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The Passing of Stephanie Sautter and the Pro-Death GOP/Tea Party

Many of you have seen her face, even if you don’t know her.  Some may have even shared a photograph of her after hearing her story.  Stephanie Sautter, in her “I am the 99%” pro-Occupy photo, drew quite a bit of attention to herself with this inspirational photograph.

The internet responded with donations and well-wishings, and Stephanie kept in touch via her Facebook page, providing updates on her condition.  On September 23, Stephanie posted on her Facebook page that she was in hospice at her mother’s house.  Though she was weakened, she did her best to keep in regular contact/

She was diagnosed with a rather aggressive form of breast cancer and, since she lacked insurance had to wait three months for acceptance into Medi-Cal, the cancer was allowed time to spread to her lymph nodes.

Today, Stephanie’s friends and supporters were informed via Facebook that she had passed on this morning.  Stephanie’s inspirational attitude will never be forgotten.  Those who have followed her story will always remember her as a pillar of light in an otherwise dark world.


Did it have to be this way?  Had the ACA been effect at the time of her diagnosis, Stephanie would have had health insurance.  In fact, that coverage would have been more affordable, and no insurer could deny her.  She would have begun her treatment months earlier, giving her a more treatable scenario.  Perhaps, had the ACA been in effect, Stephanie would still be with us today.

When the Teapublicans/GOP rail against “Obamacare,” they are saying that someone like Stephanie–a bright, wonderful human being who happens to suffer from the small moral deficiency (in their eyes) of not having enough money.   When we hear that we were “just fine before,” as Tea Party loon Michele Bachmann recently put it, they are saying that (just like before) someone like Stephanie does not deserve access to the care she needs.

With all the talk of death panels, we need to ask ourselves if we do not, indeed, have a true death panel already.  After all, what we see in the far right and even among moderate Republicans, is a belief that certain people just don’t deserve fair access to affordable coverage.  Is a group of individuals that can so rashly pronounce judgment on entire classes of people–a group of  uncaring, nihilistic misanthropes who repeatedly vote for the sickening and quickened demise of those they deem not worthy–not a “death panel“?

These same people who would see someone like Stephanie denied care also laughably claim to be pro-life.  They rail against abortion in even situations that would mean the end of the mother’s life.  However, once that child is born they are instantly willing to cut SNAP benefits for the mother, making it hard to feed that child.  As soon as that child is 18, these warmongers want to send him or her off to the next big thing in senseless battles, as fodder for the goals of their corporate masters.

The “pro-life” crowd is pretty heartless.

Stephanie, we will miss you more than you will ever realize.  The impact you have had on the lives of so many just by being you is nothing short of astonishing.  Wherever you are, may you find peace.


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John Prager is an unfortunate Liberal soul who lives uncomfortably in the middle of a Conservative hellscape and likes to refer to himself as an "island of reason in a sea of insanity." While he is not a fan of politicians, period, he has developed a deep-seated hatred for the bigotry, fear mongering, and lies of the Right Wing. John also works as a counselor at one of Barry Soetoro's FEMA re-education camps and as a HAARP weather control coordinator. John's life's aspiration is to rule the world with an iron fist, or find that sock he's been looking for. John can be reached at [email protected] if you have any questions or comments.
  • Hari Seldon

    I can’t believe you people. I really can’t. You will use anything – ANY THING – for your corporate-owned partisan propaganda. This is utterly disgusting.


    • https://www.facebook.com/joe.clam.73 Joe Clam

      Agreed Hari… Thee people are pure awful at this ite…. ugh.

    • http://www.facebook.com/evilliberalagenda John Prager

      It’s exactly the policies these people support that cause Steph to not get the care she needed. I really don’t know what is wrong with discussing that.

  • Brett

    It’s a shame that so many people that qualify for Medicaid don’t enroll – until they get sick. Who knows whether Stephanie would have survived if she had already been on Medicaid before she was diagnosed, but it would have improved her chances. The ACA wouldn’t have helped her, but hopefully it will encourage people to sign up for Medicaid so that this type of tragedy doesn’t get repeated.

  • Psykoduck

    Pro-life! But, ya know, the right kind of life. These hypocritical bullshiters make me sick. Not too sick though, I can’t afford to go to the doctor this month.

