BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU  2:23 pm March 9, 2012

Lead Plaintiff In Suit To Overturn American Care Act Simply Does Not Care To Pay Her Medical Bills

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Buttsechs.Meet Mary Brown, 56, of (where else?) Florida. She is the lead plaintiff in the National Federation of Independent Business’s lawsuit to overturn Obamakkkare, which is expected to be heard later this month by the Nine Hepcats and Kittens of the Supreme Court, because she ain’t want insurance, Ain’t NOoBama1 tellin’ her what to do, Hitler, socialisms, and etc. But has Miz Brown perhaps brought complete and utter humiliation to the hacks of the NFIB, by having accidentally neglected to inform them she’d had a bankruptcy that was in part brought on by unpaid medical bills? And has she responded to the LA Times‘ inquiry into same with an elegant and spittle-flecked rage-on? Well duh.

Said a lawyer for the NFIB to the Los Angeles Times, 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.” Darned tootin’.

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.

[...] Obama administration lawyers argue that the requirement is justified because everyone, sooner or later, needs healthcare. Those who fail to have insurance are at high risk of running up bills they cannot pay, sticking the rest of society with the cost, they argue. Brown’s situation, they say, is a perfect example of exactly that kind of “uncompensated care that will ultimately be paid by others.”

Brown, reached by telephone Thursday, said the medical bills were her husband’s. “I always paid my bills, as well as my medical bills,” she said angrily. [...] “Who says I don’t have insurance right now?”

Brown intends to continue as plaintiff before the Supreme Court. Lawyers at the NFIB smiled tight corpsey smiles and agreed. Said one, doubtless before swallowing a fistful of Ludes, “[A]s long as she doesn’t want healthcare, she qualifies as a plaintiff in our mind.” [LA Times]

 

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Preferred Customer March 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Hey, counselor, how do you plan on paying for that fistful of 'ludes, hmmm?

GuyClinch March 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Has my doctor been lying all these years when she tells me they don't make Sopor 714s anymore? Damn her! I'm dropping my health insurance.

Tundra Grifter March 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Gorilla biscuits?

prommie March 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Fucking 'ludes? Man, oh man, I wish I could travel back in time, just for the 'ludes.

doloras March 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Apparently 'ludes are still available and popular in South Africa.

tessiee March 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm

As a fellow Jerseyite, you'll probably appreciate that the Hoffman LaRoche factory in Nutley (where they made ludes) used to have a lot of ludes "disappear" right *after* inventory, on the assumption that the disappearance wouldn't be noticed until they did the next inventory six months of a year later.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

For a Few Ludes More, she'll tell you….

*whistling*

Doktor Zoom March 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Please, no more of these 'lude remarks.

prommie March 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

It inspires a pwerful longing, does it not? I have heard that gabaprofen can be similar.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Vicodin has been a godsend for my withdrawal.

My rather long, but carefully planned, withdrawal

Schmegeg March 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

He will slip them into a box of condoms, then charge his insurance.

C_R_Eature March 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

"People on 'Ludes should not Drive take indigent, dumbass Clients on a doomed mission to the Supreme Court."

Preferred Customer March 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Fortunately, that isn't one of the rules of professional conduct, which makes sense, since the rules of professional conduct were written by lawyers.

KennyFuckingPowers March 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

'Taint right! Its in the fuckin' Constitution and shit, dickhead!

freakishlywrong March 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I'm sure she is a member of the "party of personal responsibility'. Irony is not a fly in my chardonnay.

WiscDad March 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

No…it's a turd in her beer

Barrelhse March 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Goddamn flies.

Sharkey March 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Gee, the Browns are all over our Wonkete today.

GuanoFaucet March 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

“Who says I don’t have insurance right now?”

Your own lawyer just did, dumbass.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Brown, reached by telephone Thursday, said the medical bills were her husband’s.

Now we know who wears the pants in THAT family…

LesBontemps March 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Supposed to be what actually makes you a "plaintiff," with "standing." But if Madame Brown insists, I'm sure a motion to dismiss can be arranged.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

That's what got me about that quote: If you have it, then the motion to dismiss ought to be a slam dunk, and if you don't then while you might win a few points in court, the massive publicity about the default on medical bills will be more than enough propaganda to feed not only Obamacare but a fresh debate on single-payer insurance.

prommie March 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Apparently there is a fine line between "not wanting to HAVE insurance," and "not wanting to be TOLD you have to have insurance." She seems to want insurance, but goddammit, noone is gonna tell her she has to have insurance.

