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Dems/HCAN Exploits Child For Agit-Prop

A little background on the latest exploited child Democrat face of the crying need for ‘healthcare reform.’

From the Seattle Times:


Boy who lost mom takes health-care story to D.C.

Marcelas Owens may be the only health-care lobbyist around here who needs an excused absence from school. The fifth-grader at Seattle’s Orca K-8 school has been campaigning for health-care changes since, when he was 7, his mother died after she fell ill and lost her job and insurance coverage.

By Kyung M. Song

March 8, 2010

WASHINGTON — Marcelas Owens may be the only health-care lobbyist around here who needs an excused absence from school.

The fifth-grader at Seattle’s Orca K-8 school has been campaigning for changes in the health-care system since his mother died after she fell ill and lost her job and insurance coverage. He was 7 at the time.

Owens has told his story to Sen. Patty Murray, who, in turn, has retold it on the Senate floor as well as to President Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.

On Tuesday, Marcelas is taking part in a protest rally in Washington, D.C., against insurance companies organized by Health Care for America Now, a nationwide lobbying campaign. He also is planning to buttonhole lawmakers, speak at a hearing and wage a sit-in as the yearlong congressional debate on health care approaches what may be a final showdown.

Health Care for America Now paid to take the boy and his grandmother to D.C.

Healthcare For America Now is Mr. Obama’s professional army of lobbyists for ‘healthcare reform.’ They are funded by George Soros and the SEIU and the rest of the usual suspects.

The chipmunk-cheeked Marcelas didn’t come to argue the merits of the public option (indeed, he couldn’t define it). His plea is far simpler: "I want health care to be for everybody."

He came to his advocacy out of profound loss.

His mother, Tifanny Owens, was working as an assistant manager at Jack in the Box when she began suffering from mysterious vomiting and diarrhea in September 2006. By October that year, she had missed so much work that she lost her job — and her insurance.

Two months later, Owens sought emergency care at Swedish Medical Center’s Central Area campus, where a doctor diagnosed her with pulmonary hypertension, a serious type of high blood pressure involving the arteries in the lungs. In January, she again went to Swedish’s emergency room and was hospitalized for eight days.

Note that Ms. Owens was treated both times, even though she did not have any health insurance.

Owens’ mother, Gina Owens, said her daughter, who didn’t qualify for Medicaid, avoided regular visits to a doctor despite frequently throwing up blood.

If Ms. Owens was unemployed with three children, she certainly would have qualified for Medicaid and a host of other welfare benefits.

In June 2007, Tifanny Owens was hospitalized yet again, this time at University of Washington Medical Center. After a week of unconsciousness, she died at age 27, leaving Marcelas and his two younger sisters. Gina Owens has custody of the three children.

Again, Ms. Owens was treated even though she did not have health insurance.

Marcelas said he has many good memories of his mother "even though I knew her for only seven years."

Even before her daughter fell ill, Gina Owens had been active for years with Washington Community Action Network, the state’s largest consumer-advocacy group. Her death made the family’s cause personal.

The Washington Community Action Network is a part of the Soros funded HCAN mentioned above.

So instead of helping the young mother when she was in dire need, they are exploiting her death and her child for their agenda.

But none of our media masters will ever deign to tell us the rest of the story.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Dems/HCAN Exploits Child For Agit-Prop”

  1. NickB says:

    “Note that Ms. Owens was treated both times, even though she did not have any health insurance.”

    And that is the law. If a hospital accepts Medicare/Medicaid (as the vast majority do), by FEDERAL LAW, they must accept and treat anyone requesting treatment without regard to ability or inability to pay. In fact, if you look around most hospitals lobbies, you will probably see some form of that posted.

    So, no matter what these socialists say, no one, not one single soul inside our borders, hasn’t access to health care and treatment of any malady.

    Guess who those costs are passed down to?

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    As usual, there’s a lot NOT being said about this story. Glossed over is the fact she was treated; but there’s a host of questions that need to be explored before we get the hamper of crying towels out.

