Ha, and also ha.
Former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack is the man who proposed using women as human shields at the Bundy Ranch last year. As you might expect, he’s an older “gentleman,” and he does not care for Obummercare. Pity that, since both he and his wife are recovering from serious illnesses, and they’re learning firsthand just how painful medically induced bankruptcy can be. Unfortunately, Sheriff Mack’s principles simply will not allow him to save tons of money and also maybe his own life and that of his wife by enrolling in an ACA-approved plan. So, like any self-reliant rugged individualist, he is begging people to give him money. Talking Points Memo tells us more.

The former sheriff and his wife do not have health insurance and started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations from family and friends to cover the costs of their medical care.

“Because they are self-employed, they have no medical insurance and are in desperate need of our assistance,” reads a note on Mack’s personal website. […] “It is difficult and humbling to say that we need your help, but we do.”

Gee, we know some people who are self-employed, and thus couldn’t buy insurance for love or money. Then this weird thing happened: the United States Congress passed a bill mandating that insurance companies had to sell insurance to all comers, even self-employed ones, even if they had pre-existing conditions, and the president signed it into law! Huh.

Here, we can see the sinister genius of the Affordable Care Act at work. The Dusky-Hued Kenyan Usurper won’t even need to death-panel Sheriff Mack and his wife, since he’s already death-paneled their willingness to work. However, it’s not clear why Sheriff Mack can’t just suck it up and go find a job while he’s recovering from a heart attack — Yr Wonket was under the impression that hardworking Real Americans like Sheriff Mack could handle their health insurance just fine without the help of jack-booted bureau-thugs from Washington.

Gosh, if only there were a law that gave subsidies to people like Sheriff and Mrs. Mack, so they could buy health insurance from a private-sector insurer and thus protect both their physical health and their precious f*cking principles…

Oh wait! That law does exist, and it is called Obamacare, and if Sheriff Mack could summon the testicular fortitude to climb down from his high horse, it might actually, literally save his life. Still, we wish Sheriff Mack luck with crowdfunding his medical treatments, because if Tea Partiers actually believe the things they say, it might be difficult to elicit their sympathies.

What do you think, Wonketeers? Will Tea Partiers step up and prove that charity starts at home? Or will they go Full Drago on Sheriff and Mrs. Mack in an attempt to teach them a valuable (read: fatal) lesson about Personal Responsibility? It is Yr Wonket’s sincere hope that both Macks make swift and speedy recoveries. It is also our sincere hope that these old, cranky people will change their minds, admit they were wrong, and live a more empathetic life.

We are not holding our breath on that one, because have you ever met an old person who lives in Arizona? Still, we encourage you to kill Sheriff Mack with kindness: here’s a link to his GoFundMe page. Drop him $5 and a note reminding him what a shithead he’s been regarding access to affordable health care.

[Talking Points Memo]

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  • cousin itt

    I have some Bitcoins burning a hole in a few servers in Finland.

    • ArgieBargie

      I’m wiring them Ameros as we speak.

      • glasspusher

        Nice, folks, but after I give the good man my collection of S&H Green Stamp books, he’ll be on Easy Street.

    • Beaumarchais?

      Hang on to them! They may be worth something someday.

  • Nounverb911

    Does Marcus Bachmann offer “Pray away the heart attack” services?

  • ArgieBargie

    “GoFundeMe”? Whatever happened to the pillars of Republican ideology: hard work, determination, and being able to stand on your own feet?

    • Nounverb911

      He belongs to the Grifter wing?

      • Guest
    • Villago Delenda Est

      He really should like ask his parents for some money to start his own business, or perhaps cash in some of that wedding gift stock.

      • Nounverb911

        He can always sell his dancing prancing horse.

    • GDleftyPart2

      Who knew those bootstraps belonged to someone else……and Mr. Macks mooch account was being funded well until Obama took over the internets too!!1!!!

    • glasspusher

      doesn’t cover amputations

  • Villago Delenda Est

    What consistently amazes me about these peckerheads is their total inability to think through these issues with themselves at the center.

    It’s always about “those people” getting over on hardly working ‘Muricans. Then they’re wearing the shoes, and suddenly it’s poor poor pitiful me.

    It is indeed fortunate (for them) that there is no Hell for them to roast in for one of Jesus’ biggest “do-nots”: hypocrisy.

  • exinkwretch

    Rub some dirt on it, you pussy. But don’t get any of it on your AR-15!

  • PubOption

    As the good book says “As you sow, so shall ye reap”.

  • Hmm… how about a GoFundMe page to help pay for his funeral? I mean, if he’s broke, won’t get health insurance … maybe even qualify for (gasp!) Medicaid … and deathly ill, then it’s the least we can do.

    • Nounverb911

      Recycle his body. Drag him out into the desert, feed the carrion. (Too harsh?)

      • JohnBull

        No. Chances are pretty good he’d love to do the same to us.

        • gedjcj

          At the risk of being serious, I do not believe ‘us’ should base our moral/ethical judgements on what (we infer) he believes. Also too, there are much more environmentally friendly ways to recycle a body.

      • No, not too harsh, but … think of the poor vultures!

      • SuspectedDemocrat

        What a waste of perfectly good Soylent Green, with a side of Soylent Coleslaw.

      • Manhattan123

        Sort of cruel to the carrion as the poison in his soul might hurt them.

        • kindness

          Honestly….with a soul that rotted out he’d have to taste awful even to a poor starving vulture.

  • GDleftyPart2

    Oh Arizona karma, I loooove you.

