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Email: My Oncologist Informed Me

September 01, 2009 5:54 pm ET

The following email has been widely forwarded.  Media Matters Action Network has written a response to the text below.  Please feel free to copy and paste it and send to your friends.

My Oncologist Informed Me

[note - all mistakes below are original to text of email]

Response

Hey - Thanks for sending this to me...it's scary to think cancer drugs will be denied.  But I'm not worried because this story has nothing to do with reality.

Congress hasn't finished working on the bills yet, so, if this email is telling the truth, the doctor clearly has the facts wrong.

Besides, the only bill that has been released doesn't say anything about flatly denying anything to seniors.  All these people who are saying that changes to health care will mean seniors will be denied care are liars.  Plain and simple.

What's better is that the bill makes sure that doctors aren't getting more money from Medicare than is owed them, which means more money can be spent actually on patients.

An article in Newsweek says that the author's uncle was also wrongly told that older cancer patients will only get end of life counseling and will not be able to get the medication they need.  The exact words the author used about this lie are that it "has zero basis in fact."  If you want to read the entire article, here is the link: http://www.newsweek.com/id/214254

If it were true, this email would be terrifying, especially on top of some of the others I've read.  Please don't rely on these kinds of emails for your information, because they're usually just cruel jokes.

I have been able to find some good places on the internet that explain the health care stuff pretty well.  Let me know if you'd like to see them.

Talk to you soon.


For more information, please visit the following sites:

Newsweek

FactCheck.org

Kaiser Family Foundation



 


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