Nurses: Cheney 'would probably be dead' but for government healthcare
Campaigning for politicians to address universal healthcare, a nurses' group purchased provocative newspaper ads that warn Vice President Dick Cheney would "probably be dead by now" if he was not part of a single-payer government run healthcare system that keeps his oft-adled heart ticking.
The California Nurses Association purchased the eye-catching ads in 10 Iowa newspapers Tuesday, pointing out what the group says is another irony of the heatlhcare crisis -- that politicians receive health coverage from a government-run program, not insurance companies.
"Dick Cheney, with his heart trouble, would probably be dead now if he were an ordinary American forced to search for cardiac care in a thicket of mercenary insurers and heartless HMOs," Shum Preston wrote on the Nurses' association blog. "Cheney gets guaranteed healthcare; we get squat."
“The patient’s history and prognosis were grim: four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery, angioplasty, an implanted defibrillator and now an emergency procedure to treat an irregular heartbeat,” the ad states, referencing Cheney’s lengthy medical chart, according to the Wall Street Journal. “For millions of Americans, this might be a death sentence. For the vice president, it was just another medical treatment. And it cost him very little.”
The vice president's office apparently was not amused with mentions of Cheney's mortality.
“Something this outrageous does not warrant a response,” Megan Mitchell, a spokeswoman for Cheney, snipped.
The CNA defended its ad, and the shock-value content.
“The ad is about the substance of the debate. The ad says Democrats are bad, and Republicans are worse,” Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of CNA, told the Journal. “Dick Cheney is just the exemplar of what it means to have a double standard.”