CBC podcast investigates Adrien McNaughton cold case


The story is about this child, who vanished in 1972

Adrien McNaughton

In the summer of 1972, five-year-old Adrien McNaughton disappeared one night without a trace, over four decades ago. Today he would be 49 years old.

The tragedy still haunts his family and the town of Arnprior, Ontario.

David Ridgen grew up in the same area as little Adrien McNaughton and was a young boy at the time of the disappearance. Ridgen is the host, writer and producer of a new CBC podcast called Someone Knows Something that hopes to shed light on the cold case.

For the Podcast and more information


Vanished 40 years ago: what happened to 5 year old Adrien McNaughton?

There is photo that has been updated, to show how he might look today, plus more information at this site HERE
Were there any people wandering around, attempting to pick up little children?
This  is a long time ago, so what were you doing back then?
How old were you at that time?
Maybe you know something, you did not realize you knew.
If you know of anyone in this area let them know about this.
They may know something or had seen something.
Maybe they might be able to answer some of the above questions.
To this day this little boy has not been found.
This is a parents worst nightmare.
Help find this little boy.
The more people looking and asking questions the better.
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Amir, ten years old, abducted by Israeli soldiers from his bed

Nora Barrows-Friedman writing from Hebron, occupied West Bank, Live from Palestine,

March 8 2010

Amir and his mother just hours before he was abducted by Israeli soldiers. (Nora Barrows-Friedman)
Amir al-Mohtaseb smiled tenderly when I asked him to tell me his favorite color. Sitting in his family’s living room last Thursday afternoon, 4 March, in the Old City of Hebron, the ten-year-old boy with freckles and long eyelashes softly replied, “green.” He then went on to describe in painful detail his arrest and detention — and the jailing of his 12-year-old brother Hasan by Israeli occupation soldiers on Sunday, 28 February.

Hours after our interview, at 2am, Israeli soldiers would break into the house, snatch Amir from his bed, threaten his parents with death by gunfire if they tried to protect him, and take him downstairs under the stairwell. They would beat him so badly that he would bleed internally into his abdomen, necessitating overnight hospitalization. In complete shock and distress, Amir would not open his mouth to speak for another day and a half.

In our interview that afternoon before the brutal assault, Amir said that on the 28th, he was playing in the street near the Ibrahimi Mosque, on his way with Hasan to see their aunt.

“Two of the soldiers stopped us and handcuffed us,” Amir said. “They brought us to two separate jeeps. They took me to the settlement and put me in a corner. I still had handcuffs on. They put a dog next to me. I said that I wanted to go home. They said no, and told me I would stay here forever. They refused to let me use the bathroom. They wouldn’t let me call my mother. They blindfolded me and I stayed there like that until my father was able to come and get me late at night.”

Amir’s detention inside the settlement lasted nearly ten hours. “The only thing that I thought about was how afraid I was, especially with the dog beside me. I wanted to run away and go back to my house,” he said.

Amir and Hasan’s mother, Mukarrem, told me that Amir immediately displayed signs of trauma when he returned home. “He was trying to tell me a joke, and trying to laugh. But it was not normal laughter. He was happy and terrified at the same time,” she said. “He wet himself at some point during the detention. He was extremely afraid.”

Amir revealed that he hadn’t been able to sleep in the nights following his detention, worried sick about his brother in jail and extremely afraid that the soldiers would come back (which, eventually, they did). Today, approximately 350 children are languishing inside Israeli prisons and detention camps, enduring interrogation, torture and indefinite sentences, sometimes without charge. The number fluctuates constantly, but thousands of Palestinian children between the ages of 12 and 16 have moved through the Israeli military judicial system over the past decade since the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada. Israel designates 18 as the age of adulthood for its own citizens, but through a military order, and against international law, Israel mandates 16 as the age of adulthood for Palestinians. Additionally, Israel has special military orders (#1644 and #132) to be able to arrest and judge Palestinian children — termed “juvenile delinquents” — as young as 12 years old.

“This way, they have a ‘legal’ cover for what they are doing, even though this is against international laws,” said Abed Jamal, a researcher at Defence for Children International-Palestine Section’s (DCI-PS) Hebron office. “However, in Amir’s case, they broke even their own laws by arresting and detaining him as a ten-year-old boy. These laws are obviously changeable according to Israel’s whim. We have yet to see a prosecution for crimes such as these.”

