Thursday, April 10, 2014

More on the real Obamacare "death panels."

Courtesy of Americans Against the Tea Party:  

This 32-year-old mother of three was trying to sell a vacuum cleaner when she died, one of her three jobs she worked in order to financially support her family. Dill died due to a treatable heart condition she had but could never receive care because she could not afford insurance. 

Charlene Dill only made $9,000 a year and was working three jobs. She even tried applying for Obamacare but was denied due to her “high income.” This is a perfect example as to why Florida needs to expand the Medicaid plan, but the Republican Party, once again, is ignoring the issue. 

Kathleen Voss Woolrich, Dill’s best friend, tried to help raise money in order for Dill to pay for the care she needed. Woolrich used crowdfunding sites to try to raise the money; instead she raised money for her friend’s funeral. Woolrich rightfully blamed Florida politicians for Dill’s death. “You see the main argument Republicans use is that it’s some lazy person who needs Medicaid expansion. That those of us living without healthcare or dental care are lazy. But my friend, a single beautiful mother, worked three jobs,” Woolrich wrote in a moving blog post after Dill’s death. 

“I am burying my best friend because of the policies of the Republican Party. I am burying my best friend because had Medicaid expanded, her needs would have been met.”

Such an unnecessary end to a young life.

As somebody who also falls between the gap left by my Republican Governor's refusal to adopt the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. I totally relate to this poor woman's situation.

I voted for this President twice, and supported the plan to implement the Affordable Care Act all the way, only to find that I, like many others, will not benefit simply because I happen to live in a state where Republicans rule the day.

Because of these heartless POS there are many of us here, and in other red states, who could get sick and die simply because of their refusal to support a plan advocated by a hated ideological enemy.

It is a tragic shame that this young mother died, and I believe that every death that would have been prevented by an expanded Medicaid, is a homicide that the governors of their states should be held accountable for.

Are there death panels?

You bet your ass there are. Only we know them by another name, Republican administrations.


  1. Anonymous2:18 AM

    Good post. Thanks Gryph for this 'death panel' explanation of red state Medicade denial reality brought to us by Koch-fueled GOTP'ers.

    1. Anonymous6:13 AM

      Isn't it the law that everyone have healthcare? How do these a$$hole govs get around the law? If I lived in a redstate I would start a impeachment of the Gov!

  2. Anonymous2:41 AM

    I do believe it is a homicide. I do not know the particulars of this case. I need to see if she died in an ER = attempting to save her. Probably over $100k of effort and she still died. Yet, had she been able to get help earlier, she'd be alive, well and the medical cost much less.

    1. She die on the floor of a stranger house while trying to sell vacuum cleaner, one of her three jobs... SAD

    2. Anonymous2:58 PM

      That poor woman! Working three jobs, and she still couldn't afford health insurance. Heartbreaking. RIP Mrs. Dill.

  3. Anonymous3:31 AM

    How in the fucking hell is $9K considered high income. This is where I do not support the ACA, the income threshold is way too low. If anything the poverty level should be higher all around as it hasn't changed in decades. My heart goes out to the lady's family and especially her children.
    Not to pull blame off the evil of that fucking asshole Scott, but if we had single payer like the majority of DEMs wanted in the first place, she'd be alive now.

    1. In Florida, It's too high for Medicaid and too low for the subsidies under ACA. She was better off not working to get Medicaid for herself and the kids... Do you know that Florida pay only $300 and something for Welfare for a family of three? To get Welfare, you first have to seek child support for each child... many time the father don't pay like they should and Florida doesn't do any about it..... She probably can't get welfare and the father refuse to pay his child support... I live in Florida and used to be a section 8 apartment manager. Many were in her situation...

    2. Anonymous8:39 AM

      3:31 the individual states set the threshold for $ Medicaid eligibility

  4. Anonymous5:34 AM

    Here's the GOOD news!

