Fear Profiteers

 
 

I suspect there isn’t  anyone in the country who hasn’t seen one Cancer Treatment Centers many TV commercials, hell they must have an advertising budget rivaled only by GM.  They all pretty much follow the same plot, the speaker has received a potentially fatal diagnosis, they found their doctor to be insensitive and turned to Cancer Treatment Centers  for hope and a cure.    Naturally they found both at CTC .  Ever notice how they never cite any data in their commercials to back up their implied claim that they offer a better success rate in the treatment of cancer, there are none.  I spent several hours searching Google to see if I could find any data to back their implied claim, I couldn’t, they don’t exist.   You can be sure if they did exist CTC would be plastering the air waves with them.

What I did find as I searched the web, many very sad stories of people looking for help with their illness because CTC would not accept them for treatment because they lacked the insurance and resources to go to CTC.  I also found more than a few stories of people who had exhausted their insurance benefits and suddenly found the caring people of CTC to be not  so caring  anymore, big surprise!  Yes I found stories of people who were more than satisfied with the care they received at CTC but nothing to indicate they would not have fared just as well at their nearest major medical center.  Look I get it, I’ve sat on the other side of a doctor’s desk as he read through my chart and explained to me that I had a possibly fatal disease.  I can easily recall the feeling of my finger nails digging into the arms of the chair as my doctor explained the process of being evaluated for liver transplantation,.  The horror of spending a year on chemo with months and months of no good news, nothing is harder than having a possibly fatal  illness.  I also understand that I’m lucky, I live in a city that probably has the greatest number of major medical centers anyplace in the world.  That being said there is no reason what so ever for people to be bankrupting themselves to seek care at Cancer Treatment Centers.

If you need any further proof of just what CTC is about consider the fact that  Richard J. Stephonson the founder and chairman of CTC is also on the board of Dick Armey’s Freedom Works.  Need I say more?

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  1. Everything’s Coming Up Halter: Money, Polls Suggest He’s The Real Deal

    Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is proving himself to be a force to be reckoned with in the Arkansas Democratic Senate primary. Just a month after announcing his insurgent candidacy against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Halter is beating her badly in the fundraising race and is polling better than her against Republican opponents.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/04/everythings-coming-up-halter-money-polls-suggest-hes-the-the-real-deal.php?ref=fpb

    • dnd

      “Dan Quayle: Don’t let the tea party go Perot”

      Excellent Republican talking points from Mr. “Potatoe”-head. Lets see, Perot made his billion with EDS processing Medicare payments. The teabaggers are predominately recipients of Medicare. They all sound like Socialists to me 😉

      As much as the teabaggers hate the dems and Obama, they hate the right too. In fact they hate everything and everybody and everything about everybody. Some patriots…

  2. nannymm

    Morning. My little grandson is in the hospital. He fell off a jungle gym late yesterday and broke his arm and elbow. He had surgery last evening, It’s been a long night…. But he’s doing well and should be able to go home later today. I think his daddy is in worse shape than he is….

  3. Poor kid, hope he’s up and about real soon nanny.

  4. nannymm

    Thanks, Brian.

  5. dooty

    best wishes for your grandson Nanny. Elbow breaks can be tricky. Good luck to him.

  6. nannymm

    Thanks, Doots. He’s home now, refusing his pain med because it “tastes disgusting” and makes him “feel funny.” My son gave him Advil and that seemed to help because as of a few minutes ago he was asleep.
    (No, Brian, you can’t have it!)

  7. Yes I saw that article this morning, they def need to upgrade their cooling system.

  8. nannymm

    Thanks, dnd.

  9. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Sun, April 04, 2010 — 7:03 PM ET
    —–

    Large Earthquake Felt in Downtown Los Angeles

    An earthquake centered in Baja California in Mexico shook
    buildings as far north as Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.

    The earthquake was centered in Baja California, about 108
    miles east-southeast of Tijuana, the United States Geological
    Service said. The quake had a magnitude of 6.9.

    High-rise buildings in Los Angeles and San Diego rocked back
    and forth as the quake hit. The earthquake shook houses in
    Los Angeles for roughly 60 seconds, and aftershocks then
    followed.

  10. dog's eye view

    Woo hoo. My first California earthquake (that I did not sleep through; we had a 4.2 or so at night during St. Patrick’s Week).

    A little startling. Gentle but steady rocking and for longer than expected; could feel floor moving and it lasted maybe 20-30 seconds or so. A few moments before realized what was underway. Was wondering whether I should get under a doorsill, but quake never intensified. (My dog never seemed to notice it.)

    After, wondered “why are the church bells ringing?”

    But it was the large glass Mexican globe lamps in living room swinging against each other, for some time after shaking stopped.

  11. nannymm

    Glad to hear you’re OK, Dog’s Eye.

  12. Your first earth quake is like your first kiss, you never forget either.

  13. dog's eye view

    It was kind of cool. Hope there was not too much damage in Baja area; might take a while to learn that.

    Talked to a friend who’s lived here 14 years. This was the longest quake she’s experienced, although not the strongest.

    Long rumbling one. Makes you wonder if we’ll get anything more relatively soon. Lots of seismic activity this year, no?

    • dnd

      Phil Griffin is a hypocrite, at best. I find it hard to believe he hasn’t recruited some from CNN to do a pilot for MSNBC when their contracts were in question. As they said in The Godfather, “Don’t take it personal, it’s just business.”

      If you let talent like Shuster go, they just wind up at the competition, redoubling their desire to succeed.

  14. dog's eye view

    That’s a shame about Shuster. Why would anyone want to transfer to CNN? It’s a cesspool.

    He’s talented. He will end up somewhere, making a difference.

  15. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Mon, April 05, 2010 — 3:53 PM ET
    —–

    Government Plans to Seek $16.4 Million Penalty Against Toyota for Recalls

    The Transportation Department says it’s seeking the maximum
    penalty, more than $16 million, against Toyota for failing to
    promptly notify the government about defective gas pedals
    among its vehicles.

    The fine would be the largest civil penalty ever issued to an
    automaker by the government.

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says evidence shows that
    Toyota knew of the problem with sticking gas pedals in late
    September but did not issue a recall until late January.

  16. dog's eye view

    $16.4 million does not seem like that heavy a penalty, IMHO. Much like the FCC’s ridiculously small fines.

    Toyota is going to pay through the nose, though, in plaintiffs’ suits.

    Shame Toyota’s management allowed this to happen. They’re great cars. Mine’s a few years old; really love it.

  17. dooty

    dog glad to hear you survived the earthquake of 2010.

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