  • memzilla

    First off, I wish them only the best of health. With votes.

    Second off: Now if somebody were to set up a page that takes $5 out of their acccount per click, I would click it.

    Because I don’t see why your bullsh*t retrograde views should be financially rewarded.

    • Callyson

      Clap, clap…

    • Amy!

      I’m thinking that the problem with using GoFundMe and things of that ilk is that, for folks who happen to be older, in imperfect health, and not nationally known as famous anti-blah-president public figures, it ain’t gonna work.

      The fact that he might get enough to make it through should actually be the thing that makes him realize he’s wrong for all those people who are less visible than he is.

      His bullshit retrograde views shouldn’t be funded ’cause we should be putting that money into helping people who weren’t actively trying to undermine the health of others.

  • Callyson

    But if you want money for people with minds that hate
    All I can tell you is brother, you’ll have to wait…

    • FlownOver


  • Tallmutha

    You know, that map behind Nelson made me realize that Florida looks like a dick.

    • Duckbudder

      The Keys make it look like it has the Clap.

  • JohnBull

    How about we send him some bootstraps instead? Maybe we join a prayer circle. Both of those are just as good as money.

    • Nounverb911

      Damn! I just broke a shoelace, he can have that. Can I mail it collect?

  • FlownOver

    I thought the solution was the ER. Were he and his ilk wrong about that, or was that only applicable to the Wrong Kind of People™?

    • weejee

      ♪ I see a line at the ER
      And all those folks are black ♪

      • Blank Ron

        Sheer poetry…

  • JohnBull

    Oh, Richie…Richie
    Oh, Richie Mack, when are you not coming back?

  • onedrewthree

    I prayed at him for 5$ worth of my time. Since I am a waiter and don’t make minimum wage, it was a little over two hours. Hope that helps, Hoss!

  • superdave

    He’s trying to raise 30k for his medical expenses. 30k is peanuts in healthcare. And I’m sure they’re going to continue to rack up the expenses. Is he going to keep crowd funding every single one?

    • Land Shark

      I read the page and I smell bullshit.

  • say wha

    Too soon?

    • weejee

      Would that be the 2-inch barrel 38 solution?

  • Sheepshagger

    Well bless his heart?

  • borninatrailer

    He doesn’t have any chickens he can barter with?

    • Land Shark

      None of them are virgins, so he can’t get good trade value for ’em.

  • Skwerl King

    There’s some mighty strong schadenfreude in them comments on the go fund me page.

    • JohnBull

      Guess they all hate America and Jesus, too.

  • HogeyeGrex

    Anybody but me suspect that this turd actually does have coverage and is just fleecing the rubes. It’s not like taking whatever you can get is against these asshats’ “principles.”

    • Blank Ron

      Now that you mention it…

  • weejee

    Teatarditus – a sadder slide into dementia that simple Oldtimer’s Disease.

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    GoFundMe: who said Republicans don’t have a replacement for Obamacare?

  • chicken thief

    Maybe Dick Cheney could give the guy one of his used hearts, he has like a dozen or so lying around.

    • Land Shark

      But they’re all black …. no one wants them. Not even Mr. Biel_ze_Bubba.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Discriminate against hearts of color?
        We aren’t that kind of gated community.

  • jesuswasablack

    “Because they are self-employed”
    Is that what we are calling teabagger grifters these days?

    • Nounverb911

      If you consider watching Russia from your porch a self-employed job, then yes.

  • Sue Katz

    Hey! Why would we necessarily “expect” him to be older? Do we lack young reactionaries? No need to attack the man for his age. It’s enough to point out what an asshole he is.

    • chicken thief

      Besides, the fucker is only a year older than me…..

    • Biff52

      The asshole’s younger than I am.

  • harryeagar

    Can I remind him for free? I’ve got other people I know who need $5 as much as he does and maybe deserve it even more.

  • fawkedifiknow

    What goes around, comes around, dumb ass.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Karma never forgets an address.

  • Manhattan123

    Why would you encourage giving this shit for brains any money? He wants to make sure no-one can get acess to Obamacare so let his fellow baggers bail him out.

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    Remind him all you want, the deadline for getting a 2015 policy has passed already.

    • bobbert

      Extended until tax day.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Sorry. Thinning the herd, thinning the herd.

  • chicken thief

    Ok, which one of you has been editing Mack’s Wikipedia page?!

    “So far, 238 suckers have donated a total of $16,558.00 in one month’s
    time. Democrats wanted a far better socialized health care system, but
    the screeching from the right wing created an obstacle too impossible to
    pass. Mack was and is part of that obstacle. He opted out of the new
    health care law. Source .

    In part, Mack writes on his fundraising campaign page:

    Since it appears that recovery will take a good deal of time with
    associated expenses, I struggle to not feel stress – both the stress of
    thinking about huge hospital and other medical bills as well as regular
    living expenses while I am unable to work — and also the stress of not
    being able to accomplish what I am so passionate about doing for others.
    It is difficult and humbling to say that we need your help, but we do.
    Please keep us in your prayers and stay with us for the duration of this

    Obamacare would have helped him. It was created for people like him.
    Mack is a known figure, able to raise an extraordinary amount of money
    to assist him, whereas without Obamacare, the unknown masses would have
    had to just suck it up, and remain sick, or worse, die. In states such
    as mine, Republicans obstructed Medicaid expansion.”

  • HarryButtle

    Nope. Not sending him a penny. That would teach him the wrong lessons about life and turn him into a lazy taker. Bootstraps, motherfucker. Bootstraps.