UnholyMoses March 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

She seems to want other people to pay for her insurance, but goddammit, noone is gonna tell her she has to have to pay for Those Other People's insurance.

Fixed for greatest accuracy!

Sue4466 March 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

My mom always wore her seatbelt. Until the state passed a law requiring seatbelts. Because no one was going to tell her she had to wear a seatbelt.

So yes. People really are that stupid. And willing to hurt themselves for spite.

If she were alive, I fear my mother would be a Tbagger.

Sharkey March 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Someone should tell Mary Brown that the Obama has ordered everyone to continue breathing.

(Note to Editrix: not intended to be taken literally.)

doloras March 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Ah, so just like all those people who would have never called people r#t&rds or written gory death fantasies in these comments boxes until it became forbidden?

heathenette March 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Eaxctly!(That’s how I felt, anyway.)

elviouslyqueer March 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Um, what is "The fact that your only income is $275 a month from unemployment benefits," Alex?

Oblios_Cap March 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Everybody in America has insurance. You just go to the ER.

See, there is a free lunch!

heathenette March 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

They give you lunch in the ER? Who knew?

Lionel[redacted]Esq March 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

This might be the Republicans best argument: Why should you be forced to have health insurance, when you can just not pay the bills and stick them to the state on your own?

LesBontemps March 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Not the state, but the docs and hospitals providing the care, who now have only unsecured creditors' claims in the bankruptcy — technically known as "bupkis."

Barb March 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm

"…Said a lawyer for the NFIB"
Not Fucking Insured Brown?

Who does she think absorbs the cost of those unpaid medical bills of her husband's? We do. It's okay for her to be a burden on society, eh?

JustPixelz March 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Newt's Favorite Ignorent Bozos?
Need to Fall into Inexcusable Bankruptcy?
Naked Foosball Is Ballsy?

FlownOver March 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Newly Famous Ignorant Bitch

GOPCrusher March 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Seems like the fact that they filed bankruptcy with 4500 bucks worth of medical bills is a perfect example of why we need the insurance mandate, or better yet, single-payer.

Major Thom March 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Brown's attorney, Oily Taint, had no comment.

ttommyunger March 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

We call this (in Missouri) a Revolving Waffle: where you try to fuck someone else in the ass and wind up getting ass-fucked yourself. Always nice to see a Fucktard perform a perfect Revolving Waffle.

Doktor Zoom March 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm

You see what happens? You see what happens when you find a stranger in the alps?

prommie March 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Is that really what they replaced it with?

Doktor Zoom March 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

"In a version that was edited for television broadcasts, the famous line "This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass!" was changed to "This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!", which is regularly cited as one of the most "creative" edits made for a film to be aired on TV." –IMDB

prommie March 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Gee willikers, thats a doozy for sure.

40 or 50 % McShineys March 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FUND A STRANGER IN THE MANDATE

Goonemeritus March 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Never let it be said that the great State of Missouri has not contributed to American culture.

FlownOver March 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Wish they'd stopped at Dizzy Dean, Thomas Hart Benton and Chuck Berry.

ttommyunger March 29, 2012 at 6:11 am

You just said it, and I agree with it. Well, maybe not never, but rarely.

teebob2000 March 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Whew!! Close one!!! You *almost* said skullfuck I'll bet.

ttommyunger March 29, 2012 at 6:09 am

Almost doesn't count, heh, heh.

ttommyunger March 29, 2012 at 6:12 am

I live in a top contender (GA).

Tundra Grifter March 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

She's the alleged plaintiff but she doesn't have the money to pay her attorneys?

And the right wing nutz have the nerve to call Ms. Sandra Fluke a plant?

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

You have to know they've pulled out their casting directory, looking for a more credible actor

Maybe Yerrow Gull is available.

NellCote71 March 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

They should have an Olympics for that, but with only southern and certain western states (I am talking to you, Arizona) as members.

GuyClinch March 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Mary Brown is obvs a prostitute and a slut. And the unpaid medical bills involved her unfortunate husband's devout wish to be trepanned.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Before this suit goes forward, can we demand a transvaginal ultrasound?

teebob2000 March 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

You mean you want to give one, or receive one?

