As I think I have mentioned here before, I have a relative that got a kidney transplant. That relative is also on Medicare-but if you mention universal healthcare coverage in her presence, she screams about SOSHEELISM!!! I asked her when the dirty GUBMINT could expect remuneration for all of that SOSHEELISM that she got provided, but I never got an answer. Maybe because I used the word “remuneration.” Klanbagger types do not like to pay for things themselves, after all: the one kind of SOSHEELISM they all seem to love is the kind where SOMEONE ELSE picks up the tab.
Knowing what I know about the dishonesty and hypocrisy of the Klanbaggers, I thought that I’d been about as surprised as I could be. But, just like every other time I thought a Klanbagger could do nothing to shock me anymore, I have found out, yet again, that I was mistaken in my belief. Here, ladies and gentlemen, is a Klanbagger who takes SOSHEELISM to a heretofore untouched plateau of hypocrisy.
Read this, and weep. Or laugh. Or beat your head against a wall. Just don’t beat your head against that wall too hard, if you lack medical insurance.
Mary Brown, a 56-year-old Florida woman who owned a small auto repair shop but had no health insurance, became the lead plaintiff challenging President Obama’s healthcare law because she was passionate about the issue.
Brown “doesn’t have insurance. She doesn’t want to pay for it. And she doesn’t want the government to tell her she has to have it,” said Karen Harned, a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business. Brown is a plaintiff in the federation’s case, which the Supreme Court plans to hear later this month.
But court records reveal that Brown and her husband filed for bankruptcy last fall with $4,500 in unpaid medical bills. Those bills could change Brown from a symbol of proud independence into an example of exactly the problem the healthcare law was intended to address.
The central issue before the Supreme Court is whether the government can require people to buy health insurance. Under the law, those who fail to buy insurance after 2014 could face a fine of up to $700.
The business federation, along with other critics of the law, calls the insurance mandate a “threat to individual liberty” that violates the Constitution.
Obama administration lawyers argue that the requirement is justified because everyone, sooner or later, needs healthcare. Those who fail to have insurance are at high risk of running up bills they cannot pay, sticking the rest of society with the cost, they argue. Brown’s situation, they say, is a perfect example of exactly that kind of “uncompensated care that will ultimately be paid by others.”
“This is so ironic,” Jane Perkins, a health law expert in North Carolina, said of Brown’s situation. “It just shows that all Americans inevitably have a need for healthcare. Somebody has paid for her healthcare costs. And she is now among the 62% whose personal bankruptcy was attributable in part to medical bills.”
Now, would anyone like to argue that Mary Brown should be allowed to continue to sluff her bills off on the rest of us? Because that’s exactly what she did, you know; you and I will pay her medical expenses, in the form of jacked-up insurance premiums. Is that fair to you or me?
I’m not a big fan of the individual mandate myself; I don’t like the idea of being forced to hand money over to a bunch of thieving chiselers. But the Mary Brown story tempers my dislike of the notion. Quite a bit.