Archive for August, 2009

#18: Caity’s Miraculous Health Report

This has been a tough one to  write about, but we had a big health scare this month. We feared that my 17-year-old niece Caitlyn had a rare, aggressive form of breast cancer. Fortunately, she ended up going to the Mayo Clinic, where she had the best care EVER!

Caity sailed through surgery yesterday. It turns out that she had a freakish BENIGN fibroid that had all of the doctors baffled. Even the surgeon admitted afterward that she was completely surprised; she was convinced she would find something much more problematic.

Because the removal ended up being much simpler than expected, even though the cyst was enormous, they were able to do reconstruction right then and there, so Caity doesn’t have to do a follow-up surgery.

Caity is resting comfortably — well, as comfortably as she can at the moment — at the hotel with her family. and they’re waiting for the final pathology reports before heading back to Iowa, probably tomorrow.

Caity has been one brave soul throughout this — well beyond what you’d expect from a typical teenager. I know she was held up by a tsunami of good thoughts and prayers from all over the country. This took such an unexpected turn that I like to think that all played a huge role. So thank YOU to all our friends and family everywhere.

How to Take Back the Health Care Debate

Finally, a voice of reason emerges, but no one seems to be listening: George Lakoff has this short take on what Dems need to do to take back the “debate.” His points:

  • Name the villain: insurance companies that are doing exactly what the screamers are saying “reform” will do.
  • What has failed is insurance company health care.
  • Ask: Who’s had to wait for an authorization for care? Who’s been denied authorization by insurance companies? Who has lost their insurance?
  • Change “public option” to the “American plan” (Are you for the American plan or not?)
  • Insurance companies spend 20-30% of premiums to deny you care.

Hmmm, no talk of killing Grandma or my personal favorite: promoting “gender confusion” by pushing sex change operations!

Lakoff also had a interview on Minnesota Public Radio. The sad thing is that the truth does not seem to be an option.



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