And The Crowd Yells, “Let Him Die”

This comes to us care of Talking Points Memo and Think Progress‘s liveblog of the latest GOP presidential debate, the second to feature Rick Perry. This particular moment hits close to home for me. You might remember my attempts to pay for and get health insurance and where that got me.

In this moment, it is asked whether someone who is uninsured should be allowed to die or if the government should pick up where his lack of insurance and his bank account left off. The reaction from the Tea Party crowd is surprising, even for them. Below is the incident in question.

Ron Paul the doctor says a 30-year-old who has an accident and needs intensive health care should’ve planned ahead and is responsible for himself. When Blitzer asks if society should let that young man die, some in the crowd shout in approval. Tea Party audience members heard yelling: “Yeah!” “Let him die!”

I actually sort of like Ron Paul. I think his ideas are kind of crazy and his loathing of government a bit ironic but at least he has some ideas. This is more of a critique of the audience than Ron Paul though he sure didn’t challenge them.

And of course, Blitzer should have proposed the question again with someone like me who tried to get insurance, even paid for it for months and then was told he was uninsurable. What if I were the one in the hospital for six months? A twenty-something with all intentions of not getting a free ride.

Now, discuss!

UPDATE: Looks like Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson was right over a year ago when he said the Republican healthcare plan was, “Don’t get sick and if you do get sick, die quickly.” Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration and the hypothetical situation isn’t specific enough but it sure doesn’t help the argument for the Tea Party reaction last night.

Ok, so now discuss.

Why I Was Denied Health Insurance

After months of waiting for my health insurance to be activated, and after paying for it all the while, I was informed recently that I am uninsurable.

What horrible malady might I have? Cancer? Multiple sclerosis? Heart disease? Let’s take a look at the letter they sent. I’m sure that will tell me why.

Oh, yes. I was denied health insurance because of “*”. Seriously? All you people who think the United States of America doesn’t need a major overhaul of its health insurance industry should look at this and think twice.

For no reason I was denied health insurance. Previously they told me they were waiting on the results of an electrocardiography exam I had nearly three years ago. An EKG that came back saying my heart was in perfect condition. Now they tell me because… asterisk. They literally have no reason for their rejection. I have been dealing with them since August with this mind you.

Welcome to America, land of the brave, the free and the uninsured.

Thanks Republicans who did all they could to prevent people like me from getting coverage and the Democrats that let them do it. Tea Party members… Don’t even get me started.

Share your insurance issues, thoughts on reform in the comments.

Do I Even Have the Thyme for This?

I really want to get back into cooking all of my meals, they taste so much better, it is relaxing and fun, helps increase brain power and problem solving (yeppers) but most of all, it is cheap and a great way to make friends. Alas I don’t have a kitchen enough to make large dinners, not like my old place where we had all the appliances, much less my the kitchen I was used to back home (Tulsa, Houston) where I don’t believe anything was missing… I don’t even have dried herbs here, no vinegar, no quality meats and cheeses… My refridgerator looks like it belongs to some college kid, and that is disgusting. Of course I am a college kid, one who battles an inability to purchase food for himself for fear of consuming it all… Yeah, I realize it will be consumed over a long period of time, the initial purchase is daunting… Anyways.

It is high time I updated.

Look at this right? I was helping my dad in the living room and out of my throw dropped this ginormous spider.

This thing was as large as he was fast. As Seth would spout, “This is sooooo not ok!”.

Seth… he is vulnerable… just remembered his, well anyways, back to posting.

I have to leave for class in thirty minutes, yikes! Still have to shower haha.

I have health insurance again! Yay, so now I can go to the doctor with my chest pains and breathing trouble. Sounds like a good idea.

Love my camera phone. Wish it handled color better, especially red, something even film has trouble with.

Love = Death? I think I agree. It is love and the loss of love that has made me most upset. Suicidal or wishing for some sort of end was common for me after the great breakup of 2004. Holy hell, it really has been that long. I wish I could totally get over it, I think deep down I am but sometimes, scratch my soft surface and it will come out.

There is this thought riot going on here soon entitled just that, I plan on attending.

Started a new class last night, criminal law class. Not sure if I will fit in, most of the people in the class as in police academy, but the teacher is a lawyer and since I want to be a lawyer… he said it was a good class to take.

There is this one guy in the class, incredibly smart, but kind of freaky. He smells such a familar smell. Ever notice how there is always that faint cigerette smell in airports? He smells like that. Just like an airport. He also wrote down my full name on his note pad, my name alone. Uh….

Originally I was going to rant about Dell‘s awful customer service but things quickly turned around and now I am going to rant about their awesome service haha.

I broke my laptop’s monitor sensor (turns off the screen when you close the laptop) using my iPod shuffle, freak accident right? It is this tiny peice of cheap grey plastic, just a stick really, about 1/8″ long…

I asked if Dell coudl send it to me, they said no. Instead they are giving me an entirely new monitor and they are sending a technician to my house to do it up style. How crazy is that? I guess I have that special warranty, though I coudl swear I opted out of it. Nevermindthat, so glad I have a Dell, dude, get one! (Or a mac, they are so cute and fun!)

My dad drove to me my old car from high school, my Honda Accord. At first I was totally bummed not having my beautiful Mazda, but now I am remembering how much I love Honda’s. Yay!

I am not going to be in Columbia this weekend because the minors at work, well not all of them but most, never turned in their work permits (well they have now but it is too late) and I have to work through my five day vacation! I am so ticked off, it was almost enough for me to just quit then and there. How can a company approve time off and fifteen minutes later take it back? I turned in the request some two-three weeks early!

So I have now acquired $108 million. Something like $20,000 a month in interest alone! I am so happy.

Actually, that is what I want. So if anyone wants to send it my way, I could really put it to some good use!

Did you read how president Bush asked Condi Rice for a potty break at a conference? haha, fabulous.

Remember me writing about the adorable English fellow a few weeks back? I saw him again yesterday, with a bunch of guys. He smiled at me, he made a gesture to site down, he also lost his british accent completely?! What the hell was that. I say no to drugs and posers, I took my smoothie elsewhere.

I am such a freak for thin emo guys… especially if they are red-heads, but I am very particular about my redheads so not all need to even attempt to apply!

I have been chatting with Jim more lately and talked to Jenny a good while last night, it was so nice! My nearly entire population of friends (Mike) is/are going to Las Vegas today, whatever am I going to do?!

Oh, and some people still don’t know that I don’t live in Columbia anymore… how whack is that? Oh well.

realized that I am not afraid of dying, I am afraid of not leaving an empact on this earth as much as it has left on me.

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