    • chicken thief

      I was thinking about regifting that toaster oven/blender we got for our anniversary, but the shipping on that sumbitch is like $11. Fuck that.

    • MrBlobfish

      Let Cliven Bundy give him some of the million dollars in grazing fees he stole.

    • kindness

      I’d send him a penny if GoFundMe charged him 50 cents for each transaction.

    • JohnBull

      I’m not either. He’ll just buy guns with it, or donate it to Trump.

  • chicken thief

    Someone should interview his wife.

    • Beaumarchais?

      Wait a while. Widows are more compelling.

  • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

    The trouble is, this schmuck will get the money he needs. He will then use himself (that time he and the Missus was ailin’ and a-hurtin’ for some money and lo and behold the christian internets came through with cash) as an example of why we don’t need no stinkin’ socialistic Godless healthcare in this country. It will become a meme–the healthcare equivalent of Senator Inhofe’s snowball (the one that proved for sartan that there ain’t no sich a thing as global warmin’). Ugh, ugh, ugh.

    • Human Leaving

      Solution: Every American becomes a wingnut psuedo-celebrity with a book deal and a talk radio show on the weekends.

    • chicken thief

      If his modified Wikipedia is correct, the money ain’t rolling in too awful fast. If he needs $30k he is just a little over half way there after a month of begging.

      And you know he will need more. Soon.

    • Ulricii

      Wish I could upthumb this a thousand times. You have it nailed.

  • stankbait

    Why don’t you auction off some of your gunz?
    Beats the shit out of panhandling!

    • Blank Ron

      You know that thing about prying his guns from his cold, dead hands? I do believe we’re about to see the sentiment at work.

  • A Bashful Nobody

    God, how ironic…………………

  • Iron Monkey

    Mrs. Sheriff Mack may not be as enthusiastic about not having insurance through the evil Obama since women are much smarter than men when it comes to things not dying.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Well she married him so I’m guessing smarter than him is a low bar.

  • docterry6973

    Too bad he’s not Canadian. Or Swedish. Or German. Or any other first-world nation that has universal health care, less expensive health care, and longer life expectancy than the USofA.

    • chicken thief


    • MrBlobfish

      He gets to keep his guns.

  • Pap Finn

    It’s soooo tempting to hoot and fling feces and holler “let him die!” like the Tea Party ghouls at that ‘debate,’ but fortunately, I’m a liberal, and therefore not quite soulless and fucking sociopathic enough to actually do that.

    • chicken thief

      You are right. And I don’t want the fucker to die, either. Now go bankrupt…? I’m ok with that. But he has been collecting money for a month – the first half of which he could have also too enrolled in the ACA.

    • Ulricii

      I don’t think anyone is saying “let him die,” Pap. What some of us are saying is let him crawl to the emergency room and beg for aid there. He’ll get it, and we’ll pay for it. But put him through the demeaning stuff he wants OTHER poor folks looking for assistance to experience. Why should he get dollars and love-notes?

      • rebecca

        sure they are, RIGHT HERE IN OUR COMMENTS. I believe we have a Rule about that, wonkers. >:-/

  • The Other Tim

    I was willing to let go of my previous profile to comment here. I will not part with even one cent for the privilege of commenting on this fool’s GOBEGME page.

  • MrBlobfish

    I am not a nice person, so I won’t tell you how I really feel.

    • Beaumarchais?

      Sit down right here next to me.

  • AnOuthouse

    He really should have signed up for the free slut pills if nothing else. They’re delicious.

    • chicken thief

      Maybe it was the boner pills that got to his heart? It would be irresponsible not to speculate…

  • kindness

    “we encourage you to kill Sheriff Mack with kindness”

    So you want me to cast the first stone then? How bout I throw him my ACME anvil as a life saver. Heads Up Sheriff!

  • deanbooth

    I thought the Arizona legislature passed a bill making it illegal to help people.

    • Ulricii

      It depends on the skin shade of the recipient: White, Aid=Good Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, Aid=Bad

  • Roy Gaston

    Our prisons and jails are required to provide some level of medical care. My thought is he should catch a case and go to prison for medical care. Like the medical care provided in his county jail.

  • wingnutsnightmare

    The donation section is amazing…people who make points about “You could have signed up for medical coverage” comments and very VERY few from his “supporters” who hate the Blah man in the White House from whom they need to take their country back.

    • Ulricii

      Yep. It will be Wonketters, not TeaBaggers, who bail him out. Don’t hold your breath waiting for an acknowledgement of that.

      • Biff52

        Yeah, I don’t think his heart will grow either.

  • chicken thief

    Other expenses while he is out of work? So he ain’t so fond of that AFLAC duck either it appears.

  • sw19womble

    I’m sorry for him (and his wife), but he was given every opportunity.

    Some people can’t be helped.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    Ha! All the donations are from Libtards, gays and socialists that wish him well and hope he changes his mind about the ACA.
    Think he’ll change? This should be followed up over time.

  • Ulricii

    NO WAY, Dan. If I drop Sheriff Mack $5 along with a Mom note, I know exactly what will happen. When he collects enough of those fivers to pay his medical bills he will crow “See, we don’t need no stinken’ Obamacare. Private charity is available to those who need help.” And he will coast along with no insurance until the next crisis hits.

    • ShriekinViolet

      Oh, I so agree with you but I also, too, soooo want to be the bigger (wo)man here and show him that not only are progressives morally superior but also empathetically superior. I mean, seriously, can you imagine The Blaze (my keyboard just barfed a little) saying something like, “A democrat from _______ has an unfortunate illness and, while we disagree with every single thing he says, we’re pro-life so let’s help him out by coughing up five measly bucks”? No, you cannot imagine that. I want my five dollar donation to sting like hell. Because I’m morally superior.

