Tuesday, October 6, 2009

UCMC's Patient Dumping, Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett

This is shameful, and Michelle Obama appears have been a key patient dumpster. Along with Valerie Jarrett, Obama and the folks at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago coldly discarded poor patients. A shocking report from Adam Bitley at NetRight Nation gives us the dirt on this horrible story (emphasis added): Patient Dumping is the practice of dumping those that cannot afford medical services or those that would burden the system onto other medical care providers. At the University of Chicago Medical Center, patient dumping appears to be a routine practice. In 2002, Michelle Obama became the Executive Director for Community Affairs at UCMC. Interestingly, Susan Sher, who hired Michelle for the UCMC gig, currently serves as Michelle Obama's chief of staff at the White House. Shortly after Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Michelle received a promotion to become the Vice President for Community and External Affairs. Also serving on the board during this time was Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the Obama administration. What did Obama and Jarrett do about patients who could not afford the services of the University of Chicago? In this new position, one of Michelle's top priorities was to solve a problem of too many poor patients or those on Medicare and Medicaid clogging the emergency room at UCMC. To deal with this problem, Michelle helped create the Southside Health Collaborative. This project served to provide a way to shuttle away patients to other medical clinics to receive care. This was blatant patient dumping. In other words, Obama and Jarrett conspired to discard not only people but responsibility. Bitely brings us up to the present: As the program grew, Southside Health Collaborative eventually changed its name to the Urban Health Initiative. After hiring David Axelrod's public relations firm, the name was changed again. Now we arrive in 2009. Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) who represents the district where UCMC is located, sent a letter requesting an investigation into the apparent acts of Patient Dumping to Congressman Edolphus Towns. Mr. Towns is the Committee Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, the committee that Mr. Rush requested to look into this matter. Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin notes the hypocrisy in all of this (emphasis added): In February 2009, outrage in the Obamas' community exploded upon learning that a young boy covered by Medicaid had been turned away from the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dontae Adams' mother, Angela, had sought emergency treatment for him after a pit bull tore off his upper lip. Mrs. Obama's hospital gave the boy a tetanus shot, antibiotics and Tylenol, and shoved him out the door. The mother and son took an hour-long bus ride to another hospital for surgery. The White House, Democrats and MoveOn liberals are spreading health care sob stories to sell a government takeover. But there's one health care policy nightmare you won't hear the Obamas hyping. It's a tale of poor minority patient-dumping in Chicago -- with first lady Michelle Obama's fingerprints all over it. Both Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois have raised red flags about the outsourcing program run by the University of Chicago Medical Center. The hospital has nonprofit status and receives lucrative tax breaks in exchange for providing charity care. More at sodahead.com... Obama. Jarrett. Axelrod. Sher. University of Chicago (terrorist William Ayer's employer). Bitely reminds us that the people "in this Patient Dumping scheme are the same actors designing the new Health Care system." Also read the weird spin that University of Chicago puts on this story. RELATED: ER doctors condemn University of Chicago plan to divert patients ... Michelle Obama's Hospital Shuns Uninsured Poor People ... Abu Wabu: Michelle Obama's Patient-Dumping Scandal Program Linked to First Lady Michelle Obama Accused of Patient Dumping Michelle Malkin - One woman Michelle Obama will not mention Blame it on the cl cl cl cl clout - Garrard McClendon Live Sean Hannity: Michelle Obama Part of a U. of Chicago Patient Dumping Scandal? Conservative Caps, Shirt and more! Leave a Comment - Chicago News Bench RSS Feed Visit us on Twitter!