November 4, 2013

Is Obama to Blame for Cancer Death?

Compare, contrast, endeavor to eradicate hypocrisy:

1. November 3, 2013, Wall Street Journal: "You Also Can't Keep Your Doctor I had great cancer doctors and health insurance. My plan was cancelled. Now I worry how long I'll live."

2. August 8, 2012, FactCheck.org: "Is Romney to Blame for Cancer Death?"

43 comments:

Original Mike said...

Like Obama said. I'm really good at killing people".

Carnifex said...

If I were a cancer patient and the HNIC cancelled my coverage, I couldn't write what I would do, because the NSA, CIA, and SS, would all try to stop me.

MadisonMan said...

My brother's cancer treatment included Yervoy, which is extremely expensive -- $35K *per shot* and he had four of them and the Insurance Company paid without comment. My sister says that in the country she lives in, 10 people *per year* are allocated Yervoy shots. I doubt brother would have made the cut (and it turned out not to help him anyway).

Cancer is relentless and merciless. Diverting your energy into finding insurance sounds like a full-time job, on top of the already full-time job of fighting cancer, on top of (likely) her actual wage-paying full-time job. How'd she have time to write a column!

madAsHell said...

Remember when Nancy Pelosi said: "We have to pass it, and find out what's in it".

A physician called into a radio show and said: "That's the definition of a stool sample!!"

Tank said...

Zero has the same level of responsibility for:

1. Cancer deaths caused by O'Care.

2. Dead Americans in Benghazi.

3. IRS abuse for political purposes.

4. Killing Bin Laden.

Either you're responsible or not.

Freder Frederson said...

Okay, this line is in the article:

"But in January, United Healthcare sent me a letter announcing that they were pulling out of the individual California market." There is no indication that United Healthcare's decision (pulling out of the individual market in CA) had anything to do with the ACA.

Marshal said...

Carnifex said...
If I were a cancer patient and the HNIC cancelled my coverage


I wish you would knock this off.

wildswan said...

The major difference between the two situations is that Romney was considering business issues with health insurance loss an indirect consequence whereas Obama was working on health insurance reform and the health insurance coverage loss was directly intended in order to reform private insurance. The consequence of loss of a particular coverage the reformers didn't like is that a person might not be able to afford the new plan or that a person's doctor or hospital might not be in the new plan they did like. The reformers have made it plain that they don't care about this consequence - the loss of a given doctor, plan, or hospital. They intended it and they simply don't care if it is disastrous for someone or for many.

They are like Stalin starving the kulaks to feed the city workers. He intended to stay in power which required feeding the cities and the kulaks just got in the way. Too bad for them. Fifteen million Americans are being messed with by these American stalinists and all these guys can say is - well it's only the 5%.

Michael K said...

" Blogger Freder Frederson said...

Okay, this line is in the article:

"But in January, United Healthcare sent me a letter announcing that they were pulling out of the individual California market." There is no indication that United Healthcare's decision (pulling out of the individual market in CA) had anything to do with the ACA."

So, the Koolaid tasted good. "No indication" means you don't believe it. The fact that Obamacare was designed to kill private market health insurance is not "an indication" to you.

OK I got it.

AJ Lynch said...

Original Mike has a thread winner!

PB Reader said...

Obamacare is sure to restrict such things to the political elite.

Big Mike said...

I read elsewhere that the Obama administration, in the person of Dan Pfeiffer, has wasted little time dumping all over Edie Sundby. I see here that Freder has joined in the chorus, repeating Pfeiffer's talking points.

As someone else wrote, just when you think lefties couldn't get any lower, they break out the shovels.

Levi Starks said...

Obama: “I don’t think that we can make judgments based on people’s ‘spirit.’ Uh, that would be, uh, a pretty subjective decision to be making. I think we have to have rules that, uh, say that, uh, we are going to provide good quality care for all people. End-of-life care is one of the most difficult sets of decisions that we’re going to have to make. But understand that those decisions are already being made in one way or another. If they’re not being made under Medicare and Medicaid, they’re being made by private insurers. At least we can let doctors know — and your mom know — that you know what, maybe this isn’t going to help. Maybe you’re better off, uhh, not having the surgery, but, uhh, taking the painkiller.”

In the president's mind there is an equivalency between cancer, or any other terminal illness, and old age. It's perfectly fine for health insurance to provide pain pills, but not 35K cancer shots.

Freder Frederson said...

The fact that Obamacare was designed to kill private market health insurance is not "an indication" to you.

The fact is that Obamacare is not designed to kill private market health insurance. It is so complicated exactly because it leaves private market health insurance, regulated by individual states not the Feds, intact.