      • never_wore_zubaz

        Here’s the problem — people like the ex-sheriff don’t care. Grifters, the lot.

        • ShriekinViolet

          I’m afraid you’re right. I just want to believe in some long-forgotten idea of morally shaming people into decent behavior.

          Oh, I am so naive – you can’t shame the shameless.

          • never_wore_zubaz


  • Mormos

    typical SJ behaviour

  • Joseph

    With luck he will live the Conservative/tea-bag/dream and just man-up and die.

  • hikergrl

    So much about taking personal responsibility to protect his family by buying health insureace (with or without the ACA). And what kind of “self employment?” I think he’s a moocher just like his buddy Cliven Bundy.

  • glasspusher

    It’s a nice bit of irony that the Western Rancher, the epitome of the self made man, because the (well subsidized) water for his ranch came from those sweet, sweet, Bureau of Reclamation dams and irrigation systems, was the first recipient of the modern Welfare State.

  • glasspusher

    Nice that, even now, he’s sticking to his principles- being a selfish prick.

  • Beth Holbrook Stafford

    Wish there was a way to deduct money from a GoFUndMe. Sort of a “stupidity tax”, ya know?

    • Fun with Cthulhu

      OT, but that’s what I do when the envelope comes around for the retiring or departing co-worker. If they have been dicks, then I deduct money as a tax to cover having to put up with their stupid shit. If neutral, I’ll put my hand in the envelope and rattle it around but not remove any cash.

      My taxation scheme allows me to give more money to those individuals who should have it.

      • Beth Holbrook Stafford

        ROFL! Dr. Evil, I presume? Oh wait-Robin Hood!!

    • KarenJ


  • Skippy2000

    I got yer “Death Panel” right here! So sad fer you! Buh bye!

  • Biff52

    I’m calling bullshit. The only real reason to go into civil service is the post-employment benefits, chief among them, health insurance. Unless Sheriff Mack quit before he he was vested, that is.

  • Fartknocker

    Put some Borax on the spot that hurts you whiny old fuck. And no, I’m not giving you any money.

    • janecita

      Walk it off.

    • Pith_n_Vinegar


  • Cry me a freaking river. I guess I’m a petty heartless bastard, because I don’t have one iota of sympathy for this shithead. I really hope he drops dead, but not before he’s ruined financially. #Karma

  • janecita

    Please, I have better things to do with a five dollar bill. Sorry but I really don’t care about those two idiots.

  • DrV57

    ACA hatin in your eyes all the way
    if i listen to your lies would you say
    i’m a man with much conviction
    i’m a man who thinks he knows
    how to sell a contradiction
    you come and go
    you come and go

    karma karma karma karma karma chameleon
    you come and go
    you come and go.

    • PubOption

      And it looks like he’s going.

  • LJ Roberts

    He still has two weeks to sign up for coverage through the ACA. The deadline was extended until March 15th. Let him do that. I’m sure NOT giving ANYTHING to the guy who suggested using women as shields at the Bundy ranch.

  • Robert Delrosso

    Ever arrested and destroyed lives in the drug war yes he has good for him now simon says die

    • Zippy

      I don’t wish death for either of them, just enlightenment

      • Robert Delrosso

        Don’t literally meen for them to die but everyone lives their time and dies its the natural order his time is over thankfully he’s got more to worry about now would I help him absolutely not pro gun pro freedom pro american anti bush anti Obama anti politician

  • Larry

    This guy is probably a bible thumper so here is a message from your God Book …….Moron…………….You Reap What You Sow…………………………….

  • sauceboy

    I wish I could be snarky here, but seriously, fuck this guy. I’d have more respect for him if he said, in the spirit of self-sufficiency, I will just go and fucking die because I can’t afford and therefore don’t deserve healthcare. Instead he has, shockingly, no fucking perspective whatsoever and no sense of irony, and goes begging, whilst no doubt still saying that other people don’t deserve healthcare.

    Once again, fuck this guy.

  • never_wore_zubaz

    If the asshole would admit that he was wrong about PPACA, I’d abide and send him a few bucks.

    But you know he won’t. Please don’t send him a penny – let him die in accordance with his ideology.

  • Yeah, I have a finite amount of cash, and it’s not going to someone who could solve their own problems if not for stubbornness. I hope they don’t die, but that shit is totally within their power at this point (well, the getting treatment part is, anyway…)

  • cvryder2000

    Oh HELL no! I just have Medicare, and I had 4 surgeries in 2012, and I paid for the rest my damn self. I’m gonna help this stupid old fart just because he was too “principled” to sign up for an ACA plan? Not in this lifetime! He can live with what he did.

  • Iron Monkey

    I hope this becomes a trend–one of the tenets of libertarian, anti-government ideology is that private charity and voluntary giving will replace many programs currently funded by the state. It would be lovely to see how these “believers in liberty” respond to seeing their dogma fail in a real life test. The uninsured anti-Obamacare idiots should figure things out soon enough,

    • MrBlobfish

      That anti-Obamacare idiot is a baaaad muthaaaa
      Shut yo mouth!
      I’m just talkin’ about anti-Obamacare idiot!?!

  • Nuke90210

    Maybe this “let them die” idea isn’t so bad. I mean, if all of the Wingnuts with no insurance follow this model we’ll be crazy-free in half a year.

  • ReligiousWacko

    people here should go read comments at

    Substitute Allah for God in those posts and all of those commenters would probably end on TSA no fly list ..

