With the obvious intention of suggesting that “universal” health care would have prevented it, Sullivan links to a story about a man allegedly forced to join the miltary to get health coverage for his cancer-victim wife:
In March, he was laid off from his job as a raw materials coordinator for a plastics company … Soon the cost of his family health coverage was going to triple, then a few months after that, nearly triple again. They needed coverage so Mom could fight her cancer. Dad’s solution: a four-year hitch in the Army.
There are two real problems here, neither having to do with the absence of Obamacare:
First, if President Obama’s stimulus package had produced the promised results, instead of jacking unemployment up to nearly 10%, the man would not be unemployed. His was the kind of job that Obama promised to “save.”
Second, the high cost and non-portability of health insurance coverage are the direct results of current government regulations. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, the government is the problem, not the solution. I explain this in greater detail here.
When will the Obots in the media and the blogosphere stop exploiting the misery of ordinary Americans for political purposes? This kind of “reporting” is incredibly tawdry and dishonest.