GOPCrusher March 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

How did you come to contract this social disease, Mary Brown?

imissopus March 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

If I'm reading the story right, it was the business group that initiated the story that probably went out and found this woman and convinced her to sign on as the actual plaintiff. One of the lawyers around here can probably phrase it better, but any lawsuit like this needs to find an individual as named plaintiff to demonstrate the harm resulting from the law they are suing over. Which means the business federation is probably paying Brown's legal bills. Something similar happened in the case to overturn Prop 8 – the lawyers (David Boies and Ted Olson) found two gay couples who agreed to be the named plaintiffs in the suit, and go into court and testify to how the law harmed them.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

The same thing happened in the Scopes trial. That was more a group picking a fight to get a law overturned than the state persecuting a defenseless teacher.

Doktor Zoom March 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

See also Roe v Wade.

SorosBot March 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

That's not the rugged individualism and free market principals the NFIB believes in!

Wilcoxyz March 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Not getting sick while not having insurance is the new teen abstinence pledge.

JustPixelz March 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Can I be the one who kicks her ass out of the ER for voluntarily not having insurance? I'm in the mood to kick to TP'ers ass.

GuyClinch March 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Yes.Yes you can!

Callyson March 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm

As long as you let me help.

neiltheblaze March 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I wonder if she intends to pay her lawyers fees.

ChessieNefercat March 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

One of them heard you and just got a little paler and downed another fistful of 'ludes.

yrbmegr March 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Probably bought the lien on her house.

Callyson March 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Brown “doesn’t have insurance. She doesn’t want to pay for it."
Which investment bank does she work for? Because she's a perfect fit for Wall Street.

GuyClinch March 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

She is an emblem of Personal Responsibility. Upcoming case before the Supreme Court will be Santorum v. College. Lead plaintiff, Joe the Plumber.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Obamakkkare

And now I have "bukkake" stuck in my head.

Native_of_SL_UT March 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

And now I have "bukkake" stuck ON my head.

Fixed.

SayItWithWookies March 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Try peanut oil — if it can get bubble gum out of hair, it can unstick anything.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

But I shave!

SoBeach March 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Ice scraper then.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Oooh, you dirty boy!

FlownOver March 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

You're doing it wrong.

An_Outhouse March 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Shit for brains inbred Republitards have shit for brains.

Doktor Zoom March 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Hey, you know whose country doesn't have any families going bankrupt due to their medical bills?

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Nearly anyplace but America?

Or, "All of them, Katie." You choose

chicken_thief March 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm

The Kenyans native Kenya?

Chichikovovich March 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I do so love Al Franken – thanks for reminding me of that wonderful moment. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if Franken had said "So you have come before us to say that national health insurance would increase medical bankruptcies, and you haven't looked at the most elementary empirical evidence? We didn't need to pay for you to come here – we could have pulled people off the street to just make stuff up to fit their prejudices."

tihond March 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I don't have that number with me, I'll have to get back to you.

40 or 50 % McShineys March 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

She'll get that number right after the Kochs finish taking over the Cato Institute and manufacture a new 'study'

OhNoGuy March 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm

"I don't have that number with me, I'll have to get back to you." = "I'm so sorry, I'm a simple prostitute and I'm not permitted to speak the truth. About anything."

C_R_Eature March 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Israel? Commies!

Goonemeritus March 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

It’s every Americans right to be stupid and God knows we treasure that right above all others. It is not every Americans right to tack the cost of their stupidity on to my health care premiums.

SayItWithWookies March 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Clearly, stupidity and poverty are liberal plots to make stupidity and poverty look bad.

An_Outhouse March 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Payin' for health insurance = soshulism.
Havin' everyone else pay for my health care = Red White and Blue Amurikan Way!

GOPCrusher March 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Unless you are poor, or a minority, or a woman getting contraceptives/abortions then we're back to soshulism.

AlterNewt March 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I don't understand "New America".

freakishlywrong March 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

We refer to it as "post January 2009 America", or, "holy fuck there's a near in the White House America".

