The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and affiliated Susan G. Komen for the Cure spearhead efforts to raise funds for and awareness of breast cancer. Joe Lieberman’s wife, Hadassah, has a compensated position as a “global ambassador.”
But Joe Lieberman doesn’t tow the leftist line on nationalizing health care, so Hadassah is being targeted in a campaign by Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake in reaction to an article by Joe Conason at Salon.com.
Hamsher is urging her readers to send a form letter to the Komen Foundation demanding that it terminate Hadassah. The letter, which Hamsher already has sent, reads in part:
It is widely known, however, that not only has Senator Lieberman been an instrument of obstruction to the kind of health care reform advocated by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, but that Mrs. Lieberman is also a former lobbyist for APCO Associates, which represents the interests of the same major, private health insurance and pharmaceutical companies which Mr. Lieberman seeks to protect.
Mrs. Lieberman’s relationship with Susan G. Komen for the Cure is unethical and misleading. Important and often very personal donations made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to benefit the sick and dying are essentially undermining their intended use. And as Hadassah travels the globe under the banner of Susan G. Komen for the cure, decrying the inadequacies of our health care system and the desperate need to reform it, her husband is at home to kill the reform efforts we so desperately need.
Considering that cancer survival rates under the U.S. medical system exceed those under socialized systems, there is no truth or logic to Hamsher’s allegations that there is a correlation between Joe Lieberman’s positions and the health of cancer patients in the U.S. There also appears to be no truth to Hamsher’s allegation that the Komen Foundation supports the specific public option “reforms” opposed by Joe Lieberman, as Conason notes in his article.
But that is beside the point. Politicizing breast cancer is what we’ve come to in the fight by supporters of nationalized care to impose on the American public a system the majority of Americans do not want. And the fact that Hamsher is a breast cancer survivor is no excuse.
Add to it another nail in the feminist coffin. Since when is a woman to be deprived of her livelihood and her own professional accomplishments because of her husband?
So it’s a twofer.
Update: It also appears that Hamsher is wrong that Hadassah is a “former lobbyist.”
And, see Sister Toldjah, for a complete round-up: Targeting Hadassah Lieberman: Two-faced “feminism” strikes again