Healthcare

Medical Bills Bankrupted ACA Challenger

From the department of "you can't make this shit up."

The lead plaintiff in the case against the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans lovingly refer to as Obamacare, who is being represented by the astroturfing National Federation of Independent Business, filed for bankruptcy in the fall because of medical bills.

Mary Brown, a 56-year-old Florida woman who owned a small auto repair shop but had no health insurance, became the lead plaintiff challenging President Obama's healthcare law because she was passionate about the issue.

Brown "doesn't have insurance. She doesn't want to pay for it. And she doesn't want the government to tell her she has to have it," said Karen Harned, a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business. Brown is a plaintiff in the federation's case, which the Supreme Court plans to hear later this month.

But court records reveal that Brown and her husband filed for bankruptcy last fall with $4,500 in unpaid medical bills. Those bills could change Brown from a symbol of proud independence into an example of exactly the problem the healthcare law was intended to address.

The lead plaintiff challenging the ACA is now a lead example of, and a strong case for, the rationale behind the Affordable Care Act.

The objective of the individual insurance mandate is to avoid cases such as Mary Brown's wherein someone who is not insured ends up passing on the cost of their care to others, thus lowering the total cost of all care.

  • ArrogantDemon

    And I bet she wants to government to swoop in and help her.

    If we were a cruel people, likes these people want the government to be to others, they’d let people go bankrupt, but they want help.

    How about getting help from your Tea Party friends?

    Gotta love karma, and the fact its lost to the stupids

  • This is beyond irony and being hypocritical because it shows exactly why the mandate is needed. The key to any universal healthcare system to work is you need as many people covered as possible to expand the risk pool because anyone who games the system and needs healthcare like these people will get it and because they can’t pay for it everyone else does.

  • Brutlyhonest

    Regardless of the rest of her circumstances, it just baffles me that so many ‘merkins think it’s ok to lose everything you have because you get sick. If you have BBC America and have ever seen the program “24 Hours in the ER”, you see people dealing with some incredible shit. But none of them have to worry about becoming bankrupt due to their illness/injury.

  • trgahan

    Brown and her husband are just experiencing the other side of the current version of “free market capitalism” they love so much…hope they enjoy it!

  • Even Obama Care can’t heal stupid people.

    • villemar

      A Darwin Award can (well not her specifically, but the rest of civilized humanity).

  • Zen Diesel

    Don’t ya know there is an illegitimate black in the White House….lol. I read this article earlier and emailed my friends about this. It just makes me even madder that the monkeys that run the propaganda monkey mill has fooled so many people.

  • Ned F

    To be fair, her bankruptcy was not due to medical bills, but a failed business, but you lump in all your liabilities when filing. The credit card companies were able to change the bankruptcy code so cc debts are not discharged with chapter 7, so she’s lucky the healthcare industry hasn’t lobbied that successfully. Now, of course, those of us with insurance pay higher premiums to make up for the ones who don’t and that’s what, with her as an example, is what the individual mandate is all about.

    • I don’ t want to pay higher health care costs because this woman is a Darwin Award Candidate! 🙂

    • BuffaloBuckeye

      You’re absolutely right, Ned. Well put.

  • sherifffruitfly

    they’re in their own hell, and prefer to drag everybody else into it, rather than accept a way out from a black guy.

    they would truly rather DIE. and force the rest of us to die as well.

    • It truly is disturbing. You’d think that the pain and humilation of going through bankruptcy (Much of it due to jackasses like her and the Repubs) would give her a bit of understanding.

      And yet, some just keep saying “It won’t happen to me, it won’t happen to me, it won’t happen to me… again.”

      • BuffaloBuckeye

        Good point, assuming she and her husband exhibit much of a conscience. And, now she’s on unemployment. If she isn’t a witness for the defense and for safety nets, I don’t know who would be.

        • Ned F

          Since she was self employed, I’m still trying to figure out how she qualifies for unemployment.