Come to These Rooms, Honorable Harry Reid

Drew Alexander | Apr 4, 2014, 7:45 a.m.

They are large twin rooms with two rows of throne-like chairs with built-in footrests. The chairs in one room are green, muted red ones in the other, with a glassed-in nurses’ station between the two open spaces.

These rooms aren’t cheerful exactly, but I can’t say they’re depressing, either. Side by side windows allow for sunlight to bathe the areas, and the constantly busy medical staff is upbeat, accommodating and efficient.

Next to each chair is a tall metal stand with hanging plastic bags of intravenous liquids.

These are the infusion rooms at a major Phoenix oncology-hematology treatment and research center in which chemotherapy is administered to cancer patients. Cancer doesn’t practice age, race, ethnic or gender discrimination; it doesn’t care if you’re a man, woman or child, and it doesn’t care what part of the human body it attacks.

Cancer patients are many things—parents and grandparents, business executives, lawyers, teachers, contractors, students, government employees, professional athletes, pilots, doctors, nurses and every other personal title and occupation you can name.

One thing these people are not. They are not liars. They have a disease that heavily impacts every aspect of their life, including financially, and have absolutely no reason to lie to anyone about it.

The Honorable Harry Reid, the U.S. senate majority leader from Nevada, says otherwise. In February, he took to the senate floor to cynically condemn those who said that their health insurance policies have been canceled or their premiums drastically increased as the result of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare.

“Despite all the good news (about Obamacare), there’s plenty of horror stories being told,” the Honorable Harry Reid says. “All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America.”

The Honorable Harry Reid went on to say, “The leukemia patient whose insurance policy was canceled and could die...that’s an ad being paid for by two billionaire brothers (Charles Koch and David Koch). It’s absolutely false.”

While the Reid didn’t say her name, he was clearly speaking about Michigan resident Julie Boonstra. She had a $1,100 a month insurance policy that suited her needs, believing President Obama when he said, “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan.”

It was canceled. As have thousands of other policies across the country.

On and on went the Honorable Harry Reid, haughtily insulting cancer victims and millions of other Americans by calling them liars.

Now I’m going to get personal. I invite you, the Honorable Harry Reid, to come to the medical facility infusion rooms I described and tell the patients with needles in their arms they are liars.

I particularly want you to say that to the attractive gray-haired lady who is fighting lung and brain cancer. Tell her, sir, tell my wife she’s a liar. As ill as she is, she still has a lot of spunk and life left in her.

I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes when she gives you her response.

Drew Alexander, also known as “The Curmudgeon,” is a monthly columnist writing about political issues. Send comments to drewalexander@cox.net or to Drew Alexander, in care of Lovin’ Life After 50, 3200 N. Hayden Road, Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

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