    Age 27 – pulmonary hypertension .. hmmmm. There’s a variety of things that can help lead to pulmonary hypertension; but at 27 (???). It’s important to note that some other things that may attribute to PH at such an early age are talked about here:
    “Recently this condition has been reported with the use of anti-obesity drugs such as dexfenfluramine (Redux) and Fen/Phen. These medications have been removed from the market. Some street drugs such as, cocaine and methamphetamines can cause severe pulmonary hypertension.”.

    Sympathies to the family; but .. just sayin’, ya know.

    • NickB says:

      The term morbidly obese springs to mind. How much you wanna bet she was severely obese?

    • wstuga says:

      This is a PROFESSIONAL opinion.

      Pulmonary hypertension is practically untreatable. There are a variety of research studies looking at different modalities to treat Pulm HTN, but do date there is nothing that would really be considered successful.

      The child hypotheses incorrectly that his mom lost her healthcare insurance which lead to her death due to the inability to afford healthcare. The lack of health care insurance did not kill her. The disease process killed her. If she had the best insurance in America or lived in the island paradise of Cuba, the result is the same. She dies.

      Most patients with Pulm HTN are invited to participate in a study at an academic medical center to find treatment for the disease. I wonder is she was offered an opportunity, not that it would have mattered for her. She seems to have had sever Pulm HTN. Nothing would have slowed her death down.

    • proreason says:

      “The lack of health care insurance did not kill her.”

      But we have it on the highest authority that lack of insurance is starving the insurance-hungry poor to death.

      Tiny children cry themselves to sleep because mom and dad, or mom and mom, or dad and dad, or mom and dog, simply can’t afford good quality health insurance (no oxymoron intended).

      Otherwise perfectly healthy people, when deprived of health insurance, waste away. It’s a new disease discovered Nov 4, 2008, called aninsurarexia. It’s a horrible thing to see, and take it from me, I’ve seen it on TV hundreds of times……… since 10 am this morning.

  3. proreason says:

    It’s like using your kid to trick a woman into having sex.

    Or in Drooling Barney’s case, using a kid to trick a horse into having sex.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Using kids to help sell anything is the lowest of the low. I have been against such behavior for years. I don’t care who’s doing it: right, left, middle. It’s exploitation and kids seldom understand what it is they are swaying people into doing.

      In the heart of every human in America is a soft spot for kids. (those of us who are normal) and playing the “awwwwwwww” card is not only unfair but unethical and in most cases, just plain dishonest.

      I don’t care if it’s McDonald’s, K-Mart, Chevy or even Johnson & Johnson. Kids are off-limits. Using the “Joe Camel” approach in reverse, such activities should really be illegal. But then, this is the liberal democrats we’re talking about …and as long as dope-deranged brain-damaged people like Pelosi are around, we must all live in the age of aquariums. (I know, it’s “Aquarius” but, I was reminded of the “dumb blond” joke. Nancy fits that description, though it’s more of a “dumb gray(colored blond #33)”

      The sound bites of her lauding a Utopian universe where people could be a photographer, writer or artist and quit their day job without having to worry about paying for health insurance…..Rush played it several times today and I wanted to vomit each time I heard it.

      Nancy, hey…..Woodstock is over…..the hippies lost…..go home.

      I have honestly never seen such a collection of nutjob freakshow miscreants as I have seen in our government today.

  4. RightWinger says:

    Yeah here is another video with a child being exploited for health care!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsMMNEhkdqE

    It brought a tear to my eye! :-)

  5. Tater Salad says:

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    ALERT: Democrats are attacking anybody that dares to stop Obama’s extreme quest to destroy healthcare in America. Rejecting sensible ideas, not starting over, feeding on the members of their own party and when all else fails Obama, Pelosi and Reid have become true dictators as they lie, cheat and deal. Obama is defying the public to ram ObamaCare into law at any cost betraying America and this is not the change we are looking for.

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    Pelosi has told Democrats that they should sacrifice their own re-election if necessary so that Obama can get his way. Democrats owe their loyalty to the people who elect them not to the leaders of the DNC?

