Plaintiff challenging healthcare law went bankrupt – with unpaid medical bills
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#1 Mar 9, 2012
Source: Los Angeles Times
Mary Brown, a 56-year-old Florida woman who owned a small auto repair shop but had no health insurance, became the lead plaintiff challenging President Obama's healthcare law because she was passionate about the issue.
Brown "doesn't have insurance. She doesn't want to pay for it. And she doesn't want the government to tell her she has to have it," said Karen Harned, a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business. Brown is a plaintiff in the federation's case, which the Supreme Court plans to hear later this month.
But court records reveal that Brown and her husband filed for bankruptcy last fall with $4,500 in unpaid medical bills. Those bills could change Brown from a symbol of proud independence into an example of exactly the problem the healthcare law was intended to address.
Lawyers who represent Brown dispute the significance of her bankruptcy. They say her unpaid medical bills were only a small part of her debts and did not cause her bankruptcy. They say that she and her husband owe $55,000 to others, including credit card companies. And they say her financial troubles were caused by the failure of her auto repair shop. Brown said in the bankruptcy petition that her only income was $275 a month in unemployment benefits.
Brown, reached by telephone Thursday, said the medical bills were her husband's. "I always paid my bills, as well as my medical bills," she said angrily. "I never said medical insurance is not a necessity. It should be anyone's right to what kind of health insurance they have.
"I believe that anyone has unforeseen things that happen to them that are beyond their control," Brown said. "Who says I don't have insurance right now?"
Read more: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-na-healthcar...
Brown said. "Who says I don't have insurance right now?"
--Who says you don't have insurance? Your lawyer, Karen Harned. Good luck getting it on $275 a month.
Since: Sep 08
#2 Mar 9, 2012
But to your type, it is okay for illegals to receive free taxpayers services in this nation.
IMO the left is the issue, and i am sure if a republician congress and president made it mandatory that your type has to do something against the founding fathers vision you would be happy too.
#3 Mar 9, 2012
Who brought up illegals? I didnt. Thats not even the point here. Your not really very bright are you?
#4 Mar 9, 2012
Bubba, like someone like you, would even have the remotest idea of what the founding fathers vision would be.
Since: Sep 08
#5 Mar 9, 2012
I cannot crawl low enough to call you a name....Name calling is so 2nd grade play ground stuff...
The founding fathers vision was no where the democrat / liberal political party is taking this nation.
It was not establishment programs that allowed unlimited taxes to allow redistribution to the poor and lazy...
When the president is actively attacking his own party, there is a problem...
Guess there was a mis communication on those senate votes for Obama budget, Now was it 97-0????????
#6 Mar 9, 2012
You sure do know a lot of stuff for a guy who FEARS the RUSH!
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