Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Republican Misinformation on Obamacare Nearly Killed a Man.

Republican bastards almost cost Dean Angstadt, his life. You see, because of their deliberately spouted misinformation, courtesy of the Koch brothers, Dean was scared, repulsed and fearful over the Affordable Care Act. Dean found out the hard way, luckily it was during an open enrollment period, when he need a life-saving surgery. As Republicans suggest he could have waited until he needed an ICU bed in the hospital while laying on his death bed, or he could enroll in a health care plan. Thanks be to  God, Dean opted to enroll in a health care plan. Eerily enough, if he listened to his base, Dean might have died.

"A lot of people I talk to are so misinformed about the ACA," the 57-year-old Angstadt said. "I was, before [my friend] Bob [Leinhauser] went through all this for me. I would recommend it to anybody and, in fact, have encouraged friends, including the one guy who hauls my logs(1)."

After having spent months and months discouraging enrollment—occasionally by peddling the outright lie that under Obamacare people can simply wait until they're sick to buy insurance—conservatives now want you to be outraged about the fact that the law sets open-enrollment periods outside of which people can't buy insurance. Even if, like Angstadt, you urgently need valve-replacement surgery.

As political strategies go, persuading people to skip something, then feigning anger on their behalf when they can't access it, is breathtaking in its cynicism. But this was worse than cynical politics. It was playing with people's lives in an insanely reckless way.(1)."


1). (28 April 2014). BY BRIAN BEUTLER. Obamacare Skeptic: ACA Misinformation Nearly Killed Me. New Republic. http://linkis.com/www.newrepublic.com/VR0dI

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