Perhaps the Most Infuriatingly Stupid Obamacare Story Youâ€™ll Read All Day
I just â€” I donâ€™t even â€” just read this, via Charlie Pierce:
â€śI donâ€™t think that the government should be involved in health care or health insurance,â€ť says Greg Collett, a 41-year-old software developer in Caldwell, Idaho, who would rather pay the fine for now â€” $95 the first year â€” than signup. â€śI calculated it out and it is cheaper for me for the next four years to pay the fine rather than get coverage,â€ť Collett said. â€śAt some point where it would make financial sense to pay for insurance rather than pay fines, I will make the decision from a financial standpoint.â€ťâ€¦Collett counts himself among the 29 percent of people who said in an NBCNews/Kaiser poll they are angry about the health reform law. â€śThe issue for me is that it is not the proper role of government,â€ť he said.
Okay, so what happens if heâ€™s hit by a car or discovers a lump in one of his testicles? Hopefully, for his sake, itâ€™ll happen during the next open enrollment period or else heâ€™s going to incur a world of debt.
Now make sure youâ€™re not drinking any beverages when you read the next lineâ€¦
Collett, who is married and has 10 children, says the kids are covered by Medicaid, the joint state-federal health insurance plan for people with low income and children who are not covered. But itâ€™s â€śabsolutely not okay,â€ť that they are, Collett says quickly. â€śThere are a lot of people out there thatâ€™ll cry foul.â€ť Collett, whose children are home-schooled, likens taking Medicaid to sending children to public school. He also does not approve of government-funded public schools. â€śThe government is taking your money. They are spending it on things they shouldnâ€™t be,â€ť he says. â€śTrying to get whatever you can back â€” I have nothing against that. You have to at some point try and get your tax dollars back.â€ť
He has ten home-schooled children and heâ€™s opposed to government healthcare, yet his children are covered by Medicaid. This is exactly how these people justify their glaring contradictions. His kids are on Medicaid, but thatâ€™s only because the government is taking too much of his money in taxes so heâ€™s taking some of it back.
And good news! He and his wife are educating a litter of children. Watch out â€” next year heâ€™ll be running for Congress.
UPDATE: I was joking about running for Congress. I didnâ€™t know he actually ran for state office.