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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Virginia Neill "broke down early in life," as she puts it, but never knuckled under to misfortune. Attacked at the age of 29 by an autoimmune condition known as alopecia universalis, she nonetheless raised two children and continued to work. Her kids both are in their last year of college. Virginia, now 52, is an artist-businesswoman-...
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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ann Streaker is a 32 year-old, single mom living in Florida. Her child has medical coverage through the state's Kid Care program, but Ann has had no medical insurance for herself for years. A contract employee and student, she simply can't afford it. It never has been easy, since she and her son moved to Florida from Ohio five years ago. But now...
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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sheila Franklin survived the barrage of hurricanes that battered Ft. Lauderdale this fall. Her house is standing, and she is all right. Now she is going back to face a different, yet equally treacherous foe: the health care industry and its callous disregard for American citizens, especially older citizens. Sheila, 62, is in that no-man's land for...
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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
During their working years, Nellie and David McGovern's health care was taken care of. Nellie was an R.N. and David worked as a pipe fitter at a paper company. They were covered through Dave's work. Both were healthy. As they grew older however, problems developed. David, now 78, had a heart attack in 1995 and needs Pravacal. Nellie, 74, has had...
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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Catherine Mulholland is a one-time Washington Post reporter who has been free-lancing for decades and currently writes romance novels. Her latest is a historical work about the Choctaws. She has had an interesting life, raising a family and writing. Her health coverage was "pretty good" with Medicare. It was adequate when she had open...
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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Shirley McClain works with the rural poor, and can see right away what happens to people who have no health care. "I can see the results - the eyes, the teeth. They're poor. They have to make a choice between food and medication." Shirley is a former school teacher who raised three children. After living in Michigan for several years,...
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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Marion Hicks was for many years a hospital chaplain in Atlanta, Ga., working the night shift. Two years ago, she left to join her sister, June Preston, in Douglasville, PA. June had been an office manager. The sisters are getting by in retirement, except when it comes to health care. "If we didn't have to have all these expensive medicines,...
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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Joe Shannon's COBRA coverage ran out in August of this year, and he has not bought the brand name prescription drugs he needs, because he has no coverage for brand names. He is still using the medications he had prior to Aug. 11 - osteo-type medications and pain medication for his artificial hips. His wife, Joyce, takes roughly a dozen medications...
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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mildred Fruhling was a broker, dealing in life, health and disability insurance, so she was, as she puts it, "a little bit ahead of the game." Because of her knowledge, activism, and continuing research, she remains better educated about health costs than most consumers. But that has not prevented Mildred and her husband, Leonard, from...
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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Until last year, Felix and Sandra Fraustro's health care was well taken care of. Felix had a long career in computer programming, and his employer covered both him and Sandra, as well as their children, who are now adults. The trouble began on Oct. 1, 2003, when McKesson laid off Felix. The Fraustros went on Cobra, but had to fight with McKesson...