Not-So-Sweet Charity


Republicans have a hard time explaining how they would make up for the loss in coverage to 32 million Americans if they succeed in repealing the Affordable Care Act. Deregulating the health insurance market and instituting malpractice reform will only do so much — in fact, a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the GOP’s standard health care plan found that such an approach would only extend coverage to three million people and actually increase the overall uninsured rate — and so the party is often forced to look at other less dependable sources for health care: charity.

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Last month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he would “prefer to see” health care “come from charitable organizations” and on Saturday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told a woman in Winterset, Iowa that her son, who currently receives health insurance through Medicaid, could rely on charities to meet his health care needs once Republicans repeal President Obama’s health law:

“We will always have people in this country through hardship, through no fault of their own, who won’t be able to afford health care,” Bachmann said. “That’s just the way it is. But usually what we have are charitable organizations or hospitals who have enough left over so that they can pick up the cost for the indigent who can’t afford it.


Before the advent of Medicare and Medicaid, charities did provide health care to those in need. But to suggest that they can do the same today is to misunderstand the enormity of the health care crisis, as charities simply do not have the capacity to handle the demand. As the number of uninsured creeps up to 50 million, for any politician to argue that government should outsource the task of keeping Americans healthy to charities is like saying that people should be punished with death if they are unfortunate enough to be poor or are priced out of insurance due to a pre-existing health condition.



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30 responses to “Not-So-Sweet Charity

  1. The Republican plan isn’t really a health care plan; it’s a bring-the-sheep-to-Jesus plan. Their mean-ass Jesus smites the lucky ones with cancer or whatever, the dying have to put up with holy-rolling fuckery to be taken care of.

    Fuck these guys. And what a horrid thought to be looking into the vacant eyes with the snake oil, FRC hate fucks on my death bed.

      • it’s all about enriching insurance companies and criminals like the one in the governor’s mansion in tallahassee. they only care about the unwashed masses getting health care in numbers that will ensure that they have a workforce to work for them. they’ll work for shit wages in order to get health insurance, which enriches the insurance companies. and the cycle keeps going and going. those who are really sick or who can’t afford insurance are acceptable casualties.

  2. Snoring Dog Studio

    Utterly, callously stupid. What with the aging population, there is absolutely no way for charities to fill the gap. Diabetes rates are skyrocketing, the economy has made it so that most people can’t afford to donate to charities. This is religious right nonsense – will their churches help out poor gays, blacks and other minorities? I so doubt it. I long for the day when Bachmann Brain Dead is long gone.

    • it has nothing to do with religion other than that they use religion as a tool to control everything else. of course, by funneling some money to religious organizations and making believe it’s to care for the poor allows politicians to control religion, too. the whole thing is just sickening. health care should be a right, and there should be exceptional health care facilities free for everyone in every town.

  3. jay

    Every time I look at the list of countries with universal healthcare, it is really a matter of shame and sorrow for the United States…
    I mean, when even Bhutan has it…

  4. John Erickson

    Um … guys? We’re already there. I had last winter’s medical costs covered by some guy (who I don’t even know) making contributions through our church. If he hadn’t been around, I would’ve gone without my medicines – both the painkillers that keep me sane an the anti-triglyceride medicine that keeps my pancreas from imitating a grenade with the pin pulled.
    This year, fortunately, we’re in SLIGHTLY better condition. If the economy stays sour, though, my wife could lose one of her jobs, and it’s back to panhandling we go.
    And people wonder how a lifelong conservative could grow to hate the GOP so dang fast…..

  5. Here’s a way to get the government out of the health care business. Every person who is against universal health care should buy the insurance for someone uninsured. Money bags people like Koch Brothers, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich could take care of multiple policies.

  6. But to suggest that they can do the same today is to misunderstand the enormity of the health care crisis, as charities simply do not have the capacity to handle the demand.

    Exactly. And if you factor in the costs of medical tests because of the technology nowadays, there is no way.

  7. Agree with everything here — ‘specially the idea of canceling Congress’s health insurance; though, half of them are multimillionaires anyway and it wouldn’t even make a dent in their pockets (hard to believe an asshole like Darrell Issa is worth a quarter of a BILLION $$!).

    But I’m going to refrain from getting on a rant just this once and offer this to “Nonnie” instead: Your posters are a riot. I’m a Photoshop junkie myself and realize that one can do damn near anything with the right tool; but no tool can substitute for your sense of humor. I LOVE the bats, the teapot earrings, the “holy money” crucifixes, and the little GOP daisies! Of course, the Bachmann pic is enough on its own to get the batshit point across … but the rest are fun little additions … and so *tastefully* rendered! Keep up the good work, Nonnie!

    • now look what you did, enderprise! you made me blush! 😳 you are too kind. i have made it my mission to accessorize botox batshit bachmann for as long as she is in public life. someone has to do it. 😉

      you made my day, enderprise. i love working on the posters, and when i hear that they gave someone else a chuckle or made them think, it makes all the work worthwhile. thank you. 🙂

  8. “That’s just the way it is” is code for “I don’t give a damn”

    I can’t find the current stats on % of medical bankruptcies in the U. S., but a few years ago it was 65%.

    Worse, the exact same meds that people can’t afford here sell for pennies on the dollar in Mexico.

    The “for profit” medical structure is a dismal failure.

    Fatal Distraction?

    They got theirs & beyond that who cares? It’s criminal, really.

    • even worse than ‘i don’t give a damn,’ its that it just doesn’t even enter her consciousness. she’s the type who will tell everyone what a saint she is for taking in 1,972,120 foster kids (she won’t mention all the money she got for doing so), and then walk past starving children and not even blink (even before the botox when she was still able to blink) on her way to lunch or to the mall.

  9. The more news I hear, the more I fear that the U.S. is becoming a second-world country.