Mother of Disabled Child Launches New Web Site to Highlight Health Care Rationing
by Steven Ertelt
June 24, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The head of a national pro-life college student group who is the mother of a disabled child has launched a new web site to highlight the rationing problems in national health care reform plans. Kristan Hawkins is the director of Students for Life of America and the mother to 5-month-old Gunner.
Hawkins told LifeNews.com on Wednesday that she has launched HealthcareforGunner.com, designed to highlight the reasons why a nationalized health care plan would hurt her infant son.
Gunner was diagnosed with the deadly genetic disease, cystic fibrosis in March.
The web site walks readers through Gunner’s disease, his current health care plan, and President Obama’s proposed nationalized health care system changes. It also shows proof of how nationalized health care fails cystic fibrosis patients in countries like Britain.
"Jonathan, Gunner’s father, and I created this web site because we want people to understand what we are talking about when we talk about health care reform," she told LifeNews.com. "We hear politicians and policy makers reference rationing care but there is never a face to rationing. Gunner can be that face. We want people to know."
Because of limited funding and long wait lines, some of Gunner’s care would be rationed or delayed which would directly affect his life expectancy, Hawkins worries.
"As a pro-life activist, I believe everyone should have access to quality healthcare that works to extend the life even those with chronic diseases. However, after researching President Obama’s plan and what has happened in other nationalized countries, it’s clear that nationalized healthcare will not achieve that goal," she continued.
"No one is focusing on what nationalized healthcare would mean for individuals with chronic, life-threatening diseases," she said. "Its time we change the debate."
The web site is a project of Students for Life of America, which supports a network of several hundreds pro-life college and university groups across the country.
The launch of the new site comes after the Senate HELP Committee defeated a pro-life amendment to stop some health care ratiojning in the Kennedy bill.
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