From a diarist by the name of Semdem at Dailykos:
Erick Erickson calls Caleb Howe his “right-hand man”. He is currently in critical condition at a hospital in North Carolina:
"A fund has been set up to help Caleb Howe’s family. Most of you know Caleb. For several years he was my right hand here at RedState. He has been badly missed. Right now, Caleb is in a hospital bed with a failing liver. His children, ages 11 and 14, are getting ready to go back to school. The family needs help."
What he doesn’t mention, for obvious reasons, is that Caleb Howe has no insurance. You have to select the fund link to see that: \
"It would lift an incredible burden for Caleb & Donna if they could get even the smallest amount of help with these upcoming expenses. If you’re not in a position to give, your prayers are always welcome in lieu of a donation. Thank you for your compassion and help."Let me start off by saying that while I think Caleb Howe's a massive dick, I hope he's able to pay off his bills and get better.
Having said that, several questions I'd like to raise:
-How does this dude NOT have health insurance? I don't know how the benefits structure works at RedState, but it's pretty clear health insurance isn't included. But even if it wasn't, shouldn't this dude have been able to buy it on his own? I figure he's not part of the vile moocher class, so it should have been no problem, right?
-I know Howe doesn't like Obamacare, but does he feel good about himself seeing as how he has to rely on begging others for assistance?
-If he does feel bad about this, does this mean he's going to reimburse everyone once he gets back to work?
-Has his boss, Erick Erickson, lost a good chunk of respect for him for relying on others to help him out instead of sucking it up and bootstrapping his way out this mess? Does this constitute a moral failing?
-Honestly, is this the type of personal responsibility you guys are always yammering on about?
-Do you think Howe feels particularly depressed that he had to get sick during the same week that his fellow conservatives launched their hip, new, "only fags buy health insurance" initiative? Talk about unfortunate timing.
-Finally, have you learned ANYTHING -anything at all- from this ordeal?
Looking forward to hearing the responses. Oh, and one last thing:
Just throwing that out there.
Mediaite's Tommy Christopher, who is a close personal friend of Howe's, mentions this:
Before he went into the hospital, Caleb called me, and he asked if I thought the ER would admit him even though he didn’t have insurance.
That such a question would be asked by someone who has ostensibly defended the so-called "best health care system in the world" should really put things in perspective.
Also, this was posted by one of Caleb's siblings in the comments section on that Redstate blog post:
The "facts" of the article are incorrect anyway! Caleb hasn't been writing for over a year and he is unemployed! The fund was set up for his kids *my nieces, I am FURIOUS at the so called writer at KOS for number one having his facts COMPLETELY wrong and number 2 taking this as a political thing, it started as a fund for the kids to get school stuff. I am fuming! Thank you so much for posting this, I am so mad that I would not have been as kind. Side note: Caleb is unaware that this fund is even set up! Some people donating are saying that he has been reduced to begging, makes me so furious.
A few things:
1. So this fund wasn't him asking for help in paying his medical bills, but to ask people to help pay for his kids' schooling? Not sure if this is the best defense.
2. If people are donating money, they sure as hell are entitled to offer any political opinions to go along with it.
3. Not to be a dick, but while it may be true that Howe himself didn't set up this fund to pay for his health care, the fact is that he will most likely be accepting the money nonetheless. Sorry, you don't get to be a non-moocher just because someone else begs on your behalf, while still reaping the rewards.
Mind you, I'm not even saying that's a BAD thing. We all need help sometimes, after all. But imagine, just for a second, if the situations were reversed. What if Caleb was a liberal? Oh sure, I have no doubt that a good chunk of conservatives would help out, but anyone who thinks the comments section wouldn't be flooded with posts in the vein of "GET A DAMN JOB, HIPPY!" is kidding themselves.