Tundra Grifter March 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

From the LA TImes article:

"'There was time pressure' to find a plaintiff for the case, Harned [a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business] said. 'And candidly, it is not as easy as it sounds' to find someone. She recalls that Brown was outspoken and stepped forward as a volunteer."

Candidly, one batshit crazy lady in a red dress waving her birtheir certificate around in a Baggie is a whole lot like another batshit crazy lady in a red dress waving around her birthier certificate in a Baggie.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Y'know, if you have to work this hard to find a plaintiff (presumably there's a statute of limitations) then maybe you need to reassess your opposition…

yrbmegr March 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Sanctions, anyone?

heathenette March 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm

You go to court with the plaintif you HAVE, not the one you wish you had.

Sassomatic March 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

What more do you expect from people who protest having to pay any taxes in a public park.

SorosBot March 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

What can Brown do for you? Not pay her bills, that's for damn sure!

prommie March 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

We are being tempted, or should I say, bated, unmercifully. First we are advised that it is completely beyond the pale of acceptable political discourse to use a common term for the intellectually disabled to make fun of people, and then, we are treated to a string of posts informing us of the various incredibly stupid antics of persons who have rightfully earned the sobriquet we have been forbidden to use. I do not think this is coincidence. Never has a single day brought to us the risible tales of people so deficient in normal mental functioning, and this, right after we are told not to call people the "R-word." These people scream for that label, the mental status which dare not speak its name.

prommie March 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I think this chick's messing with our minds, man.

GuyClinch March 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I'll write a proper response to your excellent post just as soon as I finish fucking this skull I got here.

kingofmeh March 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

hypocrisy is not a developmental disability. i'd wager that the average DD person would be aware that this kind of behavior is hypocritical. it takes a certain amount of intellectual sophistication to trick yourself into believing totally contradictory notions.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

R-word?

Rugly?

Doktor Zoom March 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Really, Prommie, give it a rest. You're just reaching.

Toomush_Infer March 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

So it was Mental Health Insurance Mrs. Brown didn't want to pay for?…

GOPCrusher March 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Like jabbing at a pit bull through a chain link fence with a stick.

MissNancyPriss March 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm

That's exactly what I think. That we are are being baited into it by virute of the stories themselves. There IS no other word to describe these people. I bet they are all sitting around laughing at us.

Dudleydidwrong March 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

And drooling.

HistoriCat March 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

The secret staff chat-room is probably full of LOLs at our expense.

commiegirl March 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Actually, HistoriCat, fuck yeah.

HistoriCat March 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Oh shit – now I've done it!

C_R_Eature March 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Really Everyone – Try to Accept Reality, Dig?

yrbmegr March 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm

"Never go full retard."

AbandonHope March 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

"Remarkable". The term is "remarkable".

barto March 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

(FACTOID ALERT)

over half of all bankruptcies are due to medical bills

3/4 of those had insurance at the onset of the illness

Ain't the US a wondrous place?

Doktor Zoom March 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

You know what that is, what you just said there? That's class warfare, and possibly treason.

FNMA March 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Where the fuck are those death panels when you really need them?

GuanoFaucet March 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Brown's medical bills were probably for treatment of injuries suffered in a meth lab explosion.

Goonemeritus March 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Brown V Irony is destined to be the next great Brown V. ….. Supreme Court decision.

chicken_thief March 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Good vetting job, NFIB!

GuyClinch March 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

"The UnVetting". I think this habit began sometime in 2008, with Steve Schmidt and John McCain. Keep it up, diltards!

SorosBot March 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

But Obama was never vetted – despite the media looking into every single little detail of his past.

johnnyzhivago March 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Is shit for brains covered under Obamacare?

GOPCrusher March 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

We don't know. No one had the chance to read the bill before it was crammed down our throats.

FlownOver March 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Many states are seeking craniofecal waivers.

Blueb4sunrise March 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Do not make fun of this woman.
http://m.wsj.net/video/20111204/120411sbmary/1204

Yeesh. I hope she's been on the pill.

Chichikovovich March 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Now there's a woman who needs to spend a few extra dollars to get her clothes at JC Penney. Politics be damned.

Chet Kincaid March 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

That's not a woman, that is Chicago radio legend Steve Dahl, right down to the Hawaiian shirt!!
http://dahlshow.cachefly.net/wp-content/gallery/2

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

John Goodman is suing the administration????

