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But instead, allow me to ask you to do the Christian thing and donate to this young man’s fund.  Yes, he assists in electing leaders who hurt my fellow Americans (and apparently himself), but he has two young, beautiful and innocent daughters who need him--and that is who the fund is for.  He does not deserve to suffer, much less die.  If you can spare anything, donate:        Put .07 cents at the end of whatever you donate so they know it came from Kossacks (or KosKids, as we are unaffectionately called on Redstate).  http://www.gofundme.com/...

My ire goes to his employer.  Even though the ACA was a conservative idea, and even though it still doesn't cover everyone and essentially just forces insurance companies to stop engaging in their worst of the worst practices, it is the only thing we could get through and STILL Erick fights it tooth and nail.  

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Appears that this is what is happening with the money:

On a personal note, Caleb’s girls are dancers and quite good and that’s expensive. Having a dad who can’t work means losing opportunities. These donations will help them pursue their dreams while their dad gets well.

Wishing Caleb and his family wholeness and healing.

True the donate page did not quite say that this was for dance lessons and screw the hospital, but it does not quite say this is for health care bills either:
This fund is dedicated to helping the family of Caleb Howe. As he lays in the hospital with a failing liver, his children, ages 11 and 14, are heading back to school in a few weeks. It would lift an incredible burden for Caleb & Donna if they could get even the smallest amount of help with these upcoming expenses and with anything extra that comes in, we will help Caleb & Donna with their medical bills as Caleb is uninsured. If you're not in a position to give, your prayers are always welcome in lieu of a donation. Thank you for your compassion and help.
This is the political justification for it:-
Since this has been made into a political discussion, it’s worthwhile to point out that conservatives believe in helping the truly needy. This is what Medicaid was for–not as a catchall insurance program for everyone.

Also, here’s what the hospital will do for Caleb or anyone in a similar situation: they’ll assess his ability to pay and then bill him a small amount each month until they forgive the debt or it’s paid off. I’ve known people who pay $5 a month. Most hospitals were/are have Christian and charitable missions.

That’s America. It’s not a perfect system, to be sure. And improvements to the health care system were needed, but to claim that Obamacare would make Caleb’s situation better and ignore the harm that’s already being done by the legislation, is just willful political exploitation.

Worse, than the political, though, is the personal. The coarsening of our interaction and dehumanization is the biggest loss. Money comes and goes but community bonds and compassion abide. Well, I’d like to think they do, anyway.

Giving a dollar out of spite so you can say something nasty to man who might die and saying it in a place where his wife, children, and extended family will read it, well. What it says about you trumps any political point you hoped to make.

The truly needy are right-wing bloggers, everyone else can go screw.

It is perfectly fine to stiff hospitals but regulating insurance companies is socialism.

It is perfectly fine to ask for donations for health care costs and use them for dance lessons. That is the American way.

That's what free dumb is all about.

Whether this Conservative bloggers explanation of what is happening with the money is true it raises questions of deserving or non deserving. It should not be for Redditor Daily Kos to make that decision. It should be a purely medical decision.

Deserving or non deserving? Well I've just donated to a homeless charity.

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  •  A giver of gifts should not expect a reward-- (3+ / 0-)
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    CorinaR, Sandino, Lost and Found

    not even the satisfaction of passing judgement on whether the gift was deserved or not.
    It's because this is so difficult to do that we recognize the obligation to respect rights and fulfill the duties we own to other people, simply because our existence attests to the fact that our needs have already been met by someone else.

    Basing one's actions on whether or not they are deserved by the recipient is a variation on blaming the victim. It serves to relieve the agent or actor of responsibility for his/her acts. For some people, the instinct-driven who respond to external prompts, that may be the norm. Perhaps they are incapable of acting on their own and the only choice they recognize is not responding to the prompt at all. In other words, not doing may be synonymous with exercising choice.

  •  So are they for Medicaid or not? (1+ / 0-)
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    mint julep

    If it is only for the "truly needy" then who is receiving Medicaid that is not "truly needy"?  Because if it should not be a "catchall insurance program for everyone" then who should get left out?

