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It would appear that the president’s health care “reform” project is now doing so poorly in the polls that first lady Michelle Obama has been called in to help save it:
First lady Michelle Obama sought support for the administration’s health-care plans from family advocacy groups and health-care professionals, saying the treatment of women under the current system is ‘unacceptable.’
However, the first lady’s track record at the University of Chicago Medical Center should make her husband’s advisors a little nervous about deploying her in this debate.
The UCMC program, known as the “Urban Health Initiative,” features a gang of “counselors” whose job it is to “advise” low-income patients that they would be better off at other hospitals and clinics.
The UHI has been so successful in getting rid of unwanted patients that the medical center expanded it and hired none other than David Axelrod to sell the program to the public.
But not everyone was sold. Dr. Nick Jouriles, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians suggested that the initiative “reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick’ wealthy patients over poor.”
The UHI has also drawn criticism from Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Bobby Rush, both of whom are very concerned that the program is a thinly veiled dumping scheme.
So, if I were one of the president’s advisors, I’d discourage any effort to send the first lady out to pimp Obamacare. It’s a tactic that could prove very embarrassing.
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