A North Carolina man is feeling the sexist sting of our federal government.
Raymond Johnson recently received the surprising diagnosis after going to the emergency room for throbbing chest pains — he has breast cancer.
With no insurance, he sought help from federal funds allocated to help people suffering from the disease who can't afford treatment.
Although cancer does not discriminate, Raymond found out our government does. In order to receive Medicaid funds to treat breast cancer, it turns out one must be a woman!
That's pretty silly considering breast cancer in men is not unheard of. Although 100 times less likely to occur, 2,140 men are diagnosed a year with the disease and 450 men lose their lives to it.
The state's Department of Health and Human Services has recognized the problem and has contacted the federal government for help, while Raymond is paying up to $10,000 for each chemotherapy treatment he undergoes to fight the illness.
We really hope the government is as quick as North Carolina to recognize the discrimination, but are a little worried because our bureaucratic government has never been known to be "quick".
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