Saturday, July 8, 2017

Raw Story: ‘I was offered a .22 bullet’: Mom who shared son’s surgery bill online got deluge of death threats

Mod: Based on their words and actions, I think it is safe to assume that some Trump supporters are not such very nice people. This piece from Raw Story helps to make that case.

‘I was offered a .22 bullet’: Mom who shared son’s surgery bill online got deluge of death threats (Raw Story link): former pediatric nurse who shared her son’s surgery bill on Twitter as a reason to fight the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as ‘Obamacare’ — received waves of support when her post went viral.

But then, as Alison Chandra wrote on Vox.com Friday, the death threats started and introduced her to “the darkness lurking in the savage corners of the internet.”

Chandra’s now-3-year-old son Ethan was born with a birth defect called heterotaxy syndrome, “a rare condition that can cause any of the internal organs to be malformed, misplaced, multiplied, or missing altogether. Ethan’s insides are a math all their own: two left lungs, five spleens, and nine congenital heart defects. It was his heart that had brought him to the operating room to have his chest opened four times in his short life.”

The bill she posted online was for a surgery totaling $231,115 in fees. Thanks to rules put in place by the ACAPresident Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement — Chandra was only charged $500.


She posted the bill and Ethan’s story on Twitter, only have it retweeted thousands of times. Calls and messages from reporters were pouring in, along with a great deal of support.

“But as more and more people saw the original tweet, the tide seemed to shift,” said Chandra. “I was still seeing lots of people on our side, but as articles were churned out and shared, it was clear that people weren’t reading much past the headlines. They came at me swinging, picking fights I’d never asked for. They called me ungrateful, a thief, a lazy mooch, an attention whore.”

The attacks grew “increasingly personal and increasingly violent,” she wrote. “Strangers were telling me it would have been cheaper to make a new kid, as if anyone in the history of the world could ever replace this bright light of mine, the boy who loves animals and can’t keep himself from kissing babies and always wants to sleep with one arm wrapped around my neck.”

“I was offered a .22 bullet, although I’m still not sure whom he meant it for, me or my child,” Chandra said. Right-wing commenters began spreading rumors that Chandra was “a foreigner or, worse, a terrorist” because a self-described “white girl from New Jersey” couldn’t possibly be named Ali Chandra.

She said she tried to reason with some of these angry attackers, but then realized they weren’t listening to anything she said.

“No one seemed willing to stop shouting long enough to realize that there was a real person on the other side of the screen, a mother who’s seen her baby go through hell and come out the other side four times now and who just wants him to have a shot at going to kindergarten too,” she wrote.

Then, she said, she was contacted by a mother whose child’s heterotaxy syndrome had never been properly diagnosed. Reading Chandra’s story online helped the woman find out the nature of her son’s illness and to connect to the community of other parents of children with the syndrome.

“It was like the sunrise after an endless night. My poor, beleaguered heart had been drowning in the fetid pool of the worst the internet has to offer, and suddenly I had been thrown a lifeline,” she wrote at Vox. “My focus narrowed back to what was important: my son, and the kids like him all across the country, the ones quietly living out their stories every single day with no fanfare and no media attention.”

With regards to the people who attacked her online, Chandra said, “I hope they heard me when I said I want to fight for something better for all of us, for those of us whose children rely on the protections afforded by the current laws and for those of us who are struggling under the system as it stands now.”

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63 comments:

  1. If this were a true story and not a "fake" ObamaCare opinion piece. Then the truth is that each state picks up the tab; under Medicare/Medical already; Social Services step in, as soon as diagnosis has been made.
    The anger from this article may be, that if the mother were a Pediatric Nurse; she could buy her own insurance.
    Did she quit her job and go on County aid inorder to take care of her son?
    ObamaCare is paid for by everyone that works; our taxes pay for those that don't work.
    On the up side, in the U.S. her child received surgery. If this were Canada, or any other Socialized insured Country, she would still be on a waiting list.
    Which the U.S. will be; if ObamaCare is not responsible re written.

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    1. You missed the point. The people who attacked her are the worst kinds of creeps. Almost as bad as someone who would actually defend them.

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    2. You are a very stupid and mean person.You will die alone without anyone even caring,no children,no spouse,just you and your hate.

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    3. At least there would be some peace and quiet.

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    4. 8:14A you don't seem very nice either! What is wrong with someone asking questions? What is wrong with wanting more information? Obama care probably acts like Medicare or Medi-cal: they only pay a portion of the bill and rest is written off by the hospital. How do hospitals stay in business? How do taxpayers fund these programs? There really wasn't enough info in the article for me to have a clear idea of what was really going on. Am I wrong to be suspicious?

