Anyone Who Says Health Care Reform Is About "Bending The Cost Curve"

***UPDATED, 9/23***

Unbelievable. Since these people went public with their story, they were guests of their local representative at a town-hall meeting on November 3 in Oak Lawn where they were booed by the local teabagger group while telling the story of their daughter’s (and granddaughter’s) death. Have these people no sense of decency? An excerpt:

Catherina Wojtowicz, of Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community, an organizer for a Tea Party splinter group, Chicago Tea Party Patriots, falsely claimed that the Houghs fabricated their story. In an e-mail, she called them operatives of President Barack Obama who “go from event to event and (cry) the same story.”

When the Houghs spoke at the Lipinski event, some Tea Partiers ridiculed them. They moaned and rolled their eyes and interrupted. Midge Hough began to cry…

It certainly was a low mark in a very dark week. What could be more illustrative of our state’s political marshland than openly mocking a grieving family?

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On August 26th at 2:30 pm we said goodbye to our beautiful 24 year-old daughter in-law, Jennifer. Sean, our son, was lying along side of her holding her in the hospital bed as he had many nights before. We stood at her side holding her hand and stroking her head whispering words that we hoped would sooth her. We watched the torturous action of the ventilator being turned off knowing it was final now and life was over for this young woman. She would never get to live her life, watch her daughter grow up or be with her husband again. The pain did not end there because now we must watch our son struggle, not able to accept this outcome. We are all struggling.

We would like to share Jen’s story with you and recount how she was tragically failed by our flawed healthcare system. Jen did not have health care insurance and, like millions of others, was faceless and voiceless in the richest county in the world. Jen became ill and what follows is her tragic demise. She was seven months pregnant, had a two year old daughter and a husband who was struggling to make a better life for all of them. Jen got sick and was finally admitted to the hospital on July 5th. We all stood vigil in the Intensive Care Unit for 55 days, 24/7 and even today it seems surreal that this could have happened. It didn’t have to happen, it should not have happened, and yet here we are grieving having watched a nightmare unfold before our eyes. The short answer to a long story is that it was all about profit and not about people, it could have been prevented. The horrific suffering that we witnessed this young woman go through must never happen to anyone else.