I asked Amir and Hasan’s father, Fadel, to describe how one is able to parent effectively under this kind of constant siege.

“It’s not safe for the children to go outside because we’ve faced constant attacks by the settlers and the soldiers,” he explained. “This by itself is unimaginable for us. And now, we have one son in jail and another traumatized … they’re so young.”

On Sunday, 7 March, exactly a week after Hasan’s arrest and Amir’s detention, the family and members of the local media made an early-morning journey to Ofer prison where Hasan had been held since his initial arrest. After a lengthy process in which the Israeli military judge admitted that the boy was too young to stay in prison, Hasan was released on the condition that he would come back to the court to finish the trial at a later date. This trial followed the initial hearing last Wednesday at Ofer, where Maan News Agency reported that the judge insisted that Fadel pay the court 2,000 shekels ($530) for Hasan’s bail. According to Maan, Fadel then publicly asked the court, “What law allows a child to be tried in court and then asks his father to pay a fine? I will not pay the fine, and you have to release my child … This is the law of Israel’s occupation.”

Consumed by their sons’ situations, Mukarrem and Fadel say they are trying to do the best for their family under attack. “What can we do?” asked Fadel. “We lock the doors. We lock the windows. We have nothing with which to protect our family and our neighbors from the soldiers or the settlers. If a Palestinian kidnapped and beat and jailed an Israeli child, the whole world would be up in arms about it. It would be all over the media. But the Israelis, they come into our communities with jeeps and tanks and bulldozers, they take our children and throw them into prison, and no one cares.”

DCI-PS’s Jamal reiterates the point that international laws made to protect children under military occupation have been ignored by Israel since the occupation began in 1967. “Most of the time, we try to do our best to use the law, the Geneva Conventions, the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child as weapons against this brutality,” said Jamal. “All of these laws exist, but Israel uses their own military laws as excuses to defy international law. As Palestinians, we have to work together to create solidarity against this brutality. Through our work, we try to tell the international community what’s going on with Palestinian children to create a wide berth of support against this situation. We believe that the only way this will stop is through the support of the international community.”

Amir slowly began speaking again 36 hours after the beating by Israeli soldiers. Zahira Meshaal, a Bethlehem-based social worker specializing in the effects of trauma in children, said that Amir’s “elective mutism,” a symptom of extreme psychological shock caused by his beating and detention, is a common response, but that it is a good sign that he began talking again. “This is a reaction of fear on many levels. Amir’s house and his family are his only source of security,” said Meshaal. “This was taken away from him the moment the soldiers invaded his home. It’s easy to attend to the immediate trauma, but the long-term effects will undoubtedly be difficult to address. He’ll need a lot of mental health services from now on.”

Meshaal comments on the nature of this attack in the context of the unraveling situation inside Hebron. “We are talking about a place that is on the front lines of trauma,” she said. “This is an ongoing and growing injury to the entire community. Parents have to be a center of security for their children, but that’s being taken away from them. Especially in Hebron, the Israeli settlers and soldiers know this, and use this tactic to force people to leave the area. It’s a war of psychology. This is a deliberate act to make the children afraid and force people to leave so that their children can feel safer.”

At the end of our interview last Thursday, Amir sent a message to American children. “We are kids, just like you. We have the right to play, to move freely. I want to tell the world that there are so many kids inside the Israeli jails. We just want to have freedom of movement, the freedom to play.” Amir said that he wants to be a heart surgeon when he grows up. His mother and father told me that they hope Amir’s own heart — and theirs — heals from last week’s repetitive and cumulative trauma at the hands of the interminable Israeli occupation.


This is everyday life for those in the West Bank. This not how children should be treated.


The systematic and institutionalised ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities

There are also two other very good reports on the Prison system run by Israel. One for Adults and one for Children HERE as well . Be sure to read them and then maybe you will understand just how horrible things really are for Palestinians. International Laws are defiantly broken and often.

No democratic country, with the exception of the US with their prison system like Guantanamo  for Prisoners of war, does this to people.

A Palestinian student has been handcuffed, blindfolded and forcibly expelled to the Gaza

How would you feel if these things were done to your children? Children should not live in constant fear.

Terrorizing children. You don’t want to know what I am thinking, really you don’t.


