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Monday, October 24, 2016

Senator: Koch Brothers And Others Behind ‘Opt Out Of Obamacare’ Are ‘Guilty Of Murder’

Senator: Koch Brothers And Others Behind ‘Opt Out Of Obamacare’ Are ‘Guilty Of Murder’

Senator Angus King (I-ME) doesn’t think the disturbing ads that attempt to scare young people into opting out of Obamacare are funny at all.

“That’s a scandal — those people are guilty of murder in my opinion,” the senator told Salon‘s Brian Beutler. “Some of those people they persuade are going to end up dying because they don’t have health insurance. For people to do that to other people in the name of some obscure political ideology is one of the grossest violations of our humanity I can think of. This absolutely drives me crazy.”

Senator King says he tried to track down the folks behind these campaigns and ask “are you aware of what you’re doing?”

FreedomWorks — a group that’s been central to organizing the Tea Party movement — originated the “Burn Your Obamacare Card” effort, where they organized “protests” on college campuses that were supposed to conjure images of teenagers in the 1960s burning their draft cards to protest the Vietnam War.

But the movement didn’t garner national attention until Generation Opportunity released its now-infamous ads depicting a creepy Uncle Sam popping up in a doctor’s office at the worst possible time.

Who’s behind Generation Opportunity? Yahoo! News‘ Chris Moody explains that it is “a Virginia-based group that is part of a coalition of right-leaning organizations with financial ties to billionaire businessmen and political activists Charles and David Koch.”

Next month, “the group will begin a tour of 20 college campuses, where they plan to set up shop alongside pro-Obamacare activists such as Enroll America that are working to sign people up for the insurance exchanges.”

“What we’re trying to communicate is, ‘No, you’re actually not required to buy health insurance,’” Generation Opportunity president Evan Feinberg told Moody. “You might have to pay a fine, but that’s going to be cheaper for you and better for you.”

Right-wing activists committed to defeating Obamacare know that young people are the key to the success of the Affordable Care Act — because young, healthy people with insurance help to subsidize older, sicker Americans. But to King that doesn’t mean young people can’t get sick and don’t need insurance — and he knows this from experience.

Senator King didn’t get coverage until he was in his late twenties and that’s what motivated him to visit a doctor.

“It was a routine checkup and the doctor found this mole, and I went in a week later to have the stitches out,” the independent senator who caucuses with the Democratic majority in the Senate told Beutler. “The doctor told me I’d better sit down and that I had melanoma…. A month later I found myself having every cancer test you could imagine. Ultimately I had a fairly major surgery. The point of the story is that without the surgery I would have died.”

“The bottom line for me is 15, 20, 25,000 people a year die in this country because they don’t have health insurance,” King said.

The senator believes blood will be on the hands of the Koch brothers and FreedomWorks if young people take their campaign seriously.

“Enabling more people to get coverage is not just common sense, it’s humane,” King added.

 Screenshot via Generation Opportunity’s YouTube channel

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  • GreginPottsville


  • docb

    The plain unvarnished truth from the Senator from Maine…Thank you, Sir! Another Bernie!

  • Reynardine

    In my youth, I knew a woman who died of cervical cancer before she was thirty. One of my goddaughters was exactly thirty when a neglected ectopic pregnancy cost her both ovaries and tubes and most of her uterus. Women in their youth and prime are at far more risk of such complications than vielles rosées like me (sounds more glamorous than old pinko ladies)

    • Johnnie Goode

      The GOP doesn’t understand how those “lady parts” work, but they are hell bound to make sure the vagina is still considered a pre-existing condition. They want girls to pay more. If only they understood that they would not be here except for those lady parts, maybe they would have more sympathy.

      • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

        They don’t want to understand how they work. They just want to regulate them.

        • THS_Warrior

          Newsflash: Men have hated all women ever since the Garden of Eden when God allowed Adam to blame Eve for the downfall.
          Adam (the first coward) immediately complained: “The mean woman you gave me to dominate made me eat the forbidden fruit, Dad.”

          • Allan Richardson

            Not all of us are like that. Jewish legend says Adam divorced his first wife Lilith because she wanted to be equal to him, so she was turned into a wicked demon. I treat my wife and all women with the dignity Lilith demanded, and guess what? It makes her happy and that makes me happy.

          • july860

            Very refreshing…do you think you could give our so-called “leaders” a lesson here?

          • THS_Warrior

            Wow. How great it is to hear about your personal paradigm shift.
            BTW: Your example of how men are supposed to treat women (and vice versa) makes two of us: An intelligent, educated very devout Christian (me) and an intellingent, educated devout Jew.
            Perhaps there is still some hope for all mankind after all?
            Let’s get the New Gospel out: Treating all women with respect makes them very happy, which makes the men very happy too.

      • THS_Warrior

        By any chance is your middle initial “B”? Thanks for the comment.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      I actually have a friend of mine who recently died from Ovarian Cancer. Why? Because she could not afford health insurance that would have allowed her to be screened in time to save her life. Had she even gone to an emergency room, she may have been treated, but because she did not have insurance, she would have bankrupted herself and lost the house and dairy business she owned to pay the bills incurred. As she was a self-employed widow with a young child, there was NO AFFORDABLE single insurance policy she could have bought that would have covered her.

