Family with twins facing incredible challenges receives gift from strangers

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  • GAmom Athens, GA
    July 10, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    It is for cases just like this that originally medicaid was funded. To help when people have done all they could for themselves and are in temporary need of help (the father lost his job and probably his health insurance). My worry is that with raising the funds it is now making them ineligible for medicaid. I hope all goes well for them in their struggle. Here is what really gets my goat, those who find out ways to exploit the system. I have a niece whose husband is going to school and working BUT he makes sure to work only enough to get maximum money but still qualify for food stamps and medicaid for their numerous children. Know what they are doing right now? Just left on a 30 day vacation across the US which includes a dino dig in the midwest, trips to zoos, the Arch in St Louis etc. She showed me all the places they are going and the hotels they are staying in along the way.And eating along the way using my tax money. Really!? My vacation is a few days off when my garden is ready so I can get everything canned.

  • lledwards38 Canandaigua, NY
    July 10, 2012 7:28 a.m.

    The courage and faith of this family is as heartwarming as their story is heartbreaking.

    I think it is appalling that folks made their story into a political issue. Surely we can all find common ground in our desire to wish them well, and pray for these wonderful girls and their family.

  • dotGone Puyallup, WA
    July 9, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    I enjoyed reading this article about this lovely family working hard to take care of their children in tough circumstances. They are an inspiration. I'm sure they will all come through this strengthened, having learned much of what is of value in life. Best wishes folks!!

  • Mendel Iowa City, IA
    July 7, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    @ Metamoracoug: Have you considered the fact that you are being irresponsible by not having health insurance? You may have been able to pay your bills so far, but should you have a catastrophic illness, you may not be able to pay and will thus become a burden to tax payers. Not having health insurance to cover ourselves and our dependents is little different than not having automobile insurance. At some point and to some degree, the uninsured are putting the burden on others.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2012 4:18 p.m.

    There are people with means who would like to give to worthy causes. Unfortunately too many of those asking for money, pocket a third of it for their own expenses. It's wonderful when there is the means whereby people can share their needs and those who have the means can donate directly to them, as it is in this case.
    Americans are generous people and when the politicians are concerned that we don't know how to spend our own earnings, and pride themselves in "saving the poor" they show that they don't understand the virtue of Charity in contrast to the dole.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    July 7, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    McDougall: No one is paying for my treatment because I pay my bills, thank you very much. In fact, I am probably paying for your bills because I pay the full amount and don't get an insurance-negotiated rate reduction, i.e. "usual and customary."

    Urgent care is the most likely reason for needing medical assistance. But in the case of "cancer or other live saving treatments," I again say no one in our nation lacks access to medical care. Anyone who thinks so is laboring under ignorance of the system and its operation.

    Is it a cost effective method? Not especially, but adding the cost of government bureaucracy to it is not going to do anything to relieve the overall expense to of healthcare to anyone. And that is why ACA is a misnomer. It does nothing to make healthcare affordable.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    July 7, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    Metamoracoug and NeilT make some good comments and ways of facing our health care challenges. On the other hand, liberals don't like to face facts. Just look at how poorly Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security are managed by our out of control federal government. The Tillotson's are a great example of how charitable people help others in need, and not how much we need another entitlement program by our already overreaching government. This story inspires me and makes me want to help others. Our federal government sickens me and makes me want to fight against their invasion of my privacy and rights. I'd rather die for freedom than live in tyranny.

  • mcdugall Layton, UT
    July 7, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    metamoracoug: you can seek stabilization care at the ER not cancer or other live saving treatments from long-term diseases. So, I assume your reference that you utilize the most expensive form of medical treatment, the Emergency Room, the system is working? We are all paying for your treatment one way or another, it is about time everyone contributes to maintaining the system.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    July 7, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    Adwight. It is not the ACA that is appaling. It is the obscene cost of health care. I am not in support of the ACA. I do support health care reform. I had a colonscopy. $5000.00. The clinic assured me they accepted my insurance plan. Then sent me a bill for for $3000.00 because I was out of network. I suport repeal of ACA with soemthing better. How about a surcharge on health insurance premiums for tobacco smokers. If you get a speeding ticket you're auto insurance goes up. If you are overweight, don't exercise, abuse drugs then you should pay more for health insurance. Our health care system is all about treating disease, not promoting healthy lifestyles and controlling costs.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    July 7, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    McDugall: There is no one in this nation who lacks access to healthcare. No one. Anyone who is ill can find a hospital, ER, physician, or urgent care facility. I'm uninsured and have never been denied service.

    Let's not equate lack of insurance with lack of access to healthcare.

    IMLDS2: ACA may be "the best approach so far," but that isn't saying much.

