Friday Round-up Returns

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The viruses (or is it viri ?) are losing ground as I am steadily gaining it.  My body still feels like it would after the first spring weekend working in the garden.  But I spent a lot of time lying in bed thinking of all the projects I would like to get done on the website.  So today I am going to combine the twin Friday themes of cancer news with healthcare reform issues.  I have combed the major news and political outlets for information and opinion on the latest updates.

At CNN I found a pdf downloadable copy of the Baucus plan which was hoped to appeal to both Democrats and Republicans.  Health Care in America – Special Reports from  It runs almost 200 pages,  you might want to read instead the summary of the bill’s main points.  What’s in Baucus’ health care proposal? –  You can also find there a comparison of four proposed plans:  from Senator Baucus , the Senate HELP Committee, the House Tri-Committee, and the House GOP.  Health care proposal mandates coverage, drops public option –
If all that reading does not appeal to you there is a video explanation of the public option by CNN”s Elizabeth Cohen.  Would ‘public’ health care insurance progam help you? –

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting point-counterpoint op-ed on how the public option might affect the  private insurance industry.  Public option: a private insurer killer? —

More on the Baucus Plan can be found from several columnists at John Dickerson talks about misdirected anger since  the plan accomplishes much of what was laid out in Pres. Obama’s speech.  A lot of the anger at Max Baucus should be directed at President Obama. – By John Dickerson – Slate Magazine Another article calls attention to the bill’s focus on the ‘young invincibles’.  How Sen. Max Baucus’ health care bill panders to the young. – By Timothy Noah – Slate Magazine

I know that a significant portion of the cancer blogging community is composed of young cancer survivors (presumed no longer ‘invincible’)   They and other might be interested in a new organization of  ‘young invincibles” who are committed to improving the healthcare situation among that age group.  Go to:  Young Invincibles: Campaign for Health Care Reform

** Political viewpoints aside the same website provides an excellent factual guide – An online guide to following the health care legislation. – By Timothy Noah – Slate Magazine.
The article details a long list of resources starting with the committees and their processes that proposals must pass through before arriving on the floors of Congress. It goes on to list major blogs related the to debate, major columnists, think tanks, news sites, academics, the main lobby groups, and seminal articles related to the debate.  This is an extensive list with links to the resources cited.  The most information in one place that I have found.

So read and consider, consider and decide, decide and take a stand.  Talk to your neighbors, talk to your friends, most importantly, talk to your Senators and Congressmen (contact information on this blog’s Healthcare Reform page).  And have a great weekend.

Take care, Dennis


About Dennis Pyritz

Dennis W. Pyritz, RN, BA, BSN, has been a cancer nurse since 1987 and a cancer and bone marrow transplant survivor since 2004. In December 2001 he was diagnosed with t-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), a rare aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Dennis was treated with the then new monoclonal antibody, alemtuzumab (Campath) as this disease has a median survival of 7.5 months. He achieved a 26 month remission but relapsed in February 2004. He was retreated with Campath and went into a second remission. In August 2004 he underwent an allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplant with his brother, Mark, as donor. Dennis has remained in remission since - a near miracle. Throughout his career as cancer nurse and patient, Dennis has had the opportunity to speal to both lay and professional groups. Dennis has spoken on cancer topics and survival issues across the country as well as in the United Kingdom, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyrpus, Israel, and India.


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  1. ATTENTION!! Congress Has The Votes Needed To Pass A Public Option – TODAY

    Why A Strong Public Option Is Essential – By jacksmith – Working Class

    Robert Reich explains the pubic option:

    John Garamendi on the Public Option and the Grassroots:

    It’s not just because more than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 77% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (86% of democrats, 75% of independents, and 72% republicans). Basically everyone.

    It’s not just because according to a new AARP POLL: 86 percent of seniors want universal healthcare security for All, including 93% of Democrats, 87% of Independents, and 78% of Republicans. With 79% of seniors supporting creating a new strong Government-run public option plan, available immediately. Including 89% of Democrats, 80% of Independents, and 61% of Republicans, STUNNING!!

    It’s not just because it will lower cost. Because a strong public option will dramatically lower cost for everyone. And dramatically improved the quality of care everyone receives in America and around the World. Rich, middle class, and poor a like.

    It’s not just because it will save trillions of dollars and prevent the needless deaths of millions more of YOU, caused by a rush to profit by the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!

    It’s not just because every expert in every field, including economist, and Nobel laureates all agree that free market based healthcare systems don’t work. Never have and never will. The US has the only truly free market based healthcare system in the World. And as you all know now, IT IS A DISASTER!

    It’s not just because providing or denying medically necessary care for profit motivations is wrong. Because it is WRONG! It’s professionally, ethically, and morally REPUGNANT!, Animalistic, VILE and EVIL.


    The public option is ESSENTIAL because over 200 million of you are trapped in the forest of the wolves. Which is the forest of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! With no way out except through needless inhumane suffering, and DEATH. While the wolves tear at your flesh, and rip you limb from lib. Then feast on your lifeless bodies like a dead carcase for transplant parts.

    At the most vulnerable times of your lives (when you were sick and hurting), millions of you have had to fight and loose cruel, but heroic battles. Fighting against the big guns of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! in the forest of the wolves. All because you have no place else to go. You have no other CHOICE!

    But the PUBLIC OPTION will give you someplace safe to go. And it will give us someplace safe to take you. The public option will be your refugium (your refuge). Where the wolves cannot get at you when your down, hurting, and vulnerable. Where everyone who needs it can find rest, security, comfort and the care they need. Protected by the BIG GUNS of We The People Of The United States. THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE AND COUNTRY ON EARTH.

    This is why it is so critical that we do not lead another 50 million vulnerable, uninsured Americans into the forest of the wolves, without the protections of a Strong Government-run public option. We The People Of The United States MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN to any more of our fellow Americans. If healthcare reform does not contain a strong public option on day one. YOU MUST! KILL IT. Or you will do far more harm than good. And millions more will die needlessly. Rich, middle class, and poor a like.

    To those who would continue to obstruct good and true healthcare reform for the American people, and who seek to trap millions more vulnerable Americans in the forest of the wolves. We will continue to fight you. We are prepared to wage all out war against you, and will eagerly DESTROY! you. Time…is…UP! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! No Co-op’s! No Triggers! NO INDIVIDUAL MANDATES! without a Strong public option on day one.

    Healthcare reform can be the GREATEST! Accomplishment of our time and century. A time when future generations may say of us, that we were all, AMERICAS GREATEST GENERATIONS.


    I therefore call on all my fellow Americans and the peoples of the World. To join us in this fight so that we may finish becoming the better America that we aspire to be for everyone.


    I have been privileged to be witness as many of you fought, and struggled to take your first breath, and your last breath on this earth. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Life is precious.

    Whatever the cost. WE! MUST SUCCEED.

    God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings

    jacksmith – Working Class

    Things You Can Do To Help NOW!

    No Triggers!


    Krugman on heathcare (

    Senator Bernie Sanders on healthcare (

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