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The woman painted up to look like a corpse was holding the sign: "I'm the ghost of healthcare future."
She was one of several dozen demonstrators who rallied outside Houston ABC affiliate KTRK Wednesday, criticizing in advance the network's Q&A with President Barack Obama on his proposed insurance plan. Obama believes a low-cost government-run insurance option would free up the market and allow currently uninsured folks to get the care they need. However, The Ghost of Healthcare Future, aka Tracy Miller, believes that it could be a potential killer. She and the demonstrators also believed that ABC was stifling dissent and would only lob softballs.
Miller's outrage comes from personal experience: she not only survived cancer, but her daughter was found to have a serious kidney problem when she was about 18 months old. In both situations, Miller said, these conditions were not discovered during initial testing, but through subsequent tests. Fortunately, she said, her insurance covered these expensive diagnostics; but she believes a government insurance package could drive companies like hers out of business. And would a low-cost government plan really cover the kind of repeat tests that she believed saved her and her kid's lives?
"They're going to run the other companies out of business," Miller told Hair Balls.
Miller praised KTRK for their interest in hearing the demonstrators' side, but as far as she and her fellow protestors were concerned, ABC was the "All Barack Channel."
Hair Balls didn't see all of the program last night, so we're not entirely sure if, at some point, moderator Charles Gibson actually attempted to perform fellatio on Obama, but we understand the severity of this issue. It's making us so distressed that we'd like to see a doctor about it, but we're still waiting to hear if our insurance covers "freaking out."