"Queen of Clown Porn" Hollie Stevens, 30, dies of breast cancer

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42 Responses to “"Queen of Clown Porn" Hollie Stevens, 30, dies of breast cancer”

  1. It’d be great to see a note in the caption for that main pic pointing out which girl’s Hollie – is she top center of bottom left?

  2. silkox says:

    Such sad news! And the health insurance connection makes it so much worse.

    Maybe she would have wanted it this way, or maybe she would have prefered a more respectful photo for this post, like the one with Wile E Coyote?

  3. filebunch says:

    Billion dollar industry and no healthcare.  How will the new healthcare law help a person such as this?  She goes to “an exchange” and purchases “affordable” health insurance?  And if she doesn’t she pays a tax?  How is this a good thing?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      How is this a good thing?

      Because she can’t be refused due to a pre-existing condition.

      • And they can’t cap the amount of money they spend on her healthcare.

        • filebunch says:

          These are all good things. But she still has to access the market and pay for it. It still is going to be expensive and people are not going to access the market. Back to square one.

          • millie fink says:

            Pfft.

            You’re really determined, aren’tcha?

          • AnthonyC says:

             Square two, perhaps.
            Obviously, there are better health care systems in the world than the one the new law sets up, but the new one is far better than what we have now.

          • No one knows how much it’s going to cost, but it’s said to be affordable who couldn’t get it before.  I’m one of those people.  Self employed in a new business who pays taxes and works 11 hours a day 6 days a week, and can’t afford insurance.  
            Now, until we find out actually how much it will be, please stop help spreading RUMORS that it’s going to be expensive.  You dont’ know for sure, now do you?

          • jess kazen says:

            This already exists in Massachusetts. The state of our health care isn’t that bad. Most people have insurance now and it got cheaper.

          • Leo James says:

            No, square one is when they charge you a lot more because you have cancer and then don’t pay to fix it. This is different, perhaps you should try reading the comment you just replied to filebunch, I think they covered it.

          • Halloween_Jack says:

            That’s about as brilliant an observation as “not everyone will get health care because some people refuse to go to the doctor.” 

      • filebunch says:

        But she still has to access it and pay for it.

        • jess kazen says:

          the guidelines make a lot more people eligible for medicaid, which covers way more services than regular health insurance (though, at the loss of quality of providers)

    • TJ Seitenbach says:

      It also requires that any business employing more than a certain number of people (I believe it’s 150) provide some sort of healthcare plan.

      • Paul Cooke says:

         unfortunately, she would not be an employee on the head count as she would be classed as a self employed contractor. Which is how I see a lot of cheapskate companies getting around this law’s requirements for providing a healthcare plan. Just run the permies down and take on contractors.

        • That’s actually what is happening NOW.  Employers give 35hr a week schedules, but offer benefits at 40hrs.  
          Walmart and the like.. you know.. your cheapskate companies.

    • BKExcuse says:

      Free preventative care which could have detected the cancer much earlier. 

    • adent1066 says:

      I don’t believe it is a billion dollar industry anymore.  While the demand has never been higher, people have come to expect their pr0n for free.  With the availability of the free stuff on the internet and lots of amateur video, it is quite easy to satisfy the the enormous demand.

    • jess kazen says:

      they only make a few grand per movie. 

    • stray_bullett says:

      Because the insurance companies will be forced to compete with each other AND forced to participate, insurance costs will drop considerably.  Health insurance is long overdue for some downsizing.  When 40% of your insurance payment is going to administrators, and the administrators are making more money than the Drs, (an I’m not talking just about the Chairmans and CEOs, middle managment in a company like United Healthcare make six figures minimum) somehting is wrong with your system.

    • Leo James says:

      It would help her because she can not be denied health care coverage because of the cancer. Think about it…

  4. blueelm says:

    The story you linked to just made me completely burst into tears. Ok. Time for bed.

  5. andre paris says:

    universal health care like in my home country, Canada, is way past overdue for the rest of the world

    • Øyvind says:

       most of the industrialized world has universal health care, i think the US is just about the only one that doesn’t. not sure what the general state is in emerging or developing economies, but i know a lot of them at least try to have a general offer, as far as they can.
      on a sidenote, i would think that the porn industry has every interest in insuring their performers. the “regular” movie industry are insured every which way, and i assume a lot of the same expenses caused by delays, flu, injuries etc applies to the adult movie industry.

