Government Health Care Beneficiaries Protest Government Health Care
Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly points to a Wall Street Journal article about the protests outside President Obama’s health care town hall in New Hampshire. The gathering “verged on a street brawl,” with “opposing forces lined up like screaming armies on either side of the street.” But most notable was one of the protesters who benefits greatly by government assistance.
Diane Campbell (pictured) of Kingston, N.H., held a sign with Mr. Obama’s face superimposed on a Nazi storm trooper, a sign, she said, that was made by her chronically ill mother.
Her mother’s hereditary autoimmune disease is treated with expensive transfusions of gamma globulin, paid for by Medicare. Her sister, Louise, was born with no arms and one leg, and is also covered by Medicare, the government-run, health-insurance program for the elderly and disabled.
“Adolf Hitler was for exterminating the weak, not just the Jews and stuff, and socialism — that’s what’s going to happen.”
No offense to Diane Campbell, who must be suffering greatly. But she has bought the right-wing meme that Obama is akin to Hitler and that health care reform will liken America to Nazi Germany. As Benen notes:
Government-run, taxpayer-financed health care has kept her mother alive. Government-run, taxpayer-financed health care provides treatment and care to her sister. Based on the descriptions, it’s safe to assume the costs associated with treatments for Campbell’s mother and sister are enormous, but taxpayers and a socialized health care system pick up the tab. What’s wrong with that? Not a thing.
Except, of course, that Diane Campbell is now trying to convince people that health care reform is both radical and dangerous.Click here for reuse options!
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