“This Time We Went Too Far” Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion

E-book on Jewish National Fund’s role in colonization of Palestine

Israel on Trial – The Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Water shortage in Fiji, not for US Water Corporation however

Rachel Corrie’s parents Get Nasty Letter from professor at Haifa University

Dubai police chief to seek Netanyahu arrest

Israel “blackmails Gaza’s patients to turn them into collaborators”

Hiba Al-Shamaree Iraqi Female Blogger Trial set for March 3 2010

Canadian students participate in Israeli Apartheid Week

8.8-magnitude Earthquake in Chile

Help Haiti Everybody Hurts Video

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US/Israeli Charity uses little Palestinian Childs photo to raise money for Israel’s Hungry

Updated March 8 2010 The 2 updates is down below.

Update on the Charity and also added a link to yet another Charity which isn’t so Charitable either.

You may want to take the time to read both.

January 13 2010

This is the little girl in question

A Palestinian girl cries during the funeral of a relative that was killed in an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, cutting the coastal territory into two and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas gained momentum.”photo by Fady Adwan/propaimages”

A Palestinian girl cries during the funeral of her brother who was killed after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip January 4, 2009. Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants battled on Gaza City’s outskirts on Sunday after Israeli troops and tanks invaded the coastal enclave in the worst fighting in the conflict in decades. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah (GAZA)

This is a story about the day her picture was taken with the above REUTERS photo

Life gets worse for Palestinians in Gaza

For the first eight days of Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip, codenamed Operation Cast Lead, many Palestinians trapped inside the territory believed that living conditions could not get any worse. They were wrong.

By Tim Butcher on the Israel-Gaza border
Published: 6:29PM GMT 04 Jan 2009

To go to the Story click HERE

She is the same little girl in both pictures.

This was discovered January 12 2010 and  screen shots was taken so it could be proved, this child was the one being used as advertising for the Charity. One has to wonder how long they were using her photo?
Both pictures used by the Charity were cropped,  but if you look closely both have the Design on the clothing of the woman, who standing on her right, in her time of such tremendous, sorrow,  considering she lost her brother an being surrounded by war.
Just check the top right hand corner of the picture. Look for the green part of the design.
Definitely the cropped version of  the larger  “photo by Fady Adwan/propaimages”  above was  used at the Charity site and HAARTZ.com
The same  by “photo by Fady Adwan/propaimages”of the little girl is also HERE as well third row down, third picture in.
These photos are also on this site as well HERE along with many other photo’s of the War on Gaza
The two screen shots can be enlarged by clicking on them.

This Screen shot of the Charity site itself was also taken as well.

Again the design is also in the top right hand corner.  Also a of version of  the larger  “photo by Fady Adwan/propaimages”


Second Screen shot of Charity site. Click on it to enlarge

Today the Charity Meir Panium removed the little Palestinians girls photo from its flyer.  This of course I imagine after there were complaints about it’s immoral use. There were thousands of people who saw this reprehensible use of this little girl to raise money for Starving children in Israel.

Their new poster girl. Now is she really Israeli I wonder? If you see this little girls picture and she is from anywhere but Israel do let inquiring minds know.

This ad

is still on the HAARETZ site however. Seems the Charity has yet to contact them. So check to see if it is still there, it may or may not but if  it is, you will see to  the  right of the picture of State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss.  Then again in the past two days she has been most of their news stories.

Update Seems the little Girl is still on the HAARETZ site

January 15 2010 Just click on the screen shot to enlarge.


Email  info@meirpanim.org

Update January 16 2010

The little Palestinian  girl has finally been removed  from HAARETZ.com  site as noted in the screen shot below.

I do believe we all will need to monitor the Charity sites to be sure nothing like this happens again.

To some it may seem like a small thing.

Just imagine if your son were killed by someone, then that someone used your daughters picture to make money for themselves.

All the while that someone is still committing crimes against you, your family and your friends.

Imagine how the rest of your family and friends would feel.

Then you may find it is no small thing.

If this were my daughter I would be outraged.

I cannot even fathom,  the words to express how angry I would be.

So if nothing else, try to  imagine this is your tiny little girl.

Think about how you would feel.

If the roles were reversed and this was Hamas using an Israeli child in the same context, it probably would have been on news casts world wide and Hamas would have been demoized as evil hateful horrid people.  I can see the Tiger Woods craze go wild..

There to the embarrassment of many was no coverage of this in the US Canada or Britain even.

The we also have to wonder why Israel has Charities for Israel in many countries around the world as well. Israel is not a third world country by any means.

Questions to think about.

Do the Canada, US, Britain, France or Germany etc have Charities in other countries to get money for food for their hungry children? If not why not?