    • CripesAmighty


      Didja get the one about, “See, this coulda been a homicide attempt via the ‘heart attack gun’ just like the one what did in Dead Breitbart…”? He was kidding us not.

      And these are ‘sworn officers of the law’. Gaack.

  • Amy!

    “Two boats and a helicopter!”

    Okay … Rebecca’s already made a comment (somewhat buried here), but seriously, too many of these comments seem to be breaking the commenting rules for radicals.

    I get it. It’s not necessarily schadenfreude, although there’s a disturbing (to me) amount of that. It’s that his actions have made it more difficult for other people in similar circumstances but without his visibility to achieve what he’s likely to achieve.

    I’m also going to criticize the article, though. I don’t think Wonkette should be publicizing his appeal, much less endorsing it. He had (and still has, if the deadline’s been extended?) an opportunity to get coverage! He’s praying for the good lord to save him, and refusing help from both boats and a helicopter. We’re already paying for the boats and the helicopter and their crews and their medical issues from stress and exposure to weather (okay, this metaphor has officially caught fire and sunk).

    No, we shouldn’t be supporting his attempt to demonstrate that he was right all along, and that folks can get by just fine without insurance. He can get insurance.

    • jharp

      “He had (and still has, if the deadline’s been extended?) an opportunity to get coverage!”

      I believe that he has to attest to the fact that he was unaware of the penalties for not having insurance to be eligible for the extension.

      Good luck with that.

      Maybe there is a God after all.

    • lighten up francis.

  • Shalimar

    The former sheriff and his wife do not have health insurance and started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations from family and friends to cover the costs of their medical care.

    It’s a scam. Not that I doubt their health problems, but hers started long before the December deadline to be covered under Obamacare in time for his January heart attack. If they had signed up like any sane person would, we would all be helping with her bills through the vast government, the way this shit is supposed to work, and we would be covering his hospital bills too.

    He chose not to because he knows he can turn this into a money-making proposition by getting more in donations than they need to pay health bills.

  • ksimms

    Most of the donations seem to be from Obamacare supporters, which is not a surprise. Everyone knows which political side actually has empathy.

    I already two friends and a brother in law’s life saved by Obamacare within the first year of its existence. I would have three less people in my life if the Republicans had won. As an independent, I think about that everyday.

    I have several quibbles with Obama’s policies, but he pretty much gets a pass for this alone.

  • Incoming Ham

    Mack: “Give it to me straight, Doc.”
    Doctor: I’m sorry Mr. Mack, I’m afraid you’re going to…”
    Mack: “What is it doc?”
    Doctor: “Mack, you are going to die of Terminal Ideology”.

    (With votes.)

  • chascates

    If he has any leftover I still have six cats to spay and one to neuter.

  • hey folks. as many of you regulars know, i’m an obamacare actual person. here’s 3 things:

    1. give this dude a buck o’ five if you can. his situation sucks and something something turn the other cheek even if you don’t win the actual argument.
    2. if you can’t stomach that, give it to your fav pantry, shelter, animal rescue organization in the name of the dude who scoffed at helping those who…need help.
    2. goose roberts with this or any other campaign:

    love you all and you too sheriff nitwit. i sincerely hope you and your wife recover.

    • alnnc

      That was the same thing I was thinking. Send a response to his site with a notation that you can appreciate the problems he is having due to heart disease and therefore are sending a tribute contribution to the American Heart Association (or similar group).

  • buttholepunch

    Eff this guy

  • aedeoiad

    I’ve had an exceptionally good February in my various business efforts. And I paid my health insurance premium while fiercely supporting the ACA for my friends and family that may be less fortunate than I. I’m happy that some of my tax dollars help fund this small step towards a far more robust overhaul of the system. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” was guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence – without medical care, none of that is particularly easy.

    All Americans deserve that access.

    With that in mind, I spent this 5 bucks on a cheap 6 pack of beer to pursue some of my own Friday night happiness. Cheers, Sheriff.

    • DsMTwoShoes

      The Sheriff and his wife will be just fine, no harm will come to them. They’ll receive what ever medical attention is required.
      How do I know this you ask.
      Simple, Rick Santorum stated as fact that no one in the United States has ever died from lack of medical insurance. And that hospitals will take care of anyone who walks through the door.
      Like I said, no need to worry Santorum has everything under control.

      • MOG253

        Has Ricky donated yet?

    • 1YesterdaysWine1

      Actually, the Declaration guarantees nothing. It’s the rationale for why we split from England. It doesn’t have the force of law, even though it has some very incisive thinking. Maybe you’re thinking of the Preamble to The Constitution’s “promote the general welfare” line. But I’m not sure the Preamble has the force of law, either.

  • Jack D. Ripper

    Karma is a bitch.

    • Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯

      You’d bitch too if you only got 70% pay for the same job. That slacker Buddha earns way more while he just sits around and smiles.

  • Blender_415

    Since we can’t comment, I’m going to guess we can’t post video clips:

  • sillyclucker

    He should ask one of those big church people like Pat Robertson. Church people are all about helping people, right?

  • ididit

    And YES…it’s working. Wonkers are contributing AND giving him a taste of his own “medicine” (yeah, lamest crap I’ve come up with in a decade).

  • Robert Ivey

    So my contribution is to advise them to go out and get Heritagecare aka Obamacare aka Romneycare.

  • jefft452

    Cant he just give his Doctor a chicken?

    • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism
      Sue Lowden stands by health care bartering plan
      By J. Patrick Coolican
      The Las Vegas Sun
      Published Tuesday, April 20, 2010 | 3:39 p.m.
      Updated Thursday, April 22, 2010 | 3:09 p.m.
      Democrats opened a new round of gleeful attacks as Sue Lowden, the Republican front-runner to unseat Sen. Harry Reid, again extolled the virtues of “bartering” for health care.
      Lowden was recently the subject of late-night humor after saying health care costs would be lowered if health consumers paid with cash and bargained down prices with health providers. She called it “bartering,” a term normally referring to a trade of one good or service for another.
      Lowden defended her remarks Monday on the “Nevada Newsmakers” TV show.
      “You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor, they would say I’ll paint your house,” she said. “I mean, that’s the old days of what people would do to get health care with your doctors. Doctors are very sympathetic people. I’m not backing down from that system.”

  • Steve Hyman

    Yes he will get care. And he will get all the bills. And then he will declare bankruptcy and stiff the hospitals and medical professionals who provided that care.

  • Zippy

    I bet they could have afforded a bleach enema without begging for money

  • ThePuckStopsHere

    I ask again: Are there no workhouses?

  • Poonzilla

    I had a nice insurance plan through my employer, but due to rising costs he had to drop me. I was forced to get a plan through the ACA. Now my co-pays and out of pocket expenses are so high I can’t afford to use it. Might come in handy if I ever come down with something terminal…

    • Bugsmon

      But wasn’t it your employer that screwed you out of your insurance in the first place?

      And if ‘private’ insurance was so affordable, wouldn’t you have that *instead* of ACA?

    • Freeman63

      No one forced you into the ACA. You could have stood on principle and used COBRA or purchased your own policy through the open market. You chose ACA coverage because it saves you money.

      Health care costs have been rising for more than two decades which is just a bit longer than the ACA has been around. You can blame the ACA on rising costs, but you can’t blame rising costs on the ACA.

      • Poonzilla

        I chose the ACA because I “thought” it would save me money. It doesn’t. Anyway you want to spin it, I was better off before the ACA. But while I eat my Ramen noodles, I’m grateful I can help pay for your medical treatment.

        And to the person below, he didn’t “screw” me out of my insurance. We’re a small company and he simply couldn’t afford to keep me on his plan. He’s older and just went on Medicare instead.

        • JVisconti

          not sure how one person becoming Medicare eligible invalidates a group plan, but assuming your employer has less than 50 employees, call the people at SHOP ‪1-800-706-7893‬

          • Poonzilla

            It didn’t invalidate it, he just didn’t renew it.

        • Freeman63

          You ‘thought’ it would save you money. I’m certain there was a lot of thinking going on. Basic math would have determined where to find a savings.

          There’s nothing to spin: You were covered by an employer sponsored plan that your employer terminated because governmental coverage was cheaper for him. You had choices: Maintain your coverage through COBRA, buy a new policy on the open market or use the ACA. If using the ACA was a bad choice, blame yourself.

          While you enjoy that Ramen, chew on the idea that you don’t help pay for any part of my medical care. Just like you once were, I am covered by an employer sponsored plan. Chances are highly likely that I subsidize your policy, not the other way around

  • Scubaix

    The poor bastard only has raised 18k. And like 80% from ranting liberals. Until my lungs are hoarse. I can’t. Why. These people. Just.

    • RecreationalPilot

      One of my kids went to the ER 30 days ago. We’d received the $450 bill this Thursday. Yesterday (Friday–one day later for FOX News viewers), their collection department called to demand payment.

      I bet this guy is experiencing the full wrath of personal medical indebtedness, since we just got the bill and were immediately harassed. Hopefully, he’s not in one of those Texas-like states that incarcerate people for debts. I wonder if they’d lock up a former LEO or if that’s enough of a golden ticket?


      It’s funny that this guys hangs around with a group of wealthy people, pontificating on their behalf, and when the going gets tough, they abandon him. But, if he knew the crowd he was hanging with, he’d know they were just in it for themselves… much like this guy seems to be.

  • Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯

    Looks like they went for full-comprehensive under Karma Permanente. I’d like to think they’ll develop some new perspective out of this, but I don’t think that plan covers vision.

    • CripesAmighty

      ‘Karma Permanente’. That’s one for the books.:p

    • calliecallie

      Karma Permanente. Priceless.

  • NorthStarSpanx

    I’d read somewhere that faith groups only account for 10% of our country’s social service needs, their charities can’t even provide a semblance of a safety net, and they cherry pick worthy recipients anyway. Then Bush elevated their eligibility for public funding even though they are un-taxed and enjoy greater public benefits as it is. They want the responsibility, but don’t have the resources nor the desire to meet a single family’s needs halfway. Conundrum. In any case, I don’t wish he and his wife ill, especially if his “Come to Jesus” moment of clarity is the realization that we need, as a society, to provide affordable healthcare as well as safety. But people like this, they’ll shake their fist in the air that they aren’t getting theirs, for all the years they made sure others didn’t.

    • Richard_thunderbay

      I’m guessing that 10% is a high end estimate. My gut feeling is that it is far less.

    • tomgnh

      I would not want to rely on a private charity with an agenda reaching out to help all our needy citizens, even if they are “icky” to the charity.

  • A Big Sarcastic Fairy!

    I am undergoing radiation therapy for cancer, I’m thankful for national health care.

    • mmeetoilenoir

      Hugs and healing to you!

      • A Big Sarcastic Fairy!

        Thank you!

