Sell Your Stuff to Buy Medical Treatment

City Shuts Down Yard Sale for Cancer Victim in Oregon

I read about this story earlier today.  I found the differences in reaction to it (Conservative vs. Liberal) very interesting. I listened to The Mark Levin show and read both Liberal and Conservative blogs that covered this story.

The woman was diagnosed with bone cancer that left her unable to work to pay her medical bills.  She’s been holding yard sales to raise the money. A “neighbor” told on her and the city is shutting it down.

First, that “neighbor” is a douche. She has cancer for Christ’s sake.  You can’t deal with the inconvenience of weekly yard sales? Try the inconvenience of a possibly terminal illness.

Conservative Reaction:

This is a perfect example of government intrusion. The woman doesn’t have the freedom to hold a yard sale on her own property. She has to beg the city government to “let” her hold yard sales.  It’s another example of people losing their liberties. 

Liberal Reaction:

She has to hold yard sales to pay for her treatment and bills? She has to sell her belongings to stay alive? What if she had nothing to sell?  How would she be able to get her treatments? She probably wouldn’t. What is the point of having “the best doctors and treatments in the world” if you can’t access it?  

Obviously, I had the Liberal reaction. While I do believe that city governments can go overboard with their power (i.e., permits, zoning laws, etc.), what disgusted me was the fact that this woman has to sell her possessions to stay alive. That is wrong on so many levels.

This is the perfect example of why I believe in single-payer health care.  Call me a Socialist. I don’t care.  People shouldn’t have to go bankrupt because they got sick. People shouldn’t have to go without life saving treatment because they can’t afford it.  I don’t understand what is so bad about having our tax dollars go toward something that is so basic and so pro-life.  We spend so much on wars and supporting the people in countries we blew up. There are Americans who are choosing between medications because they can’t afford all of them. I’m tired of that. Can’t we take care of our own first?

Capitalism will not cease to exist the day after a single-payer system is in place. Countries like Canada still operate under a free-market system. Hell, there are countries like Switzerland that have strong economies and universal health care. You don’t have to give up one to have the other.


32 responses to “Sell Your Stuff to Buy Medical Treatment

  • astrawally

    In the UK we have a National Health Service (N.H.S) and I believe it to be one of the greatest this about the country. I know for a fact I, nor my family, could afforded the treatment I have already had. I don’t know where I would be now if I had to of paid! Also that neighbour is a complete TOOL!!! she should have a backyard sale to spite them all….wait what am I saying, she shouldn’t have to sell anything!!
    A.Wally

  • lobotero

    Sad that an American citizen has to do such a thing to pay for medical care or that one has to hope they live until 65 so that they can get an adequate health plan…..that from the world’s “greatest country”….conservs are killing that notion…….

    • Spinny Liberal

      It’s sad because you’re basically hoping you won’t get cancer, a major accident before you’re 65 if you’re not insured. And after 65, you have to hope you have the money to pay for the meds.

  • Kini

    Then why is Oregon such a liberal state then, Spinney?

    The woman is a capitalist’s, right? Trying to save her life using capitalists means against an oppressive liberal state government. With oppressive regulations, and rules, that prohibit healing. The Right to Life, Liberty, and… happiness , right?

    It’s not the first time Oregon’s, Obamacare death panel, hasn’t condemned someone before… It is, what Obamacarepromises,

    • Spinny Liberal

      I don’t understand, Kini. The Affordable Health Care Law won’t take full effect until 2014?
      You don’t think that there’s something wrong when people have to resort to yard sales, car washes, etc. to pay for their treatment if they’re not covered by insurance?Treatment is so expensive. If they don’t have the money, they die. That is just wrong.

  • Kini

    BTW; when are you gonna post some food? 😆

  • lbwoodgate

    I think the sense of “good neighbor” is being over looked here. The city doesn’t wander the streets looking for such violations. They have to be contacted by a “concerned neighbor” who files a complaint. Clearly this neighbor doesn’t know the lady with cancer well enough to consider the necessity of the yard sale. People who live next to you are not really neighbors in the sense we tend to reminisce about.

    I have a great neighbor on one side of me who I have visited with and we’ve been in each other’s homes. Then there is the one next to my adjacent lot that probably practices voodoo by sticking pins in a doll that looks like me, simply because leaves from my tree fall in her yard each autumn.

    • Spinny Liberal

      You’re definitely right about the neighbor thing. Maybe they didn’t know. But if it were bugging me, I think I’d try to find out why she’s having them so often you know? Like asking her or another neighbor. You know, before calling the city.

