Here's how Hillary Clinton took time out from being Senator to help a cancer patient


A man has written an incredibly moving Facebook post about his experience of reaching out to Hillary Clinton, back when she was a New York Senator, after he racked up serious medical bills.

In February 2007, writer James Grissom was working part-time in the book store of the Metropolitan Museum of Art when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

He didn't have insurance, or even savings, but was given discounts on treatment after Planned Parenthood put him in touch with an oncologist, who kindly told him to tell the billing department that he was her family member.

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As he writes in his Facebook post - that's going viral, FYI - James attempted to pay as well as he could for his cancer treatment. But the hospital still reported him to a collection agency, and he then faced legal action. It's at this point that the now-Democratic presidential candidate comes into the story.

"I contacted the office of my senator, Hillary Clinton, and within two weeks I was speaking to someone in her office, who, at one point, handed the phone to the senator herself," James writes.

"'You did not enter a credit agreement with that hospital,' she told me, 'so I cannot fathom why they are pursuing you as if you did. In addition, that hospital is aided by the state of New York and the federal government, so they are way out of line. You need to fight this cancer and get well: You don't have time for this nonsense. Let me look into it.'"

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James continues in the Facebook post: "Within a week, the collection calls ceased, and within a month, Hillary Clinton put me in touch with two organisations offering financial aid to people undergoing cancer treatment.

"These organisations eliminated half of my debt, and within 18 months, I had paid the remaining amount, without any collection activity or annoying calls.

"I just re-read the letter that Hillary Clinton sent to the hospital (It was Roosevelt, if you must know), and in her indignation, she refers to me as her friend. Not a constituent, but a friend.

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"She prevailed upon the proud history of the hospital and the medical profession to do the right thing, and adjudged the collection activity to have been an 'unfortunate mistake or oversight'."

James says that he has since received two letters and a phone call from Clinton. He continued to have discounted treatment, from both Planned Parenthood and his oncologist, and is now thankfully receiving treatment through insurance made available through the Affordable Care Act.

Wonderfully, he is now cancer-free, but James says there are still follow-up procedures that are necessary.

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He finishes the Facebook post by saying: "And yet - Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood are villainous, despicable, ready for defunding or defeat.

"I don't understand that, and I don't understand how we have difficulty in choosing our next president or where our donations should go. But that's me.

"That's my time with Hillary Clinton. Sorry I looked away for a time. But now you can deal me in."

Quite the story, hey?