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(GoFundMe)   Fundraiser for Jeff Bauman, whose legs were blown off at Boston Marathon, has passed $300K and is aiming for $1 million   (gofundme.com) divider line 144
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2013-04-20 11:37:28 AM  

berylman: I really hate to ask/wonder what insurance he had and if they would cover this and if all this is really necessary?  Probably is at least partly so just an estimate.


As noted, health insurance doesn't include living expenses etc during rehabilitation.  Not sure what he did for a living but it will likely be impacted as well.

This is what the AFLAC duck is for, but most people don't have that.
 
2013-04-20 11:38:30 AM  

Hobodeluxe: leevis: PanicMan: Oooooorrrrrr.......


We could just fund raise for everyone to have health care.  You know, through taxes?

Just what I want, health care brought to me by the same people who gave us social security, unnecessary wars, lax border security, the war on drugs, etc.

you'd rather get it from those who stand to make a buck by denying you coverage


I'd prefer health care without government OR insurance companies. If I have to choose, I'll go with the insurance company, it's easier to change providers.
 
2013-04-20 11:51:44 AM  
Are there any websites like this that DON'T skim money off for their own profit?
There's so many of them, but of course they all take a share of the donations.
 
2013-04-20 11:53:59 AM  
Those pictures of the guy being carted away were really awful.  Obviously loads of other people were hurt but they got a donation site well-publicized and he'll benefit from it - he's got mine.  He's also got a very tough road ahead.

Having said that, I wish people would stop with this 'He's a True American HeroTM' shiat.    It's so farking overused that it means nothing anymore.  Everyone's a farking hero.  I heard someone calling the race officials heroes because there wasn't more loss of life...that doesnt even make any farking sense.  Stuff your farking 3rd grade platitudes, your flag waving and your farking tear-soaked tissues up your ass.  Grow the fark up.
 
2013-04-20 11:56:14 AM  
http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/19/pf/crowdfunding-boston-victims/

Here is a link to some of the other victims charities. Let's not forget about all of them as well. Its great that these people had loved ones care enough to set up something for them, but the ones in the background, the ones who didnt have their photo taken should not be forgotten.
 
2013-04-20 11:56:35 AM  

eiger: Molavian: Fark: Where everything turns into partisan douchebaggery.

It's partisan to point out how disgusting it is that victims of tragedy have to fund raise or go bankrupt?

/I fully support giving money.
//It's just a sign of how perverse our society is that it's even necessary


The "'Murica!" was a dead giveaway.

Or am I wrong?  I'll bet a $20 donation on it.
 
2013-04-20 11:58:21 AM  

Fano: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: How about the other people that lost limbs?

They bought a ticket, they knew what they were getting into.


Can they sue the Boston Marathon organizers, the city of Boston...someone? I'm sorry, in this case, it seems someone should be responsible for those medical costs.
 
2013-04-20 12:03:52 PM  

bikerbob59: depmode98: things like this is sort of the exact reason why we should have socialized medicine.

Citation needed.


Scandinavia.
 
2013-04-20 12:06:43 PM  

a_real_human_being: A guy gets his legs blown off in a cowardly terrorist attack... and has to worry about paying the medical bills.

[img805.imageshack.us image 640x480]

/what I find really sad about the story
//'Murica!


he was voluntarily uninsured. he lives in a place called Massachusetts where if you can not afford insurance it is provided for you.
he's simply an idiot who refused to pay a few bucks a day to insure against an unlikely but catastrophic event.
he could be the poster boy for reckless disregard for others.
the system didn't fail him, he failed the community.
 
2013-04-20 12:08:34 PM  

Fear the Clam: This guy may also have provided a description of a bomber to the FBI, which would have speeded up the image search tremendously:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/victim-in-icon ic -photo-says-he-saw-bomber/2013/04/19/0de8b100-a8a3-11e2-a8e2-5b98cb591 87f_story.html


He DID provide the description.  And he's only alive because of the "Boston Cowboy" efforts and literally holding his artery shut.  Boston Cowboy almost killed himself in despair when he lost a son in Iraq, and has since lost the other to depression from that.  But he found a calling, and then was in the right place at the right time to save Jeff.  Jeff looked into the eyes of Evil and was luckily able to pass on that information to law enforcment.  Flipping heros all around us...

It's a amazing story all around.
 
2013-04-20 12:08:48 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: Those pictures of the guy being carted away were really awful.  Obviously loads of other people were hurt but they got a donation site well-publicized and he'll benefit from it - he's got mine.  He's also got a very tough road ahead.