    Opposition to Medicaid Expansion Killing Republican Governors’ 2014 Election Hopes

    ...Recent polling done by Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that five incumbent Republican Governors who oppose Medicaid expansion are in danger o losing their bids or re-election. Not surprisingly, Maine Republican Paul LePage and Pennsylvania Republican Tom Corbett trail in their bids for re-election as their right-wing policies are far out of line with their blue-leaning electorates. However, even in Georgia and Kansas, Republican incumbents are losing to Democratic challengers. Even in these deep red states, a solid majority of voters want their Governors to expand Medicaid.

    No Governor has made opposition to Medicaid expansion more a cornerstone of his campaign than Rick Scott in Florida. Yet, by a 58-33 margin, Florida voters want their Governor to accept the federal funding for Medicaid expansion. More than four in ten Florida voters say Rick Scott’s dogmatic opposition to Medicaid expansion makes them less likely to vote or him. In a head to head match-up with Democrat Charlie Crist, Rick Scott is losing 49-42 percent. GOP opposition to Medicaid expansion will prove to be Rick Scott’s undoing.

    Obamacare’s Revenge: The ACA Powers Charlie Crist To a 7 Point Lead Over Rick Scott

    1. I am voting that crooked Scott Out!!! I'm voting for Charlie Crist!

    2. Anita Winecooler3:48 PM

      I'm busting my butt getting Tom Corbett booted. He slashed education funds, wanted to privatize the lottery (which helps support elderly and poor services, but got stopped from doing it). I'd love to see one of these idiots try to raise three kids on 9 grand a year.

    3. Lucas M5:02 PM

      Yes, the Republicans will lose in Florida in a fair election. That's why they're trying their damnedest to rig this one.

  5. Leland5:42 AM

    In other words, Gryphen, there ARE death panels - and they are the repube governors who refuse to expand Medicaid!

  6. Anonymous6:05 AM

    This is so heart-breaking. If I believed in hell, I'd sure wish that these Republican assholes ended up burning there.

  7. Anonymous6:14 AM

    Obamacare is widening the gap between ‘red’ and ‘blue’ America

    The fact that the citizens of “red” and “blue” states live in what are essentially two countries with very different governments has largely flown under the radar, but it may become the defining story of our time. The two major parties are not only highly polarized ideologically, but as Dan Balz noted in The Washington Post, “polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas.” Three-quarters of US states are now controlled by one of the two major parties — the most in 60 years — and “officials in these states are moving unencumbered to enact their party’s agenda.”

    When the Supreme Court ruled that states could decline Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion without facing a penalty, the justices set in motion a process that’s now pushing our two countries even further apart as about half of the states passed on the opportunity to insure their poorer residents.

  8. Anonymous6:21 AM

    O/T Gryphen, some new developments...

  9. Anonymous7:31 AM

    Obamacare's Enrollment Numbers Just Got Even Better

    1. Anita Winecooler3:50 PM

      She just announced she's resigning.

  10. Anonymous8:15 AM

    Hopefully the rest of the country can get word to the inside of our red states that it ISN'T the ACA but the governors!! Not a word is being reported here that it is the Medicaid turn down that is keeping us from insurance. Most believe that it means the ACA is a lie.

    Please keep re-posting that these are, in fact, death panels imposed by republican governors. Thank you

  11. Anonymous11:54 AM

    Tragic is the only word I can come up; and I read comments on other sites that blame her, they fucking blame her!!! Now, I know some haters live in their mom's basements, (LIMB) my new abbreviation for those idiots, but where and when did we lose our humanity? I will quote Gus Macrae in Lonesome Dove- "I God Woodrow"

    Tap Duncan

  12. Lucas M4:59 PM

    :Facepalm: The ACA does not deny coverage for having too high an income. It directs you to your state's Medicade if you have too low an income due to you not being able to afford even their Silver packages. I fell through that crack too. Fortunately for me I live in California.

  13. "Are there death panels?

    You bet your ass there are. Only we know them by another name, Republican administrations." - Uncle G

    Spot On!

  14. Anonymous3:50 AM

  15. Anonymous3:53 AM

    Before throwing stones at the Florida Governor, you need to go to a Huffington Post article from 2/20/2013 titled "Rick Scott agrees to expand Medicaid program in Florida"


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