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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...
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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Julia Morrison is climbing aboard the Rx Express in hopes of getting some medications that will help with her eyes. But she also wants to continue her activism and spread the word about the dreadful state that health care coverage is in the United States. Julia, who lives in New York, is a long-time writer and consultant. Originally a mid-...
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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Like other passengers on the RX Express, Tom Garbin hopes to get a prescription drug in Canada at a lower price than he would pay in California. In his case, it's Neurontin, which helps alleviate pain from a hereditary foot disease. But Tom has another reason for going: He wants to use the bully pulpit the train provides to argue that the American...
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7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sharon Fowler knows all about the high cost of prescription drugs. She has learned the hard way. In fact, she knows far more about the out-of-control health insurance system in general than she ever expected to. Sharon lost her business because of last winter's six-month-long Ralphs strike, which was all about health care costs. Even before she...