The more the American public learns about the choice-limiting, debt-exploding, bureaucracy-multiplying health care takeover, the more opposition increases. And the more unhinged the Democratic majority and its supporters get.
There is now a $200,000 "bounty" on the head of U.S Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue. Left-wing activist website "Velvet Revolution" published a want ad this week with Donohue's picture on it, soliciting information leading to "the arrest and conviction" of the business leader for "opposing progressive initiatives." The witch-hunt is targeting Donohue for his outspoken criticism of the costs and impact of the Dems' health care legislation on small businesses across the country.
Such reckless propaganda accusing opponents of "criminality" isn't limited to nutroots publications. In the august pages of The New York Times last week, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof titled his universal care manifesto, "Are We Going To Let John Die?" Kristof elevated unemployed Oregon sawmill worker John Brodniak, 23, as the Demcare poster child. Reportedly diagnosed as having a cavernous hemangioma, a neurological condition, Kristof bemoaned: "Without insurance, John has been unable to get surgery or even help managing the pain."
An emergency room asked Brodniak not to return without insurance, Kristof claims (a practice that is prohibited by federal law). No doctor would treat him, Kristof reported (get your grain of salt ready). Isn't it "monstrous," Kristof concludes (hanky alert), "for politicians to avert their eyes, make excuses and deny coverage to innumerable Americans just like John?"
Ready for the punch line? Brodniak not only has coverage through Oregon's Medicaid program, but has also been a patient at the prestigious Oregon Health and Science University in Portland (a safety-net institution that accepts all Medicaid patients) for the past three weeks -- a fact Kristof either deliberately ignored and suppressed from readers or didn't bother to find out before publishing his screed.
In other words, Brodniak was already being treated and cared for by a top-notch neurologist under our existing health care system when Kristof came along to scream at Congress for letting him die.
Kristof's tale follows on the heels of at least two dubious horror stories disseminated by President Obama. In September, Obama told of Illinois cancer patient Otto Raddatz, who supposedly died after he was dropped from his insurance plan when his insurer discovered an unreported gallstone the patient hadn't known about. The truth? He got the treatment he needed in 2005 and died just this year.
In another case, Obama claimed, a woman with breast cancer lost her insurance because "she forgot to declare a case of acne." In fact, she failed to disclose a previous heart condition and did not list her weight accurately, but her insurance was restored anyway after intense public lobbying.
But why bother with troublesome facts? In the insatiable pursuit of government control, truth and rationality are the first casualties.