Tuesday, May 12, 2015

You Have to Save Everyone You Can

There's no good reason to hate Obamacare. But let's look at what happened to a South Carolina man who, in his desire to avoid taking care of his responsibilities,ended up needing what Obamacare would have given him:
That’s when he turned to the Affordable Care Act exchange. Lang learned two things: First, 2015 enrollment had closed earlier that month. And second, because his income has dried up, he earns too little to get a federal subsidy to buy a private policy.
[Luis] Lang, a Republican, says he knew the act required him to get coverage but he chose not to do so. But he thought help would be available in an emergency. He and his wife blame President Obama and Congressional Democrats for passing a complex and flawed bill.
“(My husband) should be at the front of the line because he doesn’t work and because he has medical issues,” Mary Lang said last week. “We call it the Not Fair Health Care Act.”
Anyone who’s remotely familiar with insurance knows there’s no system that lets people skip payments while they’re healthy and cash in when they get sick. Public systems tax everyone. Private ones rely on the premiums of the well to cover the costs of those who are ailing.
The easy answer is, of course someone should help save this man's eyesight. The unforgiving shitheadedness of saying "screw him" is best exemplified by the conservative mindset that has spend the better part of the last five years trying to destroy affordable health care coverage in this country. You can't expect everyone to support reform, but reform is for everyone once it is enacted and you don't get to cherry pick how you take care of people. 
I guess there is a wisdom in letting people suffer, but that's not what the law was about. The Affordable Care Act has eased the suffering of millions of Americans, regardless of who they vote for and where they live. The fact that South Carolina has policies in place that hurt Lang as badly as not being able to enroll in Obamacare escapes accountability, of course. And Lang, who doesn't appear to care at all for his own health [follow the link and look closely at his choices] because he had good times and no thought to acquire health insurance, deserves the compassion everyone else gets when their medical problems are cared for.
His house probably has granite countertops! OMG! Screw him and everyone in his distant blood line!
If you say "let the wingnut asshole go blind," you're giving into the mentality of the shitheads who have fought Obamacare without considering how to make healthcare affordable. The Republicans have no ideas of their own, only a trail of victims. That's why you have to save everyone you can.

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