Health Care Reform NOW, not Later for Cancer Patients

Families affected by cancer are on the front lines of health care reform, lobbying congress and fighting for affordable and easily accessible access to health care for themselves and for future cancer patients. Why is this important to you? Because two out of five people will get cancer in their lifetime. Two out of five.

Statistics show that early detection and treatment provide our best chance for survival of a cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, far too many people are experiencing crucial delays in diagnosis and treatment. The American Cancer Society Action Network (ACS CAN) reports that:

One in four families affected by cancer delayed care due to cost barriers;

in the last twelve months, nearly one-third of cancer patients in treatment cut pills or skipped doses;

nearly one-quarter delayed a recommended cancer screening or treatment; and

one in five did not fill a prescription.

That’s sober news considering that the survival rate for late stage breast cancer is 27 percent versus 98 percent if caught and treated when it is localized (prior to spreading to lymph nodes or other locations outside the breast). Late stage colon cancer has a survival rate of 10 percent, versus a five-year survival rate of 90 percent when diagnosed and treated in a localized stage.

ACS CAN is taking unique steps to spread the message that cancer patients need action… now, not later, even purchasing all the advertising space in a D.C. metro stop near the U.S. Capitol. This video highlights the D.C. Metro Stop Campaign:

An ACS CAN study revealed that a cancer patient with access to Congress’ current health plan would fare pretty well, but that the coverage enjoyed by federal employees and members of Congress should be the absolute minimum of what is offered. 

Health care reform. Now… not later. Just words to some, but a powerful dose of life and death reality for uninsured and underinsured cancer patients. At a minimum — coverage enjoyed by federal employees, members of Congress, and their families — that’s a fair request.

Ask Congress to enact Health Care Reform that: 

is affordable and available to all Americans;

puts prevention at the forefront of our nation’s health care system; and

ensures that people with serious medical conditions like cancer are fully covered, without exemptions for pre-existing conditions.

Take Action! Sign the Petition HERE

Additional Information:

 2009 Cancer Facts & Figures Report

Healthcare Cancer Poll

How the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield Standard Plan) Covers Medical Care for patients with Serious Chronic Conditions

Photo credit: ACS CAN


Jim D.
Past Member 7 years ago

You're missing the point, Bill.

We cannot afford what healthcare + health insurance company profits are costing our economy. (15.4% of GDP)

Unversal coverage iis offered in many countries at a fraction of what we spend. And they have better health stats than us, with more babies living to adulthood and old folks living longer. The data is quite conclusive in that regard.

You see, Bill, when we take our money and convey it to care providers more directly, we sace big. Also we not only eliminate the big chunk of the dough that insurance comanies keep for themselves and waste on claims handlers and underwriters, we also don't have insurance companies telling us what healthcare costs, who gets it, and how much our docs and hospitals are paid.

We get to decide, and save beau coup bux at the same time.

Are you understanding? Do youn need examples of where this is true, both here in the US and abroad?


William G.
William G.7 years ago

OK OK I give. We all need the same health care that the federal employs receive. Lets put the president and all senators and all congressmen and all the people that cross the boarder into USA under the exact same health care system.

How long can we afford this? When a bright person can make more money as a community organizer than doctoring we will all benefit right? Is it alright to still have and eat cake?

Past Member
Past Member 7 years ago

All those with conscience!

Please printout this flyer, write a personal note and drop it off at your rep. personally. Remember, the uneducated, goons, misinformed are loud but not right. They do not speak for us.

Jim D.
Past Member 7 years ago

Plus I should make it clear that I do not advocate that we reduce payments to docs and hospitals; I'm merely advocating that we cut out the insurance company middleman cost. They're just money handlers and parasites within the system, and not very good at it. They're way too expensive and limit services (which reduces care for patients and profit for docs and hospitals ... everyone loses but the insruance company)

Do we need them, really? I'm just not seeing it. I think we should take our money and convey it to docs and hospitals in the most efficient manner possible. Single-payer does that. MediCare and myriad single-payer systems elsewhere have proven it conclusively.



Jim D.
Past Member 7 years ago

In re: old fogies. Good point; the common myths are often inaccurate. Florida isn't populated by Jews over the age of 65 and tourists dragging their pimple-faced kids to Disney World. There's a very diverse population and industry in what was once Spanish Florida. (an early and very wise acquistion for the US)

When we look, the truth is often quite different from the stereotypes we're fed in popular culture.

Thanks for pointing that out.



Jim D.
Past Member 7 years ago

Hi again Doris,

Let's parse whether in fact OB/GYNs are suffering and not able to practice. Are they? t seems I can't turn on the TV or drive down the highway without seeing ads for hospitals advertising their birthing center vs. the competition. It seems they want the business, yeah? Maybe there's still some profit to be made, malpractice insurance notwithstanding.

Frankly, I can't say what the profit model is for an OB/GYN on average. I just know what our rights are; and am resistant to giving them up when the limited lawsuits we have now seemingly aren't weeding out the bad docs. More protections will undoubtedly result in more harm, maiming and killing of patients. And it won't change to any discernable degree your cost of health insurance. It's really a very small cost component within a system that costs $3 Trillion in aggregate, annually.

It just seems to screw us and protect bad docs.



Jim D.
Past Member 7 years ago

Hi Doris,

I assume the insurance you speak of is malpractice. Yeah?

If so it can be expensive for certain specialties, surgeons and OB/GYNs in particular. GPs who provide most of our care pay very little since it's rare that they kill or harm through negligence.

That's the requirement at trial; you gotta establish damages and negligence to the satisfaction of the jury. Folks like you and me weighing events under the rules of evidence.

Bad doctors, unfortunately, still do much harm and make insurance expensive for some specilaties. But they rarely lose their licenses and are often able to move to other states and hospitals to practice and do harm again. The AMA, an "oversight" body, seem to protect its own except in really agregious cases. And many innocent lives are lost or damaged. By protecting bad doctors, the AMA is probably the party most responsible for higher malpractice insurance costs. The bad docs simply aren't removed untill they've been repeatedly sued.

Do some research and you'll see that the numbers of harmed or killed patients is much higher than the numbers of malpractice suits. Real damages, being done to real people and the solution is to brainwash us (by blaming greedy lawyers) in the hopes that we'll rebel against our own legal rights and protection under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

A rather bold, but tragic irony, yeah?



Doris W.
Doris W.7 years ago

Hi Jim,
Maybe the drug companies are faring well without tort reform, but I do know that insurance costs for doctors are out of sight. Here, in Florida, many doctors are closing their practices, especially ob-gyn. Yes, we have babies born here in Floria, not just old fogies. I see ads a on tv about American Cancer Center, and they seem to be very successful, and it's not supposed to be expensive, perhaps a study should be made
of their operations.

Best Regards,

Past Member
Past Member 7 years ago

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Jim D.
Past Member 7 years ago

Maybe something Conservative should question is: Why are the media and academia so friggin liberal. It's true, by and large. The more educated (academia) or the more publically aware (jounalists) the more liberal folks seem to be. Why is that?

I can't say since I've not studied the subject. There just appears to be an inverse relationship between being a Conservative and knowing stuff. Go figure.