Jim is just a great guy and one of the top conservative bloggers. He's also been generous to many others in the conservative blogosphere, linking to the nuggets they find. He is a co-producer of the great documentary on the late Andrew Breitbart, Hating Breitbart. One of the high points of gatherings like CPAC and BlogCon has been meeting and hanging out with Jim. It was an honor to be in the room when he (and Catherine Herridge of Fox News) received the Reed Irvine Award from Accuracy in Media.
This past summer, Jim went into the hospital and underwent sudden life-saving surgery. Yesterday, he posted the following horrible news at Gateway Pundit: "Please Pray For Me, I'm Losing My Insurance."
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee.Rush Limbaugh quoted Jim's blog post yesterday on his show, and mentioned stories of others who have lost health-insurance while suffering from cancer.
Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended up lasting twelve. My heart was severely damaged. Dr. Lee later told me the surgery was one of the most difficult of his career. He also said I only had a few days to live without the surgery.
Thanks to the excellent insurance I carried I was able to receive life-saving medical treatment at St. Louis University.
This week I found out I am going to lose my insurance. The company that carried me is leaving the Missouri market. I will have to find something else.
I am one of the millions who will be looking for new insurance. God willing, I will be able to keep my doctors at St. Louis University. I trust them. They saved my life. Please pray for me and the millions of working Americans who are going through this same ordeal.
Why is our government doing this to us?
Even worse, I've seen other stories where people who have lost health-insurance and are now coming under IRS scrutiny for the crime of speaking out against this obamination called Obamacare. Several of you reading this probably have your own stories to tell, I've written several of how members of my own family have lost insurance or had a hard time finding doctors. How many of you fear the next open-enrollment meeting, or the coming year, when the employer mandate kicking in may cause the loss of your own insurance.
Unbelievable! Fearing for our own welfare and our well-being because of what temporary trustees of power have done to all of us, in the name of grabbing more power for themselves. That is UnAmerican. I never dreamed I would see this day in America.
If you are in St. Louis on Saturday from 11a.m. to noon, Jim will be holding a rally at the office of Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, bringing to her attention the six million Americans who have lost their health insurance because of the Obamacare horror she voted for.