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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:06 PM
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A Response to Sarah Palin's "Death Panel" Comment from a Parent of a Child with Special Needs
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August 08, 2009

A Response to Sarah Palin's "Death Panel" Comment from a Parent of a Child with Special Needs
Sarah Palin, you are not my advocate. You do not speak for me. You do not speak for my child.

You do not speak for the many good friends of mine who have children with chronic medical issues far more severe than my own son's neurological disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder. You do not speak for all parents of children with Down Syndrome. You do not speak for the member of my extended family who has Down Syndrome.

What you said on your Facebook page, about mythical Obama "death panels"?

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obamas death panel so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their level of productivity in society, whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil. -Sarah Palin

If enough people believe it if enough people are scared by it into opposing any kind of health insurance reform that politically motivated statement deliberately promoting a dangerous rumor that has been proven to be patently false could cause tens of thousands of children with special needs in the United States to continue to suffer without adequate health care for years to come.

In the United States, children with chronic health issues are often denied coverage by private health insurance companies that consider their health concerns to be a pre-existing condition. Some of those children denied coverage under private health insurance are, thankfully, able to qualify for public health insurance through Medicaid or SCHIP two of our country's existing socialized medical insurance programs but some are not. And those children who do have private insurance coverage are often forced to pay high co-pays for routine procedures, and are frequently denied authorization for recommended medical care.

Every day in the United States, children with autism or cerebral palsy are denied occupational therapy. Children with juvenile diabetes are denied insulin pumps. Children with asthma are denied inhalers. American parents of children with chronic health conditions must fight a tangled bureaucratic health insurance system constantly to make sure that their kids can get access to the care recommended by their doctors.

And that's why the National Down Syndrome Congress supports health insurance reform. That's why the Autism Society of America supports health insurance reform. That's why Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the American Diabetes Association, and the March of Dimes all support health care insurance reform. Because all of these organizations are advocates for children with special needs.

That's why I support health reform. Because I am a parent of a child with special needs. Because I've spent hours and hours of my life tangled up in the red tape that stands between my son and his needed health care, desperately fighting against enormous for-profit corporations who see my beautiful, beloved child not as a person who needs help but as a profit loss.

I support health insurance reform because I want exceptional children like my son children like your son, Trig to get the best of care. And under our current broken health care system, far too many do not.
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:13 PM
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1. Palin prefers panels of greedy insurance panels to make those decisions
Even if you could possibly pass on the factchecking of Palin's nonsense and believe it as is, it still doesn't pass the sniff test when you realize private insurance companies are already making those decisions every single day, and the only thing that matters in their equation is their own bottom line.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:23 PM
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3. Or witchdoctors, or cultists ...


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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 10:00 PM
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15. She doesn't care what happens tomorrow, as long as she gets paid today. n/t
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:22 PM
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2. k+r, but I am doubtful the GOP-controlled media will give her the time of day. n/t
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:24 PM
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4. Politico tried to make it sound a bit saner and Comcast ran it on their home page.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:31 PM
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5. That's it? Palin got all the GOP-controlled media outlets to cover her dumb ass.
Sadly, it looks like this story may disappear by Monday.

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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:54 PM
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6. Great responce.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:42 PM
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7. What she said. From another parent whose severely disabled child
would have died years ago if it were up to the insurance companies. We the parents fought for these government programs that people like Sarah Palin are so eager to get rid of. Go to hell Sarah.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 12:37 AM
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8. Kick n/t
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syberlion Donating Member (110 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 01:49 AM
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9. I was born with multiple birth defects
I was lucky 46 years ago, because my parents did have health insurance. I have worked since I was 17 and have not had many major issues after those tentative, scary, early years. I left a company I had worked for after 2 years, why? because they changed their insurance plan to one company with very limited choices and was border-line age-ism on the coverage. Prior to that, I was involved with a state educational system that arbitrarily changed their health care choices, without at least getting input from the staff. It caused the employees to organize and eventually become recognized as an area of the university which needed to be included in any organization-wide changes. That was almost 10 years ago.

So, this health care debate isn't new to me, in fact I remember 1993. I remember the lies, the vitriol, and the pure politics back then. When you live with potential health issues your whole life, when you are hyper-aware about what goes on in your body because of conditions you were born with, health care has a special meaning. As I said at the beginning, I was lucky when I was born to have parents with health insurance, but I am much, much older now and on my own.

My mother is enjoying Medicare and doesn't buy the lies being spewed by the neo-cons (I'd like to call them by their rightful name, but I'll save that for a post of its own). My mother was a republican, back in the days when Ronald Reagan was a Governor. Now, she's been saved and we all are thankful for that. There is one sibling that's way off the right-sided deep end, but then she lives in Arkansas and her husband looks and sounds just like Dr. Phil, I am not joking. I get the kooky emails from her, anti-government, pro-Palin baloney, etc. but she is my sister so what can I do?

I believe it is time to get up and get out there. It is time to not let the brown-shirts shout down the American way of life. It is time to peacefully guide this country out of the great darkness its been in for all these years. You know when you bring someone out of a dark, dank cave that they've been in for a long time, the light hurts. There will be shouting and cursing because these people are not used to the light, they are not used to facts or the truth, they are confused and bewildered. Just as we are patient with frightened, angry children, we must show patience with these lost souls. How many parents allow two-year-old children to make all the decisions for the household?

OK, we allowed it for eight years, I think that is long enough. We have a real adult in the White House, which we haven't had for far too long. Write (an actual post card) to your congressman, your two senators and to the White House, let them know there is 72+% out here wanting health care - no let me re-state that, REAL Health care reform, if not single payer at least a strong public option with a government plan.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 02:11 AM
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10. Welcome to DU, syberlion. Glad to have your voice here.
:hi:

Hekate

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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 02:15 AM
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11. Great. But Palin's rant will be carried by every right-wing media outlet
(which means every Big Media outlet), and this will be read by a tiny handful of Americans. Well-reasoned, heartfelt, and useless.
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 06:31 AM
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12. Kick n/t
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Cass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 06:56 AM
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13. I wish this response would follow Palin's comments every time they are brought up in the media.
It would also make a great guest editorial in the newspapers. It frustrates me to no end that the vast majority of the public won't be able to read this while they will be hear or read Palin's comments over and over again.
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 01:29 PM
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14. I found this on Twitter and was floored by it and I only found it because
I was doing a search on Palin and to see people's reaction to her statement. It's a great rebuttal.
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