It’s no secret that most conservatives are not fans of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). In reality, millions of conservatives are actually big fans of the law considering they’re benefitting from it – they’ve just been pumped full of so much propaganda and blatant lies for the last several years that I’m convinced many of them would still oppose the law even if their lives were saved by it.
While I am indeed a supporter of the law, I am well aware that it has many flaws. The truth is, all the ACA was meant to be was a stepping stone toward true universal health care. You know, just like the vast majority of the modernized world already has. But instead of working on ways to fix it to make it even better, we’re still dealing with conservatives who are actively trying to impede and sabotage the law at every turn.
Well, in what can be seen as a true definition of irony, a somewhat well-known anti-Obamacare critic, former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack, has apparently created a GoFundMe campaign asking for at least $30,000 to pay his medical expenses. I say “at least” because there’s a disclaimer stating that his expenses could be much more than that.
Many of you might recall Mack was one of Cliven Bundy’s biggest supporters. He is a fanatic anti-government advocate who gave an interview last year where he said some of Bundy’s followers had discussed using women as a human shields against any government officials who might try to arrest Nevada’s infamous welfare rancher.
So, because Mack unfortunately fell victim to unexpected medical issues that have required fairly expensive treatment, and he chose not to purchase health insurance (and opposes the law that’s provided health insurance for millions of Americans), he’s now begging people online to pay these bills for him.
There goes that whole “personal responsibility” thing, huh? The fact is, a handout is a handout whether it’s from the government or an online campaign asking strangers for money.
Now, I don’t begrudge him for asking for help. And regardless of how idiotic I think his political beliefs are, I do wish him a full and speedy recovery. If you wish to help him out, follow this link to donate.
But it is truly ironic that someone who so feverishly has lived his life opposing the government (and opposed a health care law meant to provide Americans with comprehensive health insurance so they wouldn’t suffer the burden of tremendous debt if unexpected medical issues were to arise) is now begging for handouts from strangers to help pay his medical bills following an unexpected medical emergency – because he doesn’t heave health insurance.
The fact is, Mack’s story isn’t uncommon. There are millions of Americans who’ve suffered the same exact fate as he has. Unfortunately, most aren’t able to raise the tens of thousands of dollars required to get the medical treatments that they desperately need. Many Americans die too young, or live in constant pain, because they can’t afford proper medical care.
While I’m sure this entire situation won’t change Mack’s mind one bit as it relates to the Affordable Care Act, the truth is if this country had universal health care, or he had purchased health insurance, he wouldn’t have to worry about paying these enormous medical bills. And he certainly wouldn’t have had to resort to begging strangers online for money.
So, no matter what his views are about our health care system going forward, whether he likes it or not, Richard Mack has become a prime example as to why we needed the ACA and why this country needs to ultimately embrace true universal health care for all Americans.
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