When Confronted With The Realities Of Life…   1 comment

…some actually see things in a different light. Take Joshua Pittman, a 31yo Rand Paul-style Republican from Alabama who voted for Ron Paul for 2012 and believes Rand Paul will be the torch-bearer for the GOP. Like a good chunk of the GOP, Pittman was deeply opposed to the President’s signature accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, and pretty much saw the President as, to quote Pittman, “an abject failure”.

This week, though…well, to quote Think Progress:

But on Tuesday morning, Pittman logged on to HealthCare.gov and after some initial glitches and delays, successfully enrolled in a Bronze-level Obamacare health insurance plan. “It took me all day, really,” he says with a laugh. “It kicked me out and told me you have to try again, but I knew what I was getting into with so many people exploring it.”

Though he initially supported repealing the law, Pittman became curious about Obamacare in the days and weeks before it launched. For years, he had gone uninsured, thinking he’d be able to “get over anything with a bandaid and a six pack of beer.” But a lead poisoning incident earlier this year shook his confidence and bank account, leading him with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. “I was a healthy person and it really depleted me financially, so it made me look at things in a different way than I would before. I understood the importance of people being insured.”(Think Progress)

One thing I’ve noticed over the past year looking back is the growing number of disconnects between conservative philosophy and life’s realities..that is, how, for instance, people who I know are conservative will talk about individual responsibility yet are the very ones who’ll benefit from the ACA’s individual mandate. As Pittman puts it:

Asked what he liked about Obamacare, Pittman highlighted its prohibition against denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, noting that he wouldn’t be able to find coverage without it, and said that the policies offered in the marketplace seemed more affordable and comprehensive than those available to him on the individual market. “You may pay $18 a month [for a cheaper plan] and you’re missing a level of coverage. It’s not as easy as you’re going to pay this much a month,” he says.(Think Progress)

Given this seeming “Road to Damascus” moment for Mr. Pittman, someone really should ask him hwy, given the above, he still went ahead and voted for Ron Paul in 2012, especially after the crowd cheered the elder Paul’s response. To quote Booman Tribune’s take on this:

When confronted with reality, don’t you think that Mr. Pittman would find the arguments of Ron Paul and his supporters to be callous, inconsistent, and even illogical?

One can only that it’s sunk in to Mr. Pittman (and to other conservatives) that not everything about government is bad and that sometimes, government does actually do good things..


Posted October 4, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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  1. This is why the Republicans want to delay the ACA: People will like it.

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