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The obamacare horror story

irish 2009/06/21 14:13:28
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The Obamacare horror story you won't hear
by Michelle Malkin, OneNewsNow.com

The White House, Democrats and MoveOn liberals are spreading healthcare sob stories to sell a government takeover. But there's one healthcare policy nightmare you won't hear the Obamas hyping. It's a tale of poor minority patient-dumping in Chicago -- with first lady Michelle Obama's fingerprints all over it.

Both Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois have raised red flags about the outsourcing program run by the University of Chicago Medical Center. The hospital has nonprofit status and receives lucrative tax breaks in exchange for providing charity care.

Yet, in fiscal year 2007, when Mrs. Obama was employed there, it spent a measly $10 million on charity care for the poor -- 1.3 percent of its total hospital expenses, according to an analysis performed for The Washington Post by the nonpartisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. The figure is below the 2.1 percent average for nonprofit hospitals in surrounding Cook County.

Rep. Rush called for a House investigation last week in response to months of patient-dumping complaints, noting: "Congress has a duty to expend its power to mitigate and prevent this despicable practice from continuing in centers that receive federal funds."

Don't expect the president to support a probe. While a top executive at the hospital, Mrs. Obama helped engineer the plan to offload low-income patients with non-urgent health needs. Under the Orwellian banner of an "Urban Health Initiative," Mrs. Obama sold the scheme to outsource low-income care to other facilities as a way to "dramatically improve healthcare for thousands of South Side residents."

In truth, it was old-fashioned cost-cutting and favor-trading repackaged as minority aid. Clearing out the poor freed up room for insured (i.e., more lucrative) patients. If a Republican had proposed the very same program and recruited black civic leaders to front it, Michelle Obama and her grievance-mongering friends would be screaming "RAAAAAAAAACISM!" at the top of their lungs.

Joe Stephens of The Washington Post wrote, "To ensure community support, Michelle Obama and others in late 2006 recommended that the hospital hire the firm of David Axelrod, who a few months later became the chief strategist for Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Axelrod's firm (ASK Public Strategies) recommended an aggressive promotional effort modeled on a political campaign -- appoint a campaign manager, conduct focus groups, target messages to specific constituencies, then recruit religious leaders and other third-party 'validators.' They, in turn, would write and submit opinion pieces to Chicago publications."

Some healthcare experts saw through Mrs. Obama and PR man Axelrod -- yes, the same Axelrod who is now President Obama's senior adviser. But the University of Chicago Medical Center hired ASK Public Strategies to promote Mrs. Obama's initiative. Axelrod had the blessing of Chicago political guru Valerie Jarrett -- now a White House senior adviser.

Axelrod's great contribution: re-branding! His firm recommended renaming the initiative after "internal and external respondents expressed the opinion that the word 'urban' is code for 'black' or 'black and poor.' ...Based on the research, consideration should be given to re-branding the initiative." Axelrod and the Obama campaign refused to disclose how much his firm received for its genius re-branding services.

In February 2009, outrage in the Obamas' community exploded upon learning that a young boy covered by Medicaid had been turned away from the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dontae Adams' mother, Angela, had sought emergency treatment for him after a pit bull tore off his upper lip. Mrs. Obama's hospital gave the boy a tetanus shot, antibiotics and Tylenol, and shoved him out the door. The mother and son took an hour-long bus ride to another hospital for surgery.

I'll guarantee you this: You'll never see the Adams family featured at an Obama policy summit or seated next to the first lady at a joint session of Congress to illustrate the failures of the healthcare system.

Following the Adams incident, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) blasted Mrs. Obama and Axelrod's grand plan. The group released a statement expressing "grave concerns that the University of Chicago's policy toward emergency patients is dangerously close to 'patient dumping,' a practice made illegal by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)" -- signed by President Reagan, by the way -- "and reflected an effort to 'cherry pick' wealthy patients over poor."

Rewarding political cronies at the expense of the poor while posing as guardians of the downtrodden? Welcome to Obamacare
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  • belle 2009/06/21 20:24:40
    cronyism!
    belle
    +10
    Michelle is no better than Barry, that is why they are still together. Hey I need more Whities here behind me, she is one of the biggest racist of all time. they make you sick at your stomach every time their faces are plaster in front of you everywhere you turn,

