Thursday, November 26, 2009

Teabaggers Mock Woman Who Lost Daughter And Grandchild Due To Lack Of Health Insurance

Reaching a new low in shamelessness and callousness, the Chicago Tea Party Patriots laughed at and heckled Midge Hough, who told them about her daughter, 24, and unborn grandchild who died partly due to a lack of health insurance. Hough spoke at a town hall meeting with Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL). Watch:

Kristen McQueary of the Southtown Star commented:

Their daughter-in-law, Jenny, and an unborn grandchild died recently due in part, they believe, to a lack of health insurance. They said Jenny was not receiving regular prenatal care and ended up in an emergency room with double pneumonia that developed into septic shock. Her baby died in the womb, and Jenny died a few weeks later, leaving behind a husband and a 2-year-old daughter.

Catherina Wojtowicz, of Chicago's Mount Greenwood community, an organizer for a Tea Party splinter group, Chicago Tea Party Patriots, falsely claimed that the Houghs fabricated their story. In an e-mail, she called them operatives of President Barack Obama who "go from event to event and (cry) the same story."

When the Houghs spoke at the Lipinski event, some Tea Partiers ridiculed them. They moaned and rolled their eyes and interrupted. Midge Hough began to cry.

The audience, Wojtowicz later explained, was exasperated by stories of isolated tragedies that cloud debate over the health care bill itself.

Wojtowicz's cynical and sickening accusations against the Houghs speak for themselves. The Houghs' tragedy, though, is not "isolated." According to a Harvard University study, "Health Insurance and Mortality in U.S. Adults," nearly 45,000 annual deaths are linked to a lack of health insurance.

Midge and Dan Hough, followed by Huffington Post editor Roy Sekoff, spoke to Ed Schultz about the shocking reception given to a grieving parent:


Tim Gunter said...

I have Thanksgiving dinner. As an American, I was upset with them. We were the NFL at halftime. There was an ad where Pres. Obama caught a pass playing tag football. These people heckled at the TV set and my brother's wife asks me if I still like him. I just told her I may have differences with him, but I can't there so many people who hate him. I am worried about this country with its crazy, evangelical base. I want to be part of a new family. Right now, I'm single. Oh, they're scared; that's why. Scared of what? That we might have affordable health care again, bring back jobs and create new jobs, and finally end the wars?

Jeff Tone said...

Tim: Thanksgiving is known for bringing family members with quite different political views together, and sometimes it can get quite touchy. I too don't understand the teabaggers' paranoia, but my perspective is quite different from theirs.