Those countries all have hungry, starving, people. They do have charities set up to help the poor, but they also remain within their borders. Canadians help take care of Canadians and Americans help take care of American etc. I have never seen any ad in all my travels that had offices in other countries however.

I can fully understand why others would want to help those in Gaza considering they have been blown back to the stone age. I can see helping those in Afghanistan or Iraq they to have been devastated.

I can see helping those in Africa, Haiti and other third world countries.

Israel however is questionable. They have all sorts of Charities set up to get moeny for all sorts of things.

Not so long ago one was in the news. It was suppose to be raising money for schools in Israel, turns out some of the money was actually going to  settlements. Which of course is illegal. The money can only go to the place the advetising says. If it says food it can only go for food etc.

I do believe some of these charities should be checked to see if others have done the same thing.

I as a person who donates money to different causes want to be assured the money I donate, goes to the people and the cause the advertising says it will.

If I donate $100 for school books for children in Afghanistan, it had better to go to school books for children in Afghanistan.

If I donate money to go to Haiti for food,  it had better go to Haiti for food.

If it is for medical needs such as Doctors Without Boarders it had better go to medical help and supplies for those in need.

If I discovered it was going to Israel for settlements,  instead I would be fuming.

Other wise it it is fraud and theft. Those crimes would be directly against anyone who donated. That means the charity stolen from you the person, who was kind enough to give to the cause advertised..

We will be watching.

Found this Report today as I was wandering about.

This is not the first report of this type but should be read by all.

If you need Adobe Reader


It is from June 2009

The systematic and institutionalised ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities

Click Screen shot to enlarge.

March 8 2010 update

Their  new poster children. The question is “Are they really Israeli children”?

Click on Shots to enlarge them.

New Ad for Meir Panim

As shown at HARRETZ

The children in Gaza are far worse off, then any child in Israel. If Israel has hungry men, women and children maybe they should spend less on weapons, checkpoints  or imprisoning those from Gaza and the West Bank.

The Building of the illegal wall could and should be stopped.  The entire wall should be torn down.

Those in Gaza do not have enough medical supplies, hydro, food, water heating fuel, cooking fuel and next to no building supplies and the list goes on an on. Many still live in tents. The things most people take for granted, they do not have.

They are in desperate need of real help.  That little Palestinian girl if she is still alive really does need help. She is an innocent little girl.

Using her picture for profit to help those in Israel is beyond reprehensible. She and everyone in Gaza are desperately in need.

Thank You to all who take the time to read this and those who took the time to do screen shots pictures and get copies of all the information pertaining to this horrid incident.

Thank You to all the blogger’s or those from forums and there are many for sharing this information.

You will never see this on the main stream media.

If not for others who took the time no one would know the crime against this innocent child. This is a crime.  Even Charities have laws they must live by.

Thank you all for caring. I know she is just one small little girl but we must be her voice, as her voice is so small.

The children in Gaza  don’t get almost 3 billion dollars from the US every year.

They don’t get the millions Israel gets from Charities set up for them around the world.

Just in a recent report the US has built buildings in Israel and I guess they need them for the $800 million in munitions Israel will also have access to as well.

The US just gave it to them.

Seems to me if Israel  has so many hungry should be given food not weapons.  The US should stop giving weapons aid to Israel. If they are so desperately, hungry as they say they are, which I doubt,  they do not in need more bullets, bombs, tanks, planes, etc.

The same can be said of the US they have many hungry people as well and over 45 million without health insurance because it is unaffordable.

Yet they spend about or over 500 billion dollars on war.  That doesn’t include what they give in aid to other countries for weapons.

Then there are all their military bases they have to run. Over 800 or more by now.  In most countries the people who live there do not want them there to boot.  This of course all at the expense of the American citizens.

Seems to me they need to get their priorities straight. Feed your people and stop warmongering is my motto.

The UN and many others have demanded the blockade be lifted.

The world is watching.

Contact your Governments and tell them to have the Blockade in Gaza lifted.

When people try to get aid into Gaza, they meet with a numerous problems.

Added March 8 2010

Now for that other so called  Charity which helps in removing land from Palistinians. Very interesting read this is. The Jewish National Fund.  They have many offices all over the world as well.  They have been taking peoples hard earned money and using for the worst of reasons.  This a recent report and well worth reading.

