Just another hapless victim

…of the World’s Greatest Health Care System™©®:

Kimberly Young of Oxford, Ohio, died Wednesday morning a few days short of her 23rd birthday. Hospital officials have said she appeared to have the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.

But here’s why Young’s death is news beyond her northwest Ohio community: people who knew her are saying she resisted treatment that could have saved her life — because she didn’t have health insurance.

Once again, if this woman had been Canadian, she’d be alive today.  Oh and look, here’s someone who should be (but probably won’t be) feeling more than a little uncomfortable:

And adding to the political resonance: Young’s member of Congress is Rep. John Boehner, who as the House Republican leader has led the effort against reform.

Better dead than red, eh Boner?

14 Responses to “Just another hapless victim”


  1. 1 hemmingforddogblog Friday, September 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Now he can shed some of those tears that he is famous for…apart from his year round tan, of course…

  2. 2 JJ Friday, September 25, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    SQ – I hope the media demands a comment from him on this story. He should be feeling a little squeamish, but he probably won’t.

  3. 3 Bleatmop Friday, September 25, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Here’s a little ditty that I like to play after I’ve been called a communist or hear that better dead than red platitude. Best union song ever.

    “You Ain’t Done Nothing If Ya Ain’t Been Called A Red”

  4. 4 Jasper Friday, September 25, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    If you’re feeling sick you can get treated in a emergency room.

    Why are people not rushing to live in Canada if it so bad in the US? why are you fixated on the US if you’re Canadian?

    Do you know that that more people come to the United States then all other countries combined?

  5. 5 Rob F Friday, September 25, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Ohio is rather far from the international border, you know. Oxford is in Butler County close to the Indiana border.

    As for moving, I’d like to indicate that it takes time for people in order to do that. Not everyone can afford to take time off work in order to change countries.

  6. 6 JJ Friday, September 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Jasper – Give me a break. Emerg isn’t “health care”. You can’t go to the Emerg for a check up, or a mammogram, MRI, ultrasound etc. It’s ridiculous to equate emergency treatment with health care.

    We do have a lot of Americans living up here. And the reason I’m fixated on US healthcare is because the same pimps and greedheads that are pushing against the public option in the US are trying to take down universal healthcare in Canada. Unfortunately for them, Canadians have already experienced universal healthcare and know how good it is, so they’re having a rough time. If the US gets a public option, it would be such a devastating blow to these insurance lobby whores that they’d be forced to leave us alone.

    Do you know that that more people come to the United States then all other countries combined?

    So what? Anyone can get good health care in the US if they’ve got enough money. I’m not worried about people who have enough money, I’m worried about the ones who don’t. Like Kimberley Young.

  7. 7 Frank Frink Friday, September 25, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    why are you fixated on the US if you’re Canadian?

    If Jasper isn’t a Poe then he’s not very clear on the history of Canada-USA relations.

    It’s no so much ‘fixated’, Jasper as much as paying attention to what happens below the 49th because no matter what happens it inevitably and eventually affects Canadians.

    Wish I could recall offhand who first said this:
    “When the USA gets the sniffles, Canada catches a cold. When the USA catches a cold, Canada gets the flu. When the USA gets the flu, Canada catches pneumonia…”

  8. 8 JJ Friday, September 25, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Rob F – Also, people might like living in the USA for other reasons than their crappy healthcare system. Why should those people have to move to get decent health care? Its their country too.

    I hate it when dummies like Jasper come up with such simplistic statements like “Duh, why don’t they just move?” Every American — even Jasper — deserves to have decent healthcare, and shouldn’t have to give up living in their own country to get it. It’s a human right, for gods sake. Even shit holes like Saudi Arabia and Colombia have some form of universal health care.

  9. 9 JJ Friday, September 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    FF – I wish I knew who said that too. I just spent 5 minutes googling it and could only come up with questions about how cold it gets in Canada 😡

    It’s true though. The same private insurance pimps that put Shona Holmes on the road pissing on Canadian health care are the ones paying for her lawsuit and hoping to bring down our system. Like we’d ever let that happen 👿 There’d be seniors screaming in the streets 😆 them and everyone else.

  10. 10 JJ Friday, September 25, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Bleatmop – That’s awesome! Thanks for the link!

  11. 11 Dead Men Friday, September 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Jasper – I’ve already creamed your ‘point’ there on Red Queen’s blog – 750,000 Americans left the US to seek medical care in 2007.

    That number is in the Millions this year.

    You got a reason for that, Teabagger?

  12. 12 Frank Frink Friday, September 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    One last point of Jasper’s unadressed:

    Do you know that that more people come to the United States then all other countries combined?

    Yes, true. They do. But ask yourself, Jasper. Are you attracting nothing but the ‘best and brightest’ from around the world? I’m pretty sure though that living near the point that hovers around the US poverty line is better than living near the point that hovers around the poverty line in most 3rd world countries.

    America: The ‘Promised Land’ or the ‘broken promise land’? Discuss.

  13. 13 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 8:01 am

    FF – Proportionately, we have just as many immigrants landing in Canada, for the same reasons. Even poverty in Canada is better than poverty just about anywhere else, including the states: in Canada you get health care 😛

  14. 14 Bina Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Shorter Jasper: Typical right-wing stupidities, followed by a resounding chorus of crickets. 🙄


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