And unlike the stories where people are being told that there insurance is being cancelled because of the ACA, the author was notified in January, not September or October, that her company was leaving the individual market in California.

Freder Frederson said...

I read elsewhere that the Obama administration, in the person of Dan Pfeiffer, has wasted little time dumping all over Edie Sundby. I see here that Freder has joined in the chorus, repeating Pfeiffer's talking points.

How is pointing out that United Healthcare's decision to pull out of the California market may not have had anything to do with the ACA "dumping" on anyone?

heyboom said...

@Freder

Here is your indication right here:

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/22/business/la-fi-health-insure-20130523

You're welcome.

Carl said...

Is Obama to Blame for Cancer Death?

No. He is what he is, and he wasn't specially shy about his aims and beliefs.

The people who deluded themselves into voting a scorpion into power, despite perfectly sufficient warnings about his nature -- it's possible they each bear a sliver of responsibility.

Big Mike said...

@Freder, if you don't get it, then you don't get it.

Paul said...

Sure he is to blame.

He said he was really good at killing.

Edward Lunny said...

Heh, heh, Barry's death panels are apparently much more insidious than first imagined.
Tomorrow is election day, be sure to let every democrat know just what you think of their party, their president, and their bullshit obamacare, preferably with extreme prejudice. They've earned it, every spittle flecked invective.

Sam L. said...

Did Romney lie about RomneyCare? We know Barry did.

RecChief said...

romney is the only politician who can kill someone by using cancer, don't you know that?

Rusty said...

There is no indication that United Healthcare's decision (pulling out of the individual market in CA) had anything to do with the ACA.

11/4/13, 11:40 AM


A complete coincidence.

wildswan said...

There's already an insurance company using Obamacare difficulties to market its own plans for those not covered. It sells short term medical insurance which is cheaper; it covers stuff but only for one year. The company has a pitch now that you should buy their insurance for 2013 ("our operators are standing by") and then sign up for Obamacare in 2014. Showing what "agile" really means.

eric said...

Speaking of election day, I can already hear the stories pre written for Wed.

"Terry wins in Virginia because Tea Party is evil! American's love Obamacare!"

wildswan said...

Here's another way to compare - is Scott Walker to blame for any cancer deaths resulting from the way health insurance is handled in Wisconsin? I read a story about WI health care in Shephard Express. They had two interesting facts. 1. 92,000 people were put off BadgerCare onto the exchanges and then 80,000 other people were added to BadgerCare. So if someone had a cancer problem get worse because they couldn't get on the exchanges or couldn't get equivalent treatment to BadgerCare under the exchanges would that be Obama's fault for the way the exchanges work or Scott Walker's fault for not realizing how incompetent Obama is?

2nd interesting fact. Not one person has signed up on the exchanges from the City of Milwaukee. Not one.

Matthew Sablan said...

"There is no indication that United Healthcare's decision (pulling out of the individual market in CA) had anything to do with the ACA."

-- No, that's true. We'd just have to infer based on facts. It might be entirely possible that major changes in their policy did not have to do with the recently passed laws that made it expensive/illegal to continue having their policies. Maybe they just decided they hated people with cancer.

avwh said...

"Maybe they just decided they hated people with cancer."

Yeah, this would be AFTER they paid for the treatments that kept her alive for 7 years, and she had no complaints about her coverage.

Hmmm, let's see, what could POSSIBLY have been on the horizon that was going to make this insurance company suddenly pull out of CA?

Nope, Freder doesn't have a clue. Must just be a complete mystery, at least if you're a lefty still drinking the Kool aid the WH produces.

Matthew Sablan said...

Maybe the coverage was not cut due to the ACA. But, the ACA is clearly Not Helping: "Countless hours searching for non-exchange plans have uncovered nothing that compares well with my existing coverage. But the greatest source of frustration is Covered California, the state's Affordable Care Act health-insurance exchange and, by some reports, one of the best such exchanges in the country. After four weeks of researching plans on the website, talking directly to government exchange counselors, insurance companies and medical providers, my insurance broker and I are as confused as ever. Time is running out and we still don't have a clue how to best proceed."

Ann Althouse said...

I wish commenters would pay more attention to the Romney/Obama comparison.

Obviously, some will die because of the changes. Will it be fair argument to say, as was said about Romney, that Obama is to blame?

Turns out the facts on the case used against Romney were wrong. So if this lady lost her insurance for some reason other than the ACA, then the 2 cases are even more alike.

Smilin' Jack said...

"Is Obama to Blame for Cancer Death?"

I blame Bush.

Larry J said...

Ann Althouse said...
I wish commenters would pay more attention to the Romney/Obama comparison.

