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Sick, frail struggle most
in storm´s aftermath

Associated Press, by David B.Caruso

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Posted By:JoniTx, 11/10/2012 7:31:16 PM

NEW YORK- Some of society´s most vulnerable people - the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill - have been pushed to the brink in the powerless, flood-ravaged neighborhoods struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy. The storm didn´t just knock out electricity and destroy property when it came ashore in places like the Far Rockaway section of Queens. It disrupted the fragile support networks that allowed the neighborhood´s frailest residents to get by. Here, the catastrophe has closed pharmacies, kept home care aids from getting to elderly clients and made getting around in a wheelchair impossible.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: aasilver, 11/10/2012 7:34:45 PM     (No. 9006057)

...and Obi and his buddy fatso are looking out for these people.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: KTWO, 11/10/2012 7:40:52 PM     (No. 9006063)

I am surprised at how long the problems have lasted.

Essential public services in NY and NJ never struck me as ineffective. They seemed very expensive but that is not the same as ineffective.

I´ll wait and hope for sober assessments next year. Perhaps the damage was just too much.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: FilAm, 11/10/2012 7:41:19 PM     (No. 9006065)

If this happened when a president is a republican, the media would be all over this 24 /7 and screaming that they are letting granny freeze to death.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Hairy Eyeball, 11/10/2012 7:50:30 PM     (No. 9006074)

Ya, we know. Women and minorities hurt most.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: retiree, 11/10/2012 7:54:48 PM     (No. 9006084)

And they will continue to struggle. Especially when doctors start eliminating medicare patients and when doctors themselves leave the practice and go into another line of work and we end up with a shortage of doctors.
Also if you are discharged from a hospital and have to be be re admitted within `30 days, medicare will not pay and the hospital will be charged. That´ not going to fly. Hospitals can´t afford to pick up all the cost.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jalo1951, 11/10/2012 7:55:12 PM     (No. 9006086)

Just consider this a preview of the care the elderly will receive under obamacare.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Barkingkangaroo, 11/10/2012 7:55:26 PM     (No. 9006087)

Obama is lieing and people are dieing.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Fireball27, 11/10/2012 8:07:02 PM     (No. 9006097)

I heard the President played golf today. How nice.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: nonsense, 11/10/2012 8:10:14 PM     (No. 9006103)

Obama loves the "little people" so much that he played golf today. If that had been the previous potus, we would have heard screeching from now until eternity. Not a peep from the Obama loving press about his neglect of middle class folks and their suffering from the effects of the storm.

The Won is One heartless leader.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 11/10/2012 8:23:39 PM     (No. 9006119)

Go call your FEMA office. Eat some of those free birth control pills and call me in the morning.

You voted in great numbers for this, have at it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ArtieC, 11/10/2012 8:31:33 PM     (No. 9006132)

Bush took the heat for FEMA´s incompetence during Katrina. I´m not seeing condemnation of Obama this time.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: august9, 11/10/2012 8:31:53 PM     (No. 9006133)

Both #3 and #10 took the words right out of my mouth!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: lakerman1, 11/10/2012 10:23:32 PM     (No. 9006240)

the homunculus mayor of nyc, the whiney girlie boy governor of NY, and the fat bast*rd governor of NJ, all praised president zero for his great help.
How did that work out? Zero was reelected, probably due to the storm, and the false reporting on the FEMA effectiveness. And Zero hugged some white ladies.
That was about it.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: smidgen, 11/10/2012 10:30:30 PM     (No. 9006252)

Maybe they would be toasty warm now if they had let the crews from AL and GA help them out.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: privateer, 11/10/2012 10:42:42 PM     (No. 9006274)

Welcome to Obamastan! The frail, the sick, the elderly are invited to die and make way for young illegals with families crawling with future commiecrat voters. The election´s over, morons! They never cared about you, but now they needn´t even pretend to.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: AntiStatist, 11/10/2012 11:01:14 PM     (No. 9006293)

They need to shut up- Obama´s trying to putt.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: CEP, 11/10/2012 11:11:52 PM     (No. 9006296)

obama was playing golf today. Don´t bother him with this stuff.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: arcady, 11/10/2012 11:14:10 PM     (No. 9006300)

Empty chair for a President...and for a Governor...and for a Mayor...a regular hat trick of political ineptitude! Don´t fear, I´m sure the government union employees are working as hard as they can to get you the help you need. That is unless....maybe y´all are on the death panel list...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: mackrand, 11/11/2012 12:28:20 AM     (No. 9006357)

Let me put it this way. If you haven´t called Obama for help, you can just stick your whining about impossible conditions in the aftermath of Sandy. Especially conditions as pertains to "society´s most vulnerable people - the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill". Everywhere there´s problems that´s all I hear being affected. You can get back to me when you get ahold of him. Before that, don´t bother me with your sad-sack tales. Obama is supposed to be your savior. That´s why you voted for him. He´ll fix your problems and your wagon too.

