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  • Lee Evans needs our help

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/165343/19 ... -insurance

    For all Lee Evans has done world wide, both in the sport near and dear to our hearts and out, the fact that a hero to us all is in the position he's in is a travesty.

    For Lee, help if you can, pray if you can't.

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    Re: Lee Evans needs our help

    This makes me so sad and I wish Lee all the best - he is truly an amazing athlete. It makes me cross that so many Americans don't believe in universal healthcare... After the ridiculous claims from Sarah Palin and her Republican colleagues about the British NHS this flies right in their face...

    Dial 911 in the US, and you get free Fire and Police, but for Ambulance get your policy/credit card ready...

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    • #3
      Re: Lee Evans needs our help

      He became eligible to enroll in Medicare on November 1 of this year(65th birthday 2/25/12)
      There are no strings on me

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      • #4
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        I'm used to seeing patients start being covered by Medicare on the first of the month in which they turn 65, so three months earlier would be news for me.

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        • #5
          Re: Lee Evans needs our help

          From the Medicare site -

          When You're First Eligible

          When you're first eligible for Medicare, you have a 7-month Initial Enrollment Period to sign up for Part A and/or Part B.

          For example, if you're eligible when you turn 65, you can sign up during the 7-month period that begins 3 months before the month you turn 65, includes the month you turn 65, and ends 3 months after the month you turn 65.

          Not sure how his Nigerian residency would affect his status.
          There are no strings on me

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          • #6
            Re: Lee Evans needs our help

            Originally posted by guru
            From the Medicare site -

            When You're First Eligible

            When you're first eligible for Medicare, you have a 7-month Initial Enrollment Period to sign up for Part A and/or Part B.

            For example, if you're eligible when you turn 65, you can sign up during the 7-month period that begins 3 months before the month you turn 65, includes the month you turn 65, and ends 3 months after the month you turn 65.

            Not sure how his Nigerian residency would affect his status.
            If he paid SS/MC taxes for roughly 10 years(40 quarters), he would be eligible, regardless of his residency status.
            "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
            by Thomas Henry Huxley

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            • #7
              Re: Lee Evans needs our help

              I wonder about the accuracy of Social Security records.
              When I enrolled in SSi in 1996, I discovered I had been paying in since 1937. That is 59 years, 206 quarters.
              Social Security was created in 1935. In 1937, I was only six years old. I was working, pulling cotton on the family farm for 50 cents/cwt, but I don't remember that i was paid in cash.
              Makes me wonder if my parents actually paid SS taxes for me or If i was credited with someone elses taxes. I have had a SSN as long as I can remember but......?

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              • #8
                Re: Lee Evans needs our help

                Originally posted by samthemainman
                This makes me so sad and I wish Lee all the best - he is truly an amazing athlete. It makes me cross that so many Americans don't believe in universal healthcare... After the ridiculous claims from Sarah Palin and her Republican colleagues about the British NHS this flies right in their face...

                Dial 911 in the US, and you get free Fire and Police, but for Ambulance get your policy/credit card ready...
                $53.3 billion budgeted for foreign aid in 2012, yet we refuse to take care of our own. Shameful.

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                • #9
                  Re: Lee Evans needs our help

                  Originally posted by lonewolf
                  I wonder about the accuracy of Social Security records.
                  When my mom got a new job in the mid 80s, she got a letter from the SSA saying her SSN was invalid. It was the number that was printed on her card. She sent in copies to them and they still insisted it wasn't valid and she had to get a new number. They had no answer for where the contribution money went during the previous 15 years she had been working under her original number.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Lee Evans needs our help

                    Elliott Almond of the San Jose Mercury News reports this morning:

                    I just talked to Rosemary and you can pass this along.
                    Lee is doing well, no longer in pain and his vitals are stable.
                    The hospital's pituitary specialist is in D.C. until a week from Monday so the surgery won't take place until then.
                    We expect Lee to be sent home in the interim but that is not official yet.
                    As I believe you know the tumor is benign and they want to surgegically remove it going through the nasal cavity and not opening the cranial. The neurosurgeon also hopes Lee responds to medication that is shrinking the tumor.


                    K E N
                    K E N

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                    • #11
                      Re: Lee Evans needs our help

                      The early reports were quite grim, but if the tumor is benign and he is not in pain, that's very, very good news.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Lee Evans needs our help

                        Great runner, and I'm glad that the tumor won't kill him, but the fact that he left the country and cursed it on the way out makes me rather angry, and the fact that he didn't have insurance wouldn't be an indictment on any healthcare system as he appears to have had the means to purchase it or be on medicare.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by JumboElliott
                          Great runner, and I'm glad that the tumor won't kill him, but the fact that he left the country and cursed it on the way out makes me rather angry,...
                          not remotely saying it didn't happen, but, citation.....?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Lee Evans needs our help

                            I'd seen it intermittently, but here's the link: "[in Africa] You are truly free—not like this fake freedom America has everybody believing in.".

                            He's also said some pretty bizarre things about HIV/HIV testing in the recent past.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Lee Evans needs our help

                              Originally posted by JumboElliott
                              I'd seen it intermittently, but here's the link: "[in Africa] You are truly free—not like this fake freedom America has everybody believing in.".

                              He's also said some pretty bizarre things about HIV/HIV testing in the recent past.
                              Regardless of what he said or didn't say it's a free country. And like my WWII Vet dad use to say, I'm a Vet too, when he and I had our 'disagreements' back in the 70's, "I may not agree with what you say but I'll die defending your right to say it."

                              My Dad also use to say 'Have you walked a mile in his shoes? Then shut the hell up." And then he'd buy me a beer. I miss that guy! What a cool Dad he was.

                              Anyway getting back on track (Pun intended) go ahead be angry with Mr. Evans if you want
                              but we haven't walk in his shoes to know why he thinks the way he did and he's done a ton of good things for children and people in this country and others.

                              And he's a track legend who in 1971 said hi to a dumb 16 year-old HS distance runner, me, when we passed each other in the SJ State Field house. So many other so-called 'athletic super stars' let their egos get in the way of being human. Not Lee.

                              I'm contributing. Who's with me?

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