Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘ObamaCare’ Would Have Killed My Daughter
March 23, 2011
(ChattahBox US News)—Today is the one-year anniversary of the historical healthcare reform law. Although the law won’t become fully implemented until 2014, millions of Americans are already benefiting from increased coverage and access to healthcare. But to hear repeal-crazy Republicans tell it, the Affordable Care Act is a “government takeover,” and a tyrannical assault on our freedoms to suffer from untreated health problems, or become bankrupt from them. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), a freshman tea party lawmaker and millionaire businessman, apparently wasn’t satisfied with repeating the GOP’s generic “ObamaCare” falsehoods. In a Wall Street Journal editorial today, Johnson trotted out the debunked “death panel” lie by using his own daughter Carey, born with a congenital heart defect. Johnson fearmongers that “ObamaCare” would have killed his daughter.
Ron Johnson, to put it bluntly, is full of crap. As a person of means, having had the benefit of an employer-based health plan covering his family, Johnson’s infant daughter received the life-saving care she needed without bankrupting her family. A family covered by a private plan would not have been so lucky, because before enactment of the tyrannical “ObamaCare,” insurers routinely denied coverage to children having pre-existing conditions. President Obama’s Affordable Care Act does away with the odious pre-existing exclusions.
“Today is the first anniversary of the greatest single assault on our freedom in my lifetime: the signing of ObamaCare. As we consider what this law may do to our country, I can’t help but reflect on a medical miracle made possible by the American health-care system. It’s one that holds special meaning for me.”
“Some years ago, a little girl was born with a serious heart defect: Her aorta and pulmonary artery were reversed. Without immediate intervention, she would not have survived.” [..]
“I don’t even want to think what might have happened if she had been born at a time and place where government defined the limits for most insurance policies and set precedents on what would be covered. Would the life-saving procedures that saved her have been deemed cost-effective by policy makers deciding where to spend increasingly scarce tax dollars?”
Johnson goes on to brag about the “finest health-care system in the world” that saved his daughter’s life.
But he has no qualms about restricting millions of Americans of limited means, from accessing the same affordable and quality healthcare.
Forbes Magazine’s Rick Ungar published a brilliant take-down of millionaire businessman Johnson’s greedy nonsense today, asking “Really? Is it possible that this United States senator has absolutely no clue what the ACA does for children in Carey’s circumstances?”
“Senator Johnson might wish to think about what efforts would have been made to save a baby such as his had she been born to a family without health insurance and with little opportunity to reach those top notch surgeons the senator brags about in his op-ed piece.”
“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. …”
Johnson, who attributes global warming to “sunspots,” and once testified in opposition to a bill making it easier for childhood victims of pedophile priests to sue their rapists, just doesn’t care about the middle-class.
Because Johnson is filthy rich, and he already has his.
In Johnson’s radical libertarian Ayn-Randian, laissez-faire worldview, the rest of us are just freeloaders, not worthy of his time or attention.
Political correction.org produced an excellent video highlighting the reforms of the Affordable Care Act that millions of Americans are already benefiting from. Sen. Ron Johnson, pedophile priest apologist, and others like him would gladly take these reforms away.
Photo Source: Wikimedia/U.S. Senator Ron Johnson speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011/Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons Attribution.