How low can Dem­care dem­a­gogues go?

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Michelle Malkin

How low can they go? The des­per­ate Demo­cratic ped­dlers of a gov­ern­ment health care takeover have pro­claimed an in­sur­ance “holo­caust in Amer­ica” (Fla. Demo­cratic Rep. Alan Grayson), lam­basted con­ser­va­tive health care town hall pro­test­ers as “po­lit­i­cal ter­ror­ists“ (In­di­ana Demo­cratic Rep. Baron Hill), sent SEIU thugs to demon­strate out­side Demo­cratic Sen. Joe Lieber­man’s pri­vate res­i­dence, and de­rided se­nior cit­i­zens ques­tion­ing Pres­i­dent Obama’s fuzzy math sav­ings claims (Cal­i­for­nia Demo­cratic Rep. Pete Stark: “I wouldn’t dig­nify you by pee­ing on your leg. It wouldn’t be worth wast­ing the urine.”) Now, Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid is lead­ing them deeper into dem­a­gogic mire.

Last week, Mr. Reid pum­meled op­po­nents with the worn-out race card. Fol­low­ing in the mucky foot­steps of for­mer Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter (who blamed GOP Rep. Joe Wil­son’s ob­jec­tions to Mr. Obama’s pol­icy de­cep­tions on a “racism in­cli­na­tion”) and Jesse Jack­son (“You can’t vote against health care and call your­self a black man”), Mr. Reid likened Repub­li­cans who ob­ject to so­cial­ized medicine to slave mas­ters, en­e­mies of women’s suf­frage and Bull Con­nor.

Mr. Reid’s rhetor­i­cal aim was worse than the un­hinged Min­nesota pro­tester who threw toma­toes at Sarah Palin dur­ing a book sign­ing and hit a po­lice of­fi­cer in­stead. Splat. Mus­ter­ing up as much in­dig­na­tion as his taut face could exhibit, Mr. Reid lec­tured those stand­ing in the way of Dem­care: “When this coun­try be­lat­edly rec­og­nized the wrongs of slav­ery, there were those who dug in their heels and said, ‘Slow down. It’s too early. Things aren’t bad enough.’

“When women spoke up for the right to speak up, they wanted to vote, some in­sisted, ‘Slow down. There will be a bet­ter day to do that. To­day isn’t quite right.’

“When this body was on the verge of guar­an­tee­ing equal civil rights to every­one re­gard­less of the color of their skin, some se­na­tors re­sorted to the same fil­i­buster threats that we hear to­day.”

It was the GOP that fought slav­ery and the Demo­cratic Party that bat­tled to pre­serve it. It was then-Demo­crat Strom Thur­mond who led the civil rights fil­i­buster that Mr. Reid tried to lay on Repub­li­cans. And it’s the Demo­cratic Party, not the GOP, that boasts ex-Klans­man Sen. Robert Byrd among its se­nior leaders. But don’t con­fuse Reid with his­tory while he’s chas­ing Repub­li­cans around with his “RAAAACISM!” stamp.

The more the Amer­i­can pub­lic learns about the choice-lim­it­ing, debt-ex­plod­ing, bu­reau­cracy-mul­ti­ply­ing health care takeover, the more op­po­si­tion in­creases. And the more un­hinged the Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity and its sup­port­ers get.

There is now a $200,000 “bounty” on the head of U.S Cham­ber of Com­merce CEO Tom Dono­hue. Left-wing ac­tivist web­site “Vel­vet Revo­lu­tion” pub­lished a want ad last week with Dono­hue’s pic­ture on it, so­lic­it­ing in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to “the ar­rest and con­vic­tion” of the busi­ness leader for “op­pos­ing pro­gres­sive ini­tia­tives.” The witch-hunt is tar­get­ing Mr. Dono­hue for his out­spo­ken crit­i­cism of the costs and im­pact of the Dems’ health care leg­is­la­tion on small busi­nesses across the coun­try.

Such reck­less pro­pa­ganda ac­cus­ing op­po­nents of “crim­i­nal­ity” isn’t lim­ited to nu­t­roots pub­li­ca­tions. In the au­gust pages of The New York Times two weeks ago, Pulitzer Prizewin­ning colum­nist Ni­cholas Kristof ti­tled his uni­ver­sal care man­i­festo, “Are We Go­ing To Let John Die?” Mr. Kristof el­e­vated un­em­ployed Ore­gon sawmill worker John Brod­niak, 23, as the Dem­care poster child. Re­port­edly di­ag­nosed as hav­ing a cav­ernous he­man­gioma, a neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion, Mr. Kristof be­moaned: “Without in­sur­ance, John has been un­able to get surgery or even help manag­ing the pain.”

An emer­gency room asked Mr. Brod­niak not to re­turn without in­sur­ance, Mr. Kristof claims (a prac­tice that is pro­hib­ited by fed­eral law). No doc­tor would treat him, Mr. Kristof re­ported (get your grain of salt ready). Isn’t it “mon­strous,” Mr. Kristof con­cludes (hanky alert), “for politi­cians to avert their eyes, make ex­cuses and deny cov­er­age to in­nu­mer­able Amer­i­cans just like John?”

Ready for the punch line? Mr. Brod­niak not only has cov­er­age through Ore­gon’s Med­i­caid pro­gram, but has also been a pa­tient at the pres­ti­gious Ore­gon Health and Sci­ence Uni­ver­sity in Port­land (a safety-net in­sti­tu­tion that ac­cepts all Med­i­caid pa­tients) for the past three weeks — a fact Mr. Kristof ei­ther de­lib­er­ately ig­nored and sup­pressed from read­ers or didn’t bother to find out be­fore pub­lish­ing his screed.

In other words, Mr. Brod­niak was al­ready be­ing treated and cared for by a top-notch neu­rol­o­gist un­der our ex­ist­ing health care sys­tem when Mr. Kristof came along to scream at Congress for let­ting him die.

Mr. Kristof’s tale fol­lows on the heels of at least two du­bi­ous hor­ror sto­ries dis­sem­i­nated by Pres­i­dent Obama. In Septem­ber, Mr. Obama told of Illi­nois can­cer pa­tient Otto Rad­datz, who sup­pos­edly died af­ter he was dropped from his in­sur­ance plan when his in­surer dis­cov­ered an un­re­ported gall­stone the pa­tient hadn’t known about. The truth? He got the treat­ment he needed in 2005 and died just this year.

In an­other case, Mr. Obama claimed, a woman with breast can­cer lost her in­sur­ance be­cause “she for­got to de­clare a case of acne.” In fact, she failed to dis­close a pre­vi­ous heart con­di­tion and did not list her weight ac­cu­rately, but her in­sur­ance was re­stored any­way af­ter in­tense pub­lic lob­by­ing.

But why bother with trou­ble­some facts? In the in­sa­tiable pur­suit of gov­ern­ment con­trol, truth and ra­tio­nal­ity are the first ca­su­al­ties.

Michelle Malkin is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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