Monday, January 10, 2005

As Usual, I Blame the B*sh Madministration

From the article:
Flesh-Eating Bacteria Claims Young Man's Leg
Victim Does Not Have Medical Insurance

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- A 19-year-old Grants Pass man is recovering from one of the worst cases of flesh-eating bacteria, doctors say.

Doctors were forced to amputate part of Nathan Dooley's right leg to stop the infection from spreading.

"This is the worse I have ever seen. I have never seen anyone lose a limb over it -- that's how bad this one was," Oregon Health and Science University Dr. Yale Popowich told KOIN News 6.

Fleshing-eating bacteria is an aggressive disease that can be fatal. Dooley's doctors believe that his infection started in a cut from a spill on his dirt bike.

Dooley does not medical insurance. If he had lost both legs instead of one, he would have qualified for coverage under the Oregon Health Plan.

Donations to help cover his medical costs, including additional surgeries, can be made to the Evergreen Federal Bank at 969 S.E. Sixth St. Grants Pass, Ore., 97526.

If we weren't spending $180 million per day in Iraq -- which amounts to $7.4 million per hour or $122,820 per minute -- we might be able to shore up our ailing health care system. I'm thinking that $122,820 -- one minute's worth of this war -- would pay the whole of Nathan's bills. Maybe not. Maybe two minutes. Fine. It's the web of life, folks. Everything is connected. This kid in the richest country on Earth cannot pay for his medical bills and a flesh-eating virus is literally consuming his body, while on the other side of the world we're dropping million-dollar bombs on grandmas and kids, not to mention our own soldiers, thousands of whom are now amputees themselves. Disgusting. Now can we be done with the Repugnican experiment? It's obviously failed.

P.S. I'm sending in my donation to Nathan right now. Brother, can you spare a dime?