  • Cheryl R

    How is giving him money changing anything? Do you think he cares what you write on the GoFundMe wall? He probably won’t even read it. Keep your money in your pocket and let this loser figure it out for himself. Sometimes you have to drop to the bottom to get back to the top.

    • Scubaix

      Sweet. What are you wearing?

  • MasterD

    Remember folks – when you speak to a libertarian, you are speaking to a child.

  • orygoon

    I’ve been looking at Mike’s comments about the government “stealing” from people.

    My bff is an African-American. She has been good friends since college–that’s going on 40 years–with a guy who is white, single, was big-earning, and libertarian-ish. She lovingly overlooked their political differences. I’d seen her do it with serenity.

    A few years ago she and R. and a bunch of other old-time college buddies were at a baseball game together. R. got on his rant about taxes. This time he said the words “the government taking my money is like slavery!”

    I wasn’t there, but I asked her what she did then. She said she took a looooooong walk around the stadium.

    Just the other day she told me that R., whose company is all about the Oil Bidness, offered him an early retirement package and he took it, has tried to chat her up and make plans for doing Things and Stuff together. But she can’t unhear what he said, and if they get back to being close friends again ever, it isn’t going to be soon.

    And even if Mike thinks the government is “stealing”, I hope he is in legal compliance with all of his tax obligations–although I suspect he’s living in his mother’s basement and wondering what to do now that his p/t gig at Radio Shack is no longer a thing.

  • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

    Can’t figure out why Sheriff Ricky’s good friends and Freedom Foursome, Rush Limbaugh, Cliven Bundy, Roger Ailes, and Sean Hannity, haven’t forked over the $30,000 to cover the Sheriff’s medical bills.
    According to those Commie Socialist Kenyan anti-Colonialists at Forbes, El Lardo only pulled in $66 million and Hannity just $30 million in the most recent year.
    During the 2011-12 fiscal year, Ailes got just $21 million in cash and stock from Fox.
    Bundy’s just a lousy multimillionaire.
    None of this Freedom Foursome have donated a cent to Sheriff Ricky.

    • Isn’t it ironic that the ones who are giving him money on his GoFundMe account are the ones he despises? And those that are his “buddies” and supporters are no where to be found. Well, I’ll be damned.

    • honestyingov

      I was about to send a tweet to Insannity since he USED him so much on his TeeVee Show.
      SHOCKED,,,, Shocked I say to find out InSannity has BLOCKED me.

      Sean… Give it up Bro-Ho. Give the Teabagger a check
      (It COULD be his last dying wish )

      • AKRNC

        I’d be happy to do that for you :) Hannity blocked you? Surely it must be a mistake?

        Here’s the link–

        I thought they believed in all those “freedumbs” or at least that’s what SarahPalin says. Maybe somebody finally took away those same freedumbs that she has been claiming they would lose despite how much they love them.

        Isn’t he friendly with Sarah? She spends a lot of her PAC $, maybe she’ll throw him a bone. LOL, not a chance in hell, that’s Sarah’s hard-earned griftin’ $$$!

        • Peach314

          Let us respect his liberty to die free of welfare, Amen.

    • Tyroanee

      It would be the Christian thing to do…but I’m thinking there might be some unforeseen clause somewhere.

      • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

        Christian Who?
        Actually, that’s unfair. There’s nothing wrong with Christianity. Or any other religion. Or no religion whatsoever.
        Proselytizing, greed, fear, and the bastardized use of one’s religious or non-religious views to intimidate, offend, or even terrorize others remain the problem for mankind. Womankind, too.

        • Tyroanee

          Yes, that’s why its called S A T I R E.

          The world would be a much better place with more understanding of laughter…and without religion, yes Any of them .

          • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

            With all due respect, I’ll disagree with you a bit. I’ll side with the decision of a person to believe, religion-wise, whatever he/she wishes to believe – or not to believe.
            I ask only that people stop proselytizing, as in America, I’m as free to believe whatever I want and the proselytizer may believe whatever he/she wishes. I just don’t like advertising. Not on television or radio. Not among the religious or atheist.
            Bill Bradley, during a 2000 Democratic presidential debate with Al Gore, gave a marvelous, humble, and quite simple answer regarding each and every American’s right to privacy in one’s religious or non-religious beliefs. I just prefer a nation in which one believes or doesn’t believe whatever one wishes and does so without involving, or worse, trying to convince, sway, or provoke his/her neighbor.

          • Tyroanee

            With all due respect… I couldn’t agree with you more.

          • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

            You mean everyone on a comment thread doesn’t call somebody else a “Hater”? Whatever the heck that is…
            Thanks. Have a nice day/weekend.

          • Tyroanee

            You as well : )

          • Peach314

            I put those who try to force their religion, including atheism*, on me, on ignore. I have missed many hair restorer ads, along with endless fashion “news” by so doing.

            *Yes, atheism becomes a religion when preached as if it is the only acceptable belief.

          • Peach314

            I prefer a world with BOTH. But I never censor thought, belief or ideas. fear of ideas is the mark of CONdumbs.

          • Tyroanee


    • Dag Dahlo

      I guess Good Ol Lawboy is so happy the republicans failed in stoping the ACA. The Sheriff and his wife are now “blessed” with a preexisting conditions, and by law they can now get insurance – thanks to ACA. I have a feeling blind ideology will evaporate as soon as reality and rational thought kicks in. It usually does, even for the most empathy-challenged.

      • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

        Nah. Sheriff Ricky will just claim “King” Obama shoved the medical conditions in question down his and his wife’s throats at a FEMA Concentration Camp (sic).

