Today, I did something that Pulitzer Prize-winning NYTimes columnist Nick Kristof apparently didn't do: I talked to a spokesman at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.
I called them up after OHSU's Dr. Johnny Delashaw left a comment about Kristof's piece spotlighting the horrible plight of John Brodniak, an Oregon man with a neurological condition that he says no one would treat.
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.
What amazes me (and Michelle makes this point in her piece as well) is that Kristof reported that Brodniak had gotten Medicaid coverage, but then cited the situation Mr. Brodniak was in as proof of the need for universal health care. Huh? So this man who Kristof said could not get adequate health care was a recipient of a government health care program. That is typical of liberals though. Any failure by a government program is not seen as proof that some things are better handled by the private sector, but that the government program is simply not big or far reaching enough. Read Michelle's full post. It is a jaw dropper.
Update: More from Bookworm.
Crossposted at Wizbangblog.com.