We watched Team Obama and the Demcare mob grab any kiddie human shields they could find to help them pass the government health care takeover. They put medical professionals in lab coat costumes to shill for the plan. They peddled junk science statistics to scare the pants off voters. They bullied the non-partisan CBO number-crunchers over budget estimates that didn’t go their way. They created an Internet snitch brigade to intimidate citizen dissenters.
They wouldn’t use the law now to gather patient data and exploit it for political lobbying purposes like the Leftists are doing now in Britain, would they?
Personalised cards were sent to 250,000 women saying that the Tories would scrap a Labour guarantee that all suspected breast cancer patients would be seen by a specialist within two weeks of GP referral.
Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, was under pressure from the Tories to investigate the mailings, although Labour said it was “categorically untrue” to suggest the party had targeted the patients.
The mailshots, which featured a message from a breast cancer survivor praising Labour’s policy, referred to the addressee’s name several times.
The cards ask specifically: “Are the Tories a change you can afford? Many of those who received the cards had undergone scans or treatment within the past five years.
In one instance a card was sent to a woman who had died of breast cancer. Another card was sent to a television producer who had a potentially cancerous lump that turne dout to be a cyst.
Diane Dwelly, a 48-year-old woman whose photograph was used in the mailing, said she thought she had “probably been used by Labour”. She said she thought her picture was being taken to be used in a magazine for the National Health Service, not as part of Labour’s election campaign.
The Sunday Times said the cards were sent last month before the date of the General Election was announced by a private company which has won accounts for sending mail on behalf of the Department of Health and Cancer Research UK.
They are part of a strategy which has so far seen 600,000 cards sent out. Some are aimed at parents whose children attend Sure Start centres. In all Labour is hoping to distribute 4.5million of the cards during the election campaign.
David Axelrod and David Plouffe’s legs are tingling.
Speaking of which, this use of patient as government pawn by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will make you sick. Arrived in my e-mail box over the weekend:
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The little boy in the picture with Obama, Biden, Pelosi, and Reid is Marcelas Owens, whose Demcare story I’ve deconstructed several times to high-decibel shrieks from the Left.
Have you gotten your daily dose of “Side Effects of Obamacare?” The Foundry’s got ’em covered.