Thursday, September 10, 2009

# Posted 10:58 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

OBAMA: IGNORE (OTHER PEOPLE'S) SCARE TACTICS. Those talk show hosts are awful. They say the most awful things. But it's the President who runs the country, so I'm much more concerned with his disingenuity. From last night:
Instead of honest debate, we've seen scare tactics.
Also last night:
Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it the most. And more will die as a result.
That's not a scare tactic, of course. It's an analysis of policy options. And the following are thoughtful illustrations, not scary stories:
One man from Illinois lost his coverage in the middle of chemotherapy because his insurer found that he hadn't reported gallstones that he didn't even know about. They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it. Another woman from Texas was about to get a double mastectomy when her insurance company canceled her policy because she forgot to declare a case of acne. By the time she had her insurance reinstated, her breast cancer had more than doubled in size. That is heart-breaking, it is wrong, and no one should be treated that way in the United States of America.
So I guess if I provide a few examples of terrible things that happen in Canada, I would've responsibly documented the perils of government-run healthcare?

Cross-posted at Conventional Folly
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