Toomush_Infer March 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Not necessary….

GOPCrusher March 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Is she holding a cigarette?

SoBeach March 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Looks like it. Goes a long way toward explaining why she doesn't want to buy insurance. Coverage for older, obese smokers has to cost a fortune.

Iam_Who_Iam March 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

That's certainly what it looks like. Obviously she doesn't need health insurance, picture of health that one.

Oops sorry SoBeach, I should of refreshed before I posted. Also, too: Did they mention this woman's age? If you damn near qualify for Medicare should you be able to sue over government healthcare?

chicken_thief March 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Cigarette, walking shoes, and Ms Bankrupt Brown drives a Town Car. The irony is every-fucking-where with this heffer.

BigSkullF*ckingDog March 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm

The idiot is strong with this one.

prommie March 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Careful with that I-word, thats just the older medical term for R-word.

BigSkullF*ckingDog March 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Shhhhhhh.

SorosBot March 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

This is one moran who needs to get a brain.

Barb March 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

This bitch pisses me off. I ran up a $37,000.00 medical bill last month and my insurance covered 70% of it. The way to say "thank you" to the anesthesiologist for keeping you "seepie-byes" while they cut you open is to pay the freaking bill. I hated writing out those checks last week but I did it. Every single one of them is paid in full. I would have much rather spent that money on a new car or something else.

If she HAS insurance then she has nothing to bitch about.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

That is uniquely American, Barb. Guess you'll need to work three jobs.

Barb March 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I'm a trophy wife. My job is making those meatballs today and making sure that the beer is cold when Jeffery gets home. LOL
Crap! I forgot that today is payday. I need to call Jeffery and tell him that his mother is the most interesting woman I've ever met.

GuyClinch March 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Barb, I think I love you.

Barb March 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Love ya back! Want a meatball?

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

So you'll be spending the weekend with your legs in the air, I take it?

BigSkullF*ckingDog March 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Can't you sell your uterus for parts?

Barb March 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Yeah, I've got in on cinder blocks in the garage.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

OK, I laughed. And I don't often laugh

The Ford Uterus: Comes with its own garage.

BigSkullF*ckingDog March 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

The new Japanese models have a back up camera. You know, for those times you feel like mixing it up a little.

ProgressiveInga March 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Urethra Franklin drives one!

kingofmeh March 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

i understand "a fifth of whiskey" and "a belt to bite on while they cut you" is fully covered under most health care plans.

DemmeFatale March 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Is today Idiot Day?

prommie March 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Imbecile? Moron?

BarackMyWorld March 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

This year, every day has been idiot day.

teebob2000 March 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

NOBama and their Chicago-style ganstas planted her to make white people look bad!!!!!11

Chet Kincaid March 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

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.

Brown, reached by telephone Thursday, said the medical bills were her husband's. "I always paid my bills, as well as my medical bills," she said angrily. "I never said medical insurance is not a necessity. It should be anyone's right to what kind of health insurance they have.

"I believe that anyone has unforeseen things that happen to them that are beyond their control," Brown said. "Who says I don't have insurance right now?"

I don't get it. Did this organization hire lawyers from some sort of Ringling Bros. Klown Lawyer Kollege? Is Orly Taitz a consultant on this?

horsedreamer_1 March 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Ringling is a real campus in Tampa, yes.

OhNoGuy March 10, 2012 at 11:05 pm

If she had insurance they would have had her lips sewn shut. As a precaution, dontcha know.

DaRooster March 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

“I always paid my bills, as well as my medical bills…”

"… but these are my husband's bills… so fuck him."

GOPCrusher March 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Feminazi!

VaWyo March 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Those bills came from a trip to the doctor after he ate her famous possum stew.

Chichikovovich March 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

said the medical bills were her husband’s. “I always paid my bills, as well as my medical bills,”

This is a first-rate idea. If the credit card bill is more than I want to pay next month, I'll just tell them that Chichikovna bought that stuff, so we don't really owe anything.

She should tell the Bankruptcy Court fast, so that they can just cancel the debts, so that everyone can have a hearty laugh about the silly misunderstanding.

imissopus March 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

"I believe that anyone has unforeseen things that happen to them that are beyond their control," Brown said.

