A Republican Drama

Via @Billy, Just Billy, who saved screenshots:

I understand that the reason his insurance claim was denied is that he was using his own car for his job (delivering pizza), but had a personal insurance policy, not a professional one, which costs more but covers job-related accidents.

So now he’s running a GoFundMe campaign to pay his bills. As of this writing, he’s raised $2,225 of his $15,000 goal.

In a book or movie, this would be the point where Our Hero has an epiphany: that accidents can happen to anyone, even the young and healthy. That medical care is fucking expensive (and replacement cars ain’t cheap either). That having to ask people for money while you’re busy getting your spine, your car, and your job back together is another pain in the ass.

It might also lead one to wonder: what if he didn’t have 30,000 Twitter followers who could chip in? Or if he didn’t happen to be young and photogenic? How long would it take him to pay his medical bills on a pizza delivery guy’s salary?

Wouldn’t it be great if there were some way to have something like a GoFundMe that scales? Maybe something where people pay in while they’re healthy and able to draw a salary, and can then get help paying unexpected bills so they don’t go broke from being sick or in an accident? What if, in short, there were such a thing as medical insurance?

However, we don’t live in a movie, and as of this writing, Sassy Gay Republican still seems to equate universal healthcare insurance with tyranny or some similar right-wing talking point. But while he may be cutting off his nose to spite his face, the rest of us can use him as an object lesson.

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4 Responses to A Republican Drama

  1. Steve Watson says:

    Thanks for the detail on his insurance situation; I was unclear on why his claim was denied. And the guy strikes me as being none too bright.

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  2. Steve Watson says:

    And apropos your idea for “large scale GoFundMe”: a friend recently related watching conversations among libertarians about how to improve Uber, like maybe having designated pick-up points and so on. By the time they had finished, they had mostly reinvented the municipal transit service. Yeah, we “socialist” types have had that for like, 150 years….

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    • arensb says:

      I think there’s something to the idea that “those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it”, but these days, when I look at people who are seriously into history, they seem to be more interested either in resurrecting medieval theology, or ancient Greece and Rome, when white men were in charge, and the way to prove you were a man’s man was to kill a bunch of other people.

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