Having said that, I wish people would stop with this 'He's a True American HeroTM' shiat.    It's so farking overused that it means nothing anymore.  Everyone's a farking hero.  I heard someone calling the race officials heroes because there wasn't more loss of life...that doesnt even make any farking sense.  Stuff your farking 3rd grade platitudes, your flag waving and your farking tear-soaked tissues up your ass.  Grow the fark up.


the race officials decided it was cool to let uncredentialed people drop off luggage filled with 7-liter bombs at the finish line and then stroll away.
they should get a public reaming.
 
2013-04-20 12:10:30 PM  

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: berylman: I really hate to ask/wonder what insurance he had and if they would cover this and if all this is really necessary?  Probably is at least partly so just an estimate.

He had no insurance, he was working up in a NH Costco and was planning on going back to college.

The fact that he's uninsured is why the fundraiser was started.


he lived in massachussetttes. he wasn't uninsured because he worked at a Costco, he was uninsured because he actively avoided getting it.
 
2013-04-20 12:10:47 PM  
Marshmallow Jones:
Having said that, I wish people would stop with this 'He's a True American HeroTM' shiat.    It's so farking overused that it means nothing anymore.  Everyone's a farking hero.  I heard someone calling the race officials heroes because there wasn't more loss of life...that doesnt even make any farking sense.  Stuff your farking 3rd grade platitudes, your flag waving and your farking tear-soaked tissues up your ass.  Grow the fark up.

I know others will give you shiat for saying it, but I'm with you on this. If you lose your legs trying to save someone else, that's heroic. Losing them by being the unlucky sap in the wrong place at the wrong time is not. The heroism awards go to those who step in to help, and you don't need to be an American to be a hero (Carlos Arredondo -- cowboy hat man -- was born in Costa Rica, according to Wikipedia).
 
2013-04-20 12:11:28 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: Having said that, I wish people would stop with this 'He's a True American HeroTM' shiat.    It's so farking overused that it means nothing anymore.  Everyone's a farking hero.


images3.wikia.nocookie.net

Agrees.
 
2013-04-20 12:11:53 PM  

Molavian: Fark: Where everything turns into partisan douchebaggery.


It's sad.

eiger: It's partisan to point out how disgusting it is that victims of tragedy have to fund raise or go bankrupt?

/I fully support giving money.
//It's just a sign of how perverse our society is that it's even necessary


Why do you hate charity?
 
2013-04-20 12:11:59 PM  

Hobodeluxe: berylman: I really hate to ask/wonder what insurance he had and if they would cover this and if all this is really necessary?  Probably is at least partly so just an estimate.

pretty sure his insurance isn't going to cover 100% of his lost wages from being handicapped the rest of his life.


He won't necessarily lose wages if he is a desk jockey but his recovery/rehabilitation is going to cost millions. My guess is he will live comfortably from the royalties of the book/movie but he still shouldn't have to pay for this treatment. Too soon to be donating money in my opinion.
 
2013-04-20 12:12:47 PM  

Hobodeluxe: berylman: I really hate to ask/wonder what insurance he had and if they would cover this and if all this is really necessary?  Probably is at least partly so just an estimate.

pretty sure his insurance isn't going to cover 100% of his lost wages from being handicapped the rest of his life.


But he gets to park in those blue-labelled preminum spots at the store. Forever!
 
2013-04-20 12:14:59 PM  

RangerTaylor: I love Fark:  "Other people have this problem, so we shouldn't donate to anyone."


"I can't help everyone, so I'm not going to help anyone." I wish I could live like that. I do prefer to see people helping locally, donating money locally. There are lots of people in need in one's own community.
 
2013-04-20 12:17:36 PM  
Excessive population, poor houses, all that.
 
2013-04-20 12:18:31 PM  

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: berylman: I really hate to ask/wonder what insurance he had and if they would cover this and if all this is really necessary?  Probably is at least partly so just an estimate.

He had no insurance, he was working up in a NH Costco and was planning on going back to college.

The fact that he's uninsured is why the fundraiser was started.


Costco might provide insurance. It is supposed to be employee-friendly. I'd love to see the company cover the cost somehow. That would be excellent PR.
 
2013-04-20 12:21:11 PM  
this should be a teaching moment.
I'd like to see him starve to death on his hands and nubs on the streets of boston as a lesson to all those who are given the option to buy medical insurance at reasonable rates but decline for selfish reasons.
 
2013-04-20 12:22:15 PM  
Five million dollars to go before we can rebuild him. We have the technology.
 
2013-04-20 12:23:29 PM  

weasil: Marshmallow Jones:
Having said that, I wish people would stop with this 'He's a True American HeroTM' shiat.    It's so farking overused that it means nothing anymore.  Everyone's a farking hero.  I heard someone calling the race officials heroes because there wasn't more loss of life...that doesnt even make any farking sense.  Stuff your farking 3rd grade platitudes, your flag waving and your farking tear-soaked tissues up your ass.  Grow the fark up.

