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GUEST COLUMN: OBAMACARE KILLED MY SISTER
anncoulter.com ^ | Doug Graham

Posted on 03/03/2014 5:39:50 PM PST by SoFloFreeper

This Wednesday, my little sister, Julie, will be buried. She died because she delayed seeking health care for what turned out to be a catastrophic condition after her private health insurance policy was cancelled because of Obamacare. As she waited for a new Obamacare-approved policy to kick in, her condition deteriorated to the point that it was too late.

Julie, her husband, and four children were covered by a medical plan they liked, and had been promised they could keep by President Obama. But like so many others in this country, her family’s private health care policy was cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act. So my sister and her family struggled through the expensive and incompetently designed Obamacare website to find a new policy. Unfortunately, while they waited for their new Obama-approved healthcare plan to finally kick in, my little sister fell ill. She couldn’t keep down solid food. She should have gone to a doctor. But she toughed it out, as many people do, until her new coverage would kick in on February 2. She and her husband didn’t have a lot of money, so she didn’t want to incur what she thought were avoidable medical expenses.

But she didn’t make it. It turns out that, unbeknownst to her, she wasn’t suffering from an upset stomach or food poisoning, but a badly blocked gall bladder that had become highly infected. Her body went into septic shock just two days before her Obamacare policy would have kicked in. Her kidneys shut down. She went to the emergency room where, after heroic efforts, a marvelous medical team managed to stabilize her condition. I saw Julie that day for several hours. She could not move, or speak, but a tear trickled down her check when she saw the eldest daughter of her four children. After I left, hoping for the best, I learned the next day that her gentle heart stopped beating around 4:00 a.m.

So, while the White House sends out talking points to the talking heads who proclaim Americans will be better off because Obamacare forced them off of inadequate health care plans, my family knows better.

There are plenty of arguments against Obamacare. Sure, it was drafted behind back doors and passed in a crude, and utterly partisan, fashion. Yes, Nancy Pelosi famously said we had to pass it to see what was in it. And the bill was applied in a crony capitalist fashion, with corporate allies of the President receiving waivers. Then we had the series of backtracking and outright falsehoods—like the infamous “you can keep your plan if you like it” claim uttered by President Obama and repeated by his political and media allies.

Obamacare has also inflicted job losses, higher cost plans, and a shift from full-time to part time employment. Even when factoring in all this the economic damage and the harm it has done to working Americans, the most disturbing aspect of Obamacare is that this real world hardship is inflicted because it treats living breathing people as actuarial statistics in the service of giant insurance pools, rather than as the individuals they are. It is highly ironic that this Administration that talks so much about protecting “choice” in so many areas of American life, yet is harshly shutting down individual choice and initiative in such a personal matter of personal healthcare.

The public debate about Obamacare will continue for a long time. But for my family, the debate ended with the death of my sister. For us, it’s not about “policy,” anymore. It’s about the tragic consequences that can happen when the government decides to cancel the private economic decisions of individuals in favor of a huge policy experiment created in the back rooms of Washington by out-of-touch bureaucrats, statisticians and lobbyists. As far as we are concerned, Obamacare killed my little sister and left a good man a widower, and four children without their mother.

-- Doug Graham, lives in Maryland and works in equipment development for the U.S. Military


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; aca; deathpanels; nothealthcare; obamacare; obamacarebringsdeath; obamafail; zerocare
Hey, I did a search for this...never saw it in the archives.

Any chance the media will cover Mr. Graham's story?

1 posted on 03/03/2014 5:39:50 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’m sure Mr. Graham will enjoy his tax audit.


2 posted on 03/03/2014 5:42:47 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Doug Graham, lives in Maryland and works in equipment development for the U.S. Military ...and will soon be looking for another job.
3 posted on 03/03/2014 5:45:47 PM PST by tonyinv (I no longer care enough to even say 'I told you so')
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To: SoFloFreeper

According to Harry Reid, this whole story is a lie.


4 posted on 03/03/2014 5:46:43 PM PST by tbpiper
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To: SoFloFreeper

That’s horrible.

I want congress and the prez and his family to have the same exact healthcare we have.


5 posted on 03/03/2014 5:47:23 PM PST by boycott
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To: tonyinv

I hope this is a pseudonym.


6 posted on 03/03/2014 5:47:43 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
According to Harry Reid, stories like this are fiction. Everyone just loves Obamacare. But if you do have a complaint, you are just one of those radical Tea Party malcontents.

Oh...and you're racist too.

7 posted on 03/03/2014 5:48:24 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: SoFloFreeper
At least Our Indonesian Fraud-King, and our Exempt Lords of Congress
and their families and Staff and mistresses du jour will NEVER be hurt. Ever.


8 posted on 03/03/2014 5:48:45 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: SoFloFreeper

Harry Reid says he is a liar.


9 posted on 03/03/2014 5:48:57 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: SoFloFreeper

As sad as this story is... you do realize that if we actually repealed Obamacare (and the prior condition clause) that we’d see this story time 100,000 every day in the news don’t you?

