In this Friday Dec. 20, 2011 photo Patti Tyree sits in front medical bills spread out on her kitchen table in Salem, Va. Tyree was afraid that cancer would steal her future. Instead, the cost of treating it has. She had hoped to buy a small farm with money inherited from her mother. But copayments for just one $18,000 round of breast chemotherapy and one shot of a nearly $15,000 blood-boosting drug cost her $2,000. Bills for other treatments are still coming, and almost half of her $25,000 inheritance is gone. "I supposedly have pretty good insurance," said Tyree, 57, a recently retired federal worker who lives near Roanoke, Va. "How can anybody afford this?" (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

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In this Friday Dec. 20, 2011 photo Patti Tyree sits in front medical bills spread out on her kitchen table in Salem, Va. Tyree was afraid that cancer would steal her future. Instead, the cost of treating it has. She had hoped to buy a small farm with money inherited from her mother. But copayments for just one $18,000 round of breast chemotherapy and one shot of a nearly $15,000 blood-boosting drug cost her $2,000. Bills for other treatments are still coming, and almost half of her $25,000 inheritance is gone. "I supposedly have pretty good insurance," said Tyree, 57, a recently retired federal worker who lives near Roanoke, Va. "How can anybody afford this?" (AP Photo/Don Petersen)
In this Friday Dec. 20, 2011 photo Patti Tyree sits in front medical bills spread out on her kitchen table in Salem, Va. Tyree was afraid that cancer would steal her future. Instead, the cost of treating it has. She had hoped to buy a small farm with money inherited from her mother. But copayments for just one $18,000 round of breast chemotherapy and one shot of a nearly $15,000 blood-boosting drug cost her $2,000. Bills for other treatments are still coming, and almost half of her $25,000 inheritance is gone. "I supposedly have pretty good insurance," said Tyree, 57, a recently retired federal worker who lives near Roanoke, Va. "How can anybody afford this?" (AP Photo/Don Petersen)
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