Rush Limbaugh's recent attack on anti-war veterans' as "phony soldiers" wasn't enough... now the hate-filled media arm of the right wing is operating in "Full-Tilt-Lie and Smear-Boogie" mode in an effort to spread more GOP lies about the State's Children Health Insurance Program (S-Chip). This is just an attempt to slow the the efforts to over ride the Bush Veto of that bipartisan legislation, and our network affiliates at Wizbang! are doing the 'smear and lie boogie' right along with them.
On Sunday Wizbang blogger Kim Priestap launched a fist-full of hate and smear against young Graeme Frost and his family. Frost (pictured above surrounded by reporters) is the 12 year-old young man who gave the Democratic Radio address response to Bush's veto of the bipartisan State's Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) legislation:
Three years ago, my family was in a really bad car accident. My younger sister Gemma and I were both hurt. I was in a coma for a week and couldn't eat or stand up or even talk at first. My sister was even worse.
I was in the hospital for five-and-a-half months and I needed a big surgery. For a long time after that, I had to go to physical therapy after school to get stronger. But even though I was hurt badly, I was really lucky. My sister and I both were.
My parents work really hard and always make sure my sister and I have everything we need, but the hospital bills were huge. We got the help we needed because we had health insurance for us through the CHIP program. But there are millions of kids out there who don't have CHIP, and they wouldn't get the care that my sister and I did if they got hurt. Their parents might have to sell their cars or their houses, or they might not be able to pay for hospital bills at all.
The hospital bills and follow-up care from a car accident like the one that happened to the Frosts can decimate a family. I spent 4 days in a hospital earlier this year and the bill came to over $150,000, and I suspect the Frost's emergency care, hospitalization, surgery, and physical therapy amounted to well over twice that amount, if not more. Twelve year-old Graeme was hospitalized for five and a half months.
Can you imagine your own family having to deal with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills? Catastrophic illneses and injuries such as the ones suffered by the Frosts can result in a total financial wipeout, and are the number one cause of bankruptcy in our country.
But the right wing bloggers don't see the human face behind the S-CHIP legislation. Marching to the drumbeat set by the White House Lie campaign on this issue, the hate-filled right wing bloggers, just like their number one idol Rush Limbaugh, are out to attack decent, patriotic Americans who stand in the way the GOP's ideological goals.
Wizbang's Priestap, on the attack (emphasis hers):
First, Mr. Halsey Frost, Graeme's father, owns his own woodworking design studio, Frostworks, so his claim that he can't get health insurance through work is shockingly deceptive. He chooses not to get health care for his family. Second, Graeme and his sister Gemma attend the very exclusive Park School, which has a tuition of $20,000 a year, per child. Third, they live in a 3,000+ square foot home in a neighborhood with smaller homes that are selling for at least $400,000.
Yet, hardworking taxpayers who sacrifice many things such as expensive private schools and expensive houses in order to buy their own health care for their families are supposed to subsidize this family's health insurance premiums.
Here's the reality of the American family that has an annual income of $45,000 a year:
As it turns out, the Frosts say, Graeme attends the private school on scholarship. The business that the critics said Mr. Frost owned was dissolved in 1999. The family's home, in the modest Butchers Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, was bought for $55,000 in 1990 and is now worth about $260,000, according to public records.
That's what health insurance is supposed to do -- protect us from losing our homes and everything else in order to pay medical bills!
The hateful lies and smear from the right wing bloggers are falling from the sky, but there's much more of their lies left to expose:
Certainly the Frosts are not destitute. They also own a commercial property, valued at about $160,000, that provides rental income. Mr. Frost works intermittently in woodworking and as a welder, while Mrs. Frost has a part-time job at a firm that provides services to publishers of medical journals. Her job does not provide health coverage.
Under the Maryland child health program, a family of six must earn less than $55,220 a year for children to qualify. The program does not require applicants to list their assets, which do not affect eligibility.
In a telephone interview, the Frosts said they had recently been rejected by three private insurance companies because of pre-existing medical conditions. "We stood up in the first place because S-chip really helped our family and we wanted to help other families," Mrs. Frost said.
This loving American family of six, whose $45,000 a year income is $10,000 below the cutoff for the S-CHIP program in their state, was mercilessly attacked and smeared with lies by Priestap and her partners in the right wing blogosphere. The Frosts tried to qualify for private insurance and couldn't and would probably have lost everything in order to pay the hospital bills were it not for S-CHIP, but the White House liars and their right wing media hate machine don't care about the facts and the truth and the harsh realities faced by American families. They just don't care.
You'll rarely find anything that can pass for original thought in the right wing media echo chamber, and this attack and smear by Priestap is no exception to that rule -- what we have here is an orchestrated campaign of lies by a well-connected group of bloggers and Priestap is merely banging her little brass cymbals in concert with rest of the White House's troop of lie-and-smear monkeys like National Review, Michelle Malkin, the Weekly Standard, Gateway Pundit and others.
The bipartisan S-CHIP legislation needs your support to over ride President Bush's "Campaign of Lies" veto and the smear efforts of the right wing media. Bush and the GOP are attempting to polish their image as holding the line on fiscal matters in the face of a tough upcoming election, and they are willing to sacrifice the health, welfare and futures of families like the Frost family in an attempt to win that election.
Please... don't let them get away with it!
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