Monday, December 30, 2013

Conservative Editor Who Was Hospitalized Without Health Insurance And Had To Rely On Donations Is Still Against Obamacare

A few months ago, I wrote about how a guy named Caleb Howe, an editor for Redstate.com, was hospitalized with a failing liver. As bad as that was, the situation was even worse because it turned out that Caleb didn't have health insurance. His boss, Erick Erickson, set up a fund to help his family pay their bills. A blogger on Daily Kos named Semdem then set up another fund as well.

Well, the good news is that Caleb seems to be okay now, and was back on the twitter, twittering away. So I decided to ask a question I had for him months ago:




His response:




Gee, why am I not surprised?

I tried to get Caleb to go into the specifics, but alas, was unsuccessful. I decided to show a little bit of decorum last time, but now that Caleb's all better, it's time to unleash the fury of Saul Alinsky!

There was a part of me that honestly thought that Caleb might actually learn something from this experience. After all, conservatives tend to be all anti-government until they're struck with something that effects them personally, at which point they suddenly (and miraculously!) become less anti-government. But it turns out Caleb wasn't one of those people. No, he was far too patriotic to rethink his beliefs.

Caleb and his ilk would no doubt try and justify his predicament by saying that he didn't rely on the evil hand of big government, so it's all cool. Republicans try and make the distinction between social safety nets and private charity by saying the latter is some how far more noble, mainly because it's optional whereas the former is not. Yeah, that's somewhat reasonable, but at the end of the day, a moocher is a moocher is a moocher. You're still relying on other people to help you, instead of helping yourself.

From the beggar's standpoint, how are the two types of assistance any different? After all, according to right-wing economics, they would both provide an incentive for laziness and corruption. Does Caleb plan on reimbursing all those who have helped him out? I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say no. It would appear he feels his time is better spent tweeting dick jokes:



Sure, he wasn't responsible enough to carry health insurance, and sure, he was forced to resort to begging for help like he was some random member of the 47%. But does that mean he should actually be treated as such? Of course not! Why? Because unlike most of the rabble, Caleb is a Republican, and by definition cannot be irresponsible. Everyone know that Democrats are moochers, whereas Republicans, in Caleb's case, are merely temporarily embarrassed bootstrappers.

The funny thing about all this is that it's exactly because of people like Caleb that Obamacare was needed to begin with. Aside from the aforementioned mooching, now Caleb will actually be able to get health insurance without being discriminated again for pre-existing conditions (and in his case, that was a pretty big one).

20 comments:

  1. Obamacare has some good things within it, but fact of the matter is that it doesnt make health care costs cheaper or do any major reform to the healthcare industry in reducing costs, it is forced commerce which should never happen. The next you know everyone will be forced to pay for an over priced cellular plan to protect us in case we get lost or the government needs to find us. All I am saying is that we are at the top of a very slippery slope with a chance to still turn back.

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    1. I disagree with your assertion that the ACA doesn't make health care costs cheaper. Now the insurance industry HAS to commit 80% of it's costs to help the insured, the price of insurance is dropping quickly. If you are a family of four and making below 94,000$ a year, you can get a GOOD plan for under $100. Now many people that would have lost their houses to medical bankruptcy will get to keep their homes and get affordable health care. There is no turning back this great law.

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    2. you make a couple of good points, but "great law"...come on. Its a Rube Goldberg at best. At worst its a huge give away to the insurance industry. And it won't be known for a long time if it or other market forces actual "bend the cost curve" or if in fact the cost curve bending actually occurs.

      It could have been a MUCH better law. Since Democrats singularly forced it into law, it could have been really good. For obama to implement a republican plan with zero, nada, zilch republican support is the epitome of stupidity. Its better than nothing, but "great" - no way!

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    3. I am a single male making $36,000/year. My health insurance premiums almost doubled. Why should someone as middle class as me be forced to subsidize others healthcare? At the expense of funding my own retirement?

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    4. Because the Democratic caucus is ideologically homogenous, right? Is this where unhappy liberals try to pretend that Joe Lieberman, Blanche Lincoln, Max Baucus and Ben Nelson (amongst many other moderate-conservative Democrats) would have supported single payer? Or even just a public option? The latter didn't have a majority in the Senate, much less 60 votes.

      The bill was exactly as good as it could have been and still pass. Though I get the feeling many liberals would have preferred it to not pass so that we could wait another 20 years to try again.

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    5. "Democrats singularly forced it into law" What planet were you on when they wrote and tried to pass this legislation? The GOP spent a massive amount of energy getting their ideas in the law and then immediately objecting to them when it came to a vote. This went on for ages. The reason it's as bad as it is is that it's a compromise of a compromise of a compromise of a compromise, ad nauseum.

      This law is virtually a copy of RomneyCare. We need to cut all the middlemen and go single-payer. I despise both parties, but the GOP has lost any and all credibility in the last 14 years. They're an open tool of the wealthy and pander to the evangelistic. Anti-science, pro-war-for-business. Screw them.

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    6. "Why should someone as middle class as me be forced to subsidize others healthcare?"

      Ever considered whether it was your health insurance that was being subsidized? Or whether if you'd actually got badly sick, you'd have been dropped by your insurer?

      Less of the special snowflake BS.

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  2. Yes this is what happened in all the countries of the planet with free health care lol

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  3. Dear Anonymous, you are not subsidizing others. Others are no longer subsidizing you, and you are finally paying your fair share. Thank you.

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    1. Unless, of course, Anonymous suffers a SERIOUS problem, in which case s/he will be paying far LESS than s/he receives. But in this case, as with Medicare, the typical response is, "well, I paid into it," as though it were some sort of savings or pension account.

      The mean will be mean, whether they cloak it in fantasies of "self-sufficiency" or offer some other rationalization.

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    2. For me, the cheapest policy is $231, has 2.5K deductible, pays only 30% for "specialists" and meds and has a 6.5K out of pocket max. Not a great plan at all. Pretty much a medical disaster plan. I have to spend closer to $500 a month to get something decent. I really don't have the budget to add $500 a month to my monthly expenses.

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    3. You don't understand what that "out of pocket max" means, do you? Buying health care through health insurance is a gamble that you take every day. You are paying a premium, any premium, that enables you to club together with other people in order to provide for emergency care. You havea 2.5 thousand deductible--I have a six thousand dollar deductible--that means you have to pay out of pocket for ordinary health care expenses. Your premium guarantees you this: that when you have a massive health care crisis, which people can have at any age and for any reason, other premium payers will step in and defray the massive costs of your colon cancer or your car accident and you will not be out of pocket more than 6.5 thousand in a given year. We are generously allowing you to pay into a group plan so that in the event of a disaster your uncovered expenses don't bankrupt you and your family, or fall on the rest of us when you waltz uncovered into an emergency room.

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  4. Caleb Tweets, "Not my first run-in with the healthcare industry frankly." I sincerely hope it's not his last, either.

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  5. "Not my first run-in with the healthcare industry frankly."

    That's a very strange response. So he's going to pass on healthcare from here on in? He might as well decide to pass on food or water or air.

    "Not my first run-in with the whole breathing thing frankly."

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  6. Caleb is an alcoholic and will have many more interactions with the health care system.

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  7. If Caleb is an alcoholic he is also in a perpetual state of denial and will not learn or grow like most drunks.

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