Obviously, some will die because of the changes. Will it be fair argument to say, as was said about Romney, that Obama is to blame?


It was unfair to blame Romney for that woman's death because he had nothing to do with it. It isn't nearly as unfair to blame Obama for those who'll die as a result of his namesake legislation. However, it's foolish to believe the Press will ever blame Obama for anything.

Andy Freeman said...

> [ACA] leaves private market health insurance, regulated by individual states not the Feds, intact.

ACA, which is the feds, mandates that private market health insurance policies have certain characteristics. Said mandate is "federal regulation".

It's unclear how Frederson reconciles that fact with his claim that the feds aren't regulating private market health insurance.

One of the pro-ACA talking points is that it's okay that ACA was causing certain policies to go away because said policies weren't adequate. Said causing is federal regulation.

IIRC, Frederson used that talking point in another discussion.

Martha said...

Althouse:

"Obviously, some will die because of the changes. Will it be fair argument to say, as was said about Romney, that Obama is to blame?"

Obviously? how can passing affordable health care legislation lead to certain death for some?
In the USA patients have never been left to certain death--except during Katrina-- and Katrina was a natural disaster.

Yes, Obama is to blame.

Martha said...

Of course before Obama no US Ambassador had been left to certain death either.

So there is that precedent for this President.

cubanbob said...

The fact is that Obamacare is not designed to kill private market health insurance. It is so complicated exactly because it leaves private market health insurance, regulated by individual states not the Feds, intact."

Brilliant Freder. You may just have articulated how a state may yet find another cause to challenge ObamaCare.

Ann there is a difference between losing coverage because the employer providing it went out of business versus insurance carriers dropping policies en mass due to must provide mandates that companies can't hope to recoup their losses.

pm317 said...

To answer your main question, Yes, if not for anything else but to highlight the hypocrisy of the Democrats.

The more significant point is that if anybody needed to keep their insurance and their doctor, it was this woman. So even she was not spared from the big lies. And more importantly all her alternative plans are junk.

Drago said...

Andy Freeman: "IIRC, Frederson used that talking point in another discussion"

But that was a totally "different" conversation and Freder "needed" that point to help him "win" the political argument.

The fact that he is using a contradictory statement in this discussion is irrelevant.

As a leftist, Freder is allowed to use whatever bludgeon is convenient NOW, whether or not it directly contradicts what he said 5 minutes ago.

Actually, in a Freder-paradise, you would be disallowed from even noticing such a thing.

Kulak.

Drago said...

Remember everyone, as the dems pointed out ad nauseum last election, the dems want to make sure that no government force comes between the decision you and your doctor make.....


....snort.

jaed said...

"At least we can let doctors know — and your mom know — that you know what, maybe this isn’t going to help. Maybe you’re better off, uhh, not having the surgery, but, uhh, taking the painkiller."

What was particularly creepy about that exchange was that the mother's medical condition didn't cause her any pain.

In other words, there would have been only one reason to give her opiate painkillers. And that reason wasn't to handle pain.

Big Mike said...

Let's see whether we can get the Professor to reason from A to C.

A is Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel (Rahm's older brother) stating very candidly on national TV that one goal of the ACA is to get rid of individual healthcare coverage because individual healthcare coverage is a bad thing, or something.

B is United Healthcare informing Edie Sundby that they were pulling out of the California market due to the ACA.

So if (C), Edie dies of cancer, then I'd say that there is a straight line from Barack Obama's ACA to her death. Wouldn't you?

gregq said...

Freder Frederson said...

I read elsewhere that the Obama administration, in the person of Dan Pfeiffer, has wasted little time dumping all over Edie Sundby. I see here that Freder has joined in the chorus, repeating Pfeiffer's talking points.

How is pointing out that United Healthcare's decision to pull out of the California market may not have had anything to do with the ACA "dumping" on anyone?

Because only an imbecile, and idiot, or a liar would say that.

UHA looked at what ObamaCare was doing to the individual health insurance market in CA, and decided they didn't want to be part of that. Which makes the decision ENTIRELY the fault of ObamaCare.

So, telling her she's an idiot, and doesn't understand the situation, when in fact she completely and correctly understands the situation, is an attack on her.

gregq said...

Ann Althouse said:
So if this lady lost her insurance for some reason other than the ACA, then the 2 cases are even more alike.

Nope, she lost it entirely because of the ACA / ObamaCare. The ObamaCare rules are changing the individual health insurance market in 2014. UHC didn't want to deal with the new rules, so got out of the market.

No new rules? No exit. So the new rules, i.e. ObamaCare, is responsible for the exit.