E-book on Jewish National Fund’s role in colonization of Palestine

Seems to me Israels Charities should all be scrutinized. Who do they really benefit and is the money actually being used for good or bad.  This one is used to take land and hide what really happened.

George Bush once said something about watching the Charities. Well dare I say, maybe he was right. Maybe they were watching the wrong Charities however. Seems old George may have hit the nail, but on the wrong head.

Viva Palestina Update George Galloway and Ron McKay Deported from Cairo

Gaza sees more newborns of malformation

Come the iron wall-Gaza Tunnels only used for Necessities

Turkey, Lebanon lash out at Israeli Violation of airspace

Disapproval and Lawsuit against Egyptian “Wall of shame”

UN Calls for Israel to Open Crossing for Goods

As Budgets Tighten, More People Decide Medical Care Can Wait

By Ceci Connolly and Kendra Marr

October 16, 2008

To monitor the multiple sclerosis attacking Ann Pietrangelo’s central nervous system, her doctor recommends an annual MRI. Last year, the 49-year-old Winchester, Va., woman had to pay a $3,000 co-payment to get the imaging done.

This year, she’s skipping the test. Even with insurance, it’s more than her budget can tolerate, especially with the roller coaster on Wall Street devouring her retirement savings.

“I’m doing everything I can to avoid going to the doctor,” she said.

From Park Avenue dental offices to the Arlington Free Clinic, the global economic crunch is forcing a growing number of Americans to scale back on medical care. Consumers are attempting their own form of triage, pushing off seemingly less-urgent services in the hope that their financial health will improve. But the danger, say physicians, is that the short-term savings may translate into more severe long-term health implications.

At the extreme are cases such as the Texas woman who went to the hospital complaining of back pain. Physician Doug Curran immediately spotted cancer on the X-ray.

“She’d had a lump in her breast for a while, but things were tight and she said she couldn’t get it looked at,” he recalled. “We’re going to see more of that.”

Nationwide, the number of consumers who went without a prescription, tapped into retirement savings to pay for health care or skipped a doctor visit for themselves or a child has risen since last year, according to a survey released this summer by the Rockefeller Foundation and Time magazine. One-quarter of the 2,000 respondents, for example, said they had decided not to see a doctor because of cost in 2008, up from 18 percent the year before. Ten percent said they did not take a child to the doctor for the same reason.

“When the economy is in the situation we have today, people make tough choices,” said Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, who is head of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

“Things are just not going to get done.”pharmacists see a spike in cheaper gen

After nearly a decade of steady — often double-digit — increases in drug spending, the research company IMS Health this summer recorded the first actual decline. And a survey by the Center for Studying Health System Change found that nearly 20 percent of Americans report having difficulty paying medical bills.

Layoffs, shrinking bank accounts, rising medical prices and widespread anxiety that the economy is likely to worsen are prompting people to split pills, forgo screening tests such as colonoscopies, delay elective procedures such as laser eye surgery and turn to home remedies as cheaper alternatives. Hospitals report that unpaid medical bills are on the rise, pharmacists see a spike in cheaper generics, and demand for low-cost care is climbing.

Falls Church music teacher Lisa Emrich is coping with a dwindling number of piano students by cutting back on physician visits.

“I have too many doctors and specialists who all wish to see me twice a year,” said Emrich, who is being treated for multiple sclerosis and arthritis. “Sometimes I might skip one if I’m doing well in that area. . . . When I see my neurologist, I’ll ask about my arthritis, which doesn’t make much sense. But I try to get as much as possible out of my doctor visits.”

For Sandra Harrington, a waitress from Oxon Hill, the trade-off comes in treatment for an infected eye. Her doctor prescribed administering steroid drops twice a day. But as her tips have shrunk, she has decided that applying the $100 medication once a day is all she can afford.

“It’s a vicious cycle,” she said, explaining that because it is too painful for her eye to be exposed to direct sunlight, she works only night shifts. “People cut back. Then people like me suffer.”

In the past month, traffic on the five-year-old advice site JustAnswer.com rose 14 percent. The site, which allows customers to pose a health question and “bid” $9 to $30 for a doctor’s or a nurse’s response, had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days, said chief executive and founder Andy Kurtzig. In a telling sign, inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.

At the Arlington Free Clinic, the surge in people seeking care has been overwhelming, said Executive Director Nancy Sanger Pallesen. Last week, the clinic provided free preventive screenings to 19 new patients, but it turned away 27 others, she said.

