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And I will be on TALK 1300 with Al Roney this afternoon
A fine man named Jim Combs, from Adirondack Radiology took time out of his busy day to walk up to Uncommon Grounds to meet me this morning in Uncommon grounds. In an unbelievable act of generosity he offered to do the CT scan for free.
I will always be grateful for this offer and it restores my faith in humanity.
This is what I told him.
I have insurance and just paid a premium last Friday. That this was not just about me but the other sixteen people canceled. My CT is scheduled for Wednesday at Saratoga Hospital. My insurance must pay for it. We have a contract and I want 1199SEIU to honor our contract. I and my wife are not charity cases. Yes we are the working poor who can no longer afford to live in my home town but we get by.
I also realize that there are many people who are worse off than me. They have two much income for help but not enough to buy insurance. Please give an uninsured person the CT you kindly offered me.
I am also not suicidal. I would like to take you up on your offer if they cancel me for the third time. Again I thank you for your kindness.
I will be on Talk 1300am at 3
Good Morning Saratoga. The Times Union has run a feature print exclusive piece entitled
Clock is ticking as cancer survivor finds insurance canceled by Chris Churchill, The Advocate
"John Tighe is a cancer survivor who needs a CT scan to make sure he's still cancer free. But he and 16 other spouses of Skidmore College employees had their health insurance canceled wrongly and without notification — and Tighe has been unable to get the scan.
For the full story buy a copy of the Sunday Times Union at your favorite newsstand. It will appear later this week on timesunion.com."
I would urge my readers to support this kind of Journalism and buy a copy today. I will have a link here tomorrow when it’s available. The story has a color shot of Bruno the dog it mentions NXIVM and calls me a “gladfly”. I will always be grateful to the TU. From Jim Odato visiting me in intensive care in Albany Med to Denis Yusko covering the Housing Authority and now Chris Churchill helping spotlight my insurance woes they are an important asset worth supporting. I now have my CT scan tentatively slated for Wednesday.
And I am aware of today’s Charter Change developments in the Saratogian HERE . This is going to be a long battle and it isn’t going anywhere so this is my only comment on that particular development . Fell free to post your own comments here or on in the last Charter Change post
Tomorrow night I will have an important Saratoga in Decline exclusive about Albany county DA David Soares his stripper girlfriend and President Obama. So keep your browser here.