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    5. Progressives seem to get really nasty when a well thought out, logical, and truthful argument is made that goes against their agenda. Its ironic that even after this behavior cost them the election, they still act with the same reckless abandon. LOL

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    6. "What is wrong with someone asking questions? What is wrong with wanting more information? " The only question you raise is "Did she quit her job and go on County aid inorder to take care of her son?" I don't know but I and any other good parent would in a heartbeat.The rest of your comment is a hate filled diatribe full of lies and speculation.
      Now that you are actually asking questions I suggest you find the answers before you attack a Mother caring for her child,the answers are all common knowlwdge. Step back from your hate groups and educate yourself.

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    7. So you are suspicious of a mother caring for her son. Nice person you are........

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    8. 7:05 has no clue tonfacts
      Just regurgitates extremist talking point that get proven false here every day

      Yet the mod permits this because he drives web traffic like trump

      Everyone get exploited

      Not just the 'taxpayer'

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    9. Most internet trolls would make marvelous Trump Care Death Panel members.

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    10. I am suspicious of the article. I feel great compassion for the lady. But I do feel I have the right to ask questions. My right to an opinion does not give you the right to be rude. I was not being rude. I am very glad that she isn't in Britain. I never said she was on aid. You suggest that. Compassion and empathy sometimes leads to poor decisions. This article seems to be a push for Obamacare. There was no other side of the equation. You may have all the money in the world to throw at giving, I don't As a taxpayer I have the right to know and make my own decision. You have no right to label me. Again, no dialogue, just bashing. It's either your opinion or nothing.

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    11. So, in your opinion, should the kid have been left to die because his mother didn't have the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to save his life?

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    12. Didn't say you were making money. trump drives web traffic for you
      U know it

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    13. 11:36 what's your solution for this mother?

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    14. Like a lot of Trump Trash, 11:36 would prefer the child die.

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    15. What happened to Chandra looks pretty much like what happens right here on the Tattler!

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    16. What happened to Chandra is just like what happens to some folks right here on the Tattler!

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    17. 1:07P I really wouldn't want anything to change for her. I do not espouse eugenics in any way. I just feel if you post here there should be a modicum of respect. If someone is really off the wall I would hope the Mod would not print it. I felt the story was poorly written and needed more info. I also felt the comments made about the first poster were unnecessary. I have children. My youngest was quite sick when he was born. Doctors believed he had Cystic Fibrosis. I would have done almost anything to get the right treatment for him. I have the right to make a post as well as the rest of you. I called no one Clinton or Obama trash.

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    18. Thank you. So you know, you may post as you like. However, you shouldn't expect any special protections. People are free to respond to you as they wish. If that doesn't work you might want to consider reading other blogs.

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  2. I want to write something in response to this article, to the hate and discontent that has been unleashed on this mother, who already has suffered so much taking care of her severely compromised child, but I don't know where to start.

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  3. Whoever would have thought that world's top economic conference also had a "Take Your Children to Work Day" aspect to it?

    Ivanka Trump Sat In for Her Father at the G-20 Leaders' Table
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-08/ivanka-trump-sits-in-for-her-father-at-g-20-meeting-table

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  4. I know. If you are a woman; or like the Pediatric Nurse in the Tattlers Tale today; then you should thank Ivanka Trump.
    She just spearheaded Fundraising and Mentoring of Women Worldwide.
    For the first time ever, Women will have equal opportunities within the World of Economy.

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    1. Ivanka Trump forced to defend father at G20 women's summit

      Ivanka Trump explains her praise for her father - Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka was met with groans as she defended her father's attitude towards women at the G20 women's summit in Berlin. The First Daughter was taking part in a panel discussion about female entrepreneurs alongside German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and IMF chief Christine Lagarde.

      But the audience bristled at her praise for the US president. An audible groan went up as she told the room her father was a "tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive".

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39704840

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    2. Umm "Fundraising and Mentoring of Women Worldwide" Will not create equal opportunities within the World of Economy for Women for the first time ever.Sorry flat out misrepresentation/lie.

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    3. More alt right regurgitation

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    4. Trump Trash

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    5. Trolls are in freak out mode today. Must be a disturbance in the force.

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  5. Handbag salesperson represents US in migration talks

    President Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump has an expansive portfolio in her father's administration. But on Saturday, she literally took his seat at the table at the G-20 Summit here.

    The first daughter was spotted slipping into Trump's seat at a G-20 Summit working session on "Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health" putting her shoulder-to-shoulder with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who sat one seat down.

