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One woman Michelle Obama will not mention
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Posted on 09/18/2009 4:01:53 PM PDT by the anti-liberal

One woman Michelle Obama will not mention

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 18, 2009 05:52 PM

Yes, First Lady Michelle Obama is now aggressively crusading for her husband’s health care takeover under the guise of championing woman who have been “crushed” by the system.

One woman Mrs. Obama won’t be spotlighting?

The mother of Dontae Adams.

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I’m re-printing my June 19, 2009 blog post and column again here in its entirety to get the message out about Michelle Obama’s role in creating a health care horror story she won’t be publicizing. I repeat: What have you done for Dontae Adams, lately, Mr. and Mrs. O?

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June 19, 2009

I blogged about Michelle Obama’s role in creating a patient-dumping scheme for the University of Chicago Medical Center back in March. With her husband and the Democrats unleashing health care horror story anecdotes to gin up public fear and build support for the beleaguered Obamacare plan, my syndicated column today revisits the kind of “reform” the Obamas and their Chicago cronies champion — and who benefits.

Here’s a challenge to the ABC News Obamacare infomercial producers. I dare you to ask President Obama this question: What have you done for Dontae Adams, lately?

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The Obamacare horror story you won’t hear
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2009

The White House, Democrats, and MoveOn liberals are spreading health care sob stories to sell a government takeover. But there’s one health care policy nightmare you won’t hear the Obamas hyping. It’s a tale of poor, minority patient-dumping in Chicago — with First Lady Michelle Obama’s fingerprints all over it.

Both Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Democrat Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago have raised red flags about the outsourcing program, run by the University of Chicago Medical Center. The hospital has non-profit status and receives lucrative tax breaks in exchange for providing charity care. Yet, it spent a measly $10 million on charity care for the poor in fiscal 2007 when Mrs. Obama was employed there—1.3 percent of its total hospital expenses, according to an analysis performed for The Washington Post by the non-partisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. The figure is below the 2.1 percent average for nonprofit hospitals in surrounding Cook County.

Rep. Rush called for a House investigation last week in response to months of patient-dumping complaints, noting: “Congress has a duty to expend its power to mitigate and prevent this despicable practice from continuing in centers that receive federal funds.”

Don’t expect the president to support a probe. While a top executive at the hospital, Mrs. Obama helped engineer the plan to offload low-income patients with non-urgent health needs. Under the Orwellian banner of an “Urban Health Initiative,” Mrs. Obama sold the scheme to outsource low-income care to other facilities as a way to “dramatically improve health care for thousands of South Side residents.” The program guaranteed “free” shuttle rides to and from the outside clinics.

In truth, it was old-fashioned cost-cutting and favor-trading repackaged as minority aid. Clearing out the poor freed up room for insured (i.e., more lucrative) patients. If a Republican had proposed the very same program and recruited black civic leaders to front it, Michelle Obama and her grievance-mongering friends would be screaming “RAAAAAAAAACISM!” at the top of their lungs.

Joe Stephens of the Washington Post wrote: “To ensure community support, Michelle Obama and others in late 2006 recommended that the hospital hire the firm of David Axelrod, who a few months later became the chief strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Axelrod’s firm recommended an aggressive promotional effort modeled on a political campaign—appoint a campaign manager, conduct focus groups, target messages to specific constituencies, then recruit religious leaders and other third-party ‘validators.’ They, in turn, would write and submit opinion pieces to Chicago publications.”

Some health care experts saw through Mrs. Obama and her public relations man, David Axelrod—yes, the same David Axelrod who is now Mr. Obama’s senior adviser at the White House. The University of Chicago Medical Center hired Axelrod’s public relations firm, ASK Public Strategies, to promote Mrs. Obama’s Urban Health Initiative. Axelrod had the blessing of Chicago political guru Valerie Jarrett – now White House senior adviser.

Axelrod’s great contribution: Re-branding! His firm recommended re-naming the initiative after “[i]nternal and external respondents expressed the opinion that the word ‘urban’ is code for ‘black’ or ‘black and poor’….Based on the research, consideration should be given to re-branding the initiative.” Axelrod and the Obama campaign refused to disclose how much his firm received for its genius re-branding services.

