Thursday, December 03, 2009

Nick Kristof, Columnist at the NYTimes, is a liar

Anybody surprised?
Kristof used Brodniak’s plight to argue for universal health care, decry Brodniak’s deadly lack of insurance (even though he got Medicaid coverage in August), and lambaste doctors for refusing to treat Brodniak due to low reimbursements.

Well, OHSU confirmed for me two things:

1) OHSU is a safety-net hospital not far from where Brodniak lives. The hospital accepts all Medicaid patients and would not turn Brodniak away.

Okay, are you ready for Number 2?

2) Brodniak is a patient at OHSU — and has been a patient there for the past three weeks.

In other words, at the time Kristof’s article was published this past Sunday, Brodniak was already being treated and cared for by some of the best neurologists in the country!

Please note the 11:37 update: Kristof plays "he says", "appears he will get treated", and such bullcrap games to cover up the fact that HE LIED.

New York Effing' Times ethical journalism.

1 comment:

Sigivald said...

Yeah, not only is OHSU a "safety net hospital", but it's of exceedingly high quality.

For another thing, Oregon already has something like "universal health care" - the Oregon Health Plan.

Of course, it only covers poor people - those with money are expected to pay for healthcare.

If he had money, and could have purchased insurance, it's his own damn fault for not doing so. If he had no money, he should have been qualified for OHP... and if they won't cover his problem, well, "universal healthcare" won't either, because it's the same damned thing.