Back before the New Year I passed on the report from Politico.com that we would soon be seeing
So here’s one of the “success stories.”
Before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, a lot of people with pre-existing conditions had trouble getting coverage. One New Mexican says that was his problem exactly, but that the new law has changed things.
Twenty-eight year old Evan Webb learned he had diabetes ten years ago, making monthly prescriptions for two types of insulin a life-or-death necessity.
“I take one type that lasts four hours and I take that with meals and I take another type that lasts 24 hours kind of in the background, monitoring my blood sugar,” Webb said. “Each one, out of pocket, costs at least 300 dollars.”
The six hundred dollar cost was covered by his dad’s insurance until he was 23. After that, he tried to get approved by every health insurance provider he could find, but he says none would take him because of his condition. He scraped together money to buy medications each month. When he couldn’t, he ended up in the hospital.
“I was getting to the point where I was starting to feel hopeless and starting to feel like well, I guess I’m just gonna suffer until I slowly die,” Webb said.
I’m curious why Webb couldn’t find a way to qualify for Medicaid. Was his income too high?
Unfortunately, the story doesn’t address any questions; it simply tells us that he was dying and now he’s not.
Here’s what I don’t understand: why not propose some way of helping people like Webb without taking away the insurance of millions, diverting resources to free birth control, and forcing Sisters to endorse abortion?
Even if we take this story at face value, anyone looking at the mandates and the regulations on Obamacare sees that Webb’s function in the system is that of a hostage to prevent anyone from stopping the social and cultural revolution that Health and Human Services is imposing on the population. (In general, that’s why government spends a pittance on poor people, so that anyone who questions the massive middle-class ponzi entitlement scheme can be accused of hurting the poor. The welfare state exists because Big Government needs hostages.)
Also, again, if we assume this story is true, is it really more important that Webb get his medicine than that this man get cancer treatment? Should this young mother be robbed of her treatment for MS? What about this young wife who is told that losing her cancer care is worth it because now she gets to pay for other peoples’ maternity? Should this cancer sufferer be robbed of her doctors as she fights for her life?
I appreciate that this young man was in a worse position before. But no one put him there. No one was responsible for giving him a life threatening position. If I had my way, patents wouldn’t exist and his medicine would be available much more cheaply. But I don’t have the lobbying budget to get the legislation written the way I wanted it. But other than Big Pharma’s drug monopolies, which remain in place, no one robbed him.
That’s not true now of these other victims. Their lives are endangered by human decision-making.
That is not a success story!