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November 20, 2006

John Edwards: What a hack

First, he claims he can speak to babies still in the womb:

For those of you who don’t know, John Edwards, 2004 vice presidential nominee and presidential candidate, can talk to babies—while they are still in their mothers’ wombs. While arguing for damages against a doctor who did not perform a C-section on a child who turned out to have cerebral palsy, Edwards seemed to be projecting little Jennifer Campbell: “She said at 3 [o’clock], ‘I’m fine.’ She said at 4, ‘I’m having a little trouble, but I’m doing OK.’ At 5, she said, ‘I’m having problems.’ At 5:30, she said, ‘I need out.’ She speaks to you through me, and I have to tell you, right now—I didn’t plan to talk about this—right now, I feel her. I feel her presence. She’s inside me, and she’s talking to you.”...John Edwards and trial lawyers like him are sucking the blood from America’s health care system. Edwards specifically has made much of his fortune suing doctors for not performing C-sections, arguing that they help prevent cerebral palsy in children. In 1970, six percent of all births were C-sections; in 2003, that number had climbed all the way up to 28 percent. However, as John Stossel reports, there had not been a decrease in prevalence of cerebral palsy during that time. Hence, although Edwards’ lawsuits have not, apparently, prevented anycases of cerebral palsy, they have, at least in part, yielded a great increase in the occurrence of C-sections. Now doctors do C-sections “just to be safe,” meaning safe from lawsuits, though the procedure is not so safe for mothers.
Now, Edwards decries Wal-Mart even though he shops there himself (via some NYTimes blog):
...Wal-Mart announced today that former Sen. John Edwards is seeking to be one of the first to get a Sony PlayStation3, one of the most coveted holiday gift items this Christmas season.Yesterday, a staff person for former Sen. Edwards contacted a Wal-Mart electronics manager in Raleigh, North Carolina to obtain a Sony PlayStation3 on behalf of the Senator’s family. Later that night, Sen. Edwards reportedly re-told a homespun story to participants of a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union-sponsored call about how his son had chided a fellow student for purchasing shoes at Wal-Mart.
What a hack.