Rep. Giffords Transferred To Rehabilitation After 12 Days In Hospital

Good news:

TUCSON – Hundreds of well-wishers waved and cheered Friday as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords left the hospital here and later arrived at a Houston rehabilitation center that will guide her through the next step in her recovery.

The Arizona Democrat was loaded into a waiting ambulance at University Medical Center and a motorcade took off for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where she and others took a private plane to Texas. Plans called for Giffords to be taken by helicopter to a Houston hospital where she first will be evaluated.

A motorcade that included several police patrol cars left the hospital in Tucson under tight security. There were about 100 people lined up at the corner of Golf Links and Swan roads. That is the corner where an ambulance transporting Giffords turned into the base.

As the motorcade passed, the window of Gifford’s husband, Mark Kelly, was down. He waved, spurring cheers and applause from the crowd.

Rehabilitation is likely to be a drawn out process but, hopefully, it will be as successful as the last two weeks have been.

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  1. michael reynolds says:

    Fortunately she’s well-insured. By us.

    If she were a grocery store clerk, or unemployed, or a cab driver she’d be on her way to abject poverty, minimal care, minimal or non-existent rehab, and a lifetime of drooling on her shirt in the corner of a roach-infested nursing home.

    Because anything more would be socialism.

  2. Steve Plunk says:

    Michael, please. Just wish her and her family well.

  3. An Interested Party says:

    Yes, Steve, how dare Michael use this to make a larger, important point…I mean, it’s not like you would ever do something like that, right…

  4. Steve Plunk says:

    AIP, I didn’t use someone’s tragedy. It’s inappropriate and you guys know it.

  5. michael reynolds says:

    My best wishes for the Representative as well as the other survivors are obvious.

    What is less obvious is that if she were one of the millions of Americans that the Republican Party hopes will remain uninsured, she would be thoroughly and permanently destroyed by this violent act.

    So I will make that point. Policies have consequences.

    In the Republican paradigm only the well-off or the very old get the kind of medical care she’s getting. And anyone challenging that Republican belief system is un-American, a socialist, and potential blood donor to the tree of liberty.

    In the Republican world view it would be perfectly okay for an insurance company to cut someone like her off for having misstated her blood pressure on a disclosure form 10 years ago.

    In the Republican world view her insurer could have excluded gun shot wounds in teeny, tiny print in a fifty page policy.

    And before you start telling me how mean I am, tell me how wrong I am. Because that is the end state of the Republican approach to health care. That’s what the party is working for: to allow insurers to write whatever policy they like, as deceptively as they like, and then to cancel whenever they like.

  6. michael reynolds says:

    Inappropriate my ass. You people used 9/11 every ten seconds for every issue you could shoehorn it into. So spare me your tender feelings.

  7. listingstarboard says:

    Michael get your head out of your rectum. You don’t have a freaking clue what the reality is with health care insurance . I hope this country DOES get Nationalised Heallthcare and you and your fellow leftist socialists feel the true pain it entails. And please explain how 222 plus business/unions have gotten waivers from the fantastic Obamacare? HOw do you leftist socialists explain that?

  8. An Interested Party says:

    “You don’t have a freaking clue what the reality is with health care insurance .”

    Oh? And you do? Please enlighten the rest of us…