    Caleb will get my money through Medicaid and the higher insurance bills I will have to pay because he is a freeloader to the system (a "taker" in their language).

    I could not be persuaded to send any more to someone who would sneer at me for doing so.

    Republican tax policies have led to financial conditions which have caused Republicans to demand cuts to programs they have always opposed.

    by AppleP on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 05:00:33 AM PDT

  •  Lost me at "Do the Christian thing' (1+ / 0-)
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    Kevskos

    Not being one

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 06:07:46 AM PDT

  •  Charity begins at home. So I made a donation (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Sandino, The BigotBasher

    In Caleb's name to a far more worthy charity, the 'Association to Keep Ford Fed, Clothed, And With A Roof Over His Head'. At least with this particular charity I know exactly where the money is going, how it will be spent, and the morals of the person the funds will go to.

    "You are beautiful and angular. If you were a gas, you would be inert." - Dieter

    by Fordmandalay on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 07:45:43 AM PDT

  •  redux? (1+ / 0-)
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    The BigotBasher

      Followed this for a few days, in which RS said it was for kids education - which may or may not be considered a bait/switch based on what an individual thinks is education v. dance class.
        RS also threw a hissy-fit when folks from here responded and did donate and indicated that it was from DKOS......and then batted away the idea that the donation was via ActRed - or whatever that GOP generic model like ACTBLUE is actually named.    And the $0.07 indicator could not be made ( just sayin).
         While funds are requested and raised here for charitable causes - I don't remember them going thru ActBlue - but feel free to correct me.  

  •  It was worth it to join just to leave this comment (1+ / 1-)
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    Lost and Found
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    iterology

    I'm Ben Howe, Caleb Howe's brother.  They didn't sign their daughters up for dance.  One of their daughters attends a public arts school and takes dance there.

    Melissa is a family friend and knew that one of them danced and was just expressing her hope that she could get back into it after being pulled out several years ago over expense.  

    It's great though that you guys "charitably" gave and have really just been waiting in the wings for the opportunity to "call him out."  

    Maybe if you spent less time trying to figure out how a deathly ill, unemployed veteran spends his money and more on how your out of control savior is spending the country into oblivion, our country would be better off.

    I doubt you will though.  You still view charitable giving (or the need for it) as "hypocritical" if you oppose Obamacare.  

    You guys are freakin' stain on human compassion and a blight on America.  Still trying to decide if I should write up this little adventure at RedState or if I should just let your lack of humanity stand on its own at this formerly trafficked website.

    Have a great day.

    •  If a Vet why not covered? (0+ / 0-)

      I wish your brother well. I also wish well those who are not covered by red welfare well, the people (of whom there are thousands) that are to you a  stain on human compassion because they do not have an Eric Son of Eric looking after them.

      Praise be to the mighty Raygun of the Ray guns.

    •  I find the HR unnecessary. (0+ / 0-)

      This diary is discussing the commenter's family and I don't see any problem with letting him have his say.

      I haven't been following the story closely and I'm not sure how Caleb Howe's illness became fodder for left/right blog wars, but there's a time and a place for political battles and this is not it.  I wish Mr. Howe and his family all the best.

      •  Because he came here to insult all Kossacks. (1+ / 0-)
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        The BigotBasher

        If you read the original fundraising diary, a lot of kind people were saying "Everyone deserves good healthcare, even strangers who dislike us." So these people were Good samaritans, and donated to benhowe's brother.

        In return, his thank you includes:

        You guys are freakin' stain on human compassion and a blight on America.
        Technically, you're breaking site rules to uprate HRed Republican talking points and broad insults of all Kossacks.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 12:11:49 AM PDT

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        •  Oh, please. It's this guy's sick brother people (0+ / 0-)

          are fighting about. It's personal for him in a way that it's not for anyone else.

          Technically, you're breaking site rules to uprate HRed Republican talking points and broad insults of all Kossacks.
          Yes, I saw the insult and I made an exception to my usual opposition to right wingers in protest of the way that Mr. Howe's illness has become a political football. No matter how or why it started, in its current form this dispute is just ugly.

          If you want to report my uprate to the admins then be my guest.

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