      You have an explanation now for aches and pains during autumn. 😆

  • dcmartin

    And I wonder how many of those outraged conservatives serve on HOA;s that will jack you up for having the wrong color mailbox or windowshades, or a blade of grass out of place.
    As for the assertions that Cline was condemned by ” Oregon’s, Obamacare death panel” ….anything to back that up? I see nothing in the source article that reveals what her insurance situation is, other than NOT HAVING ANY.
    It is ridiculous that people need to have yard sales or car washes to pay for the treatments they need to live……..the system needs to be fixed, and a lot of people who like to tout their Christianity need to start acting a lot more Christ-like and a lot less like little Pharoahs.

  • hansi

    Socialist! Sorry could help it. You asked for it. But really that’s a sad state of affairs. I too was for a single payer program, Things are really messed up in this country.

  • Steve

    I’m surprised that she can’t be covered under Medicaid. In Texas, she would be, so I’m not sure what’s going on in her state.

    Because of that, my first reaction was the conservative one. But just because I’m conservative, doesn’t mean I don’t care. Maybe her neighbors could all have garage sales, start a foundation, and find some government help, instead of reporting her for having a garage sale. For Christs sake! Oregon is supposed to be a liberal state, but I’ll bet she’d be better of here, in Texas.

    This is a sad story for both liberals and conservatives…for Americans.

    • Spinny Liberal

      In California, there is Medicaid too. I think your assets have to be under a certain amount though. Maybe it’s that way there.

      So sad. For Americans. Whatever your political flavor.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! 😀

  • Terrance H.

    Obviously, I had the Liberal reaction.

    So did I.

    I find it inconceivable that people are forced into this situation. When I was little, my mother had cancer and shoddy insurance, so had to pay $300 cash every few weeks before she received her chemotherapy. Her insurance covered the pill form, but not the intravenous, which is what her doctor said she needed the most.

    She paid for it and beat the cancer, then had to file bankruptcy. Now imagine she didn’t have a halfway decent job (R.N.) and she couldn’t have paid for it? They would have withheld a lifesaving treatment. Unthinkable.

    I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which is a decent insurance company. But my copay for Benicar (blood pressure) is $63. That’s just my copay!!! And unfortunately, it’s the only one that works and doesn’t’ give me a bunch of nasty side-effects.

    I can afford the $63 every month, but a lot of people can’t. So what happens to them? They get sicker and sicker and health care costs go up and up. Nobody can argue that our system isn’t utterly shattered.

    I support a single-payer system now, too. After thinking about it, it’s the only one that makes any sense.

    • Spinny Liberal

      There are so many stories like your mom’s and sadly, Iike the lady in Oregon.
      If they can’t afford the $63, they’ll probably go without medicine and get treatement in the ER when they have that heart attack that could have prevented.
      It is shattered. People shouldn’t have to choose between health care and groceries.

  • afrankangle

    I had three reactions: about government intrusion, about the importance of universal health care, and Don’s comment about neighbors. Bottom line – a sad story.

  • nonnie9999

    i don’t really blame the neighbor. i don’t assume she knew that the lady has cancer, and maybe there was a lot of traffic or noise because of the yard sales. maybe it’s someone who is sick, too, and can’t handle the noise. we don’t know, so we shouldn’t judge. what we can judge is a system that forces people to sell their belongings in order to just live. how can this possibly be happening in america in 2011? while that poor sick woman is selling everything she owns, the insurance company fatcats are lighting their cuban cigars with 100 dollar bills and laughing their asses off at the teabaggers and how they hoodwinked them into rallying against the health care act.

    • Spinny Liberal

      I hope the neighbor didn’t know she had cancer. I think he/she should have found out why she was holding yard sales weekly before calling the city.
      I still don’t get why people will vote against their own interests. Without a job, any one of us can be that lady.

      • Ric

        You can’t vote for your interests if your entire font of knowledge about government, politics, the economy, and history comes from Rush Limbaugh, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry et al. Ignorance is the best friend of tyranny.

  • Ric

    Spinny, if you don’t stop this nonsense about making good sense you’re gonna be tagged as unAmerican and end up in one of those Republicamps for the Re-education Of Dizzy Liberal People. (Don’t go googling for them: Rick Perry’s not in office yet.)

  • Ric

    …neither is Bachmann. (She really spoils the thought of Bach.)

  • breeze

    Similar thing here…. http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=24242
    (garage sale for Iraqi refugees)

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