  • C. Robertson

    This article is rediculous! You cannot blame her death on the 3 months it took for her to be approved for the medi-cal . This is hilarious it will be months before the Aca websites can even enroll people due to the defiencies and lack of organization. And death panels are a joke do you really want a judicial system that is so scewed already decide if your life is worth the effort…. Blind leading the blind

  • Micah

    I really the comment section had a like button. This article and the following comments are heart-touching. Also as I strive to be a devoted follower of Jesus, it makes me want to vomit from how anti-life the Republicans and many “Christians” are. You cannot be pro-life and denounce healthcare reform, welfare, peace in foreign policy, access to birth control, etc. Such programs and reforms would majorly curve the number of abortions, teen pregnancy, and foreign murder our “Christian Nation” actually commits!

    • Jim

      Micah, you just want the government to force things on us. Tell me, where does it stop? You can’t be all fine with morals being forced on people as long as they fit your view, but complain about the morals that don’t. I don’t remember Jesus forcing people to be his followers? In your view, Jesus should have forced everyone to see things his way. So don’t give me your pias “I want to vomit”, you are just as bad as you think they are.

      • tornado

        Poor Micah…the liberal path she follows has been a crooked one…’her’ president continues to lie and steal.

      • Justin Fenola

        Straw man argument. Maybe if people like you used reason instead of hysterics, what you have to say would be worth listening to. Doubt it’ll happen.

  • Jonathan. Armerding

    Why do we have to take over the entire health care system to extend care to folks like Stephanie?

    • http://www.marionstein.net Marion

      Do you have any idea how many “folks like Stephanie” are out there? And even those of us lucky enough to have great insurance through our employers know that if lose our jobs, we’ll lose everything. Do you realize that you are paying for the people who don’t have insurance in your own higher medical bills and insurance costs? And without the ACA those costs would continue to skyrocket? Which part of the ACA do you have a problem with? Is it the idea that people can keep their maybe unemployed kids on a plan until they’re 26? Maybe you’d prefer companies to be able to cancel because of loosely defined “pre-existing conditions”? If you’ve never had any problems with health insurance, you are lucky. You’re also in the minority.

      • Scott Williams

        There are two ways to interpret Stephanie’s story. 1. The tea party/republican party are lovers of death that want every poor person to die without healthcare. 2. She qualified for Medi-Cal, and chose not to get it, or do the preventative care which can be done without coverage, until she got diagnosed with breast cancer, thus starting the process of treatment too late, and seriously reducing her chance of survival. I can’t find where and republican/tea party member kept her from seeking medi-cal. Obviously there are cases in which people want insurance but cannot get it, and thankfully the ACA should fix that, but what I consider wrong about the ACA is the individual mandate and the penalty. Believe it or not, there are people that do not want healthcare and they should not be fined/taxed because of that. There’s no doubt this is a sad story, but using it to bash a political party is childish and stupid.

    • Daniel

      We are nowhere near “tak[ing] over the entire health care system”. We are merely reigning in the worst abuses of the insurance corporations entrusted with rationing access to it.

  • Steve T

    I am facing some of the same problems. In May I found swollen limp nodes in my leg, and was sent to the local hospital for an ultrasound. Since the first doctor visit was $100 and the ultrasound was $500 I didn’t have the bills paid off in time to receive the results (another $100)… They won’t give you your results without coming into the office.

    Last week I had paid enough of my bills, that I could go in a receive my results. In the 7 months since I had the ultrasound, I have developed swelling in my abdomen. Because of my symptoms and test results my doctor feels I may have lymphoma and she wants me to receive a CAT scan. The cost of a CAT scan in my town is $2,100…more than I have since I am still paying off the ultrasound. They won’t start any type of treatment until I receive a CAT scan.

    My wife and I both work, but we both are caught in the middle of making enough to not get state coverage, but not enough to pay the $800 per month for insurance because of my wife’s “pre-existing” condition (she took prozac years ago). When the ACA starts this next year it will be so helpful, I just hate waiting to get care when you know something is wrong. How in the world do I tell my two daughters that dad is sick, and will have to wait to see the doctor because some politicians (that have free health care and make $150,000 per year) think it’s not that important, and people are not suffering?

