Thursday, March 24, 2011

Senator Ron Johnson’s WSJ Op-Ed Revives Death Panels And Misleads On Health Reform

The Policy Page - Forbes

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson has taken to the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal to reinvigorate the misinformation campaign against health care reform as he continues to press the death panel narrative.

Johnson cynically uses his daughter, Carey, to make his point –explaining how Obamacare might have left her to die when she was born with a congenital heart ailment. Fortunately, highly capable surgeons were able to repair the problem, allowing Carey to live a normal life. Yet, Johnson fears that the result might have been different had the ACA been in effect at the time of young Carey’s birth.

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The senator might want to think about how, prior to health care reform, a less fortunate baby would never have qualified for a health insurance policy given her rather extreme pre-existing condition. Indeed, a little girl belonging to a family where the breadwinner might lose his or her job –and the insurance that comes with it –would be in some serious medical trouble and the family in dire financial straits.

Today, thanks to Obamacare, someone less fortunate than the senator does not have to fear loss of health insurance as no child can now be denied health insurance.

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