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Pelosi pulled strings to let dying Dallas lawyer Baron try experimental cancer drug
dallas news ^ | 8/15/10 | TODD J. GILLMAN

Posted on 08/15/2010 9:54:45 PM PDT by Nachum

WASHINGTON – Dallas' top Democratic donors will cut big checks to share dinner later this month with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Most will be motivated by a desire to protect the party's congressional majority.

Lisa Blue will have an extra reason: to say thanks for Pelosi's efforts when her husband, Fred Baron, was dying of bone marrow cancer. His only option was an experimental drug whose manufacturer refused to give permission to use it for Baron's condition.

"He was a big fan of hers, and now I am as well," Blue said.

Baron, the "King of Toxic Torts," built a fortune suing on behalf of asbestos victims. He died the week before Election Day 2008 at age 61.

A prolific Democratic fundraiser, he served as finance chief that year for his friend John Edwards, who also made his fortune in court. Baron later acknowledged funneling large sums to Edwards' mistress – a scandal that gave ammunition to those who already despised trial lawyers.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2tiermedicine; dying; obamacare; ourbetters; pelosi; pulled; romneycare; strings
Pelosi galore
1 posted on 08/15/2010 9:54:47 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

That’s one of the absolute worst things about socialized health care that’s being forced on us the people who will be put in charge deciding who gets what based on who knows what (meaning friends, money, etc)


2 posted on 08/15/2010 9:56:53 PM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Nachum

Gee, a drug company who didn’t want to get sued by the biggest trial lawyer in Texas!

Who woulda thunk it. Of course, the trial lawyers will spin this as if the drug company was at fault, but the truth is that the trial lawyers would gleefully sue the drug company out of existence for providing the drug if it had killed the guy.


3 posted on 08/15/2010 10:00:14 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Nachum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWL3l6kYljQ


4 posted on 08/15/2010 10:01:12 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Nachum

Actually this proves that socialized medicine will really only be for the masses. The Progressive aristocracy will still be able to pull strings to see doctors on demand and get their friends preferential treatment while the rest of us wither on the vine.


5 posted on 08/15/2010 10:03:10 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (It's easy being a communist when you're rich.)
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To: FromLori

Absolutely right it is one of the absolute worst things: a crony government running our entire society...including our health care. Your level of care will depend upon how much money you give to our government rulers. We’ve destroyed our republic...and to say that America is the land of the free is ludicrous.


6 posted on 08/15/2010 10:03:46 PM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: Nachum

So she values this life but could give a rat’s ass about the 54 million babies that have been aborted in the US?


7 posted on 08/15/2010 10:05:48 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue
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To: FromLori

From capitalism to nomenklatura in one easy step.


8 posted on 08/15/2010 10:06:43 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Nachum

2 sets of rules...1 for them and 1 for us....


9 posted on 08/15/2010 10:07:42 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: FromLori
Anybody who has lived in a socialized medical system knows that life and death is determined by who has money and clout. If you want your loved one to survive, you have to bribe the politician and then the doctor.

In Russia, the doctors get 'gifts' before surgeries from family members to help ensure a good outcome. In Israel, under the table bribes go on all the time.

10 posted on 08/15/2010 10:08:30 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
He died the week before Election Day 2008 at age 61.

At least there's a happy ending.

Or should I say "a good start"?

11 posted on 08/15/2010 10:09:21 PM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Tzimisce

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfJnqbudMzs


12 posted on 08/15/2010 10:09:27 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: surroundedbyblue

54 million babies

I tend to think of them as 54 million tax payers,
bet Nanzi never thought of that.


13 posted on 08/15/2010 10:16:16 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Nachum

I didn’t think I could despise Pelosi any further. I was wrong. Isn’t this something like the parasite circle of life?


14 posted on 08/15/2010 10:24:16 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Nachum

The makers of the drug ain’t stupid.

This Fred Baron character made millions off product liability suits.

Why the hell would you risk a law suit?


15 posted on 08/15/2010 10:28:40 PM PDT by PanzerKardinal (Some things are so idiotic only an intellectual would believe it.)
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To: PanzerKardinal

I can’t help but feel that there are cures for cancer, but the American Cancer Society, and big pharma are too big and making too much money to release cures and just “Quit”.


16 posted on 08/15/2010 10:40:43 PM PDT by Tagurit (Are your pigs fed, watered and ready to fly?)
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To: Nachum

privileges


17 posted on 08/15/2010 10:44:04 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Nachum

Health Freedom is just for Socialist elites, comrade. The peasants need the FDA.


18 posted on 08/15/2010 11:35:41 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Actually this proves that socialized medicine will really only be for the masses. The Progressive aristocracy will still be able to pull strings to see doctors on demand and get their friends preferential treatment while the rest of us wither on the vine.


Yes, that’s exactly right, but not many people notice it or mention it.

They also don’t seem to notice that the government wants to charge you as a single worker, $800 a month, or $10,000 a year, or $120,000 in 10 years.

Over a 40 year period for the normal working career, you would’ve banked a half-million dollars and if you got any kind of interest all you would have over $1 million dollars. in the bank. For you to use. Any way you wish. Or better yet you can leave it to your children and your grandchildren. But this is not the system that we have.

Is it okay to give up all of the above so that you can visit the doctor for free and get the usual 90 second examination? True value, not the $60 cash that you had to pay, but the seven dollars that the government pays the doctor. Undoing this kind of inequality would have a much bigger effect than all of the Obama care crap — which is not about health care at all but is all about the redistribution of wealth in America.


19 posted on 08/16/2010 12:32:07 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Nachum
John Edwards, Mesothelioma Man, and Health Care Reform
20 posted on 08/16/2010 12:53:47 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Nachum

"Obamacare is not for us or Moslems. SUCKERS."

21 posted on 08/16/2010 4:11:09 AM PDT by Diogenesis ('Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God' - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Nachum

Meanwhile

That Was Quick… For First Time Ever Obama Administration Cuts Medicare Treatment For Cancer Patients

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2571036/posts


22 posted on 08/16/2010 6:40:57 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: Nachum

Maybe we need some sort of scientific panel to make these kind of life and death decisions. We could call it a “Death Panel.”


23 posted on 08/16/2010 9:20:46 AM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi
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