When Joe Lieberman announced that he would not support any healthcare reform bill that includes a public option, it caused a great deal of outrage, and rightfully so. This past weekend he did so again, threatening to join Republicans and filibuster any bill with a public option, stating that he would not even allow the bill come to a final vote. Another reason for the anger was his wife Hadassah’s involvement in the insurance and pharmaceutical industry and lobbying efforts.
Today I read that Hadassah Lieberman is currently a “global ambassador” for the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure,” the organization that advocates some of the very things in a bill that Sen. Lieberman threatens to “kill.”
But whatever Hadassah actually does for Komen, the question that women might ask is whether she brings its important messages home to Joe. Has she explained, for instance, that thousands of uninsured and underinsured women die every year because so many don’t get timely preventive care or treatment for their cancers? Has she pointed out that healthcare reform is of special importance to women, cancer patients and cancer survivors? Did she tell him why her organization is demanding the same health insurance reforms — such as guaranteed provision of coverage and elimination of preexisting condition limitations — that his Republican allies are determined to prevent?
Or would she even bother to do so? She claims she’s an advocate for women’s health, and raises funds for the Komen “Global Promise Fund.” According to the Salon article, she also co-hosted a fundraiser at the Republican National Convention last summer. So what’s going on here exactly?
Lieberman “will not allow” any bill with a public option to even come to a vote, and threatens to filibuster with Republicans against such a bill, claiming that “stopping reform altogether would be better than passing a bill with a public option.”
Really Joe? This man has the gall to say that “doing nothing is better than a so-called public option. We ought to follow the doctors’ oath and say, “First let’s do no harm.”
Does this man have no idea what kind of harm comes from doing nothing? Has he no knowledge whatsoever about a little thing called “early detection?” Yes, he could consult Hadassah, (but I think that’s a moot point) or anyone else affiliated with the Komen organization.
Or, better yet, he could ask any breast cancer survivor. He could start with me. I could give him a pretty good rundown on the harm that can come from doing nothing, and how lives can be saved when you’re lucky enough to have health insurance that allows you to see a doctor for preventive care before it’s too late, or to see a doctor period. Any time.
I could tell Joe early detection is a good thing. I could go into detail, but it’s a pretty logical conclusion: I had insurance, I went to the doctor, and discovered I had breast cancer early enough to do something about it. Women with cancer who can’t afford and don’t have health insurance and no access to doctors die. It’s that simple.
Maybe we should be asking Sen. Lieberman, Mrs. Lieberman, and the “Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure” why they have any connections at all? It seems to me like this is a bit of a conflict, when you have a foundation out there raising a lot of money for the very things Sen. Lieberman wants to block. How exactly does that work? Another question: How do Komen donors and volunteers feel about this? I can answer that one too. It infuriates me.
We’re supposed to sit and watch this healthcare debate start all over again, knowing that Sen. Lieberman threatens to stop legislation in its tracks for purely political reasons. Because of “costs.” Or whatever reason Lieberman comes up with tomorrow, or the day after that. We’re supposed to pretend that it has nothing to do with the health insurance companies. Sure.
Now, Harry Reid is telling everyone to “Leave Lieberman alone, he’ll handle him.” Like he’s “handled” him before?
If Sen. Reid had “handled him” after he campaigned for John McCain and his careless choice for Vice President, the absolutely unqualified and ignorant Sarah Palin, putting the entire country in jeopardy just to keep the GOP in power, well, we wouldn’t be here, would we?
“Race for a cure?” You bet it is.