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When the Tea Party decreed that no self respecting red state would be caught dead expanding Medicaid, its middle class base agreed. Poor folks don't deserve to be coddled. Poor people are poor because God hates them and He wants them to suffer. The Tea Party's middle class base was not about to spend any of its heard earned tax dollars paying for mammograms and blood pressure medications for people who were better off seeking (uncompensated) care at the local ER for metastatic cancer or massive stroke. Anyone who dares to draw a breath while poor deserves what he or she reaps.

Well, now the Tea Party has taken things one step further. It has decreed that none of its wealthiest members' hard earned tax dollars should be spent paying for the middle class's mammograms or blood pressure medications. According to the fat cats who finance and run the Tea Party, Middle Class America is better off seeking (uncompensated) care in the ER for its own metastatic cancer and massive stroke. Any middle class American who dares to draw a breath while middle class deserves what he or she gets.

Sound far fetched? Here is the link:

In case you can't read the link, the same lawyer who denied the poor  health care in red states is now attempting the deny the middle class health care, too. He is arguing that anyone who signs up on one of the federal exchanges (as opposed to a state exchange) is not eligible for federal subsidies. And many states do not have their own exchange. Many Red states.

 Who, you ask, is this lawyer who seems intent upon giving the Tea Party's Middle Class base the big Kiss Off? Meet Michael Carvin:

Mike Carvin focuses on constitutional, appellate, civil rights, and civil litigation against the federal government. He has argued numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court and in virtually every federal appeals court. These cases include the recent constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act and the decisions invalidating Sarbanes-Oxley's accounting board, preventing the Justice Department from obtaining monetary relief against the tobacco industry under RICO, overturning the federal government's plan to statistically adjust the census, limiting the Justice Department's ability to create "majority-minority" districts, and upholding Proposition 209's ban on racial preferences in California.

Mike was one of the lead lawyers, and argued before the Florida Supreme Court, on behalf of George W. Bush in the 2000 election Florida recount controversy. He also has represented state governments, financial institutions, telecommunications, and energy companies in "takings," First Amendment, civil rights, and statutory challenges to federal government actions.

Which states will get the shaft. Here is a map:

Everyone in a dark green state---relax. You are getting federally subsidized health care. If you have a big family and your wife stays home meaning that you have to live off a single $50-$60 k income---you know, traditional right wing Christian family values---in a Blue state like New York or California, your kids will have health insurance next year. You wife will be able to get a biopsy of that breast lump. They will catch the cancer early. She will have a lump-ectomy and survive to raise your kids into adulthood. Your blood pressure will be controlled and you will not leave your kids orphaned due to a massive stroke.

 If you live in one of the light green states where the feds and states are running exchanges together--keep your ears open. Or better yet, contact an elected official and suggest that they relabel their exchange "state run". Blue state officials in places like Illinois and Michigan may listen to your pleas.

Now, check out this map:

This one is important. Note that in those states that have chosen to exclude the poor, a relatively small number of people stand to benefit from the health care law. These are the working class.  Working stiffs. Working stiffs in states where working stiffs tend to vote Red, because the GOP knows that they are better than poor folks.

Oh, sorry. Did I say that working class voters in Red states stand to benefit. I meant to say they stood to benefit.

Listen up you 30-40% of folks in the South who thought that you would be getting insurance while the poor folks would have to do without----you are not going to like this. You don't get insurance either. Not unless you are willing to fork over the entire premium yourself. Now, if you have lupus or a bad heart, I am sure that you will find a way to make that premium payment. But if your health has been good up until now, ask yourself, which is more important? Making the car payment or buying insurance without any subsidy? And if only the people who are sick sick sick sign up in your state, you know what that is going to do to health insurance premiums in your state, don't you?

And the best part? If you don't spend ten thousand dollars out of your own pocket for insurance, you get to pay a $1000 fine. Like Christmas in April!

So, kiss your hopes of health insurance goodbye, working folks in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida etc. You will have the unique privilege of paying for health insurance for all the folks who live in Blue states---and traitorous Red States like Kentucky---while you will get nothing. Jesus will be so proud of you! You are almost assured admittance to Heaven--where you will be heading a little bit earlier than planned thanks to that metastatic cancer and that massive stroke.

