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Posted on 04/10/2011 9:11:27 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
Crossville, Tenn. - A Cumberland County family blames the state's healthcare system for the death of their son.
Frank and Ann Zingheim's 48-year-old son, Scott, committed suicide on March 31st.
On Sunday, his obituary appeared in The Tennessean, with a tribute to his life, and also a message for state lawmakers.
"No one listens, no one listens," said Frank Zingheim. "There are major cuts being made in Nashville right now."
Scott Zingheim was diagnosed as a Paranoid Schizophrenic when he was 15-years-old. His parents say he was in and out of hospitals for most of his life, until one program was finally able to make a difference.
Through TennCare, Scott was able to take part in PACT, or the Program of Assertive Community treatment. The Zingheims say it changed his life and taught him how to cope with his mental illness.
"For the first time in years, he was hospital free," said Frank. "He didn't go to the hospital because they monitored and took care of it."
But in 2005, cuts to TennCare made Scott ineligible for the PACT program.
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Since when is it my responsibility to pay for your child’s healthcare?
If you can’t afford’em then by GOd don’t have’em!
If he hadn't had Medicare, the parents would be complaining about that. The nerve of some people, to use the tragedy of their son this way, pathetic.
The cuts have to come somewhere. I really sympathize with people who are affected, but our government NEEDS to live within its means before our nation collapses.
It is a tragedy that their son died.
My prayer, for him and them.
Would they be justified in chaining the DR. to a wall, and forcing her to treat their son without pay?
Are they justified in chaining the rest of us to a wall, and forcing us to pay for the DR? At the point of a gun?
What else would they like to take from us, while they have that gun pointed at us?
hmmm....looks like the Governor of TN was a Democrat, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Bredesen
“He was deemed ineligible they said, because he had Medicare, and you can’t have TennCare and Medicare,” said Ann Zingheim. “If he’d just had TennCare, he would’ve been kept on.”
Why didn’t he drop Medicare coverage then so he could get TennCare?
Cuts to TennCare? Sounds like a state program that got cut. I am sure that dems will use this as an example to try to further fund federal programs.
The ratchet and pawl of government dependence.
Scott Zingheim was diagnosed as a Paranoid Schizophrenic when he was 15-years-old.
He lived 33 years in agony. Should have called in hospice when he turned 16. Would have saved lots, most costly the heartache. The parents, while I understand doing whatever you can for your child, place blame wrongly.
There is no one to blame. Nothing anyone could have done except prolong the inevitable.
which they did
Not Yours To Give
This is a tragedy, but why not play the blame game for political advantage?
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