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  • Grey 2009/08/17 21:10:08
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    Grey
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    Obama and Michelle really go together. She always looks like a cold B......no matter what they do to her eyebrows. Now we know she really is. And he' s cold too only he learned along the way that a smile and a good speech gets him further. They both have the same goal.
  • irish Grey 2009/08/18 11:01:13
    irish
    i agree. when they are togethr in public their interactions looked forced and phony.
  • WR 2009/08/10 17:01:53
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    Obama and commie have to have the Big lie to sell their BS
  • Molly 2009/07/28 01:27:10
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    Same old play card in the democratic bulge of government playbook.
  • J 2009/06/23 16:40:06
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    The Obamas are so stinking full of themselves - it just makes me sick. And what is worse is all those people who are so color-blind they can't see past his (half-black) and Michelle's skin color. And they accuse other of being racist!!! Bunch of morons.
  • jackolantyrn356 2009/06/23 11:20:49
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    ...and with this, as with all Democrats , it will continue. It's no wonder the Democrats and Republicans of Congress get the best healthcare in the World. Not like us the ruled. The Imperial Congress needs to be shut down.
  • gg 2009/06/22 11:47:11 (edited)
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    Juat say NO!!!cronyism juat
  • meeee gg 2009/08/09 05:07:44
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    +2
    Lovely Michelle in her dress made from her Mothers curtains
  • irish meeee 2009/08/09 15:15:48
    irish
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    LOL LOL looks like charmin to me!
  • Grey meeee 2009/08/17 21:12:46
    Grey
    Looks like it's ready for the rag bag!!
  • apachehellfire65 2009/06/22 03:15:32
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    +5
    not surprised she hates the poor and just uses them to get what she wants just like the lord high panther himself.just remember what thomas jefferson said a gov with the power to give you anything you want has the power to take everything you have
  • Frank J 2009/06/22 02:59:07
    cronyism!
    Frank  J
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    Lets fire him now and get it over with.
  • rightside Frank J 2009/06/23 21:19:20
  • jams 2009/06/22 01:59:30
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    If I end up in the ER, I really don't want to wake up to a US Postal Worker taking my pulse and the lady from the Driver's License Bureau checking my IV.
  • rightside 2009/06/22 01:57:51
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    Let's vote out all incumbents.
    Everybody, get out and vote them out.
    Starting in 2010!
    reward friends vote incumbents vote starting 2010
  • J rightside 2009/06/23 16:41:38
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    AMEN, AMEN! This in the only hope we have.
  • kitkat 2009/06/22 01:01:37
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    When the damned senators and representatives use the same system - maybe. To push this substandard s__t down our throats at premium care prices without EVERYONE having to use it - screw that.
  • julie sossaman 2009/06/22 00:26:40
    cronyism!
    julie sossaman
    +4
    BUT SOMEHOW WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THSI BEFORE THQAT CAN DO MORE DAMAGE.
  • krayzrick 2009/06/21 23:21:45
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    Can you imagine what this country is gonna be like by 2012...
  • chow 2009/06/21 20:40:13
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    Cronyism/Obamaism ... not much difference there. For all conservatives...our biggest problem is that stories like this get squashed and the people that need to hear them...never do. The two Obama's are a matching set of bookends. cronyismobamaism difference conservatives stories squashed people hear obamas matching bookends
  • meeee chow 2009/08/09 05:11:38
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    +2
    Now isn't that sweet Mr & Mrs Evil........nick names ugly & skinny!
  • chow meeee 2009/08/09 08:00:10
    chow
    +1
    Yes, you're right...lol!
  • irish meeee 2009/08/09 15:16:10
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    LOL LOL
  • belle 2009/06/21 20:24:40
    cronyism!
    belle
    +10
    Michelle is no better than Barry, that is why they are still together. Hey I need more Whities here behind me, she is one of the biggest racist of all time. they make you sick at your stomach every time their faces are plaster in front of you everywhere you turn,
  • DebraJMSmith 2009/06/21 20:20:16 (edited)
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    Liberals need to wake up and ask if Obama is willing to let his daughters be part of the same health care system that he is seeking to push on us.
  • Dewymoon DebraJM... 2009/06/23 13:28:01 (edited)
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    +2
    That would never happen ..... he is KING

    king
  • MisterD 2009/06/21 20:17:18
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    Maybe they should tell and publish the horror stories of the victims of National Health Care. Such as the ones of parents dying because they too old for dialysis, etc.
  • spunkysmum ~ Tall In the S... 2009/06/21 20:03:49
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    spunkysmum ~  Tall In the Saddle, White Hat on Straight ~
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    Interesting....but not in a positive.
  • kmay 2009/06/21 14:45:10
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    +7
    Increasingly deceptive tactics are being used, in print and on TV, to sell us Universal 'Hell' Care.
  • irish kmay 2009/06/21 14:53:57
    irish
    +4
    oh,yeah!

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