Brilliant column by Ira Stoll

Reader comment on: Nicholas Kristof's Roommate With Cancer

Submitted by Eliot Ames (United States), Oct 15, 2012 18:08

This column perfectly illustrates Mr. Stoll's genius. He thinks clearly and analytically, all the more difficult when the facts might sway a less keen observer of human nature and of journalism only to feel sorry for Kristof's former roommate. One of my closest friends from college also died of cancer, with full medical insurance, not to mention considerable personal wealth, at the age of 57. He ignored his internist's advice to see a dermatologist about what was, in fact, skin cancer. It metastasized into a brain tumor and killed him.

All the health insurance and personal wealth in the world cannot persuade those who choose not to get checkups to get them, or those who get them to pay the slightest attention to what their physicians advise them to do.

I feel as sorry for Kristof's college room mate as the next person; one of the many reasons I feel sorry for him is that he allows his former roommate to use his story to try to reelect Barack H. Obama.

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Response to questions about Scott's insurance coverage [627 words]Matt BlumenfeldOct 20, 2012 23:55
Why did he quit job without money to buy insurance???? [44 words]MarcOct 16, 2012 00:11
Government intervention is responsible for his plight [44 words]Harry BinswangerOct 15, 2012 21:18
⇒ Brilliant column by Ira Stoll [171 words]Eliot AmesOct 15, 2012 18:08
Why MUST we bear his burden? [85 words]Tibor R. MachanOct 15, 2012 17:36
More Krug "Journalism"
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Dan CalabriaOct 15, 2012 17:23
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If only people were forced to share their toys under a Kristoffian dictatorship [136 words]Dan RandOct 15, 2012 02:25
To answer point #4
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LyleOct 15, 2012 01:00
Is that a one time thing?
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LyleOct 15, 2012 12:04
answers from my world [715 words]ChadOct 15, 2012 00:54
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Your response to Kristof's article [594 words]Matthew ChamberlinOct 15, 2012 00:06
No Dr. Bills [18 words]BillOct 15, 2012 18:39

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