“Those numbers are higher than what we were seeing just this summer,” she said. “Unfortunately, we can’t take them all in.”

Even free care may not be a good deal for people with limited means. For some, the price of transportation is prohibitive; others fear discovering an illness they do not have the money to treat.

Many are forced to juggle competing medical needs. Pietrangelo must balance the importance of the MRI, which detects brain lesions, and the costly medications that prevent her from relapsing. She pays co-payments of $500 per drug per month. There are no generic alternatives.

“I can’t shop around,” she said. “My hands are tied.”

Most analysts expect the medical crunch to worsen.

“We know from past experience that an economic downturn drives more people to be uninsured,” said Len Nichols, director of health policy at the nonprofit, nonpartisan New America Foundation, a think tank. “They lose their jobs, they lose their income and their insurance.”

That is what happened to Tim Doss. On Sept. 18, after driving a cement truck for an Indiana company for 10 years, he was laid off.

“They told me, ‘As of midnight, your insurance is lapsed,’ ” he said. Doss, 50, and his wife have illnesses that require medications, regular doctor visits and tests. Creditors have come to their home trying to collect the $3,000 they owe in hospital co-payments from when they did have insurance.

The couple decided that Doss’s annual checkup took precedence because he needed it to keep his commercial driver’s license. The checkup, plus blood work for a fatty liver and high cholesterol, cost $300. He persuaded his doctor to provide free samples of his liver medicine.

Helen Doss does not plan to get an annual mammogram this year, even though her mother died of breast cancer at age 56. Doss was offered a free stress test at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, but she is afraid it will turn up more problems that she can’t take care of.

“I’m just holding off for a year and hoping nothing happens,” she said.

Their primary-care physician, Steven Wilk, is devoting more time to helping patients decide what to postpone.

“Folks are asking us to try to limit what we order or pare it down to the bare-bones minimum,” he said. “As a doctor, I worry about the risk of missing something at an early stage. It could lead to more serious problems down the road.”

In past recessions, health-care spending briefly spiked — as people raced to doctors before their insurance ran out — and then fell sharply, according to industry analysts.

“Many times in health care there’s a lag of three to six months before it hits really hard,” said Donald Fisher, president of the American Medical Group Association, which represents large, multi-specialty providers. “If they have a problem, they get it fixed while they still have health insurance. Then we see a decline in elective procedures, and then we really see a drop-off.”

In Plano, Tex., life feels like an endless downward spiral, Victoria Freudiger said, for herself and her husband. Losing jobs meant eliminating health insurance. No insurance meant Thomas Freudiger went to the hospital when he developed pneumonia this summer. That resulted in a $363 bill they couldn’t pay. Now their credit is shot.

As the economy crumbled, both started canceling preventive screenings. She hasn’t had a pap smear or a mammogram for close to two years; he is overdue for a colonoscopy. They use do-it-yourself dental cement to patch their teeth and put their best face forward in job interviews. And although her doctor prescribed Neurontin for her seizures, Victoria Freudiger tries calming techniques instead of the pills.

“Instead of taking them every day, I wait until I start feeling sick, and then I take them again,” she said. “Both of us are suffering mentally, emotionally and physically.”

Though the burden is especially heavy for uninsured Americans, even those who have coverage are feeling the pinch as employers shift higher deductibles and co-payments onto employees.

“The reason why health care was immune [to recessions] in the past was because most people were covered under good insurance plans,” said Jean Mitchell, a professor of public policy at Georgetown University. Now, “people are realizing, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to pay for this out of pocket.’ “

In Durango, Colo., Marsha Porter-Norton and her husband, both entrepreneurs in their mid-40s, switched to a high-deductible plan when insurance premiums skyrocketed. Their new catastrophic policy costs $479 a month, but they have to pay the first $6,000 in expenses.

She is supposed to get ultrasounds twice a year to check on the fibroid tumors in her uterus. But the couple’s retirement portfolio “has taken a massive hit,” and they worry about their jobs, Porter-Norton said. So, for now, she’s going to wait on the $500 ultrasound.

“I’m going to take a gamble,” she said.


Would you believe Insurance companies are corrupt, money grubbing, profiteers.

They care nothing for people, just the profits. Profiteers for sure.

The price paid for Drugs is also way too high. Of course drug companies are profiteers as well.  I am still trying to fathom the $100 for eye drops. What a rip off. TALK about over priced.

No wonder people are losing their homes, going bankrupt and dieing for lack of health care…..

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