It is shocking, horrible and stupid, but unsurprising that conservatives such as the Kock brothers and others are telling uninsured people, especially the young, that they should not sign up for insurance in their state's health exchange starting October 1 of this year. Their reason? They want these people--again, the young and uninsured--to screw Obama by continuing to go without insurance even though for most their premiums would be between $100 and $250 depending on income and the plan they choose.
Pretty sick. Make it impossible to get rectal bleeding diagnosed and when it turns out to be cancer treated and/or go into hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt when you finally are in so much pain that you get diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer. Oh, if you had gone earlier to be diagnosed and treated, your chance of survival is very high and the cost much lower than trying to cure stage IV where the survival rate is very, very low.
Or, go skiing and fall and break your leg, but because you listened to the Kock brothers you don't have health insurance. So you avoid treatment and live in pain and perhaps life long disability. You also may get a clot that travels to your lungs.
These sound great. Right? I mean, you can put yourself at risk for these and thousands of other horrific scenarios just so you can join the Kochs, Tea Party and Republicans in denying more than 30 million people--including yourselves--health coverage. They are actually saying, "Be a deadbeat against Obama!"
And the worst of their lies--beyond their lies to fight the FACTS that premium increases have stabilized and rates in the state health exchanges are lower than expected--they are telling the young and uninsired that it's okay. If you get stage IV colorectal cancer or break your leg skiing (or at work or anywhere else) you can just sign up for health insurance after the fact. Amazingly, they are telling young people and the uninsured to "Game the system like some Cadillac driving welfare queen."
Of course, the truth is something quite a bit different. There are time limited (about 50 days) enrollment periods when people can sign up for health insurance at a state run health exchange. Outside of those periods--as with every other type of group insurance (i.e. employer provided)--you are out of luck. You won't be able to buy insurance and the hundreds of thousands of dollars it costs to treat you will go on your AmEx, assuming you have an AmEx with an unlimited credit line like the Kochs.
So don't be a dumb ass. Sign up for cheap, incredibly useful health insurance so you are protected when you get sick and can see a doctor for regular exams (these are covered and not generally considered part of the deductible).
Causes James Buchanan Supports
Expanding health care in the US, ending war as a viable tool of foreign policy, and issues related to social justice in general.