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Nonsensical anti-ACA billboard:
Killing off their own supporters.
[See update at bottom of post. The headline of this post could've been: "Watching Fox News could literally kill you."]

This is the sort of story that sends chills down the spines of conservatives everywhere:

Dean Angstadt fells trees for a living.

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.

The article doesn't say, but sounds like Dean was your typical Rush Limbaugh-listening, Fox News-watching conservative clone. And he wasn't going to listen to what no Democrats said because, well, he'd been convinced that government couldn't do anything for him.
"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."
Lucky for him, his friend Bob was a good liberal and kept pushing and prodding. But he didn't change his tune until he listened to his heart. And not in the cheesy way. More below the fold.

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Baseball from Americans for Prosperity emblazoned with logo and slogan: Tell Sen. Udall Obamacare is striking out.
That refrain changed this year when a faulty aortic valve almost felled Angstadt. Suddenly, he was facing a choice: Buy a health plan, through a law he despised, that would pay the lion's share of the cost of the life-saving surgery - or die. He chose the former.
Republicans suddenly see marriage equality different when their children come out of the closet. Likewise, this.
Leinhauser went to Angstadt's house, and in less than an hour, the duo had done the application. A day later, Angstadt signed up for the Highmark Blue Cross silver PPO plan and paid his first monthly premium: $26.11.

"All of a sudden, I'm getting notification from Highmark, and I got my card, and it was actually all legitimate," he said. "I could have done backflips if I was in better shape."

What an awesome story, and one that might've ended much differently had Dean's liberal friend not pushed and pushed and pushed. And there's the irony of this story: Liberals are doing everything they can to save the lives of conservatives by getting them signed up for health insurance. Meanwhile, conservatives are doing everything they can to kill off their strongest supporters.

Dean's takeaway, unfortunately, isn't 100 percent there:

Angstadt faces a long recovery, but his conversion to ACA supporter is done. The political storm around the ACA, he said, is the political parties "fighting each other over things that can benefit people."
It's not "the political parties", plural. There's only one party fighting against things this law does to help people.

Update: I was right. He was hostile to the law because of Fox News.

But what accounts for Angstadt’s resistance to Obamacare in the first place? He says that he “leans” Republican and essentially listened to what the GOP had to say about Obamacare, and not so much to what the Democrats had to say. As for his media diet, Anstadt says he goes online for some of his news, but when it comes to television, “Fox News, of course, and that’s basically what I watch on TV,” in addition to local news, he says. “I like some of those radicals” on Fox News, he says. “I like O’Reilly.”
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Originally posted to kos on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos and Obamacare Saves Lives.

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