Friday, February 02, 2018

Man Dies 23 Days After Winning $1 Million Lotto

Along with the usual things that come with winning the lottery -- a new car, a vacation -- Donald Savastano was excited about finally being able to see a doctor after winning a $1 million prize in December. The self-employed carpenter in New York told local media he hadn't been able to afford to do so because he lacked health insurance. But the doctor visit yielded devastating news: Savastano, 51, had stage 4 metastatic cancer. He died on Friday, just weeks after claiming his prize money.

Comments

"America has the best healthcare system in the world."

Republicans

#1 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-02 10:47 AM

7 years into ACA and he never bought insurance despite a mandate and subsidies, in a state with an individual marketplace exchange. Definitely the free markets fault.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-02 11:00 AM

"7 years into ACA and he never bought insurance despite a mandate and subsidies, in a state with an individual marketplace exchange. Definitely the free markets fault."

Cuz you know everything you need to know about this guy to make such an assumption. You realize that to get Obamacare you needed to have an income of at least $10,000. He was a self-employed carpenter, probably most of his income was off the books which wouldn't give him a documentable income high enough to get ACA. It does speak volumes that he went to a doctor within the first few weeks after winning the prize. In Canada he would have been able to go long ago, no matter his income. We should have the same right to healthcare here.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-02 11:10 AM

Your average New York city carpenter makes $50k/yr. If his income is off the books, then he's a tax cheat.

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-02 11:17 AM

7 years into ACA and he never bought insurance despite a mandate and subsidies, in a state with an individual marketplace exchange. Definitely the free markets fault.

#2 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

Just like with Conservatives, you can lead a horse to water, but if its too stupid to drink to save its own life, there's nothing you can do.

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-02 11:24 AM

Definitely the free markets fault.

#2 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

The ACA = the free market.

#6 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-02-02 11:32 AM

No, that's a controlled market. It's just not as controlled as single-payer advocates want, but it's certainly not a free one.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-02 11:40 AM

Stick your semantics in your ***.

What you are saying here boils down to this guy died for your freedom to die if you can't afford insurance and that anyone caught cheating on their taxes should be receive a death sentence.

Enjoy your weekend, ***hole.

#8 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-02-02 11:56 AM

He died on Friday, just weeks after claiming his prize money.

POSTED BY MRSILENCEDOGOOD

And I bet the healthcare industry still had no problem leaving his family with practically nothing.

#9 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-02-02 11:57 AM

He was a self-employed carpenter, probably most of his income was off the books which wouldn't give him a documentable income high enough to get ACA.

#3 | POSTED BY DANN

Then, in New York, he would have been eligible for subsidies or Medicaid.

#10 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-02-02 11:59 AM

#8 | POSTED BY MRSILENCEDOGOOD AT 2018-02-02 11:56 AM | FLAG:

If that's what you got from making fun of Danni's $10k/yr off-the-books carpenter tax cheat claim as a defense against not using ACA or available subsidies, you're a silly person.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-02 12:02 PM

All we actually know is that he previously had no health insurance and that he went to a doctor after he won the lottery so from that it is pretty easy to conclude that he couldn't afford to go to the doctor before he won. Your several attacks on his character are typically you. Anyone that disturbs your desire to preserve for profit healthcare must be some sort of bum, criminal or Communist.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-02 12:10 PM

You're the one that attacked his character with the off the table income. All I did was point out that ACA is made exactly for people like him.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-02 12:48 PM

Obviously this guy wanted to go to the doctor. He used his lottery winnings for that. You're being a donkey here Sitz.

#14 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-02 05:40 PM

I'm confused.

Why wasn't he using medicaid?

I can understand people not wanting to be on it but even a tightwad like me doesn't mind if my tax money allows others to go see a Doctor for a checkup once a year for free.

Why?

Because that's how you keep out of the emergency room and don't end up costing tax payers more.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-02 05:44 PM

Maybe he was the kind of person who wasn't able to use public services. Maybe the GOP convinced him he was leeching off society if he applied for any benefits.

Who knows?

The tragedy is a man died and he didn't have to.

Trump took money away from advertising these the ACA. There will be more of these. This one only made the news because he won the lottery. Other Americans die silently.

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-02 06:00 PM

New York is a blue state with that accepted the ACA's Medicaid expansion and has more generous than average welfare benefits. It's not been said that he sought assistance and was refused. Some people don't have the temperament to seek help.

I deal frequently with the poor and homeless and some people can't deal with filling out forms and providing documentation even though they are offered help. We'd need more info before making this a political thing.