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  •  Well, shit. (7+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the head's up on this. If this challenge were to succeed I wonder how voters in the red states will be feeling about it all come November '14. They might be wondering why some states get help with their insurance premiums and they don't. It could get some people thinking...

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

    by ricklewsive on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 04:27:46 PM PDT

    •  I don't know. They vote for the "freedom" (0+ / 0-)

      to work for low wages, so I guess they might appreciate the "freedom" to pay 100% of their health insurance premium along with that.  As long as those "other" guys don't get free care, it might be worth it.

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 08:19:01 PM PDT

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  •  Just a hair over the top, maybe, but god I wish I (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, mookins, BadKitties

    could write like you.

    This whole thing about we can't have the whole U.S. population as an insurance base, even leaving out the issue of "Single Payer", is incomprehensible to me. "One nation, indivisible", I thought, was meany to include even the Tea Party and insurance companies.

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 04:32:23 PM PDT

  •  I just want to cry.... this is horrible (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm in Missouri...  

    "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." *Ansel Adams* ."Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."*Will Rogers*

    by Statusquomustgo on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 04:36:08 PM PDT

  •  It's all about the Mooslim Neegro... (12+ / 0-)

    ... Anything he touches, the teabaggers must destroy.

    If Obama gave a speech urging Americans to breathe oxygen, the teabaggers would be handing out plastic bags and neck-ties the next morning.

  •  Judge Friedman (4+ / 0-)
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    "This week, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in Washington, a President Clinton appointee, refused the administration's request to dismiss the suit. Instead, he said the challengers had put forward a substantial claim, and he promised to issue a written ruling."


    So Judge Friedman can issue his ruling and these obstructionists can go sit down.

    Is that the hope?

  •  Fluck Florida (6+ / 0-)

    I'm here and with SS and VA disability make too much money, yet I'm well under the Federal Poverty Level. Not only that, my family members are 10-year green card holders who are disqualified.

    So, there is no way I'm going to spend up to 50% of my income on insurance. We like food too much, and houses are nice to live in, so fuck Rick Scott and his cronies.

    Our last trip to the ER for an allergic reaction lasted 30 minutes and cost $1,700 to the taxpayers.

    Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. Theodore Roosevelt

    by Zwoof on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 05:07:37 PM PDT

  •  I suspect that strategy was the REAL reason my (3+ / 0-)
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    THUG-Guv refused to allow state exchanges.  Anything and everything to create as difficult an implementation of ObamaCare as possible...may they come to rue the day they began to push that moniker!

    Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

    by ranton on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 05:34:18 PM PDT

  •  What if (3+ / 0-)
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    As I read this I couldn't help thinking what if these people spent as much time and energy thinking of solutions to our problems as they do looking for legal loopholes to screw the country?

  •  The GOP zombies will continue to eat themselves (1+ / 0-)
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    up and we will put them out of their misery come 2014 and 2016.  Having torn apart even their supporters it will be hard to save any of them except as a display in the Zombie section at the Smithsonian.

  •  I think this paragraph is not true: (2+ / 0-)
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    And the best part? If you don't spend ten thousand dollars out of your own pocket for insurance, you get to pay a $1000 fine. Like Christmas in April!

    Those millions of red state people who fall into the gap, that is, they make too much to qualify for Medicaid in their state yet not enough to qualify for a subsidy, because their state didn't take the Medicaid expansion, those people will not be subject to a fine. I think this is true. Please correct me if you know better.

    My sister in FL is in this exact situation. She has no insurance and we, her family, fear what will happen if she gets sick big time and we have to step in. And we will cause we love her. We're discussing if it might not be better to chip in now and buy her insurance. But I'm kinda tapped out. The top income for singles in FL to qualify for Medicaid is around $3,000 per year. Yes, you read that right.

    The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. Mark Twain

    by BlueMississippi on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 08:29:30 PM PDT

    •  Sounds like you're correct (2+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc, BlueMississippi

      I found this on

      How do I get an exemption from the fee for not having health coverage?
      Hardship exemptions
      If you have any of the circumstances below that affect your ability to purchase health insurance coverage, you may qualify for a “hardship” exemption:

      12. You were determined ineligible for Medicaid because your state didn’t expand eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Sun Oct 27, 2013 at 04:45:19 AM PDT

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