Mar 21, 201410:21 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Republicans love cancer?
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For two weeks, Democrats and their news media allies tried to portray Republicans as villains opposed to affordable oral cancer chemotherapy.
RightWisconsin quoted one state legislator to say that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had “moved beyond advocacy journalism to outright lobbying.”
“[The newspaper] seems really bent out of shape on this bill, but they have never reported the fact that Obamacare raises taxes on the sick,” said Rep. Dale Kooyenga. “This is a classic case of making news and legislation as opposed to reporting the news.”
The Appleton Post-Crescent wrote, “Thumbs-down to state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, for blocking a bill that would help cancer patients.”
Fitzgerald was supposed to be in thrall to Big Pharma. Yet the upper house, Fitzgerald included, voted 30-2 Tuesday in favor of complete insurance coverage.
As co-chair of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) is a major power in the Republican caucus. She is a breast cancer survivor and was lead sponsor of the measure in her house. You really think Fitzgerald would fracture his delicate, 17-16 majority? (I’m counting Dale Schultz as a Democrat.)
Ultra-progressive Mike McCabe of true Wisconsin Democracy Campaign posted this canard on Facebook: “The cancer drug bill is being blocked in the state Assembly … Assembly Republicans have received nearly $287,000 in political donations from interests opposing the legislation.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “reported” that “a vote was scheduled for Thursday in the Assembly, where Republicans could still make changes that could kill the measure.” Is anything lower than politicizing cancer? Maybe the newspaper should PolitiFact itself.
Instead, the supposedly rogue, bought-and-paid-for Assembly, controlled by the GOP 60-39, approved Senate Bill 300, adding only a $100 co-pay. Cancer survivors and patient advocates (pictured here with Speaker Vos, center right) praised the bill. (Photo provided by the speaker’s office.)
Health insurance typically is structured to cover chemotherapy administered at a hospital or clinic as part of a health plan’s standard medical coverage with no additional cost after the deductible is reached. But oral chemotherapy was covered under prescription drug plans that have high co-payments.