#17 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-02-02 06:01 PM

You're being a donkey here Sitz.

#14 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER AT 2018-02-02 05:40 PM | REPLY

I'm acting like a Democrat and saying use all of the public services that have been made available. The horror, the horror.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-02 06:06 PM

The Irony is Strong with this one.

RIP

#19 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2018-02-02 06:08 PM

Well, carpenter is a wide term. Like people call themselves machinists when actually they are machine operators, big difference. And being self-employed can mean " most of the time I'm unemployed." Believe me I know what I'm talking about.

Now to be a total a,hole.

Maybe he shouldn't have gone to the doctor.

#20 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-02-02 06:25 PM

"The ACA = the free market."

Yep.

#21 | Posted by eberly at 2018-02-02 06:39 PM

The rest of the world:

Health Care is a human right!

The US:

Web MD, why do my farts smell like blood?

#22 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-02-02 06:49 PM

I'm acting like a Democrat and saying use all of the public services that have been made available. The horror, the horror.

#18 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG AT 2018-02-02 06:06 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

I'm saying not everyone is good at using the services. Maybe he thought he had to work all the time and couldn't take time off to learn about and register for these things.

I find it to be a tragic story. Not one about paperwork not filed.

#23 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-02 06:53 PM

Was it the visit to the doctor which killed him?

What a fortunately but unfortunate last few weeks of his life..

#24 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-02 06:56 PM

"Cuz you know everything you need to know about this guy to make such an assumption. You realize that to get Obamacare you needed to have an income of at least $10,000."

People are supposed to be able to get Medicaid if they don't make enough. He's in NY, so there shouldn't be any gap in Medicaid, and he wasn't married so he didn't have the ACA family loophole. I don't see how he didn't have access to affordable medical coverage. I would like to know exactly how this gentleman was usable to go to the doctor.

I feel bad for him, but he shouldn't have fallen through the cracks like that.

#25 | Posted by LEgregius at 2018-02-02 07:35 PM

Me. Savastano, I've got good news and bad news...

#26 | Posted by cbob at 2018-02-02 08:45 PM

F--- "access" to health care. Let's have health care for all as part of our default infrastructure a la other rich nations. Health care shouldn't be something you have to apply or sign up for, it should be a country-damned given.

#27 | Posted by hamburglar at 2018-02-02 09:31 PM

"Health care shouldn't be something you have to apply or sign up for, it should be a country-damned given."

Republicans will never agree to a small government solution.

They care more about maintaining the vestige of Federalism than having a simple single payer Federal system.

Ideology trumps results, every time.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-02 09:46 PM

"Personal responsibility" becomes an excuse for neglect.

#29 | Posted by hamburglar at 2018-02-02 09:52 PM

Personal Responsibility is how you say it's a poor person's fault for being poor.

Lee Atwater explained it better than I can. Plus, I'd get called a race baiter if I explained it like ol' Lee did.

#30 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-02 10:11 PM

I am for universal healthcare, but contrary to the happy commercials on TV cancer kills people, even if they can afford the best care. Ask George Harrison.
My brother-in-law, doc shoulder is really aching, no shit you've got stage four lung cancer. Even though he'd been seeing doctors for years for other issues.

Once again, Warron Zevon

I went to the doctor cause I was feeling kinda rough...

#31 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-02-02 10:25 PM

RIP, Warren..

#32 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-02-03 06:51 AM

I find it to be a tragic story. Not one about paperwork not filed.

#23 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER AT 2018-02-02 06:53 PM | FLAG:

It is tragic and bizarre. He had options, couldn't be denied coverage, and didn't do anything until he happened to have a gambling win. Sycophant of all people nailed it, you can lead a horse to water, but...

#33 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-03 08:17 AM

"Waking Ned Devine"

#34 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-03 01:59 PM

***soft music plays as David and Charles Koch turn into camera***

Voice over:

For only the cost of your own health care you can give these two filthy, greedy f***ing hogs a tax cut...

Democrats running for office, please run that 30 second spot.

And hit me up.

I have sssssoooo many more.

#35 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-02-03 10:39 PM

Very sad. This happened right where I grew up. The winning ticket was sold in Sidney, NY, a village just 4 or 5 miles up the Susquehanna river from the smaller village of Bainbridge which is my home town. It was very exciting news when he won and I had heard about it from several people back home and it was all over the local news back there. He was just looking forward to being able to enjoy a simple life in retirement and then this happens.

#36 | Posted by DCinMA at 2018-02-04 01:05 AM

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