      • Warren Grant says:

         I read a great quote (which I wish I could attribute but can’t) “Canada has a healthcare SYSTEM, the US has a healthcare INDUSTRY”. I think that sums it up, our system up here in Canada might not be perfect but it ensures the average Canadian can get health care when required. Case in point: My late mother died of cancer, while treating her was not successful in the end, the total cost to her estate for all of the cancer treatment she received over about a year was $50.
        I have never heard of this woman but its a real shame that anyone should die simply because they cannot afford health care. The system down in the US seems more focused on generating money than on helping people with their medical problems to me, and while the care received is no doubt the best in the world, it leaves millions with no protection at all. That is not an effective system by any stretch of the imagination.
        As for her employers: most employers I have encountered so far seem concerned only with making profits, and any corners that can be cut to ensure management looks good are being made, regardless of the consequences to their employees. I expect any employer that can wiggle out of paying a dime towards their employees well being will do so.

        • Øyvind says:

           I can relate, in that both my parents are fighting cancer at the moment. And neither of them have any form of health insurance, apart from what they have paid in taxes. But they still receive the best available treatment, free of charge (or at most a negligible fee), leaving them to focus on the disease instead of worrying about paying for it.
          Add to that a social system that allow them to take time off from work without having to worry about losing their jobs.
          Sure, it’s not a system that makes a profit, but I still think we’re better off.
          I’m not saying the health sector shouldn’t be able to make money, but as you pointed, there’s a difference between service and industry. I couldn’t agree more.

      • obbop says:

         The USA’s various systems are designed to maximize wealth for the few while the HUGE majority are indoctrinated to believe that all is as it should be.

        There IS class war in the USA but too few people realize that fact.

        There has been class warfare going on,” Buffett, 81, said in a Sept. 30 interview with Charlie Rose on PBS. It’s just that my class is winning. And my class isn’t just winning, I mean we’re killing them.”

      • jess kazen says:

        They treat adult performers like dogs. They only make a few thousand a movie and their shelf life is pretty short in the industry. 

  6. obbop says:

    Mom had tax payer provided health care from Dad’s job though he had been dead for many years.

    The doctors performed constant unneeded test to maximize their income.

    As we learned later one of her expensive surgeries was not needed and actually harmed her!!!!!!!!!!!!

    8 years of many treatment types and the drug costs ran to several million dollars for chemotherapy (chemo) alone. A multi-thousand dollar shot after every chemo treatment (3 to 4 times weekly.

    Sure, some of the care was needed but the doctors obviously saw her as a “cash cow”.

    The insurance paid all bills as they were sent in.

    Mom finally tired of the treatments ans was MAD because she knew that the doctors were ripping off the tax payers and with no cure possible she quit the chemo and other drugs.

    Be aware that doctors will have a monetary interest in the clinics, labs, etc where they send patients for various tests, etc.

    The USA medical and health insurance systems are designed to maximize the wealth of those involved with thos systems.

    Obama’s attempt to alter the system left alone the too large share of medical costs skimmed off the top by greedy scum who become wealthy from others pain and agony.

    • I’m sorry about your Mother, but that was just one case.  You can’t blanket  all the doctors and healthcare facilities into your story.   They aren’t all crooks and quacks.  Perhaps by changing our current system, more people who seek the medical trade will do so again out of calling to serve and help their fellow man instead of chasing the all mighty dollar.    
      I recall when all of this change started, and those I know in medical fields were hopeful that this would end the money grubbing, and turn back to actually caring for people’s health.
      Until the Health Insurance Industry cares about our health, we are doomed.

