The Democrats’ unhealthy poster child abuse

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A few weeks ago, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lured two young children to the public spotlight to help him pass a massive expansion of government health insurance. Gemma and Graeme Frost, 9 and 12 years old respectively, were severely injured in a car accident three years ago. Their parents obtained government health care through the non-means-tested Children’s Health Insurance Program in Maryland. President Bush’s veto doesn’t change that — and there’s the rub.

Because liberal lawmakers cannot honestly defend their expansion plans as bona fide aid to the needy, they have surrounded themselves with the Frosts and other kiddie human shields to deflect any tough scrutiny. As they push for an override of the president’s veto, scheduled for Oct. 18, the desperate Dems will shamelessly invoke the Absolute Moral Authority kiddie card to attack their critics for “attacking the children.”

After 12-year-old Graeme Frost delivered the Democrat radio address, which was penned for him by Senate staffers, conservatives on the forum and across the Internet asked the questions the mainstream media wouldn’t ask about the family’s financial situation. The couple claims a combined annual income of about $45,000. Neither the Democrats nor the Baltimore Sun indicates how they verified that assertion before circulating it.

What is verifiable: The Frosts own a home in Baltimore purchased for $55,000 16 years ago — and now worth an estimated $300,000. That’s a lot of equity. In addition, the children’s father, Halsey Frost, owns commercial real estate and his own small business, but chose not to buy health insurance for himself and his wife, whom he hired as an employee. She now apparently works freelance at a medical publishing firm, which also reportedly doesn’t offer insurance.

Gemma and Graeme both attend expensive private schools; the Frosts have two other school-age children. Reid’s staff says Gemma and Graeme receive tuition breaks. But it’s not clear when those scholarships were instituted and/or whether the other two receive tuition aid as well.

Moreover, Frost’s family comes from considerable means. The children’s maternal grandfather was an engineering executive. Their paternal grandparents hail from affluent Bronxville, New York, where the grandfather is a prominent facilities management consultant and chairman of the municipal planning board.

In other words: The public trough is not Halsey Frost’s last and only resort. The accident was horrible. The children deserve much sympathy and compassion. But this family made choices. Choices have consequences. Taxpayers of lesser means should not be forced to subsidize them.

The Frosts claim it would cost them more per month than their mortgage, reportedly $1,200 a month, to buy private insurance. But insurance bloggers quickly found available plans for a family of six with premiums as low as $452/month. “That’s almost a third of the price quoted in the [Baltimore Sun] article,” wrote Bob Vineyard at InsureBlog. “Doesn’t anyone bother to check the facts?”

When it comes to Democrat health care poster children, the answer is “No, they don’t.” Graeme and Gemma Frost are not the first political symbols to be exploited by the socialized health care pushers of the Left:

In 1996, Hillary Clinton propped up young Jennifer Bush, a 7-year-old with mystery ailments whose mother coached her to lobby for universal health care. Jennifer was trotted out to present the Clintons a lucky silver dollar “to bring you good luck so everyone can have good insurance.” Jennifer’s mother was later convicted of aggravated child abuse and welfare fraud for misrepresenting $60,000 in assets on Medicaid forms.

In 2000, Al Gore propped up elderly widow Winifred Skinner to lambaste high drug prices. Gore repeated her claim that she had to pick up cans on the side of the road to pay for medicine. Dan Rather bemoaned: “She’s no child, but she belongs on a poster about high drug costs.” One problem: Winifred’s own well-to-do son, businessman Earl King, debunked those claims.

In 2004, John Kerry propped up Mary Ann Knowles, a breast cancer patient whom he claimed “had to keep working day after day right through her chemotherapy, no matter how sick she felt, because she was terrified of losing her family’s health insurance.” The conservative Manchester Union Leader editorial page reported: “Knowles chose to work through most, but not all, of her chemotherapy because her husband was out of a job. ... She and husband John did not want to take the pay cut that would have come with disability leave, so Mary Ann kept working.”

