Health Insurer’s Callousness to Terminal Patient Somehow Because of Obamacare
A. THE SOURCE
1. Don’t waste your time here.
B. THE TEASE
2. Actually, most liberals were outraged and disgusted when conservatives, led by noted intellectual Sarah Palin, peddled this patently ridiculous notion in an attempt to galvanize opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
3. No, they’re not.
4. What happened is that, following the profit-driven capitalist model favored by Republican leaders, this woman’s unnamed private health insurance company dickishly refused to pay for an alternative chemotherapy treatment recommended by her doctors, but expressed willingness to cover medication for physician-assisted suicide, which recently became legal in her home state of California.
C. THE IMAGE
5. Stephanie Packer, the terminally ill human being suffering from a cancer-related disease called scleroderma who The Federalist Papers is shamelessly exploiting for clicks. She told her story in a heart-wrenching 15-minute video distributed by The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, an organization which, like Packer, is opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia. There’s no indication that Packer authorized FP to appropriate her video for its article, or that FP even bothered to contact her.
D. THE HEADLINE
6. This statement is 100% accurate, except for “Obamacare” and “death panels,” neither of which are mentioned in Ms. Packer’s video or in The Federalist Papers’ own article. There is no assertion that Packer obtained her insurance through Obamacare or that any ACA regulation is involved. Simply put, Obamacare has nothing whatsoever to do with Packer’s tragic story.
7. The Federalist Papers has given up on coy enticements and is now just ordering its readers to visit its website.
E. THE NUDGE
8. This is complete bullshit, folks. While some on the Left support allowing terminally ill patients to end their own lives, liberals have fought for decades against the very kind of behavior engaged in by the insurance company here, only to be thwarted by “free market” conservatives who preach total governmental non-interference in health insurers’ life-or-death decisions. Tellingly, in its article, The Federalist Papers doesn’t criticize the insurer nearly as much as it does the State of California for legalizing physician-assisted suicide, which it claims “creates a huge incentive for insurance companies to deny expensive drugs to terminally ill patients” because “the cheapest option is to kill them.” But the incentive of higher profits exists whether assisted suicide is legal or not. If conservatives really gave a damn about people like Ms. Packer, they’d endorse increased government regulation of insurance companies to prevent them from denying coverage for critical medical treatment. That sounds a lot like Obamacare.
Pandering 8/10 • Idiocy 4/10
Banality 1/10 • Vileness 9/10