Last I heard he was at Andrews AFB playing golf. Try to catch him there or maybe he´s home at the White House by now. Fortunately, you have four years to catch up with him at that location.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Phil_hk, 11/11/2012 12:42:14 AM     (No. 9006362)

So what if they die? That just makes them a more reliable democratic voters

They will vote in probably 5 more elections even if they died today

Let them die. It makes no difference


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Reply 21 - Posted by: noddy, 11/11/2012 12:50:55 AM     (No. 9006369)

It has to be very difficult for people with babies and for the elderly, but the headline is correct. It must be tremendously hard for the sick and frail to cope during this time when it must appear to them that they are being totally ignored.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/11/2012 1:39:14 AM     (No. 9006404)

We endured eight days without power, meaning no heat, no hot water, no lights, no refrigerator and no cooking. At night, the house got down to about 46 degrees. Then the nor´easter hit, leaving eight inches of heavy wet snow and taking down many more trees. Many of my townspeople still don´t have power, since Oct. 29th. It is very difficult to get gasoline, so most people are stuck in their cold homes. Calls to LIPA are answered by a machine, and it is impossible to reach a human being. The local power authority, LIPA, has only about 500 maintenance workers. We were so grateful to the crew from Amarillo, Texas, that removed huge downed trees from the power lines and got our power back on.

Andrew Cuomo rails at LIPA (Long Island Power Authority) and Con Edison, but seems unable or unwilling to do anything but hold press conferences where he complains that they are inept (Andrew, LIPA is a state authority--surely the governor can do SOMETHING).

There is tremendous anger at the inept power company and ineffective state leadership, especially in light of the huge costs entailed in living in the area, as #2 mentions.

We all know people whose homes are either gone (demolished or swept away) or uninhabitable. Compared to those poor souls, we all feel lucky to be freezing in the dark with a roof over our heads.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: JAN, 11/11/2012 2:57:35 AM     (No. 9006456)

NJ Gov put up a Tent City in Monmouth Park.

Elderly disdabled people in tents in the bitter cold. And there they remained even during the follow on storm.

But then the big worry was all about the amusement park rides that fell into the ocean.

Storm victims were treated like dirt. By the Governor, and the utility companies all across the NY/NJ metro area.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Trigger2, 11/11/2012 5:02:15 AM     (No. 9006493)

If those sick & frail voted for Barry, then they have nothing to complain about. They can enjoy the Death Bill earlier than the rest of us.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Kimistry, 11/11/2012 6:45:20 AM     (No. 9006559)

My heart goes out to you, Charactercounts. I have friends on Seagirt Blvd. who lost everything. They tell us everybody´s pretty much on their own. Family, friends & neighbors helping each other out, FEMA et al useless. People can´t find them. They say the local sanitation people have been fabulous, really trying to help people get rid of the detritus, helping people drag out water-soaked mattresses & trying to take away the thousands & thousands of sad trash bags & debris people are putting out. Praying for your power to come on, safely and soon.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Kimistry, 11/11/2012 6:48:10 AM     (No. 9006561)

Excuse me, I reread your post & am happy to see your power has been restored. May everyone affected get through the rest of this OK.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: luandir, 11/11/2012 10:01:59 AM     (No. 9006891)

Sorry, folks, he doesn´t need you anymore.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/11/2012 5:47:17 PM     (No. 9007783)

#26, thanks. It´s been a good two days weather-wise, and many more people are getting power back.

For those whose homes were damaged by storm surge from the ocean or bays, they will be living in misery for a long time. They will either have to do massive amounts of cleanup and rebuilding, or find a new home somewhere.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/11/2012 5:49:37 PM     (No. 9007789)

#26, thanks. It´s been a good two days weather-wise, and many more people are getting power back.

For those whose homes were damaged by storm surge from the ocean or bays, they will be living in misery for a long time. They will either have to do massive amounts of cleanup and rebuilding, or find a new home somewhere.

Prayers for your friends on Sea Girt. I know where that is, and it is devastated.

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