It’s amazing what you find when you Google something. Take a name, put it in quotation marks, and hit the enter key and you’ll come up with all kinds of information. Try it with the name “Marcelas Owens” and see what you come up with.
During the hullaballoo over the weekend in the House of Representatives, the debates over health care raged. Jim McDermott (he of Baghdad fame who has been forced to pay nearly $1M to John Boehner for leaking an audio tape of a phone call with Newt Gingrich to the press) took the podium and railed at right-wing pundits Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin for “attacking” Marcelas Owens:
It’s hilarious what’s been claimed against us all for Marcelas.
Google the name and you’ll come up with pages and pages of extreme left-wing idealogue websites (Huffington Post, Democratic Underground, etc.) wailing about how mean the right wing is being to Marcelas. I was on page three of the search results before I found a single Republican-minded website “attacking” Marcelas for anything.
What are the attacks? Actually, they’re not attacks. Folks like Malkin, Limbaugh and Beck are simply speaking about facts in the story. Nobody is attacking Marcelas.
Nobody has really asked any questions about the story that’s being spoon-fed by Democrats who parade this young boy in front of the press. He’s only 11 years old; does he even know what he’s speaking out for? I doubt it. He comes from a family of longtime Democrat activists and his grandmother, who accompanies him everywhere, has long used Marcelas’ mother Tiffany as fodder for her activism for socialized health care in Washington State.
Tiffany Owens had pulmonary arterial hypertension, or PAH. It’s a condition in which the arteries supplying the lungs with oxygenated blood thicken and harden, not allowing enough blood to the lungs. It is often a secondary disease, usually associated with other diseases, such as COPD, lupus, sleep apnea, congenital heart disease, etc. It’s also been associated with living at altitudes over 8,000 feet and chronic stimulant narcotic use. I haven’t been able to find the facts about whether Tiffany’s PAH was secondary, but either way she had it. It’s a lifelong disease, one that requires treatment for a very, very long time. Air travel and being in high altitudes can seriously exacerbate PAH.
Bleeding in the lungs is considered a fatal complication of PAH, and Tiffany Owens was coughing up blood before she died. The short story is that she worked as a Jack in the Box manager and had lost her job because her health was deteriorating and she’d missed too much work. When she lost her job she lost her insurance. She died, however, just nine months after losing her job. What’s more is that she was never denied treatment. When she went to the ER, she was treated. By the time she lost her job, knowing what I know about PAH, she would have been in dire straits already. There is very little chance that, once she was unable to work because of the severity of symptoms, any doctor would have been able to do much. In my opinion it is ridiculous to claim that Marcelas or his mother were abused by the insurance system.
There are other questions to this, however, that most haven’t even thought about, and McDermott, Obama, Pelosi and Reid have failed to answer. The whole problem in the Owens’ story was that Tiffany couldn’t afford insurance. However, Washington State has a plethora of medical aid services available to those in need, and Tiffany Owens never signed up for them. She also didn’t like going to doctors and frequently refused to go until the symptoms were so bad that she couldn’t ignore them. She lost her job in September 2006 and had not yet been diagnosed with PAH; it was two months after she lost her job that she was diagnosed. The following January she was hospitalized for eight days (without insurance). According to Tiffany’s own mother, she didn’t qualify for Medicaid and refused to go to the doctor.
She didn’t qualify. Therein lies the one thing that the Dems haven’t been honest about. Through S-CHIP, VA, Medicare and Medicaid, the US Government is the largest health insurance provider in the country, and they turn people away and deny claims every single day. Why? Because the government can’t cover everybody. They can’t afford to, especially with fraud losses in the tens of billions annually. Do we really think that this bill is going to make things better?
Would it have made things better for Tiffany Owens? No. It wouldn’t have. She didn’t have insurance because she couldn’t afford it. It’s definitely there, but it cost more than she could afford. She also refused to go to doctors until she was already coughing up blood, a symptom that signals the end for a PAH patient. This bill will require that all Americans buy health insurance in some form. If you don’t you’ll pay high tax penalties come tax time. So please, somebody answer this question for me: if a person can’t afford a couple hundred dollars a month, which my health insurance costs me already, how are they going to afford a couple thousand on April 15? Hell, there are people all over the country who owe a couple thousand in taxes and can’t afford to pay it. Do you really think that’s going to change now?
This health care legislation would not have done a damn thing for Tiffany Owens and it will send us down the road to destruction if we don’t find a way to overturn it.