Still Searching for a Victim

Posted: April 8, 2014 by Marner in Uncategorized

Despite Herculean efforts to find Obamacare victims to parade before the public, the Republicans are still striking out.

First we have Todd Starnes, Professional Christian Victim™, who asks the question, “Hey, Harry Reid, is this Baptist preacher a liar, too?” No, Todd, he’s a fucking idiot.

“Matthew Morgan was crumpled on the pavement lying in a pool of blood. Bones had torn through his flesh. His left foot was nearly severed. As he lapsed into and out of consciousness, a jarring thought crossed the Baptist preacher’s mind: he no longer had health insurance.

“That was one of the first thoughts I had after I got hit,” Matthew told me in a telephone interview from his home in Indianola, Miss.

Matthew is a bi-vocational pastor. He ministers to two congregations and works a full-time job at the Indianola Pecan House. The 27-year-old is married and has four children. His oldest is five, the youngest is one. And on Feb. 17th he became a victim of ObamaCare.”

So, Todd, tell us how Mr. Morgan became a “victim.”

“Matthew and his wife used to have insurance through Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Like many Americans, they received a letter in 2013 informing them of a hike in premiums. The couple had been paying $550 per month for their plan and Blue Cross was raising the rate by more than 15 percent. Even though they liked their insurance plan, Matthew said it was no longer in their budget.”

So, what did Mr. Morgan do about it? Did he get a policy that was cheaper and provided better coverage? Nope. He said he tried using the website to purchase a policy, but it was just too frustrating for him. Did he pick up a phone and call to find coverage? Nope, apparently that also took too much effort. Did he find a Navigator who could help him in person? Nope.

It seems getting health insurance for himself, his wife, and four children was just not a real high priority for the Pastor. He finally found a policy (no comment from Starnes on whether or not he is paying less than for his old plan), but it doesn’t take effect until April. Here’s the kicker: His accident occurred on February 17th. That means he received his notice of his old policy’s rates increasing, most likely before January, but Starnes doesn’t say. He then purchased a policy and CHOSE not to have it take effect until April. He would have had to purchase the policy before February 17th or Starnes’ whole “victim” story falls apart even more than it already does.

It sucks that Mr. Morgan was injured in an accident, but his lack of insurance was the result of his conscious choice to not ensure he and his family were covered. He claims he would have been covered if not for Obamacare, but that is pure bullshit. The odds are his rates would have increased anyway, as rates always go up, and Starnes noticeably does not say that Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s letter blamed the ACA. Mr. Morgan should accept responsibility for his own actions and be thankful that now his insurance company can’t dump him for being too expensive. He can also be happy that he can’t be denied coverage because of the injuries he sustained in his accident. Consider it a life lesson.

Next we have the Kock Brothers’ latest poster child gone wrong. Julie Boonstra appeared in an ad for Americans for Prosperity, a Koch front group, claiming that Obamacare had jeopardized her health. She was diagnosed with leukemia and she says that under Obamacare her out of pocket expenses are unaffordable. That turned out to be less than true. There is a $2.00 difference in the total costs of her old plan compared to her new plan. When questioned about the facts, Boonstra went on the attack, making appearances on friendly Fox News. Unfortunately, she didn’t address the discrepancies in her story, she only attacked the people questioning the story.

Now, it appears her new plan is actually going to cost her considerably less than her old plan.

“Boonstra’s old plan cost $1,100 a month in premiums or $13,200 a year, she previously told The News. It didn’t include money she spent on co-pays, prescription drugs and other out-of-pocket expenses.

By contrast, the Blues’ plan premium costs $571 a month or $6,852 for the year. Since out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100, including deductibles, the maximum Boonstra would pay this year for all of her cancer treatment is $11,952.”

In response, Boonstra said:

“When advised of the details of her Blues’ plan, Boonstra said the idea that it would be cheaper “can’t be true.”

“I personally do not believe that,” Boonstra said.”

Ms. Boonstra, you too are a fucking idiot.


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