Susan G. Komen Foundation Still Doesn’t Get It

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Until now, I had the utmost respect for the work the Susan G. Komen Foundation carries out in the fight against breast cancer. But it has become abundantly clear that the people who run the organization are clueless and until they open their eyes, they don’t deserve our support.

The controversy involves Sen. Joe Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah Lieberman. Ms. Lieberman is a paid spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. However, Ms. Lieberman has also worked as a paid consultant for companies including Pfizer and ALCO, both of whom oppose healthcare reform.

Activists are pressuring the Susan G. Komen Foundation to cut ties with Hadassah Lieberman after her husband, Sen. Joe Lieberman, announced he would not support an expansion of Medicare to cover individuals under the age of 55. Activists did not point to that decision, instead citing Ms. Lieberman’s ties to the health care industry.

The effort to dump Hadassah Lieberman is led by blogger Jane Hamsher, founder of Firedoglake, herself a breast cancer survivor, Hamsher released the following statement:

“We are asking Ellen DeGeneres, Christie Brinkley and other high-profile celebrities who are associated with Komen to demand that no more money raised for cancer treatment be given to Hadassah Lieberman or any other ex-Pharma/Insurance strategists.”

In response, the Susan G. Komen Foundation went tone deaf, refusing to sever their ties with Ms. Lieberman:

“Hadassah Lieberman is an important and valued Global Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. As a Global Ambassador, Ms. Lieberman is focused on helping us reach out and educate women outside our borders about breast cancer, sharing our knowledge and experience in a culturally sensitive way that is making a real impact on the lives of women across the globe. We have every intention of continuing our relationship with Ms. Lieberman in our mutual pursuit of a world without breast cancer.”

Without access to healthcare, an estimated 150,000 Americans die each year in the U.S. How many of them are women who find a lump in their breast and instead of seeking immediate medical care, ignore the problem until it’s too late? Unfortunately, none of this resonates with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. What does resonate with them is their high-profile relationship with Hadassah Lieberman.

As a man and a blogger who watched his mother and cousin battle breast cancer, I am calling on the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fire Hadassah Lieberman immediately.

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15 Responses to Susan G. Komen Foundation Still Doesn’t Get It

  1. feminazi says:

    As you know, I am also a breast cancer survivor so this issue is personally important to me. I must have been living under a rock because I had no idea Hadassah Lieberman was wrapped up in Big Pharma and also double dipped with Susan G. Komen. I have written to them demanding they fire Hadassah. This relationship is unacceptable. Thanks for bringing this matter to my attention, Christopher.

  2. Bwana Jim says:

    I guess the pillow talk chats bore fruit?

    These Liebermans are vile. How can two Jews who started out as liberal Democrats become as corrupted as this? Is money that powerful?

  3. JollyRoger says:

    I’ve been screaming about this nasty whore for 3 years now.

    I’m sorry-any organization that has ties to her is a corrupt organization and cannot be trusted. At this point and time I’d have to see the books of the Komen Foundation before I’d consider donating to them.

  4. Walk on Socks says:

    I guess in these recessionary times, I have to wonder why our donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure are in part, going to pay Hadassah Lieberman’s salary?

    Despite their vigorous defense of their relationship with Hadassah, I don’t ever recall seeing or hearing her on TV discussing breast cancer awareness.

    It sounds to me like Hadassah knows a good thing when she sees it.

  5. Nan Yun says:

    Sometimes life seems like a crazy dream and all I want to do is wake up from it. Does anyone else ever feel this way?

  6. Mets Fan says:

    I would like Hadassah Lieberman to come forward and explain to her growing ranks of critics what she has done during her tenure at Susan G. Komen?

    Real numbers would go a long way to dispelling the impression she has a serious conflict of interest.

  7. lea-lea says:

    Hadassah is just another lobbyist. You dangle coin under her nose and she follows along like a dog when you dangle a Milk Bone under his nose.

    At the end of the day, this is really all about President Obama and his failure to get meaningful healthcare reform passed. He said he was willing to stake his legacy on this single issue. Well, it looks like he has done precisely that: healthcare reform without the single payer, the public option and an expansion of Medicare, isn’t reform at all.

    Can 2012 get here any sooner?

  8. Brigadoon says:

    Money talks. Morals walk.

  9. libhomo says:

    Komen needs to be more concerned about middle class and poor women with breast cancer.

  10. Rachel says:

    Don’t expect Ellen “I am trying to appeal to stay at home moms” DeGeneres to cut her ties with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She nearly lost all her marbles when she came out. Now, her mission is to avoid controversy at all costs.

  11. Woodcliffe says:

    Money talks. Morals walk.

    KA-CHING! I think we have a winner.

    The Liebermans would sell their daughter to the highest bidder if they profited from it.

  12. Conejo1982 says:

    Kill the damned bill.

    What the Congress is about to pass (with Lieberman’s approval) isn’t healthcare reform at all. It’s big, wet, kiss to the insurance industry and leaves 20 million uninsured.

  13. Erica says:

    People who are at the top of organizations should be vetted to be certain that their politics reflect well on the organization. In this case, it’s clear that Mrs. Lieberman’s don’t.

    Howard Dean has it right. Kill this bill and work with the House bill solely. Get 51 votes to pass the thing. The whole Senate process has been sickening.

  14. Fran says:

    I’m guessing Hada$$ah is a cash cow with all her high falutin’ connections in high places.

  15. fluffy says:

    Could someone Please !!! help me with this question.Where in the hell does all the money people give to the S.G.K. GO???? Seriously! they must have made about a billion dollars so far and what has been done???Im sorry but if we can put thousands of songs and movies on a phone, couldn’t that foundation come up with something better then a mammogram machine?!?!? I know 3 people in there 20s with breast cancer and one of them is dead,so a billion dollars of “awareness”is just not cutting it! Who care if your aware of a disease that you cant do anything about!

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