And yet with the SCOTUS we have today, this case is in no way a slam dunk.

pinkocommi March 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Ahhh the US… the land where an apple a day keeps bankruptcy away.

joshleefolsom March 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

What would Ron Paul do with her? Feed her to zoo animals I think.

chicken_thief March 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Why does Ron Paul hate the zoo animals so much?!

C_R_Eature March 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

So…the lead plaintiff in the National Federation of Independent Business’s lawsuit to overturn "Obamacare" (AKA the "Affordable Care Act") is in Medical Bankruptcy.

The very same thing the Affordable Care Act was designed to prevent, is preventing now and will be far more effective in preventing when it's fully implemented?

The Schaden, it freudes itself.

40 or 50 % McShineys March 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I am thinking that somewhere, in Free-Market Republitonia, there is a mandate requiring all Schadens must provide for their own freuding.

C_R_Eature March 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Yes, a land where no slothful Schadens mooch valuable freude off of the hardworking Producer class.

glamourdammerung March 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Brown, reached by telephone Thursday, said the medical bills were her husband’s. “I always paid my bills, as well as my medical bills,” she said angrily. [...] “Who says I don’t have insurance right now?”

Ignoring the outright lie of the first part of that statement, the second part is the main problem. But then, I have better insurance than anyone else I know personally and have spent $700+ a month on prescriptions between me and my spouse .

MadBrahms March 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

So the appropriate response from the right is "LET HER DIE", basically?

IceCreamEmpress March 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

No, no, you're forgetting IOKIYAR.

CheeseNPear March 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm

In the future, we will all be plaintiffs in our own minds

anniegetyerfun March 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm

"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."

This is precisely what those death panels were for*.

*No, I don't REALLY want her to die, Editrix.

MissNancyPriss March 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Has anyone seen a photo of Ms Brown? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204

owhatever March 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm

She expects justice from them Supreme Court judges who get paid by the same federal government that wants her to have insurance? Good luck with that.

DahBoner March 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Help me out, legal people…

How do you say "Ain't no n****r gonna tell me what to do" in Latin?

teebob2000 March 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Best alt-text ever.

Fox n Fiends March 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Insurance is SO european.

Isyaignert March 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Someone needs to remind this fidiot that 45,000 Americans die every YEAR because they don't have access to healthcare. That's the same as fifteen 9/11s every fukkin' year.

unclejeems March 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Plainly, if she don't give s**t about her husband, she ain't gonna spill a few tears over 45,000 of her fellow citizens.

Thousands dead? Just a statistic.

horsedreamer_1 March 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

A plaintiff's attorney with a Teabagger for a client is foolish.

orygoon March 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Reminds me of that bitch in the news who won a million bucks, more or less, in the Michigan lottery, but failed to remover herself from the food stamp rolls. Some people are not as good as other people.

tessiee March 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Mary Brown having healthcare paid for by everyone else via the ER = freedumbz
Totally separate and unrelated Mary, who IS brown, having healthcare paid for by Obamacare = HANDOUTS SOSHULIZM END OF THE WORLD WHARRGARRBL!!!

Buckminster March 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Someone explain the concept of "insurance" to the nice lady. Nobody needs insurance until your house burns down, or you get hit by a car or you get cancer.

swordfis March 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

It's somehow reminiscent of Dead Souls

fuflans March 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

oh this is just delicious.

Pittsburgh58 March 12, 2012 at 7:19 am

Hospital beds are increasingly full of these wingnuts-uninsured, very aware of their "rights" to healthcare (um -a right by the way given to them by the dreaded gummint), refusing to pay their bill and demanding write-offs because their lunch tray was a bit too cold . It's quite a charming slice of the new america.

GuyClinch March 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

And how! Please send it via parcel post to:
Guy Clinch
c/o Santorum for Prez!
PO Box Zero
Bunghole PA 11011

And go ahead and let it sit on the counter for a few weeks before mailing.

Barb March 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

The Ford Transvaginal Probe.

actor212 March 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Is that an overhead cam?

BigSkullF*ckingDog March 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

(Insert Volvo pun of your choice here)

WhatTheHeck March 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

yeah. Its attached to the crankshaft.

elviouslyqueer March 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Been nice knowing you, H_C.

DahBoner March 10, 2012 at 11:02 am

I'm gonna put it up on the lift and go down under for a little maintenence…

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