Debasing this important debate, as Palin has done, has taken up too much airtime; she sucks the air out of the room, suffocating the serious discussion. Charles Krauthammer (Conservative par excellence) said in his Washington Post Op-Ed last week:
Let's see if we can have a reasoned discussion about end-of-life counseling.
We might start by asking Sarah Palin to leave the room. I've got nothing against her. She's a remarkable political talent. But there are no "death panels" in the Democratic health-care bills, and to say that there are is to debase the debate.
So yes, it's time for Sarah to leave the room so the grown-ups can talk.
Where are the stories, like Shannyn Moore's, about people who have become 'victims' of a system through no fault of their own? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannyn-moore/the-kennedy-option-a-matt_b_271632.html
-----Who among us is confident that we won't be injured in an accident at some time? Or maybe one of our children?
If it's the main breadwinner who is injured, what happens if he/she is forced to stop working because of an injury? The whole family will lose coverage if he is out of work. That's what.
If the main breadwinner loses his/her job .... sure they can have COBRA .... but what unemployed person can afford it? Have you checked the rates?
AND ... if you get ill on COBRA, say with cancer or a hundred OTHER conditions that will bar you from ever getting Health Insurance ... then what? Do you know what illnesses are on the list of 'conditions' that will cause you to be denied insurance at ANY cost? No? Check it out... you will be appalled.
----Say you are injured, have to stop working for a while. You go back to work, get insurance and guess what ... the complications from your 'previous injury' will be excluded. Trust me, Insurance Companies can establish a link between a broken femur and cancer of the prostate.
--- What about the young couple who have a child with a medical problem? That is a career stopper in many cases. Can't change jobs/insurance companies now, because that child's health issues are pre-existing. I had a friend with a daughter, aged 10 or 12, who was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Not only was this an emotional burden for them, but it effectively put an end to her husband EVER being able to change jobs; no way could they afford the care their daughter needed without insurance, and this condition would be tied to ANY illness that little girl would get for the rest of her life. They were constantly afraid of what would happen to her when she became an adult, and would lose her coverage as his dependent.
---- I knew a man in his 50s who had a heart attack. He had good insurance and was well cared for, but had to quit his job because he worked for an an offshore Oil Company: no longer passed the physical. By the time he found another job (almost 4 yrs) he was broke. Forced to sell his house and live off the equity he'd built up all those years; kids' college funds were gone. In his late 50s, he was starting all over again, getting by until he reached age 65 and could get his SS ... his retirement, for which he'd saved all his working life, was gone.
There are millions of stories like this..... Obama needs to be telling them.
Sarah Palin needs to leave the room so the Media can start telling them.
Shannyn Moore told one today.
We need more.