Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Could reality possibly matter in the end?

It seems Rick Scott went looking to rile up some seniors about the horrors of Obamacare and it turns out they're fine with it, nothing bad has happened to Medicare after all and isn't it nice that their younger friends can get insurance?

And now a story the likes of which we'll be bearing more and more of, about a rugged individualist who wouldn't have no truck with that soshulist Obamacare until he did, and it saved his life:

He's a self-employed, self-sufficient logger who has cleared his own path for most of his 57 years, never expecting help from anyone. And even though he'd been uninsured since 2009, he especially wanted nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act. "I don't read what the Democrats have to say about it because I think they're full of it," he told his friend Bob Leinhauser, who suggested he sign up. . . . "We argued about it for months," Angstadt said. "I didn't trust this Obamacare. One of the big reasons is it sounded too good to be true." January came, and Angstadt's health continued to decline. His doctor made it clear he urgently needed valve-replacement surgery. Leinhauser had seen enough and insisted his friend get insured. . . . Angstadt's plan kicked in on March 1. It was just in time. Surgery couldn't be put off any longer. On March 31, Angstadt had life-saving valve-replacement surgery. "I probably would have ended up falling over dead" without the surgery, Angstadt said. "Not only did it save my life, it's going to give me a better quality of life."

I don't see how it's possible that between now and November people will fail to notice that there aren't any death panels, there aren't any government bureaucrats sitting in the doctor's office, and more people are getting the health care that they need. No trainwreck. But apparently they're still going to vote for Republicans. Please tell me why.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This amateur's guess:
A simple narrative that fingers the villains who are making my life so hard.

It doesn't matter that it's false, just that it explains this immensely complicated world with a few easy to remember slogans that tell who the enemy is. That's why facts don't matter.

Sorta like fundagelical Christianity...