How Republican Obamacare Lies Nearly Killed A Man



The Republican lies and misinformation about Obamacare have consequences that go beyond politics. In some cases, not believing the GOP can be the difference between life and death.

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Dean Angstadt fells trees for a living.

He’s a self-employed, self-sufficient logger who has cleared his own path for most of his 57 years, never expecting help from anyone. And even though he’d been uninsured since 2009, he especially wanted nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act.

“I don’t read what the Democrats have to say about it because I think they’re full of it,” he told his friend Bob Leinhauser, who suggested he sign up.

That refrain changed this year when a faulty aortic valve almost felled Angstadt. Suddenly, he was facing a choice: Buy a health plan, through a law he despised, that would pay the lion’s share of the cost of the life-saving surgery – or die. He chose the former.

“A lot of people I talk to are so misinformed about the ACA,” Angstadt said. “I was, before Bob went through all this for me. I would recommend it to anybody and, in fact, have encouraged friends, including the one guy who hauls my logs.”


“For me, this isn’t about politics,” he added. “I’m trying to help other people who are like me, stubborn and bullheaded, who refused to even look. From my own experience, the ACA is everything it’s supposed to be and, in fact, better than it’s made out to be.”

Angstadt would probably be dead if he didn’t have a friend who cared about him enough to fight and educate him about the ACA. Dean Angstadt got lucky. He had a friend who was willing to fight to get him to sign up, and he signed up during the open enrollment period.


His story is a reminder that the Republican lies about the ACA have real life and death consequences. Some of the people who believe the Republican misinformation campaign, and don’t get health insurance, will get sick and die before the next open enrollment period begins. It is twisted, but some opponents of the law view every person who doesn’t sign up and gets sick as proof that Obamacare doesn’t work.

The results of scaring people away from signing up for the ACA include crippling debt, people not going to see a doctor when they are sick, or even death.

Angstadt’s experience reflects what’s happening all across this country as people are getting first hand experience with the ACA. The misinformation campaign that is being funded by people like Koch brothers, championed by Republicans, and being spread by Fox News is borderline criminal.

Ignorance could equal death for the millions of Americans who believe the Republican lies about Obamacare, and those spreading the misinformation should be held accountable.

14 Replies to “How Republican Obamacare Lies Nearly Killed A Man”

  1. If you are a Republican, and hate the ACA, then sign up anyway if only to save your own life and vote against Obama.

    If however you discover that you have been fed a load of Fox lies about it, and decide to support the Dems, nothing lost.

    Get covered with Obamacare – it is a win win.

  2. I’m glad Mr. Angstadt was able to obtain insurance without pre-existing condition clause, high deductibles or outrageous cost.

    I hope he remembers which party kept ACA possible in the next election.

  3. I’m happy for this guy, but he will still vote republican, or anything against the better interest, or anything Obama!!!!We will see this across America.

  4. 1. the Fascist GOP’s propaganda campaign against the PPACA has been successful because they gave it a “dog-whistle” name: “Obamacare”….

    2. The opponents of the PPACA have spent a whopping $750 million lying about it…

    3. I started writing and saying last year that, because Red state governors and legislatures refuse the fully-funded Medicaid expansion (for the first three years; 90% after that), those same Governors and Legislatures have made that ridiculous “death panels” argument/talking point a self-fulfilling prophesy.

    GOP Progressives and Moderates need to wake the f*ck up and start voting for the people who truly represent them these days: Democrats. They need to jump out of their boiling cauldrons of fear, ignorance and cognitive dissonance…

  5. The GOP has American blood on its hands. The lies are not limited to the Affordable Care Act. GOP governors in 24 states refused to expand Medicaid to its citizens, even though the coverage would not cost the state anything this year, and only a fraction of the cost in the future. This act of political cruelty leaves more than 4 million Americans without coverage. Most of the 4 million do not fall under the ACA protections. Republicans are literally killing Americans as a result. It is estimated that 27,000 Americans will die.

  6. The Republicans don’t give a damn about anyone but themselves!They’re nothing but maggots! Filthy rotten maggots! Vote the Republican Bastards out of office & remember, the life & country you save WILL be your own!!You want jobs, a decent living hourly wage, good health care & none of the bullshit???? Vote Democrat! Remember the Clinton years with 26.3 mil jobs & a surplus on top of that?! :) And what happened when the Republicans took over? It ALWAYS takes a Democrat to clean up the shit that Republicans leave behind!
    Don’t believe me? Do your due diligence & you will see more jobs & a better economy AND a better life- PERIOD! :)

  7. Large amounts of ($) money in politics hurts everyone except the news media (print, radio, tv, talking heads, pr firms and special interests). Congress no longer represents us, they represent their funders. It’s that simple. Now is the time to call an Article V Convention by our State Legislators for the opportunity to propose solutions to this problem once and for all. Let’s all work toward the 28th Amendment to our US Constitution where we don’t have to worry as to who sits on the US Supreme Court. Only then will Congress work for We the People. Let’s get to work.

  8. He won’t.

    I really don’t have much sympathy for this guy or others like him who hate President Obama so much that they are too lazy to spend a few minutes investigating whether the ACA would help them.

  9. Judging by the lead story, we won’t have the true number as to how many deaths this campaign of misinformation has caused.

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