In February 2009, outrage in the Obamas’ community exploded after a young boy covered by Medicaid was turned away from the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dontae Adams’ mother, Angela, had sought emergency treatment for him after a pit bull tore off his upper lip. Mrs. Obama’s hospital gave the boy a tetanus shot, antibiotics, and Tylenol and shoved him out the door. The mother and son took an hour-long bus ride to another hospital for surgery.

I’ll guarantee you this: You’ll never see the Adams family featured at an Obama policy summit or seated next to the First Lady at a joint session of Congress to illustrate the failures of the health care system.

Following the Adams incident, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) blasted Mrs. Obama and Mr. Axelrod’s grand plan. The group released a statement expressing “grave concerns that the University of Chicago’s policy toward emergency patients is dangerously close to ‘patient dumping,’ a practice made illegal by the Emergency Medical Labor and Treatment Act (EMTALA)” – signed by President Reagan, by the way – “and reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick’ wealthy patients over poor.”

Rewarding political cronies at the expense of the poor while posing as guardians of the downtrodden? Welcome to Obamacare.



TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: healthcare; obamacare
ObamaCare: the new patient dumping scheme.
1 posted on 09/18/2009 4:01:53 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: the anti-liberal
Yes, First Lady Michelle Obama is now aggressively crusading for her husband’s health care takeover under the guise of championing woman who have been “crushed” by the system.

I think she's confusing the current health care system with Cash for Clunkers.

2 posted on 09/18/2009 4:04:48 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (I wonder why Solomon Ortiz (TX-27) is so afraid of talking with his constituents?)
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To: StarFan

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3 posted on 09/18/2009 4:06:56 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: the anti-liberal

She also gave her sob story about her daughter. She said she had to take her to the emergency room and if it wasn’t for Barry’s health insurance she wouldn’t have gotten care. That’s a lie since all hospitals are required by federal law to treat people in the emergency room regardless. Another lie from the Obama’s .......


4 posted on 09/18/2009 4:08:14 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SkyDancer

In her big lie, she said the doctors told her the child MAY have menengitis. I would like to know if she actually had it. Was she about to cry today? I really don’t like her.


5 posted on 09/18/2009 4:13:39 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: the anti-liberal

Plus MO got a huge pay raise when her husband pork-barrelled federal money to the hospital.


6 posted on 09/18/2009 4:16:07 PM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, passport, and school records.)
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To: the anti-liberal

It sure would be nice to see some ambitious GOPer or conservative candidate find Dontae’s mother and get her consent to feature her and her son in campaign ads against the Osamas. Maybe it would take a little “walking around money”, or some dollars to help with the kid’s further health care requirements.


7 posted on 09/18/2009 4:19:19 PM PDT by RushLake (Liberalism--Terrorism financed by your tax dollars.)
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To: nufsed

Her job made sure that the black “community” wouldn’t object to UofC’s plan. This is Jesse Jackson style extorsion.


8 posted on 09/18/2009 4:20:21 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: dandiegirl

She has the same personality as Barry - and neither do I. She’s just as arrogant and elitist as her husband. What’s with this thing she did about going to a farmers market a block away by limo - tying up all sorts of streets and traffic - something like three or four security SUV’s ...


9 posted on 09/18/2009 4:20:32 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SkyDancer

She had to get some veggies to go with her lobster.


10 posted on 09/18/2009 4:22:17 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: dandiegirl

I thought she had this veggie garden on the WH lawn or someplace ....


11 posted on 09/18/2009 4:26:18 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SkyDancer

Well, maybe she just wanted to show off her new outfit.


12 posted on 09/18/2009 4:32:21 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: SkyDancer

>>”What’s with this thing she did about going to a farmers market a block away by limo...”<<

I don’t know, but Drudge has a picture of her trying to smile at the camera. I think she has passed the Hildebeast in regards to the ‘booty mass ratio’. Maybe too much of that $100.00 a pound beef?


13 posted on 09/18/2009 4:36:28 PM PDT by panaxanax
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To: the anti-liberal

Say it ain’t so. I’m shocked. Shocked!