    Trump's presence at the high-level table was somewhat unusual, given that government ministers are typically the ones called to stand in for heads of state at such sessions.

    Ivanka, who entered the session with her father, “briefly joined the main table when the President had to step out” a spokesman for the first daughter said.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/07/08/ivanka-trump-takes-her-fathers-seat-at-the-world-leaders-during-a-g-20-meeting/?utm_term=.7ab7c102155c

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  6. This mother deserves respect. It is not easy to post stuff that personal on the internet. Those that hated her and threatened her will get their karma real soon. Ali Chandra u are an incredible mom don't let these ignorant dumbasses intimidate u good bless u and your son.

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    1. The same could be said about what happens to some folks right here on the Tattler.

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  7. 8:22am. Of course; Germany is protesting everything; especially having to pay for itself and not sucking money from the US.

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    1. Betty Boop was not available.

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    2. Where's the Dad in this picture? Doesn't he have a say in his three year old son's medical procedures?

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    3. This political science discourse courtesy of trump university

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    4. @8:54 The Dad is not in the picture.I do not know if he has a say in his sons' condition. Stupid,bigoted,sexist question.

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    5. Gosh I thought the protests at G20 were about European citizens believing the international organisation has largely failed to contain and find solutions to many of the issues that threaten world peace. The protests largely circle around the concern that the topic of discussion between the nations remains largely focused on “capitalist” agendas of the nations, and does not take immediate issues of public in its purview.

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    6. Trump took a big crap in the G20 pool. Just like Papa Putin told him to. Trump is a Russian agent, and his fans either fools or quislings.

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  8. Betty Boop was created by a male cartoonist and his "view" of women.

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    1. Did she get felt up by her dad?

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  9. Forget Russia; it's China, China, China!
    No Panda Express for lunch today.

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    1. Panda Express is a off shoot of Panda Inn in Pasadena,nothing to do with China.Guess you're not from these parts?

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  10. Estimated minimum combined net worth of Donald Trump’s Cabinet members and advisors : $61,380,600,000

    Number of countries whose GDP is lower than that figure : 114

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    1. Sounds like they have worked hard. Good for them.

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    2. It's just so simple!

      King George III was a hard worker. Czar Nicolas II was a hard worker.

      Let freedom ring

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  11. An ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING summary of Trump's meeting with Putin
    Trump hands Putin a stunning victory. "Trump has ceded the battle space—physical, virtual, moral—to the Kremlin."
    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/07/trump-handed-putin-a-stunning-victory-215353

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  12. Master Chef Ming-Tsai, no longer owns Panda Restaurant?

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    1. Where is Panda Restaurant? Tennessee maybe? Never heard of it... Ming-Tsai (Cài Mínghào) was born in Newport Beach, Ca. He is an American

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  13. 8:14am. Help me Obama Care; I'll die without you!

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    1. No you will die with or without it.
      With all the physical problems, that child if this is true, should have never been born.

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    2. You don't have a soul so it doesn't really matter

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    3. Hmm so abort children and burn in hell good call. Why did Jesus create this child may I ask? I guess you as a trumper know more than any divinity.

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    4. The Trump Death Panel has rendered its decision. Death by abortion. Not fit to live.

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  14. 8:45am. So you would quit your job and graciously allow me to sacrafice myself and my family to take care of "you" and "your child"; how "kind" of you, Gee thanks.

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    1. Yes. I guess you're to proud and would let your child die. You're sacrifice would be about 12 cents btw, perhaps you would rather donate it to the 1% of the filthy rich?

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    2. You trumptards really need to learn to post in the proper threads,Google it if you know how.

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    3. If your supposed family is illiterate as you are then they've probably already been 'sacraficed'.

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  15. Also, the poster's ignorant summation of Health Care in Canada for a medically compromised child: my cousin's infant granddaughter had leukemia and was in excellent care in the capitol city children's hospital 250 kilometers from home over a period of two and a half years. There was a place for the family to stay over night during treatment. Another grandchild, a teen, suffered head trauma while working on a skiddo trailer and was air ambulanced from the regional hospital to the children's hospital in the capital within 20 minutes from the time the ambulance was called to their rural fishing village. The helicopter was nearby to transport a cardiac patient but the child's head trauma came in as more urgent. The helicopter returned for the cardiac patient in a quick turn around.

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    1. Trump lies, and so do his creepy little trolls.

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  16. The trolls only lie when they're smart enough. Usually they're just brainlessly regurgitating what they are force fed

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  17. President Donald Trump’s press secretary mislabeled Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan after a much-anticipated meeting at the Group of 20 summit, adding an embarrassment to a record of fraught relations.

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    1. American Caligula.

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