    As I emphasized previously, this law doesn't address the reasons for the high costs of healthcare. And contrary to what McDugall claims, it won't really improve access to healthcare -- at least not here in IL. If IL meets the requirements of the law, it will add about 300K to the Medicaid rolls. In order to add so many people, the state will be forced to cut reimbursement rates -- the amount paid to physicians/hospitals for their services. Those rates are already so low that a high percentage of doctors don't accept Medicaid. Cut the rates further and the only physicians who will accept it will be quacks who can't make an honest living anyway.

    So, how does this benefit anyone?

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    July 7, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    Tillotson. That name sounds familiar. Any relation to the wealthy Tillotsons at the top of the NuSkin pyramid? My guess is the "strangers" who gave this "gift" were family relations.

    Unfortunately for most families with such oppressive medical conditions, they have no family or friends with enough money to help like this. Where do they go for help? Medicare, Medicaid, or other Government programs, perhaps combined with some creative "begging".

    The bottom line is that the American taxpayer foots the bill by default whenever people in such situations do not have health insurance. The costs of paying for emergency room visits and other healthcare for the uninsured is huge! While not perfect, ACA is the best approach so far for trying to address this huge cost of healthcare.

    What brilliant alternatives have the Republicans put forward?

    (cue crickets here)

  • Firefly123 Mapleton, UT
    July 7, 2012 11:00 a.m.

    Hate to break it to you, but these girls have such severe issues, in many countries where socialized medicine is the norm, they would be "allowed to die" to save money for the masses in the system.

    Happy to see they will survive in this loving family. They can teach us all.

  • mcdugall Layton, UT
    July 7, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    adwight: ACA is desperately needed. Over 49.9 million (as of 2010) Americans and growing annually do not have any type of health insurance. If nearly 50 million people who don't have access to healthcare does not necessitate a need for action what does? ACA is not perfect but it is certainly better than nothing. No American should be forced into soliciting for help because of inability to pay for health care. America is the still the only civilized western society without guaranteed health care for all citizens.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    July 7, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    We chortle that the mayor of NYC outlawed super-sized sodas. But it is indicative of one of the primary causes of the high cost of healthcare -- life style. There are many cases such as this family where disease strikes for genetic or other reasons. But the majority of our nation's illnesses, and nearly all of its chronic illnesses, are the result of personal choices, especially the food we eat and the lack of physical activity. As a nation, we have the worst health habits of any industrialized nation. We eat food that is devoid of nutrition. Few of us get the recommended minimum of 60 minutes daily of exercise. Many of us insist on risk taking activities : motorcycle riding, illicit drugs, casual sex, alcohol & tobacco, etc. Ultimately, the best way to bring down the high cost of healthcare is to change our life styles. Unfortunately, most of us are unwilling to do that.

    Reduce the demand for healthcare and cost will follow.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    July 7, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Re: ACA. Now that we know it's a "tax" and not a "penalty" we see that Congress has shackled the American people with the most oppressive, regressive tax in our nation's history. Instead of hacking at the leaves of the problem as this law does, shouldn't we address the cause of the high cost of medical care? Here are a few suggestions:

    1) make it cheaper for doctors to get educated. Leaving med school with 200K debt means having to earn a significant amount to meet their obligations.

    2) for those who are insured, make them pay there deductibles/co-insurance/co-payment. In 12 years, our office has lost 10s of thousands of dollars because these folks don't meet their contractual obligation.

    3) allow hospitals & emergency rooms to collect money up front on anyone they suspect will not pay. Even collecting $100 will be better than the $0 they get from illegal aliens or the poor.

    4) tort reform. There are few physicians who are willfully and purposefully negligent. Punish those who are in criminal and civil court, but not those who are just doing their job as best they can.

  • adwight AMERICAN FORK, UT
    July 7, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    ACA is not desperately needed. It is appalling. Democrats take extreme situations (like this for example) and cry out as if it is the norm, then use that as their feel good example of why a law, which infringes upon the rights of Americans, should be passed.

    While extremely unfortunate, this family first tried to do it on their own, then has done everything they can to raise funds for their daughters, in a proper way, which doesn't' require everyone else in America to foot their bill. There are going to be situations like this, however, I shouldn't be forced to pay for my neighbors broken arm, but I'd be more than glad to help in dire circumstances like this.

    Regardless of the politics, I feel so sorry for this family and couldn't imagine what they are going through. But I support them, and pray for them and their beautiful little girls. I admire their resolve as they deal with something I would consider one of the most difficult trials someone could deal with. God bless.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 6, 2012 6:56 p.m.

    No American family should have to go begging to cover medical expenses. Happily, this time, generous people came forward to donate. But that isn't always the case.

    Here is just one more reason why ACA is so desperately needed.

    And one more why Mitt and his fellow Republican ideologues should not be elected to any office in the land until they recognize the need to DO something besides just shout NO.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    July 6, 2012 6:40 p.m.

    Wow. Just wow.

    When you think you have problems, just read amazing stories about families like this, who show remarkable grace and faith in staggeringly difficult circumstances.

    Thank you for sharing, and may you be blessed with everything your family needs and deserves.