      • Peach314

        He most likely thought of another scam, like using the office of Sheriff to rake in $$$ from right wingnuts. Rush Buttpimple, Ailes and the rest of the intrusion are NOT known for charity. Now Richard Mack is nothing but a charity case. Fitting. I hope his illness is long, and……uh….MEANINGFUL.

  • Poster999

    Looks like he deleted the comments on his GoFundMe site — the comments from anyone other than donators, that is. Can’t stand the heat I guess. Or the truth.

    • JVisconti

      you know who else doesn’t allow comments around here.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    QUESTION: …is there anyway to donate “boot straps” on a GoFundMe?!

    • Peach314

      I’d chip in for arsenic since he refused health care in the past, there is no doubt he is delusional now. He would NEVER be a welfare case, asking others to support him; best start notifying the public.


  • AngryBlakGuy

    …well I donated in the name of our Muslim in Cheif:

    • JVisconti

      well, they got the middle name correct.

  • me d

    So…begging is more manly/honorable/American/capitalist/Christian/sane than buying insurance?

    Why doesn’t he hang out on a street corner with a sign that says “will work for chemo”?

    • tomgnh


  • tomgnh

    So which will win- your ideological world view or your real world experience with need and poverty?

    Go bankrupt, you thoughtless excuse for a citizen.

  • CripesAmighty

    Can’t wait for the ‘Deleted Comments’ digest on this thread (see Randroid shredding below).

  • m3bosha

    I like snark as much as the next guy, and while it’s nice to encourage donating to this guy, who needs help. I think I’ll donate my $5 to the ASPCA. Damn you Sarah McLachlan.

  • Marci Jones Hauck

    ACA is not available to everyone. If you fall below a certain income level it is not offered. I have a niece who doesn’t make enough to qualify and must us free clinic to get her healthcare. Don’t judge until you know someone’s situation.

    • sdsue

      Well shit, now she gets healthcare for FREE! I’m so sorry for her.

    • BigYaz8

      The Obamacare Medicaid expansion was intended specifically to address situations like your niece’s–but some GOP-controlled states have refused to accept this help for their citizens, despite there being no cost to the state! (After all, can’t risk Obamacare looking good; so what if a few low-income folks have to sicken and die.)

      Apparently, your niece is so unfortunate as to live in one of these states. Tell her to vote the Teapublicans out and decent humans in.

      • Peach314

        Yes, and the anti American, NeoFascist PaleoCONs are still trying to stop Americans from having access to health care. Their hero KGB Vlad is now seen as the dirty killer he always was, and they still support his disgusting butt. Mack, if truly ill, is reaping what he sowed.

  • gedjcj

    (What’s the point of putting a “tl,dr” at the end of a post like this?)
    tl,dr: I can’t even.

    1) Disclaimer: I’m not even going to try to read all of the (as of my last refresh) 268 comments reported by Disqus, which is obviously a lie because Wonkette does not allow comments. So sorry not sorry in advance for making observations that have already been made in the (nonexistent) previous comments.

    2) In the spirit of the RULES I’m frankly disturbed by the spite expressed by some of my favorite Wonkeputians. (It is not that I don’t sympathize with the impulse, I’m just trying to step back and consider the implications of my snark.)

    3) “They” are making it very difficult: Update #2 seems to be equating a donation with an affirmation of Mr Mark’s beliefs.

    3a) Given that Mr Mark has been reduced to public begging I don’t think it unfair to ask what his attitude toward beggars was when he was in a position of authority.

    4) This is just fucking difficult. Not only do I not question a beggar on their political beliefs before I decide to contribute, I don’t in general let political statements by beggars affect my decision to give or not give.

    5) Is it appropriate to give to this campaign if my only reason for contributing is to give weight to my criticism of Mr Mark?

  • Larry K

    Only $30K for heart disease? Who’s treating him? Dr. Ben Carson?

  • Peach314

    He used taxpayer money while in office for PERSONAL gain, just like the bum Arpaio. I might send him $5.00 just to avoid being scummy as he is but, air, food, and water are limited resources. This lowlife is a waste of all three.

    • Joe_Buddha

      Tried it, but when it wanted my credit card info, I balked.

  • Seceshful

    “the United States Congress passed a bill mandating that insurance companies had to sell insurance to all comers,”
    Funny how the liberal talking points have shifted to say that “Congress” passed the ACA bill. A subtle attempt to blame share? Be proud of it! Claim it! DEMOCRATS in Congress passed the ACA without a single Republican vote! Thank Democrats!

    • DMHT

      You’re welcome. Now that’s it’s been so successful what I notice is a lot of Republicans (like you) are calling it by it’s proper name the ACA. You are loathe to call it Obamacare because it’s actually a good thing.

      • Seceshful

        Just easier to type, how about OCA? Making the assumption I am a Republican is like making the assumption that since OCA has not utterly failed yet means it is a good thing.

  • cabl

    Unfortunately those who are contributing to mack’s fund are playing right into his belief that people’s medical costs should be paid by charities, churches so one is not ‘coerced’ into paying… So all you donors are making his point.. A very libertarian point… He and his fellow ‘thinkers’ will not learn or be swayed by your compassion. So mack will get his treatment and the taxpayers of his state will pay for his treatment because of his ‘beliefs’.

  • cabl

    Just heard mack on the Thom hartmann radio show. Mack doesn’t believe in car insurance either .. Buy ‘says’ he has it..I’d be careful driving around him and his ilk.

  • The Wet One

    Well. This is rich isn’t it?

  • Woodsy

    Whoa! Schadenfreude and Karma, together at last!

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