame the republicans for any adverse RESULTS that would be felt by the public.
    So this cruel and unnecessary situation is the DIRECT result of the benevolent compassionate democrats and their leader who claim to be the nice guys.

    Now, it is not plain to see who it is that is and has been playing politics with the lives of seniors?????

  8. Stephen Carr
    1 year ago

    Shame on the CatholicOnline staff for joining the mainstream media in blaming "Congressional ineptitude" for Medicare cuts. Sequestration is a cut in the rate of growth, not a cut in the budget. Remember also the $714 BILLION that Obamacare took from the Medicare budget? You should be blaming "media ineptitude" for failing to report accurately on this tax and spend administration, which is pro abortion, pro gay "marriage" and is being sued by the Catholic Church!

    Below is a quote from RushLimbaugh.com, and Rush reminds us of the $714 BILLION that ObamaCare took from Medicare
    RUSH: Okay, folks, this is classic. It is classic. If you haven't heard this, it is in the Washington Post, and the lead of the story is: "Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients. Blame the sequester." Oh, yeah. Yeah. Don't you see, it's the sequester. And that means it's the Republicans. The Republicans are the reason Medicare patients are being refused cancer treatment. Oh, yeah. It's not Obamacare. Of course not. It's not the fact that, what, Medicare was cut $714 billion in Obamacare. But it's the sequester. See, folks, it's not Obamacare. You cancer patients are being turned away from treatment because of the sequester, because of the Republicans.

    So the way this works is Obama can cut $700 billion out of Medicare, that doesn't hurt a thing. That doesn't cause anything, certainly nothing bad. But the sequester, which does not touch Medicare, is now causing doctors to start turning away cancer patients.

  9. rafaelmarie
    1 year ago

    THOSE WHO FAIL TO HEED HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT!

    BEFORE OBAMACARE, PEOPLE IN CANADA USE TO ROUTINELY GO TO THE U.S. FOR QUALITY MEDICAL HEALTH BECAUSE THEIR RATIONED SOCIALIZED MEDICINE WOULD NOT PROVIDE FOR THEM.

    EVEN IN FRANCE PEOPLE DIED BECAUSE THEIR SOCIALIZED MEDICINE WAS RATIONED.

    INDEED SOCIALIZED MEDICINE IS A FAILURE DUE TO THE FACT THAT IT IS BASED ON SOCIALISM.

    AND THE PROBLEM WITH SOCIALISM IS THAT IT EVENTUALLY RUNS OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY.

    YOU CANNOT LEGISLATE EFFICIENCY, IT CAN ONLY BE CREATED BY GENUINE FREE ENTERPRISE.

    THE PROBLEM IS MADE WORSE BY BIG GOVERNMENT'S DECADES OF POLITICALLY MOTIVATED LEGISLATION.

    THE BEST THING THAT GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR BUSINESS IS TO LEAVE IT ALONE.

    CONSIDER YOURSELVES WARNED!!!

  10. Sam Barzilla
    1 year ago

    "This is what happens when healthcare becomes an investment rather than a charitable cause. When the government interferes with markets, people lose the option to shop, and competition is stifled." - Wow, took the words right out of Jesus's mouth.


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