I can see it now...

The repeal of Obamacare killed my mom, my daughter, wife child, ect. We had gotten coverage of our pre-existing condition under Obama’s healthcare plan, but after the evil Republicans repealed it, I lost my coverage and couldn’t afford the healthcare bills, which eventually led to me being bankrupt and my relative dead.

Anyone have a plan for how we are going to deal with this kind of fallout?


10 posted on 03/03/2014 5:49:35 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Death victim #1. (As far as we know)


11 posted on 03/03/2014 5:50:35 PM PST by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Doug Graham needs to understand that his family sacrifice was simple a "MEANS TO AN END" to the progressive..

Single payer healthcare...

Some scum sucking disgusting vile vermin of a democrat will use this as an example to push single payer system..

12 posted on 03/03/2014 5:53:45 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Don’t worry..

the Obamas are so benevolent...

Why Michelle will take a memorial tour to China to commemorate your little sister..


13 posted on 03/03/2014 5:54:13 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: SoFloFreeper

“he president’s specific words: I’m “really good at killing people,” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann write “


14 posted on 03/03/2014 5:55:52 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SoFloFreeper

I wonder what Harry Reid, despicable dirt bag, would say about this story.


15 posted on 03/03/2014 5:57:45 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Lurker
I’m sure Mr. Graham will enjoy his tax audit.

As will Ann Coulter, and Ann Coulter.com.

16 posted on 03/03/2014 6:00:26 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’m sorry to hear about this.

The a-hole killed my insurance too! But I managed to get a new plan off the exchange. It was a pain in the arse. It’s more limited than my previous plan and costs 10% more.


17 posted on 03/03/2014 6:00:35 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Not if republicans come up with a plan first. Why aren't the low income people in Medicaid? Allow for others with pre existing conditions to go into Medicaid and adjust there premium according to income. Or better yet, put anyone who likes obamacare into a pool. Hollywood should definitely be in there. Anyone who voted for Obama should be in there. Republicans better be more like Ted Cruz or people will blame them for not stopping him.
18 posted on 03/03/2014 6:01:32 PM PST by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

19 posted on 03/03/2014 6:03:28 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Mass mailings of her picture with her family should be mailed to chief justice roberts who had the chance to kill it but didnt


20 posted on 03/03/2014 6:05:05 PM PST by ronnie raygun (zippy the a##clown sez..............................)
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To: SoFloFreeper

It just dawned on me. This is why they changed obamacare to be retroactive. They heard about this woman’s death and had to fix that right away.


21 posted on 03/03/2014 6:11:27 PM PST by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Julie, her husband, and four children were covered by a medical plan they liked, and had been promised they could keep by President Obama the Natural Born Liar.

There, fixed it.

22 posted on 03/03/2014 6:22:01 PM PST by chopperman
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To: chris37

“Lies, all lies!”


23 posted on 03/03/2014 6:31:18 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: boycott

“I want congress and the prez and his family to have the same exact healthcare we have.”

Bull’s eye. Instead, we have government by and for the government and for people that are given exemptions from Obamacare.


24 posted on 03/03/2014 7:26:57 PM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: SoFloFreeper

Mr. Graham:

Please understand that Bath House is a “D”. Therefore, no media concern is due your problem.

The Management


25 posted on 03/03/2014 7:27:42 PM PST by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Harry Reid says this story isn’t true. / sarc


26 posted on 03/03/2014 7:30:37 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: miserare

That isn’t sarcasm. Hairy Reed said they were ALL lies.


27 posted on 03/03/2014 7:31:36 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: SoFloFreeper

An omelet is made from broken eggs.


28 posted on 03/03/2014 7:31:46 PM PST by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

If I had a horror story like this I’d camp out in front of Harry Reid’s office with a sign saying “You are the liar, Harry. Not me! Obamacare killed my sister!” It would be easy to do in Vegas and it would get coverage.


29 posted on 03/03/2014 7:54:20 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: SoFloFreeper

Harry Reed says the girl is lying about being dead.,


30 posted on 03/03/2014 8:16:14 PM PST by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: tbpiper

According to this story,Harry Reid is a liar.


31 posted on 03/03/2014 8:21:58 PM PST by oldtech
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To: SoFloFreeper

I think we should use the left’s Vietnam line against them on Obamacare. “who wants to be the last to die for a mistake?”

In other words don’t bother trying to fix this crap. Kill this Obamination as soon as possible.


32 posted on 03/03/2014 8:48:21 PM PST by djwright (Inpeach Teleprompter)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Well, it’s only fair - Romney gave a woman cancer which killed her, so now the score’s one each....


33 posted on 03/03/2014 9:02:07 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: SoFloFreeper

Bfrl


34 posted on 03/03/2014 9:04:30 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: SoFloFreeper

Bfrl


35 posted on 03/03/2014 9:04:52 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: oldtech

Your far to kind to the @*&^%*(%!!!.


36 posted on 03/04/2014 6:38:01 AM PST by tbpiper
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