Great, great post over at No More Mister Nice Blog…..
‘We’ve met Luis Lang before — but when we last met him, he didn’t have a name’.
‘Luis Lang, you see, is the real-life version of the hypothetical uninsured individual Ron Paul was asked about in a 2011 Republican presidential debate’.
‘As you’ll recall, Paul said the hypothetical man should just “assume responsibility for himself,” because “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks.”
‘When he was gainfully employed, Luis Lang refused to buy private insurance and refused to sign up for Obamacare’.
‘Now he’s going blind, and it’s all our fault’:
Lang, a 49-year-old resident of Fort Mill, S.C., has bleeding in his eyes and a partially detached retina caused by diabetes’.
“He will lose his eyesight if he doesn’t get care. He will go blind,” said Dr. Malcolm Edwards, the Lancaster, S.C., ophthalmologist who examined Lang’.
‘Lang is a self-employed handyman who works with banks and the federal government on maintaining foreclosed properties. He has done well enough that his wife, Mary, hasn’t had to work….’
‘…[He’s] suffered several mini-strokes. He ran up $9,000 in bills and exhausted his savings. Meanwhile, his vision worsened and he can’t work, he says’.
‘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’.
‘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’.
‘As Josh Marshall notes’:
‘Since Lang now has no income, he should be eligible for the ACA’s expanded Medicaid coverage, for which the federal government picks up tab. But Lang lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina. And South Carolina refused to accept Medicaid expansion. So he’s out of luck on that front too’.
WOLF BLITZER:”A healthy 30-year-old young man has a good job, makes a good living, but decides, you know what? I’m not going to spend $200 or $300 a month for health insurance because I’m healthy, I don’t need it. But something terrible happens, all of a sudden he needs it”.
“Who’s going to pay if he goes into a coma, for example? Who pays for that”?
RON PAUL: “Well, in a society that you accept welfarism and socialism, he expects the government to take care of him”.
BLITZER: “Well, what do you want”?
RON PAUL: “But what he should do is whatever he wants to do, and assume responsibility for himself. My advice to him would have a major medical policy, but not be forced –:
BLITZER: “But he doesn’t have that. He doesn’t have it, and he needs intensive care for six months. Who pays”?
RON PAUL: “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare and take care of everybody –”
BLITZER: “But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die”?
RON PAUL: “No. I practiced medicine before we had Medicaid, in the early 1960s, when I got out of medical school. I practiced at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, and the churches took care of them. We never turned anybody away from the hospitals”.
RON PAUL: “And we’ve given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves and assume responsibility for ourselves. Our neighbors, our friends, our churches would do it”.
‘Since conservatives have made Obamacare more porous than it was intended to be in South Carolina, we should be looking at the remedy conservatives recommend in this situation’.
‘That’s the system you think is better’.
‘So show us it’s better’.
From : http://nomoremister.blogspot.com/2015/05/when-ron-paul-fans-cheered-they-were.html
Social Security is going to run out of money so we need to make sure that if someone says they are disabled….they really are disabled.
Now we are going to spend millions – NOT to help anyone – but to make sure someone is really disabled………….And you wonder why Social Security is running out of money.
‘On Monday, after another event in New Hampshire, Paul expanded on his disability position by arguing that advocates for the disabled needed to collaborate on cost-cutting ideas’.
“I think the first thing to acknowledge is that there’s not money for all of these Social Security disability programs,” Paul told Bloomberg in an interview’.
“It runs out of money this year. [The program does not hit a shortfall until late 2016, according to the actuary’.]
“The overall Social Security system pays out more than it takes in. So I think it’s really without question that all of these programs need to be reviewed to make them financially sound. There are people who are truly disabled, so the program should first of all prioritize those who are truly disabled.”
As the population increases, so do the number of people who will need it. Why not increase funding as the population increases?
“I think it’s important that all the advocates for disability realize that it’s in their best interest to make sure that people who are disabled are receiving money,” he said’.
“So there’s a lot of reforms that we’ve talked about–having more certainty in annual exams, having the exams done by doctors who have not seen the patient and can be objective in confirming the disability”.
“There’s a lot of reform we can do, and the key is getting the advocates involved.”
Yes. Let’s ‘advocate’ for doctors getting more money to do exams and not for people actually disabled.
From : http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-05-12/rand-paul-advocates-for-the-disabled-should-help-brainstorm-ways-to-cut-social-security-spending
Rep. Marsha Blackburn is the best example of Republican Stupidity.
‘Mostly, Christians complain that they aren’t allowed to turn every single public gathering place, including schools, into churches’.
‘Christian churches, are however, protected from paying taxes and from pretty much any government oversight. That’s not persecution’.
‘While many see evidence in the fact that stores have a tendency to shorthand the end of the year and its cluster of celebrations with a simple “Happy Holidays” as absolute proof that Christianity is under attack, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) couldn’t even scrounge up that example’.
‘In a press conference at the South Carolina Freedom Summit, Blackburn was asked about Christian persecution’.
“You know, there have been several lately. There’ve. Um. I can’t give you a specific (pause) right off the cuff,” Blackburn shrugs. “I’m sorry.”
‘Typically, when one thinks of the word “persecution,” one thinks of, oh, I don’t know, anything from not being served at a restaurant to being bullied and worse for beliefs, skin color, nationality or sexual orientation’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/05/12/tenn-gop-congresswoman-complains-of-christian-persecution-cant-think-of-a-single-example-video/
Allen West has a history of just making stuff up…….
‘Former Florida Congressman Allen West posted an anti-sharia law rant on his web page Monday because he saw a Walmart aisle where the cashier was not selling alcohol’.
“There was a young man doing the checkout and another Walmart employee came over and put up a sign, “No alcohol products in this lane.”
“So being the inquisitive fella I am, I used my additional set of eyes — glasses — to see the young checkout man’s name. Let me just say it was NOT “Steve.”
“I pointed the sign out to Aubrey [West’s daughter] and her response was a simple question”,
“How is it that this Muslim employee could refuse service to customers based on his religious beliefs, but Christians are being forced to participate in specific events contrary to their religious beliefs”?
“Imagine that, this employee at Walmart refused to just scan a bottle or container of an alcoholic beverage — and that is acceptable”.
“A Christian business owner declines to participate or provide service to a specific event — a gay wedding — which contradicts their faith, and the State crushes them”.
But let’s call it Muslims imposing Sharia law on innocent, loving Christians.
From : http://www.politicususa.com/2015/05/12/allen-west-claims-underage-walmart-cashier-selling-alcohol-sharia-law.html