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The real mandate problem
March 11, 2012 - Harry Eagar
This is even better than the revelation that Ron Paul's chief-of-staff didn't bother to buy health insurance and died owing $400,000 in medical bills -- much more than his estate was worth.
The Republican poster girl to get their attack on Obamacare to the Supreme Court is also a medical bill deadbeat.
According to a lengthy story in the Los Angeles Times (which is NOT being paid attention to by the rightwingers), Mary Brown not only refused to buy insurance, but she also declared bankruptcy in order not to pay her medical bills.
"Brown, reached by telephone Thursday, said the medical bills were her husband's. 'I always paid my bills, as well as my medical bills,' she said angrily. 'I never said medical insurance is not a necessity. It should be anyone's right to what kind of health insurance they have.' "
Other hilarious quote (from lawyers explaining why they chose the logic-challenged Brown as their representative plaintiff:
"Harned said. 'And candidly, it is not as easy as it sounds' to find someone."
Sorta like Joe the Plumber, who would have been a fine example of a small businessman oppressed by government regulation except that, as even a slight inquiry revealed, he didn't bother to comply with government regulations.
Let's hope that if the Republicans control the government next year, they apply more due diligence to, say, what's going on in Russia than they ever have to what's going on in their own party.
Most hilarious quote of all:
" 'I believe that anyone has unforeseen things that happen to them that are beyond their control,' Brown said. 'Who says I don't have insurance right now?' "
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