Or is there? I’m getting to think that perps (no offense, Roman Polanski), and ax-murderers and such are so common they’re starting to bore us. Who cares why they do it? This one did it for the money. I wouldn’t give her a special place in Hell, maybe the trailer park of Hell, with noisy, uncongenial neighbors and lousy insulation in the winter. An eternal February thrown in for good measure, a couple of barking dogs and a guy who plays The Doors at 3 a.m.
In this world, prison will have to do.
This is ‘faith-based’ and ‘for-profit’ medicine at the intersection of desperation and greed…
Oct 8th, 2009 | LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors brought fraud charges Thursday against a doctor accused of promising terminally ill cancer patients in their darkest hours that they would be cured with an herbal treatment.
Using her influence as an ordained Pentecostal minister, Dr. Christine Daniel tapped into the vessel of faith to entice people from across the nation to try her regimen.
If you thought God had given you the power to heal, how would you use it? Would you give it away for free? Not Dr. Daniel…
In all, federal prosecutors said Daniel siphoned about $1.1 million from 55 families between 2001 and 2004. Six patients ranging in age from 4 to 69 died within seven months after seeing Daniel.
“This is an example of a doctor who is preying upon the most vulnerable people in our society,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Johns. “These patients were told they were being cured, but they were being eaten alive by cancer.”
So all you people who have a faith-based approach to life’s sorrows and unfairness, or have a faith in the supernatural wisdom of the free market– consider this. You are not in the best position to bargain hunt and negotiate when you have a gun to your head– or when you have a dire diagnosis. We could say that the victims of Christine Daniel made ‘bad choices’, but who knows what they were facing? Our profit-driven system rewards volume, which works against a doctor who takes time to talk to her patients, especially the sickest ones. Daniel probably had a wonderful bedside manner, where an honest doctor might have been stressed and overloaded with patients. Also, the honest doctor has to tell the patient the truth, not sell her a fake cure.
If Dr. Daniel hasn’t found a lawyer, she should give Orly Taitz a call.