I thought I’d check up on the waitress who ‘duked it out’ with Mitt Romney in that New Hampshire diner a few days ago. (Edit: See here for previous post.) Now, I’ve been on a number of web sites who have gotten their story from either the Washington Post or NH’s Union Leader. As a significant number of people appeared to believe Michele to be a single mom, poor – thus on gov’t assistance, “popping out brats with serious illnesses” (as one compassionate soul put it), I did a bit of research and honed my listening skills.
Her name is Michele Griffin.
Michele is an employee of the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, New Hampshire and has been for 12 years. She is married. She has
four three children, three two of whom require medications for either specific medical or neurological conditions, as well as for herself. [Edit: 8/18/2007, 10:30 am MST] Her husband works two jobs, one simply to pay for their health insurance coverage. Apparently, they pay for their own plan via an insurer of their choosing due to the children’s medical conditions. [Some insurance plans offered by employers will deny acceptance into their plan based upon “preexisting conditions.”] She did mention in the video with Romney something about a premium of $1000 or more, then there’s the deductible on top of the premium the copays for office visits, medication prescriptions.
There’s an addendum, btw. Drew Cline at the Union Leader has pictures of Romney meeting with Griffin in the kitchen following his active campaigning at the Red Arrow Diner. Interestingly enough – certainly to me – Evangelicals for Mitt cite Cline’s referencing as a source in fairness describing Romney’s visit.
Now – to me – the single most disturbing part of this entire story is the attack on Michele Griffin. Her character, her choices, her intelligence, her level of education, her weight. And yet what not one of these imbeciles, who attack a working (tax-paying) member of our society, fails to highlight or even come close to discussing is Romney’s health care plan and/or what it entails. Nor do they discuss the greed of the insurance companies or the medicine corporations (Big Pharma). Some dimwit even calls for Griffin to be fired for being rude to the Mittster.
What this has done for me is to solidify my disgust and disdain for Mitt Romney. I was never a fan and certainly less so now. I’m not a fan of self-proclaimed pretty boys who believe in their own entitlement. And for what it’s worth, Mitt – you’ve incurred my wrath and thus engaged my attention and interest.
(And for something almost totally unrelated to the above, The Barenaked Ladies.)
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