- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 28, 2009

Canadian warning

The story of a Canadian woman who survived brain cancer by going to the U.S. to get treatment is being used to warn Americans about government-run health care.

“I survived a brain tumor,” says Shona Holmes of Toronto in a new ad by the Patients United Now campaign of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. “But if I had relied on my government for health care I’d be dead. I am a Canadian citizen and as my health care grew worse, my government health care system told me I had to wait six months to see a specialist. In six months, I would have died. …

“I’m here today because I was able to drive to the U.S., where I received world-class treatment. Government-run health care isn’t the answer, and it sure isn’t free.”

Patients United Now spokeswoman Amy Menefee said the ad was created because “patients are the biggest group left out of the health care debate. We have the insurance companies, the drug companies, all of the industry people and the politicians. And the patients’ voices are not being heard.”

The ad featuring Ms. Holmes will appear in eight states for one week and is the first of several planned by AFP, which has spent more than $2 million on the effort so far. The campaign kicked off with an event in Williamsburg last weekend. The schedule of events can be viewed at www.Patients UnitedNow.com

Outrage dollars

A cabal of conservative bloggers have channeled their anger toward the National Republican Senatorial Committee for endorsing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for Senate into dollars for his GOP primary opponent, former House Speaker Marco Rubio.

RedState.com founder Erick Erickson began a “not one red cent” campaign, urging readers not to donate any money to the NRSC this election cycle because of its involvement in the Florida primary. Red State is opposing Mr. Crist based on his favoring cap-and-trade on carbon emissions, President Obama’s economic-stimulus bill and other policy positions.

After getting supporters to commit to the “not one red cent” effort, Mr. Erickson followed up with another challenge he called “put up or shut up,” asking them to donate to Mr. Rubio.

“The gist of it was that the NRSC endorsement of Crist had nothing to do with persuading people to vote for him and everything to do with cutting off money to Rubio, and the only way to make [NRSC] learn their lesson is to make sure Rubio was getting money.”

The “put up for shut up” campaign raised $10,000 for Mr. Rubio within 24 hours, says Mr. Erickson. “Normally it takes us two or three days to raise that much,” he said.

Red State plans to host more fundraising drives for 2010 for Mr. Rubio and other conservative candidates, such as Pennsylvania Republican ex-Rep. Pat Toomey, who is vying to unseat the newly turned Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter.

Carrie Prejean’s debut

Carrie Prejean, the Miss California USA who ignited a new front in the national debate over gay marriage at the pageant, feels validated by her home state’s Supreme Court decision upholding Proposition 8 defining marriage in the state constitution as the union of a man and a woman.

Her television-hosting debut on “Fox & Friends” just happened to be scheduled the day after the California high-court ruling. She sat alongside regular hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade as a fill-in for Gretchen Carlson, a former beauty queen herself.

Mr. Doocy pointed out the court ruling, which brought a smile to Miss Prejean’s face.

“I’m not the bad guy!” she laughed.

Mr. Doocy said: “Your point of view is the same as the Supreme Court in California, the same as the voters, the same as our president.”

“Right!” Miss Prejean exclaimed, “I’m glad the people of California got to vote on this and the decision was made.”

During her segment, the beauty contestant also interviewed Donald Trump, who runs the Miss USA pageant, and a Bible study leader.

Amanda Carpenter can be reached at [email protected] washingtontimes.com.

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