      Conversely, another friend has recovered from her bout with Ovarian Cancer because she had insurance through work and was able to afford the initial screening that identified the distress she thought was a simple ovarian cyst as cancer.
      Both women should have survived, instead of just one. This is another case where the Tea Party philosophy appears to be “If you cannot afford insurance, then just die.” This is one reason why I believe that ACA does not go far enough. We need a single-payer system!

  • THS_Warrior

    Whoa now, slow it down a bit there Nellie. The wagon is getting out ahead of the horse again. FYI: Obscenely wealthy conservatives who hate President Obama because of his race, and because he is smarter than they are, and who are spending a very large fortune trying to de-rail the Affordable Care Act are NOT murders.
    The Koch brothers are too stupid to be anything except fat, ugly and rich old white men who have more money than brains. But they are still entitled to waste their money.

    • TheSkalawag

      How about willful reckless endangerment with malice. I hope being, “too stupid to be anything except fat, ugly and rich old white men who have more money than brains.”‘ isn’t a defense to that.

      • july860

        I agree.

      • THS_Warrior

        Say what? You forgot to identify the crime committed and the object of some crime Skalawag. “Willful reckless endangerment (of what??) with malice.”???
        I still say that here in this free country called America, the fat, old, ugly, white rich boys named Koch have a Constitutional right to be as stupid as they want. The Koch Klowns (and everyone else) are free to waste as much of their wealth tilting at windmills as they want too– as long as they commit no crimes along the way, that is. Then it is prison time.

  • howa4x

    I don’t know why they are going to college campuses, since those students can stay on their parents policy till they are 26 so what will they convince them to do? Drop their parents coverage? I had 3 female cousins die of cancer and one was 31. My best friend just died of cancer and the costs are astronomical, in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. To try to convince young adults not to obtain coverage is criminal at its highest form. Will the Koch’s come in a pay hospital bills for everyone they convince? What is also criminal is the fact that insurance companies, doctors, big Pharma, and hospitals make a huge profit off of people’s illness. In fact they make drugs that only maintain your illness and never make you better. This is why health care costs so much. The other cost drivers are us. We are becoming the fattest people on the planet which leads to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. So at a time when our young people will need healthcare because of obesity, and other weight related illnesses such as bulimia the republicans are telling them not to get covered. The red states are the fattest with the worst health outcomes in the country. And this is the group that republicans target for their cynical messages. Unbelievable isn’t it?

    • mikem42

      Many parents don’t have insurance, of course. Many college kids are just making it by taking out loans and working as well. Besides, education is always better than ignorance, and the word will spread to others that this plan is not evil.

  • ridemybroom

    maybe the repubics needs to be castrated and have vaginas installed into everyone of them so they can know what it like… !! nuff said

  • Allan Richardson

    Three registered nurses died and arrived at St. Peter’s desk. St. Peter asked the first one what kind of nursing she did and how she felt about her life.

    “Oh, I worked in the emergency room for 40 years. The pay wasn’t the greatest, but I was able to raise my family with it, and it was so rewarding when we were able to save gunshot victims, stroke patients, and most of the others. My heart went out to those whom we could not save, and their survivors.”

    “Welcome to your eternal reward, my daughter.” Then he asked the second nurse.

    “I worked in the hospice caring for the dying. Even though their medical condition was impossible (but not always, and I praised God when one of them miraculously recovered and went home), I was able to comfort them in their final days, and give some comfort to their survivors after they passed.”

    “Welcome, my son, to Heaven; you have served in Hell with honor.” Then the third.

    “I was a triage nurse for the preauthorization line of an insurance company. I made sure that the company’s money was being spent wisely and not squandered.”

    “Just a moment, please.” After referring to one manual after another for 15 minutes, St. Peter said, “I can authoriize three days.”

    How many days would the Koch brothers get in Heaven? Currently, the best estimate of the pre-Obamacare situation is that, in addition to bankruptcies, living with pains or handicaps that limit earning power (e.g. the boy with a cleft palate who COULD have grown up to be a lawyer, had it been fixed in infancy), about 45,000 DEATHS each year occur because of insurance denied or treatment denied for CURABLE conditions. That is the 9/11 attack multiplied 15 TIMES EVERY YEAR.

  • mikem42

    Perhaps there should be a health care insurance plan offered for Democrats only. Republicans don’t need to apply. Healthy citizens who don’t need employers to pay for insurance for their workers would likely be hired before the uninsured. If it works, and I think it will, then we will allow R’s to enroll only if they change their party affiliation. Of course, they must show photo I.D. to get in! Hah!!

  • Deskjet

    From the time President Obama was elected it’s been Tea-Publican / Republican War!!

    America is not the country it once was.

    American Greed!!
    Paul Craig Roberts served in Reagan Treasury Dept, and also worked as editor at the Wall Street Journal. He knows about what he speaks. He described the horrendous economic situation for the US Economy. He puts blame on Wall Street and US Corporate executives who use Asian labor in outsourcing, rendering the US nation of workers poor.

    Capitalism : an economic system in
    which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and
    exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals (The Rich) or corporations (The Rich),
    especially as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth.

    Where does “We the People”
    and “Of the People, By the People, And for the People” enter into the
    equation!! In CAPITALISM!!! (The Rich)

    I hope
    we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations (The
    Rich) which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by
    strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

    Thomas Jefferson. Founding Fathers!

  • Vadim Raskin

    The saddest thing about this is that Koch brothers and other wealthy “activists” are nicely covered by the most expensive insurance money can buy and so are their families. What do they care about young kids?