My brother is a navigator ...

A heartwarming note received from a friend of a friend. Reprinted here without identifying details.

My brother is a “Navigator” in another state, where he assists people face-to-face by appointment to sign up for healthcare on the federal marketplace. There is so much demand for getting insurance through the exchange, now that the website is working, that his office has extended hours from daytime to every evening and weekends.

  • I have a 30 year-old niece (single) with an AGI of about $15,000.00 who is signing up for health insurance at a cost of $25.00 per month.
  • I have a 50 something brother (single) with similar income who will be signing up for about the same premium as my niece.
  • I have a married 30 something nephew with one child and another on the way with a household income of around $25,000 who will be signing his family up.

A couple came in, the husband an avid tea party member who told my brother he “hates Obama,” and his wife who has some substantial healthcare needs. They signed up for health insurance at a monthly premium of $93.00. When they left, he shook my brother’s hand, thanked him, and told him he was doing a good job.

People leave my brother’s office in tears of joy. Sometimes they refuse to shake his hand and demand to give him a hug instead. A few weeks earlier when my brother was getting frustrated with the website, the person he was helping said, “Don’t worry. We can be patient. I have been waiting a life time to get health insurance.”

This is what Republicans are fighting.





My hope is that these "haters" actually change their thinking.

There are millions who have a chance to improve their, and their families, quality of life. Republicans want to take this away. I no longer see this as ideological. It seems to me Republicans embrace the current conservative ideology because it gives them an excuse for being vile, disgusting people. They don't have to look in the mirror and see themselves as long as they can attribute their inhumanity to some idea that anyone less fortunate is a worthless layabout sucking the taxpayer teat.

Stan Bozarth

Beyond the rhetoric

It's notes like this that remind you this is really beyond petty politics and ideological bullshit about taxes and government interference - this is all about people and making sure that no one has to go bankrupt because of a health crisis.

Our country should have done this decades ago.

The individual stories

are the most powerful evidence.

What I would really like to know is what the avid tea party member did after he got back home. Did he tell people that the health insurance they got was a great thing, even if he didn't credit Obama for it? Or did he go back to posting comments on Wing Nut Daily insisting that the president be impeached?

I don't think even personal experience will change everyone's mind. But I do think it will register with a whole lot of people, and thus start chipping away at the tea party base.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis