Posted by: Kevin | October 9, 2007

Maimed Souls

Those are the only words I can think of to describe those who have been attacking the family of Graeme Frost.  If you aren’t familiar with the story, Graeme is a 12-year old boy who delivered the Democratic radio address a couple of weeks ago.  He told his story, of how he and his family have been benefiting from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-Chip).  The same program which President Bush recently vetoed the expansion of.

A few years ago they were involved in a serious accident which resulted in brain trauma for both Graeme and his sister (there are 4 children altogether).  His parents earn about 45K a year between them so insurance wasn’t something they could afford.  The S-Chip program covered their medical expenses and continues to cover the physical therapy Graeme requires and the special schooling his sister requires. 

A reasonable person might still find cause to object to expanding S-Chip.  The health care system in this country needs more than just band aids and incremental tweaks.  The program is expensive and could create loopholes which cause it to benefit those who aren’t in need.  Lastly, as heart rending as an individual story may be, our government cannot base its decisions purely on anecdotes and touching stories.  Unfortunately, reasonable people seem to be in short supply on the right.

The Republican Party of President Bush has long since undercut any theoretical argument against expanding S-Chip.  The spiraling cost of the Iraq war dwarfs this program by a wide margin.  The prescription drug deal has only increased government’s presence in the health care industry, to the benefit of the prescription drug companies.  So what can you argue when you’ve got no leg to stand on?

You don’t.  You kill the messenger instead.  Over the weekend “investigators” for the Free Press (search for it yourself) decided to dig through the financial information of the Frost family.  Rather than perform a thorough investigation, they turned up anything that looked funny or at least could be made to look funny (all easily refutable).  Then they posted the family’s address and telephone number.  They included photos of the kid’s schools and photos of the family’s home.

Using that information professional right-wing crackpot Michelle Malkin (again, go look it up for yourself) decided to drive by and do a little investigating herself turning up such gems as:

“There was an “01 – 20 -09″ bumper sticker plastered on the door and a newer model GMC Suburban parked directly in front of the house.”

I’m no fan of SUVs but have you ever tried schlepping 4 kids around in an automobile?  And why shouldn’y they look forward to a new president?  The current one thinks they don’t deserve health care.

Think Progress examines the bullshit charges levied against the Frost family and refutes them all here.  The highlights:

Here are the facts that the right-wing distorted in order to attack young Graeme:
1) Graeme has a scholarship to a private school. The school costs $15K a year, but the family only pays $500 a year.
2) His sister Gemma attends another private school to help her with the brain injuries that occurred due to her accident. The school costs $23,000 a year, but the state pays the entire cost.
3) They bought their “lavish house” sixteen years ago for $55,000 at a time when the neighborhood was less than safe.
4) Last year, the Frosts made $45,000 combined. Over the past few years they have made no more than $50,000 combined.
5) The state of Maryland has found them eligible to participate in the CHIP program.

What has happened to these people amounts to harrassment.  The Democrats deserve some small portion of blame for using them to further their agenda but nothing justifies what is being done to them in right wing blogs.  Thanks to those assholes, the safety of that family is literally in the hands of the least balanced reader of Michelle Malkin, Free Republic, Captain’s Quarters, Red State, etc.  The message behind all of this is, “Don’t threaten our agenda or you will pay.”

Original story in the Baltimore Sun story
See also in Obsidian Wings

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