I know others will give you shiat for saying it, but I'm with you on this. If you lose your legs trying to save someone else, that's heroic. Losing them by being the unlucky sap in the wrong place at the wrong time is not. The heroism awards go to those who step in to help, and you don't need to be an American to be a hero (Carlos Arredondo -- cowboy hat man -- was born in Costa Rica, according to Wikipedia).


Not only was he the unlucky sap, but he did absolutely nothing for 2.5 minutes after the bomber put the bomb bag at his feet.  He allegedly looked the bomber square in the eye, watched him drop the bag at his feet, and then watched him leave.  He was the person that ID'd the bomber for the FBI.  If he had opened the bag and realized it was a bomb, and then covered it with his body.... then he would be a hero.
 
2013-04-20 12:25:12 PM  

CygnusDarius: MNguy: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: How about the other people that lost limbs?

Like the kids in Iraq?

America might forget them, but not the Doctors Without Borders.


Can't they get over it and just go to Barnes & Noble?
 
2013-04-20 12:25:45 PM  

relcec: this should be a teaching moment.
I'd like to see him starve to death on his hands and nubs on the streets of boston as a lesson to all those who are given the option to buy medical insurance at reasonable rates but decline for selfish reasons.


When I was young, I opted out of an offer of health insurance because I wanted an extra $1.00/hr wages. It can be hard for a young, healthy person to imagine the need for health insurance.
 
2013-04-20 12:26:48 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: How about the other people that lost limbs?


Came to say this, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-04-20 12:29:26 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: How about the other people that lost limbs?



gyazo.comQ&D

The funds should be split equally between anyone injured in Boston.  ...And Iraq.
 
2013-04-20 12:29:59 PM  

Madame Ovary: relcec: this should be a teaching moment.
I'd like to see him starve to death on his hands and nubs on the streets of boston as a lesson to all those who are given the option to buy medical insurance at reasonable rates but decline for selfish reasons.

When I was young, I opted out of an offer of health insurance because I wanted an extra $1.00/hr wages. It can be hard for a young, healthy person to imagine the need for health insurance.


when I was young and healthy and 20, I jumped at the chance because I wasn't an idiot.
and this dude probably had to pay a fine to avoid the insurance.
 
2013-04-20 12:39:42 PM  
 
2013-04-20 12:42:23 PM  

mekki: Five million dollars to go before we can rebuild him. We have the technology.


That was in 1974 dollars. Inflation.
 
2013-04-20 12:58:22 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: How about the other people that lost limbs?


You're right. Donate to everyone or donate to no one. Fugg'um. I'm gonna go buy Bioshock Infinite.
 
2013-04-20 01:01:48 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Are there any websites like this that DON'T skim money off for their own profit?
There's so many of them, but of course they all take a share of the donations.


Is there a land where hardware, bandwidth, and payroll are free?
 
2013-04-20 01:06:41 PM  

trappedspirit: God-is-a-Taco: Are there any websites like this that DON'T skim money off for their own profit?
There's so many of them, but of course they all take a share of the donations.

Is there a land where hardware, bandwidth, and payroll are free?


Someone should use one of these fundraising sites to raise the funds to start one that doesn't take money off the top.
 
2013-04-20 01:07:16 PM  
Having insurance is no panacea. My sister had insurance when she was shot in the neck, but she still had $80,000 in medical bills. She otherwise would have owed 1.1 million.

There is literally zero difference to her whether she owes 80k or 1100k. She will never pay either amount back.
 
2013-04-20 01:16:50 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: How about the other people that lost limbs?


This was also the guy who woke up for the first time, drugged out of his mind, and immediately stated that he made eye contact with the terrorist, and saw him placing the bomb, and helped to ID him.  He is the main reason we caught them, and should probably get rewarded for that as well.
 
2013-04-20 01:30:51 PM  

relcec: a_real_human_being: A guy gets his legs blown off in a cowardly terrorist attack... and has to worry about paying the medical bills.

[img805.imageshack.us image 640x480]

/what I find really sad about the story
//'Murica!

he was voluntarily uninsured. he lives in a place called Massachusetts where if you can not afford insurance it is provided for you.
he's simply an idiot who refused to pay a few bucks a day to insure against an unlikely but catastrophic event.
he could be the poster boy for reckless disregard for others.
the system didn't fail him, he failed the community.


Yo bootstrap! He's from New Hampshire...therefore not eligible for the mass health care. But you obviously already knew that, as you seem like the type that thinks they know everything.

/self righteous pig farker
 
2013-04-20 01:38:02 PM  

a_real_human_being: A guy gets his legs blown off in a cowardly terrorist attack... and has to worry about paying the medical bills.



