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We conservatives are used to being portrayed as heartless villains. If progressives aren’t accusing us of pushing grandmothers off fiscal cliffs we’re lashing women to train tracks (using binders, of course). Team Obama even accused Mitt Romney of giving a woman cancer just to watch her die.
This tired media template was reversed as loathsome Obama spokesgremlin Dan Pfeiffer attacked a 62-year-old cancer patient on his official White House Twitter account.
Pfeiffer was responding to a heart-wrenching op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal written by a cancer patient who is losing her doctors and health insurance plan.
For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2% after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.
My choice is to get coverage through the government health exchange and lose access to my cancer doctors, or pay much more for insurance outside the exchange (the quotes average 40% to 50% more) for the privilege of starting over with an unfamiliar insurance company and impaired benefits…
For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death. Take away people’s ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that’s the point.
Pfeiffer takes on this very ill woman by linking to silly Think Progress spin blaming “bad apple” insurance companies for Obama’s broken promises.
The White House has violated the old political adage, “If you’re explaining why cancer patients should lose their health insurance, you’re losing.”
But will the press notice?
Grumpy Dan Pfeiffer pic via Pete Souza/The White House