Monday, September 21, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama's misguided priorities

I was stunned on Friday when I heard First Lady 's remarks on Health Insurance reform:

I will never forget the time eight years ago when Sasha was four months that she would not stop crying. And she was not a crier, so we knew something was wrong. So we fortunately were able to take her to our pediatrician that next morning. He examined her and same something's wrong. We didn't know what. But he told us that she could have meningitis. So we were terrified. He said, get to the emergency room right away.

And fortunately for us, things worked out, because she is now the Sasha that we all know and love today -- (laughter) -- who is causing me great -- excitement. (Laughter.)

But it is that moment in our lives that flashes through my head every time we engage in this health insurance conversation. It's that moment in my life. Because I think about what on earth would we have done if we had not had insurance. What would have happened to that beautiful little girl if we hadn't been able to get to a pediatrician who was able to get us to an emergency room? The consequences I can't even imagine. She could have lost her hearing. She could have lost her life if we had had to wait because of insurance.

And it was also fortunate that we happened to have good insurance, right? Because if we hadn't had good insurance, like many of the panelists up here, we would have been saddled with costs for covering that emergency room visit for her two days in the hospital. We would have still been paying off those bills.
While this blog, clearly, is happy her daughter recovered from the ailment referred to above, I am taking exeption to a few things that was said above and beyond that good news.
  1. [W]hat on earth would we have done if we had not had insurance:  Are you kidding me?  Do you mean to tell me that a parent would say well, she's clearly sick, the doctor says go to an ER, but we have no insurance, so I guess we'll stay home.  I defy anyone to produce a person so cold hearted to suggest that absurdity!   And if you find such a person, the state should move to take the children away from them.

    I can speak first-hand that when a child needs an ER, you don't give a damn how much it costs.   This speech - and in particular this passage - is a rather lame attempt at pulling heart-strings in the name of getting a socialized medicine bill passed.

  2. This blog has never and will never condone the media or punditry using the children (specifically: under 18 years of age) of politicians as fodder for stories or blog posts.   The President and First Lady have gone on record many times echoing that sentiment.   The questions that begs to be asked: is Mrs. Obama guilty of violating this simple principle by invoking a specific issue concerning her daughter?  Is it fair for her to specifically insert her daughter and cite a specific episode into a policy discussion but then chastise everyone else who does comparatively less?

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