Barack Obama was arguably the most popular presidential candidate in recent memory. After he took office and rolled out Obamacare, however, he became one of the most vilified presidents. Spike Dolomite Ward was one of those who turned on Obama and slammed Obamacare.
In a Los Angeles Times opinion piece, Ward wrote she felt Obama had let down the struggling middle class.
Recently, Ward was diagnosed with cancer and panicked at the thought of paying for treatment. Fortunately for her, she was saved by a provision of Obamacare and now has access to affordable health insurance coverage. Now, she is singing praises of Obama and his healthcare bill.
I didn't do enough of my own research to find out what promises the president has made good on. I'm sorry I didn't realize that he really has stood up for me and my family, and for so many others like us, she wrote.
Not everyone is convinced by Ward's argument, however.
Ward wrote that because of financial difficulty, she and her family had to choose between paying their mortgage and paying for their healthcare insurance. They chose to pay the mortgage.
Some commenter on LA Times thought it was not right for her to receive such generous benefits from the government.
So this basically sounds like we made the CHOICE to value our house over our health but thank goodness Obamacare was there to save my butt, even though I wouldn't be in this mess if I had chosen to keep my insurance like a responsible human being, wrote one commenter.
I'm glad it all worked out for you. And if you or anyone else can't afford health care coverage, just reach into my pocket, pull out my wallet and take whatever else you need. It's ok. My family and I will just skip another day of meals... wrote another commenter.
Why take any responsibility in life when there is always a safety net from Big Brother. When the Democrats run out of other people's money and there are no more freebies because the country is broke then you'll be forced to manage your finances and learn responsibility. There will be no other option and there won't be anyone else to steal money from, wrote a third.
In response to these criticisms, Ward wrote:
To those of you who don't want to see the commonalities between me and my family, let me pose it to you this way: If your sister or mother lost her job and health insurance, and then turned up with breast cancer, what would you do? Would you let her die? Would you pick up the cancer tab yourself?, or would you tell her about PCIP?