    People are dying in America because of the lack of access to affordable care, and I could have been (or may still be…) one of those if not for the ACA, that some politicians are still trying to kill.

  • Fureyous

    I too had cancer without insurance, although I did not qualify for Medicaid. I did sell a house I still owned but had to use the portion allotted for taxes for my treatment. As a result, I am now an indentured servant to the IRS. I had tried for months to get insurance but been turned down (once it was because I had gone to marriage counseling). After cancer the state had to make insurance available to me: $625.00 per month for a $20,000.00 a year deductible.

    • https://plus.google.com/105605292819554998183 Czarney heslin

      Call the IRS and ask about an Offer and Compromise. 1-800-829-0922 if you are a wage earner, 1-800-829-8374 if you are self-employed. Under the circumstances you may qualify.

      • https://www.facebook.com/joe.clam.73 Joe Clam

        He said he’s an “indentured servant”. That likely means he’s already got a payment plan in place for an owed amount and is working the debt down. Is it possible for an offer and compromise to be established to replace an existing payment plan if he’s already keeping up with that?

  • https://www.facebook.com/carlos.iglesias.528 Carlos Iglesias

    The GOP/Tea Party really have become pro-death!!

  • Kristen

    We were NOT fine before! This type of story has happened too often. It is heartbreaking. I am healthy and buy private insurance because I do not have an employer who covers it since I am a freelancer. My rates were going up and up to the point where I would eventually be priced out, and then where would I go? The insurance companies had no regulation and were dropping people, denying people, and raising rates too high each year. I want insurance because I know that anything can happen and human beings are susceptible to getting injured, sick, poisoned, and simply having complications due to aging. Our world is toxic and we all will need health care at some point. Those who buy in end up getting their rates jacked up to cover all the emergency room visits that the uninsured do but cannot pay for. Something had to be done. Something MORE still needs to be done, in my opinion. It is wonderful that people cannot be denied anymore.

    • http://www.facebook.com/evilliberalagenda John Prager

      I’m still hoping for singer payer.

      • Emeraldeyes

        I sure do hope your dream come true, John. I think of Americans every day and their plight for healthcare. Americans should be marching and demanding it! I am Canadian and the stuff of Canadian healthcare is legendary because it is so affordable being FREE. Canadians haven’t thought about or worried about healthcare for 50 years. It is worldclass and EVERYONE has it – and there is no excuse that Stephanie had to die so young and so needlessly because America is deprived of the security of good healthcare. The true anger about this is that it is deliberate and caused by greed, the evil Quid Pro Quo Deal With the Devil that the Republican lawmakers have had with Insurance Companies for decades that meant that while American children, people in their prime were languishing without healthcare or being under insured and eventually died, insurance companies sat on roughly a trillion dollars of collective wealth! Republican lawmakers also benefitted with their palms well greased to pass laws that would obstruct any change that would allow Americans to live. Stephanie’s life hopefully, will not go unremembered and she will be the poster girl for strength and change!

      • https://www.facebook.com/joe.clam.73 Joe Clam

        Yes, singer payer might work. There are a lot of singers, and many of them are obscenely rich. If we got them to pay their fair share the healthcare costs could be lessened for all of us.

  • Patty None

    I’m sorry to hear of her passing. What I want to know is why would it take 3 months! for her to be approved for Medi-Cal? That is what is outrageous!

    • Karen Duncanwood

      Well, Medi-Cal has been cut so many times in the last 12 years that I lost count. You cannot keep cutting, cutting, cutting like the greedy, heartless right wing has forced, and not have caseloads rise to where caseworkers cannot possibly keep everything flowing. Log jams happen, mail isn’t processed in a timely fashion, you wait, wait, wait for income verification. If you’ve never done casework before, perhaps you might not realize this. But I have, and I do.

  • https://www.facebook.com/bruce.arvidsonii Bruce L Arvidson II

    This needs to be sent to EVERY republican that thinks the ACA is the worst thing on the planet. This is the kind of “death panel” they are creating. I also think the Koch brothers need this sent to them, every day, for as many billions of dollars they own.

    • Brenda


  • http://[email protected] Susan Skorc

    I think too many people in my country are heartless bastards, and I am sure this wonderful woman has gone straight to heaven. RIP Stephanie.

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