    True democrats – regardless of party – understand that they are not in office to fulfill their own wishes. They are there as the representatives of the people. They must stand up to do the right thing and protect all Americans. Democrats who choose to follow Obama and Pelosi, in defiance of their constituents, are showing a true lack of character and should be removed from office.

    House Democrats and Republicans must stop Pelosi and Reid from using a slick budget process that requires the House to pass the Senate version of ObamaCare without changes.

    Just last month Democrats passed a pay as you go budget policy because it was politically correct saying any new unbudgeted items added to the budget would be paid for with cuts. One month later they decided to ignore the new law and added a $10 billion benefits extension in new unbudgeted debt and vilify Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky for daring to make them pay for it first.

    Obama and the Democrats cannot be trusted with a Healthcare entitlement that is already estimated to be 30% of the Federal budget. Obama lied in a recent speech saying his scheme would save $1Trillion “over the next decade.” The CBO however estimated the bill would save $132 billion from 2010 to 2019, leaving Obama’s “next decade” estimate $868 billion short. The budget office also said “A detailed year-by-year projection for years beyond 2019 … would not be meaningful, because the uncertainties involved are simply too great.”

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    This is the biggest gamble of Obama’s presidency. Nancy Pelosi may not have the votes to pass the healthcare bill through the House. So, Obama is telling the Blue Dogs that he is prepared to sacrifice them in order to get ObamaCare. Will they cave in and throw away their chances in November, or will they finally live up to their “conservative” label?

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  6. Mithrandir says:

    Is this the same kid the Obama people dragged out in front of the cameras during the Tea Party demonstrations?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py15owTneag

    Also, getting tried of Obamaisms:

    Let me be clear…
    Make no mistake…
    Transparency
    Inherited
    Signs of recovery
    Relief for (Democrat) working families…

    I wonder if the people who voted for this cliche-machine are disgusted that he is more politics as usual, than he ever campaigned against….

  7. sheehanjihad says:

    I wonder why, if this woman couldn’t afford health insurance and subsequent care because she couldn’t afford it…..how the hell does this little shill afford to fly to Washington and hob nob with the social elite of the PC crowd? Did he walk? Did he hitch a ride across the country?

    Maybe the democrats who are using this little cherub for propaganda could have sent his mother the money they are dumping on howdy doody and saved her life….yeah, right. What good was she alive?

    (Ok, so she voted sixty seven times in thirteen precincts in four states for Obama…but she got paid for that)….and the media fawns over this kid? It stinks…badly.

    The health care measure cannot survive on it’s own merit. I am drooling at the lemmings in congress who are going to lose their seats for this one bill. I cannot believe they are in the same country….and I wish they weren’t.

  8. U NO HOO says:

    “wstuga
    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm
    This is a PROFESSIONAL opinion.

    Pulmonary hypertension is practically untreatable. There are a variety of research studies looking at different modalities to treat Pulm HTN, but do date there is nothing that would really be considered successful.

    The child hypotheses incorrectly that his mom lost her healthcare insurance which lead to her death due to the inability to afford healthcare. The lack of health care insurance did not kill her. The disease process killed her. If she had the best insurance in America or lived in the island paradise of Cuba, the result is the same. She dies.

    Most patients with Pulm HTN are invited to participate in a study at an academic medical center to find treatment for the disease. I wonder is she was offered an opportunity, not that it would have mattered for her. She seems to have had sever Pulm HTN. Nothing would have slowed her death down.”

    • U NO HOO says:

      From Wikipedia:

      “Lung transplantation cures pulmonary arterial hypertension, but leaves the patient with the complications of transplantation, and a post-surgical median survival of just over five years.”

  9. canary says:

    Good point U NO HOO.
    They aren’t telling the entire story. Bet the grandmother kept the payments up on the health insurance policy (s).

  10. beefeater says:

    She died while receiving free government health care in a hospital. Sometimes crap just happens.

  11. U NO HOO says:

    Rush pointed out that only 70 people die per day WITHOUT health insurance but a lot lot more die WITH health insurance. And the government is the LARGEST insurer, schip, medicaid, and medicare, and I suppose the emergency room mandate. So, maybe we can say most people die covered by federal government health medical insurance.

    The proof is left to the most casual reader.


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