An open letter to the Koch brothers on health care

March 28, 2012

Koch Industries, Inc.
P.O. Box 2256
Wichita, KS 67201-2256 /  Email:  info@kochind.com

ATTN:  Charles G. and David H. Koch

Dear Sirs,

Charles and David Koch

I see where you are leading the fight to have the Supreme Court overturn the Affordable Care Act.  I saw an article just yesterday on it, I’ll include a link to it here:

Koch Brothers v. Health Care Reform

It was an inspired bit of timing that I happened to see that article on Tuesday morning, seeing as how I received a telephone call from a collection agency around the same time concerning a hospital bill from December 2010, from the time my oldest son came down with an attack of appendicitis and had to have surgery, and the bill ended up in his name although I’m the one who’s been working on paying that bill that was still high enough for a middle-classer like me even after health insurance paid out its share, and paying on it monthly stretched our finances to the absolute limit even when I had a full-time job.

I’ve been the one trying to pay that bill because my oldest son is a college student — in the honors program at the University of Utah, where he’s already showing himself to be a standout scholar among standout scholars — who’s only got a part-time tutoring job to go with his full-time student role.  He’s in no position to pay for his appendectomy himself.

The funny thing about this story, sirs, is that our youngest child — our daughter — was hit with appendicitis just a few short months later, and I’ve been holding off collection agencies the best I can with her case as well.  She’s 13 years old now and does do some babysitting when asked, but that’s not quite enough to pay her medical bills.

Why have I been having to hold off collection agencies?  I’ve been unemployed since October 28 of last year, without medical insurance coverage since December 1, and right now — until a certain business venture begins to take off here, hopefully in the somewhat near future (I’m sure you gentlemen can appreciate the all-American value of trying to start a business from the ground up, pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps, that kind of thing) — my family is continuing to live off my unemployment money, plus a combination of what’s left in retirement money and tax refund dollars along with money my lovely wife earns as a private music teacher.

It’s still not quite enough to pay off these big medical bills, and we need to focus on keeping ourselves fed with a roof over our heads and being able to afford a tank of gas these days, along with nasty and necessary things like utility bills.  We’re not a welfare case … at least not yet.

I have to be honest, gentlemen, in saying that, at first, when I saw that you were leading the charge to get the Supreme Court to shoot down the Affordable Care Act, I was a bit peeved.  But then I did a little poking around on you two, did some research, looked at Charles’ spirited rebuttals on the Koch Industries web site to all those nasty allegations against you in the evil, left-wing media with his warm and smiling face pictured above it all, just sat and looked at your distinguished photographs, and decided that all the bad things that have been said about you must be all wrong.

Seeing as how you’re from Kansas, and especially seeing as how you’re leading the conservative charge, I’m guessing that you’re true Christians, am I right?  And I’m guessing that maybe you’re Methodists?  Baptists?  Presbyterians?  Episcopalians?  Just stop me when I guess correctly …

It was then that a “revelation” hit me.  You gentlemen are showing your true conservative Christian (after all, there is no such thing as a true liberal Christian, heh-heh) beliefs in the fight against the Affordable Care Act.  You’re leading the fight against the mandatory plan!  You’re saying it’s too much for the average middle-class or poverty-stricken family in America to bear!  And why, with all the billions of dollars you gentlemen are worth and as true conservative Christians, are you leading that fight?

BECAUSE YOU’RE GOING TO PAY FOR EVERYONE’S MEDICAL BILLS OUT OF THE POCKETS NOT JUST OF YOURSELVES, BUT THE COFFERS OF KOCH INDUSTRIES AS WELL!!!  EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD IN AMERICA WHO CAN’T AFFORD HEALTH COVERAGE THEMSELVES WILL HAVE THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE PAID FOR BY KOCH INDUSTRIES AND YOUR OWN PERSONAL CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN GENEROSITY!!!  What a marvelous gesture, sirs!  There should be a sainthood in it for you!

So, from now on (or at least until I’m able to actually pay for my family’s medical bills myself), I will forward any telephone calls from collection agencies on to your company’s number, 316-828-5500, and I will forward any further medical bills in that time to your company’s address above, and I will encourage others around America in similar situations to do the same.

You gentlemen are an absolute blessing!  You just might double-handedly keep millions of American families from heading to the poor house because of outrageous medical costs!  Why?  Because you and your family’s company can afford it, and because you are true conservative Christians (as opposed to those poser liberal Christians)!!!

Thank you so much!

Sincerely,

John G. Miller

Utah, USA

Copyright 2012, Daddysangbassdude Media

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6 Responses to An open letter to the Koch brothers on health care

  1. Pingback: An open letter to the Koch brothers on health care | A View From The … | Medical Debt Collections

  2. S Eve Jaskot says:

    That’s fantastic John! Loved Handel’s Messiah “Halleluja!” afterwards, How appropriate!

  3. Lisa H says:

    Bloody brilliant!

  4. Lisa H says:

    Of course, the real joke in all of this is that if the Koch bothers (not a typo) took all those millions they are spending fighting against the evil government (*COUGH*buying-the-government*COUGH*) and gave it to charities that help people pay for their healthcare, it might actually back up Ron Paul’s assertion that churches and charities are sufficient to provide healthcare of the unwashed undeserving poor.

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