President Obama's Affordable Care Act has extended health coverage to millions of young adults, prevented denial of benefits based on pre-existing conditions and has generally paved the way for universal health coverage.
But unfortunately, Obamacare doesn't protect against cruel, cruel irony…
The lead plaintiff in the legal case against the Affordable Care Act filed for bankruptcy after accruing nearly $5,000 in medical debt. According to the Los Angeles Times, plaintiff Mary Brown was uninsured last fall when her husband's medical bills stacked up to $4,500. That, combined with other debt they had accumulated, led the couple to file for bankruptcy:
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… Who says I don't have insurance right now?"
Brown "doesn't have insurance. She doesn't want to pay for it. And she doesn't want the government to tell her she has to have it," according to Karen Harned, a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business.
We live in a free society, with certain enumerated rights guaranteed to us by a little old document called the U.S. Constitution. Buying health insurance is a choice, just like deciding whether or not to bring financial ruin upon your family and completely humiliate yourself. Mary Brown was simply exercising her constitutional right to screw up her own life.
And isn't that what this country is all about? Lax gun control laws, fast food restaurants on every corner — screwing up your life is the American way. God Bless America, and God Bless Americans like Mary Brown.
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