Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Graeme Frost

I haven't posted about this mostly because I didn't know anything about it. But apparently just around the time of Bush's veto of SCHIP, there was a family who was approached by the Democratic party to be an example of middle class requirements in the expansion of SCHIP. They had two children who were rendered comatose due to a car accident and one child, Graeme was a part of a bipartisan campaign to show the benefits of SCHIP. Since then, the usual suspects of the right wing knowatall squad have attacked this 12 year old boy and claimed that his family's income should be in question:
"Let the parents get second jobs, let their state foot the bill or let them seek help from private charities. ... I would hire a team of PIs and find out exactly how much their parents made and where they spent every nickel. Then I'd do everything possible to destroy their lives with that info."

Now this really is pathetic to attack a 12 year old near comatose boy because his family can't afford expensive medical care.
Now it appears that Michell Malkin, the right's biggest cheerleader for everything that's wrong with politics is attacking a 2 year old instead.

Heralding the arrival of a “new toddler-aged human shield,” Malkin writes that “the Wilkersons made a choice” — a seeming reference to the fact that Malkin now believes she has the license to attack the Wilkersons for their public support of SCHIP. “We need more ‘partisan bickering,’ not less,” added Malkin.

Malkin’s not alone in her rage. In a piece entitled “Meet the New Frosts, Same As the Old Frosts,” the National Review’s Mark Hemingway attacks the Wilkersons as irresponsible parents:

While the debate around the Frost family at least initially centered around their relative wealth, the issue really at hand is one of bad behavior. […]

For Dara and Brian Wilkerson, the fact that they don’t have health insurance is less about falling through the cracks than the decisions they’ve made.

Hemingway claims that Bethany’s mother, Dara, “voluntarily left a job at a country club that had good health insurance, because the situation was ‘unmanageable,’” to “take a job at a restaurant with no health insurance.” He mourns the fact that the Wilkersons “went on to have a baby anyway.”

Dara Wilkerson released this statement responding to the attacks on her choice of employment:

We have seen the statement about my previous employment and here is what we have to say: I left my previous place of employment years before Bethany became part of our lives. I am a hard working woman. I have worked at Snappers Sea Grill for over 6 years. It is a good work environment and I am a loyal employee. My husband and I were blessed with Bethany two years ago and we are even more blessed to still have her with us today.

So according to this “pro-life” right-wing logic, the Wilkersons should have sacrificed having a daughter in order to stay in an “unmanageable” job.

From ThinkProgress.

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