/what I find really sad about the story
//'Murica!


Indeed. ..... What a country!
 
2013-04-20 01:44:29 PM  
For those wondering if his medical insurance will pay, I worked in medical insurance for years.  All the policies I worked on had certain exclusions, and one of those exclusions is that they will not cover injuries/illnesses related to acts of terrorism/war.  It's pretty commonplace.

If he has insurance, it is very possible his insurance may deny all the claims if it (very likely) has this exclusion.
 
2013-04-20 01:50:03 PM  

Lsherm: How do we know this is legit?  Couldn't some random person just set up a GoFundMe site and claim it was for Bauman?


Yeah. I hate that I'm thinking this way, but I don't want to "send a payment to Bridget." Is there a way to be certain or is this like tithing in good faith and trusting the money's not being spent on adolescent male hookers and blow?
 
2013-04-20 02:05:29 PM  

Molavian: Fark: Where everything turns into partisan douchebaggery.


I would contend that opposition to socialized medicine is the douchebaggery.
 
2013-04-20 02:10:43 PM  

jack21221: Having insurance is no panacea. My sister had insurance when she was shot in the neck, but she still had $80,000 in medical bills. She otherwise would have owed 1.1 million.

There is literally zero difference to her whether she owes 80k or 1100k. She will never pay either amount back.


img6.imageshack.us

Oh my god. How does that happen? If they covered 1.03 million, why would they leave 80k for her? And where the fark does 1.1 million come from?

I think it's a shame that in the U.S. the overwhelming support for strangers who, through no fault of their own, have come on hard times (in instances like this) doesn't persist outside of these dramatic crises. That being said, you can even see the mindset of blaming the victim in situations like these, where people will say he should have known it was a bomb and ran away, etc.
 
2013-04-20 02:29:25 PM  

a_real_human_being: Oh my god. How does that happen? If they covered 1.03 million, why would they leave 80k for her? And where the fark does 1.1 million come from?


Depending on when it happened: Most of the healthinsurance companies used to have a $1m lifetime benefit limit. Anything over that and you're on your own.
The Affordable Care Act prohibits health plans from putting a lifetime dollar limit on benefits now.

And where the 1.1 million came from: Because they can?  Medical billing is the biggest scam in modern history.
 
2013-04-20 02:37:11 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: How about the other people that lost limbs?


Came to ask this. Should there not be a single fundraiser for all who lost their limbs?
 
2013-04-20 02:42:28 PM  
So, knowing Jeff, I have to say he's amazing and I wish him all the best in his recovery and I know all of the donations will go a long way in making sure he gets all of the follow-up care he needs.

However, not to take away from Jeff's obvious need for assistance with medical bills, but his friend, Michelle Mahoney, who was standing next to him, is in need of assistance too.  She's the girl in the glasses standing next to him on his gofundme page, and is an upbeat and awesome person who always goes out of her way to help others.  While Jeff will undoubtedly get hundreds of thousands more in donations, Michelle thus far has received less than $15K. While her legs were not amputated, they were shattered, and one of her feet was almost completely severed. They aren't sure, the last I heard, if the re-attachment is going to be successful or not. She's going to need extensive therapy.  It would really help her out a lot if Fark got behind her and got information out about her gofundme site to help bring in donations for her care.

http://www.gofundme.com/theMRMfund
 
2013-04-20 02:44:02 PM  

Fano: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: How about the other people that lost limbs?

They bought a ticket, they knew what they were getting into.


That doesn't even make sense.
 
2013-04-20 02:50:53 PM  
Well, a Kickstarter just wouldn't be appropriate, now would it
 
2013-04-20 02:52:50 PM  
I really want to donate, but how do we know for sure this is for him? I'd like to see a confirmation this money is actually going to him. Too many scams going on for me to trust this out of hand, especially since the page is a woman saying she's doing it 'for' him.
 
2013-04-20 02:53:22 PM  

itsaidwhat: Fano: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: How about the other people that lost limbs?

They bought a ticket, they knew what they were getting into.

That doesn't even make sense.


Airplane! movie reference, young man.
 
2013-04-20 03:06:55 PM  

leevis: Hobodeluxe: leevis: PanicMan: Oooooorrrrrr.......


We could just fund raise for everyone to have health care.  You know, through taxes?

Just what I want, health care brought to me by the same people who gave us social security, unnecessary wars, lax border security, the war on drugs, etc.

you'd rather get it from those who stand to make a buck by denying you coverage

I'd prefer health care without government OR insurance companies. If I have to choose, I'll go with the insurance company, it's easier to change providers.


Yeah, just change jobs. That's hella easy these days.
 
2013-04-20 03:11:59 PM  
How much was donated at the mosques?
 
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