Libertarian Republican is on top of this:
Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, the Nation’s leading libertarian Republican in the US Senate, held a Town Hall earlier this week on Health Care. A woman makes a dramatic and desperate appeal for her dying husband. Dr. Coburn listens intently, and then offers help from his Congressional office for the women’s situation. He goes on to stress to the crowd that it’s neighborly help, family and churches, that are better situated to assist with such cases than big government.
“The other thing that’s missing in this debate is us as neighbors; helping people that need our help. The idea that the government is the solution to our problems is an inaccurate, a very inaccurate statement.”
But that wasn’t good enough for Sanchez. He proceeded to scoff at Coburn’s response, holding it up as an example of how those on the Right are hypocritical and have no compassion.
Uhmmm . . . Hello, Rick Sanchez? You of the dismissive tone and snotty attitude? Did Senator Coburn just offer to help her? How does that make him hypocritical and hav(ing) no compassion exactly?
Where do they pick up these anchors at CNN anyway? First Don lemon (an apt name if ever there was one), now this smarmy smart-ass:
As a nurse who understands Medicare (as much as anyone can be said to understand Medicare) I feel the need to point this out; the woman syas as she’s sobbing through her tears that they left the Nursing Home. Not that their benefits ran out; not that they were forced out; they left the Nursing Home.
That’s voluntarily, unless she’s mis-stated the situation. That means she voluntarily took her husband out of the Nursing Home, which is when his Medicare benefits ended. This is actually more common than you think. Family members don’t like the care a loved one is getting at a Nursing Home or at a Skilled Nursing Facility, and they pull them out on the spur o the moment, not realizing their Medicare Beneftis for the year are terminated when they leave the Nursing home until the next Fiscal year (October 1st).
And now they have to provide the care the family member — and can’t possibly do it all. Seen it happen a dozen times, and usually it ends badly, with the family member being reported to Adult Protective Services.
Sad really — and the height of stupidity.
Pardon me if I’m not crying bitter tears with this woman in the video — Senator Coburn very likely just averted an Elder Abuse situation in the making.
And I have to wonder — was this woman a plant of some kind by Democrats trying to get Coburn plowed under by the weight of emotion on her part?
(NOTE: The typo in the title of this Post is an elegant and appropriate Freudian Slip — so I’m leaving it intact. Heh.)