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Daily Kos :: Sen. Angus King: Far-right Obamacare opponents ‘guilty of murder’


As a person whose entire life has been altered, restricted and arguably stolen by disabling illness untreated for decades due to lack of access to healthcare I can really relate to this article.

Do far right radicals really believe my entire life is worth less than money?

That society when it removes the ability to live as our ancestors did which kept us healthy, then has no responsibility to provide health care within the model of society that now completely dominates the land where I live?

Do they really believe in their hearts that some people genuinely*deserve* to suffer pain, disability and death for the “crime” of being born into poverty, or in some way unable to earn enough money to pay huge sums for healthcare?

I am confused about what people believe on this because many claim to be Christian followers of Jesus; who said “Whatsoever you do unto the least of my brothers this you do unto me”.

Could He have been more clear in saying we are all One and practicing love and compassion for all was something He expects us to do?

For many years I felt that most people in America truly wished people like me to die.

I learned that from the actions and rhetoric around things like poverty, healthcare, foodstamps, the ADA and also the pervasive attitude (Million Dollar Baby anyone? ) that it is BETTER to be DEAD than profoundly disabled.

So if you oppose the ACA/Obamacare please realize what message you are sending to impressionable children like I once was.

I am not lazy but I worry every day about not being productive enough-as if simply being is not enough.

Did God create me with a work contract? Am I in violation because I was exposed to toxics as a child which destroyed my health?

I know God didn’t give me this demand that insidiously drains my confidence and joy and causes me to question my value as a human being.

This obviously flawed belief grew from the culture that told me people who don’t work hard enough deserve to starve, do without and die.

How can people who promote those ideas call such a culture the land of the “FREE”?

How free are we if failure to be a good slave makes us worthless?

Sen. Angus King: Far-right Obamacare opponents ‘guilty of murder’
by Joan McCarter Sep 30, 2013 1:58pm PDT
Sen. Angus King

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) has some harsh words for those who would tell young people that a political principle is more important than having health insurance.

“That’s a scandal—those people are guilty of murder in my opinion,” Sen. Angus King, a Maine Independent who caucuses with Democrats, told me in a Friday interview. “Some of those people they persuade are going to end up dying because they don’t have health insurance. For people who 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.”

King speaks from experience.

Forty years ago, when King was 29 years old, he was provided health insurance as a staffer for then-Sen. Bill Hathaway, D-Maine, and for the first time in a decade went to a clinic for a checkup.“I had a health policy that included in it a free annual physical as a part of the policy and they had evening clinic hours. And I wouldn’t have taken the day off — and if that hadn’t been covered under the insurance there’s no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t have gone to have the checkup,” King said.

“It was a routine checkup and the doctor found this mole, and I went in a week later to have the stitches out. 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.”

You know that none of the guys at Heritage Action or FreedomWorks would tell their own children to go without health insurance. They know as well as Sen. King that it’s foolish to go without that protection when you can afford otherwise. But. They. Don’t. Care.

As far as they’re concerned, the people they’re telling to burn their fake Obamacare cards could live or die. It doesn’t really matter. They’re not likely to be voting Republican any time soon. That’s why they don’t particularly care about the people who they would allow to go hungry with their massive food stamp cuts. They’re not voters. And they sure won’t be campaign contributors. As far as Republicans are concerned, most of America is expendable.



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5 thoughts on “Daily Kos :: Sen. Angus King: Far-right Obamacare opponents ‘guilty of murder’

  1. Thank you for speaking out. You are brave and very courageous. Thank you for sharing your story. Blessings, Barbara

    • Thank you for appreciating it and for reblogging! I will not benefit from the ACA thanks to the Florida Governor and Legislature who accurately describe how horrible medicaid is in Florida (without explaining Why or how it got that way!) But refuse to do anything to improve it, or to fully implement the ACA which they hsve spent far mor energy fighting than they have actually working to solve ANY of Florida’s problems healthcare or other:-/
      But I can’t see why anyone else should go thru what I have if there is already a solution in place to prevent it.

      Progress toward a fair and egalitarian society sometimes seems to move like a glacier while the concentration of wealth and power into an ever smaller segment of society seems to move like a lava flow.
      I feel that if we just keep going tho it really will turn out to be a tortoise and hare race from the faery tale;-)

  2. I am not against ACA, however I feel that If they feel it is sufficient for the American people, they should also utilize the same. Much like with minimum wage they should live on the same. After all, they are the volunteer public servants, not a new style of Royalty with us as governmental slaves (as stated above). Inequality imposed by our government officials elevates them, and those that surround them, while leaving us the servant whether elected or employed by our government. In that they should also be included under ACA, they can better afford a supplemental medical policy, to assist them in obtaining a higher quality of care they now enjoy at our expense. Many seniors with far less find themselves having to do that.

    • Thank you for your reply. I feel that you are very accurate in your assessment. The fundamental problem in America in my opinion is inequality based in corruption and an undemocratic level of control by the wealthy over just about everything.

      When the people making the laws either are part of the 1% or corrupt individuals pandering to the 1% in expectation of financial rewards there can be no expectation of fairness.

      There is a thought experiment or exercise that I learned in a college ethics course that relates well to what you point out in your comment.

      A group is asked to design the perfect society or to evaluate any political or economic system. The critical point of the exercise is that you design or evaluate based on the idea that you will be part of this society but you will not know which part-so ideally you would design something fair to everyone.

      Our elected officials do not experience this at all. Here in Florida it is horribly evident as our legislature seems for the most part utterly divorced from reality.

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