Cancer Patients Die While 'New Dems' Help Bankers Get Billions

I'm having a hard time with this.

I'm having a hard time with this.

As Rep. Alan Grayson said yesterday in his chat, "AIG blew up because it was a casino that dabbled in insurance on the side." To date, they've received $173 billion -- billion -- and we've got no idea what they did with it. Now we're being told that Citi needs a "bad bank" too to buy up their toxic assets, after they already received $250 billion -- billion -- in guarantees for their worthless shit in exchange for the low, low price of $7 billion in preferred stock for taxpayers.

And what are Americans--who are losing their jobs and their homes because AIG acted like a casino and taxpayers paid off all their gambling debts--getting?

They get to die:

21% of Americans scramble to pay medical, drug bills

Denise Prosser, 39, has battled cancer since she was a toddler.

Yet Prosser can't afford her next cancer treatment — a radioactive therapy that she's supposed to receive once a year — because she and her husband lost their jobs in December. Without insurance, she has postponed the radiation indefinitely and is taking only half of her asthma medications — sacrifices that often leave her gasping for air and could allow her cancer to come surging back.

She's dying because she lost her job and she can't pay her medical bills. She didn't steal anything so she could get taxpayer money so she can pay lobbyists to get her more taxpayer money--that's AIG.

Jane Hamsher is the founder of FireDogLake. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect.
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