  7. Dave says:

    Devil’s advocate here – and ambivalent in many ways about both sides of the issue.  I happen to be lucky, because my husband was hired on as permanent only a few months before learning I had cancer.  The insurance covers all but $3000/year of costs (which is bad enough) – but the actual billed costs are now up into the $200,000 range – which is killer savings.  If the timing had been off a few months in the other direction, it would truly have been killer, since we were running without insurance because we had to drop our private insurance due to costs – even with a $7,000 deductible.  Came down to food, housing and utilities came before insurance and it had to go (no permanent job at the time and no money to pay for it).  Yes, we could go for the state program, but even that cost more than we could afford.  If there’s no money in the checking account, the bank is NOT understanding of “can we waive the NSF charges because we’re paying for mandatory insurance”.  On the other hand, as a cancer patient, I have been a first-hand recipient of innovative recent treatment regimens and I expect to be a statistic in the rapidly rising rate of survival of this type of cancer due to that fact.  Yes, health care is unGodly expensive here – but they do seem to be using the profits to IMPROVE health care and not JUST to line their pockets.  The survival rates of my type and stage of cancer is higher than almost anywhere else in the world – I’ve looked up the statistics.  So — good, bad or ugly?  The entire health care/insurance mess in the US appears to be a strange mix of all three!

  8. BonzoDog1 says:

    In all the news coverage of health care reform, why is it we learn of so few people like Hollie?
    There have to be dozens of the doomed and dying at every hospital in America every day.
    Then I watch the endless TV commercials and I see where the networks’ bread is buttered.

  9. Kevin Rhodes says:

    30 years old and dead. One more death due to the greed of people in the so-called healthcare industry. Universal healthcare. Eradicate private insurers. Private insurers suck more resources out of the system than any other entity.

    RIP.

  10. Lurking_Grue says:

    Holy crap! I think know that fursuiter.

  11. perch says:

    This is exactly what I’m afraid of. I cry some days because I cannot afford health care. I just can’t, I can hardly afford food.

    I’m 30. I’m female. I’m at high-risk for breast cancer.

    If I discovered a lump today I would be utterly fucked. I would literally be left to die and that is terrifying.

  12. Quiche de Resistance says:

    This is a bummer.  30, way too early.  Gonna rub one out tonight in tribute.  (not joking)

  13. Touch Sensitive says:

    I didn’t know Hollie Stevens. The last photo uploaded to Flickr had a pretty grotty effect on me.

    Brings back so much, that final two or three weeks where you are with a loved one. Good grief.

    Cancer, what a crock.

    I think I’ll go for a walk and buy some ice cream.

    Condolences to her family.

  14. doggo says:

    We can spend billions invading other countries for specious reasons (and creating thousands of new consumers of healthcare in the returning veterans), yet we can’t offer decent healthcare to our citizens?

     We can give huge tax breaks to the rich and corporations who claim they’re “job creators”, but they’re not, and we can’t provide the other 99% of tax payers national healthcare?

    We can go to the moon, but we can’t find a cure for cancer? Or at least a maintenance regimen like we have for HIV? 

    • obbop says:

       “…We can spend billions invading other countries”

      Much truth in your post.

      I must be brief for  obvious reasons.

      In GENERAL, after decades of study, reading, living life and being observant of things other than 24/7 entertainment I came to a conclusion;

      In GENERAL… the USA systems; political, economic, etc. are purposefully designed and operated to allow the maximum amount of wealth to flow ever-upward to the apex of the pyramid-shaped socio-economic hierarchy.

    • Leo James says:

      Cancer isn’t a single disease and we ARE curing it. Look around, cancer is something that can happen to almost any of over 100,000,000,000 cells in your body (that is one hundred trillion if you don’t like to count zeros.) In the last few decades we have found ways of CURING hundreds and maybe even thousands of different types of cancer. We are winning this war right now before your eyes. We will never be able to treat everyone with 100% success, but we are still winning. Anyone who has looked at the score can tell you that.

      It can be easy to get confused by the fact that cancer is increasing as a cause of death. 100% of people die, and we are learning how not to die in car crashes, from smoking and many of the other major killers. This means that people are now living long enough for one of their cells to make a defective copy of itself during mitosis (cell division) which can sometimes begin to make more defective copies forming a non-functional piece of the body that we often refer to as a tumor. The longer we live, the more likely we are to die from falling down. Does this mean that falling down is on the rise? No, but it could seem that way. After all: “there are lies, dirty lies, and statistics.” Do not be confused by the fact that more people are dying of cancer, we are curing it every day.

  15. Paul Johnson says:

    live in the UK had cancer and beat it 3 times also had 2x heartattacks caused by chemo and radiation all treatment free and 1st class

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