The Democrats sorely resent that they can no longer peddle their Big Nanny propaganda unchallenged. Harry Reid is already throwing tantrums and attacking the messengers who expose their health care poster child abuse. Here’s a free prescription for our stunted politicians: Grow up.


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Submitted by TonyF on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 8:13am.

or is Michelle Malkin really that HOTT?

"The memories of a man in his old age, are the deeds of a man in his prime.You shuffle in the gloom of the sick room,and talk to yourself as you die."
(R. Waters)

Submitted by Nitpickers on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 3:42pm.

but doesn't cover her tracks as well as Oreilly!
This person is against Mexicans born here being accepted as citizens. Yet her family seemed to have made it here from the Philippines as citizens--all having done well without roofing a house or cutting any grass!
She is just one more making money by aggravating decent people so that money-hogs will buy her stuff! A fake! (Limbaugh, O'Reilly).
Oreilly will say that he would come across our border too if he were Mexican to get rich, then turn around and want them all rounded up and either jailed, shot, or removed in some way. Slick! Malkin can't do this well.

Submitted by d.smith700 on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 1:44pm.

Can someone explain to me how two such witchy looking dames can be considered hot? For the same sex maybe!
The bleached skinny one is obviously frigid.
The dark one has been manhandled too much.
They are both Feminists!

A WARNING from the editor: Mr. d.smith700, you are skating on the edge of tolerance. Exercise a little more class than you believe these two columnists possess, and temper your attacks.
— Cal the censor

Submitted by d.smith700 on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 6:58pm.

I read your WARNING, sir.
I have taken the time to review the words that I used here and compared them to words that Coulter and Malkin have used over several columns.
My words are mild to some of theirs in many cases, and the context is not out of proportion!
If you plan to cater to the Fayette political leanings by carrying primarily such columns, along with similar others, then I do feel unjustly WARNED.
Isn't it enough that such extremists as these have practically destroyed the republican party?
If in addition to the administration in Washington violating my constitutional rights, as they are currently, you plan to start censoring me for criticism of those people who make a wonderful living absolutely trying to destroy others, then let us take serious consideration of the sources of the favoritism!

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Submitted by DragNet on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 5:53pm.

Cal and I would go out on a joint date with these so-called hot ladies, we are old and don't mind being seen with these dames.

It would be a good idea if Cal the Censor would become Cal the Balancer and bring a more diverse roster of ladies editorial columnist, not just these right-wing talking heads.

Making you think twice......

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Submitted by hutch866 on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 4:53pm.

The women aren't frigid untill they meet you. Couldn't you detect the trend?

I yam what I yam...Popeye

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 5:08pm.

watching these two (actually him). I really think $ needs to get help; if not Charter then someplace else - quickly.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

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Submitted by Denise Conner on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 5:27pm.

Dollar's getting "help" and you're helping. Laughing out loud

Too bad that the old, tried-and-true methods are so seldom used any more. Laughing out loud

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 5:34pm.

Stop It you're killing me!!!!!
Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 5:51pm.

I'm going to go to the gym and get the people to say eeeeew.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

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Submitted by Denise Conner on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 4:43pm.

Talking to yourself again?

Go back to watching ED ads. It's "obvious" that's how you spend your time.

"$ is dirty old man"

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Men who are over 50 and have diabetes and/or high cholesterol have a MUCH higher chance for NAION.

Just thought you might need to know.

See HERE for an alternative. Not available at Wal-Mart. Laughing out loud

Submitted by d.smith700 on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 7:06pm.

Am I to understand that you are referring to me when you use the word "smith" above?

I am not old and I am not dirty!

What is the significance of the "nitty dollar" in front of smith?

Cal is now censoring words like "dirty old man," I would suggest you ease up on unsubstaniated criticism!

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Submitted by DragNet on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 6:02pm.

The other day I was desperate and took a cocktail of these. I had my guns in the same position you have yours in your avatar picture for more than 9 hours.

Making you think twice......

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Submitted by Denise Conner on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 6:08pm.

"Guns," as in more than one ? Puzzled

Well, at least you couldn't see the problem.

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