14 posted on 09/18/2009 4:39:44 PM PDT by DesertConservative
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To: SkyDancer

Yes, they did have a garden. It was going to change America! Too bad the soil and veggies were loaded with LEAD. From the picture I can see where most of it ended up.

Enjoy the party while you can, Michelle, because it’s almost over. America is waking up to you and your husband’s racist anti- “whitey” administration. Impeachment time is just around the corner.


15 posted on 09/18/2009 4:45:39 PM PDT by panaxanax
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To: nufsed

Ah yes, I remember reading about that.


16 posted on 09/18/2009 5:03:01 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: SkyDancer

Not only that, but does anyone really think she’s going to go to the kitchen in the WH and cook up some food? Does she even know how to cook?


17 posted on 09/18/2009 5:05:20 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: SkyDancer

Not only that, but does anyone really think she’s going to go to the kitchen in the WH and cook up some food? Does she even know how to cook?


18 posted on 09/18/2009 5:05:24 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: the anti-liberal

One of these days people will be crossing into Mexico to get treatment they don’t qualify for under O-care. Soon.

No, I’m not kidding.


19 posted on 09/18/2009 5:09:52 PM PDT by marron
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To: SkyDancer
That’s a lie since all hospitals are required by federal law to treat people in the emergency room regardless.

With all respect, that an oversimplification.

EMTALA, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor requires that the hospital triage the patient and provide medical care only if it's an emergency condition. If the patient is ill or injured and the triage reveals it's not an emergency condition or active labor, then there's no obligation to treat the patient.

True, ERs throughout the country end up treating strep throat and other non-emergency illnesses for those who seem to think of the ER as their own personal physician's office. However, the hospital is not required by federal law to provide that care.

20 posted on 09/18/2009 5:10:30 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.)
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To: the anti-liberal

Obama care is in trouble and we all knew that. Now to bring out michele well...that tells you HOW MUCH trouble it is in.


21 posted on 09/18/2009 5:11:16 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Scoutmaster

I was running with the “emergency room” thing with what MO said re: insurance. A possible meningitis infection is serious and can be deadly. According to her story the baby had to be evaluated. My thing was the way she put it, in order to have emergency room treatment you have to have insurance.


22 posted on 09/18/2009 5:15:24 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SkyDancer

You post: “I thought she had this veggie garden on the WH lawn or someplace”

It’s highly toxic - the veggies can’t be eaten = too, too funny

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2009/07/30/michelle-obamas-toxic-veggie-nightmare-white-house-organic-gar/


23 posted on 09/18/2009 5:16:06 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: the anti-liberal

I just sent the last three paragraphs of The Adam’s Family story to comments@whitehouse.gov

Fearlessly, HO


24 posted on 09/18/2009 6:16:57 PM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (Looking for Fraud? Waste? Abuse? Audit ACORN. Audit The Fed.)
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To: the anti-liberal

The Michelle Obama patient dumping story is the greatest story never told. If it was (appropriately) trumpeted it could signal hands-off healthcare for Zer0 forever. Glenn Beck needs to start pounding away at this.


25 posted on 09/18/2009 6:38:39 PM PDT by The Good Doctor (Democracy is the only system where you can vote for a tax that you can avoid the obligation to pay.)
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To: the anti-liberal
This should be big news now, while she's selling her crap. Poor blacks should be told they are being suckered in by the Obama mob.
26 posted on 09/18/2009 8:00:30 PM PDT by adanaC (Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.)
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To: adanaC; The Good Doctor

From your keyboards to God’s ear!


27 posted on 09/18/2009 8:17:36 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: maine-iac7

What a riot. And how the MSM covered it, totally BARF ....


28 posted on 09/18/2009 8:54:21 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: the anti-liberal
Since Michelle Obama is trumpeting health reform to help women, I'd like to say I'm a woman and my physician discovered a medical problem with an ultrasound, catching it before the problem ballooned out of control. I shudder to think how I'd fare under the substandard Canadian or British system where it takes forever to get testing and then treatment. I'm satisfied with my health plan overall and don't want the quality of my care to decline just to satisfy the Democrat's desire to take over the US in a socialist system, buying votes and sneaking illegal aliens onto the system and then lowering my benefits and increasing my costs.
29 posted on 09/19/2009 12:59:37 AM PDT by Ciexyz
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