‘Constitutional Sheriff’ Has No Health Insurance

I‘ve mentioned Richard Mack here a few times. He’s the founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association and he thinks that the federal government has no authority over sheriffs or governors. He also thinks Obamacare is a Nazi plot to turn America into a communist hellhole. Which explains why he doesn’t have health insurance.

Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, a fierce opponent of Obamacare and a leader in the “constitutional sheriff” movement, is struggling to pay his medical bills after he and his wife each faced serious illnesses. The former sheriff and his wife do not have health insurance and started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations from family and friends to cover the costs of their medical care.

“Because they are self-employed, they have no medical insurance and are in desperate need of our assistance,” reads a note on Mack’s personal website.

Mack, the founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, suffered a heart attack in January and is in recovery. His wife fell ill late last year. Mack is on the board of Oath Keepers, a right-wing fringe group made up of police and military veterans, and is known for supporting Cliven Bundy in his standoff against the federal government. He is also an ardent opponent of Obamacare.

“The States do not have to take or support or pay for Obamacare or anything else from Washington DC. The States are not subject to federal direction,” he wrote on his website, outlining how state governments can block President Obama.

But he refuses to get health insurance, probably with subsidies to keep the cost low, because then he’ll be forced to goosestep all the way to the doctor’s office and ship his kids off to FEMA concentration camps, or whatever bizarre fantasy he has cooked up in his mind.

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  • John Pieret

    He’s raised $25,300 out of a $30,000 goal as of this point from 682 people. He’s more than willing to have others fund his health care at an average cost of $37. He could have had insurance for an infinitesimal cost to the taxpayers and carried his own weight by paying even reduced premiums. Really responsible on his part.

  • U Frood

    But see, if he got insurance he’d be paying for birth control coverage that he doesn’t want!

  • mordred

    He’s raised $25,300 out of a $30,000 goal as of this point from 682 people.

    I was actually beginning to pity the guy, I wish no one to be ill an incapable of paying for treatment, but it seems he is not really lacking in funds. His less prominent followers who belief his propaganda on health care will probably not be as fortunate.

  • karmacat

    And these are the people who play a part in driving up healthcare costs and premiums. At some point they will end up with a bill of $100,000 one day. They will have to declare bankruptcy. The hospital won’t get paid and they will have to make up for the losses by charging more. Insurance companies will then have to raise premiums.The US healthcare system is awful but when people don’t have insurance it makes things worse. And then everyone else has to pay for this

  • magistramarla

    But doesn’t accepting this money from others make him a “taker”?

    I thought that the rightwing philosophy expected everyone to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps – no exceptions.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    karmacat “And these are the people who play a part in driving up healthcare costs and premiums. At some point they will end up with a bill of $100,000 one day. They will have to declare bankruptcy. The hospital won’t get paid and they will have to make up for the losses by charging more. Insurance companies will then have to raise premiums.The US healthcare system is awful but when people don’t have insurance it makes things worse. And then everyone else has to pay for this”

    Thanks, Obama!

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    I wonder how long it will be before someone claims the Macks are sick because Obama’s secret death squad zapped them with heart attack rays, or poisoned them with chemtrails.

  • vereverum

    Well, he’s asking for money and the Mack 682 have banded together to provide for one of their own which, technically, is socialized medicine but hey, we’re not into labels around here.

    Like mordred, I’m suspicious of the goal of 30k. Either he has a goodly amount o’ cash or he doesn’t understand how medical billing works and has only received bills from a few of the providers. If the latter, he’s in for a rude awakening. As for his less prominent followers, some of them may have a eureka moment and avoid their own disaster.

  • eric

    Stuff like this confuses me more than it annoys me. How does someone reason from ‘opposition to federal government’ to ‘I’m not going to pay for my state of Arizona employee medical plan’?

    It seems very post hoc to me. This guy made an idiotic and short-sighted decision not to use his employer’s health care plan, and now (as Modus says), he’s going to use “Thanks Obama” as some sort of nonsequitur excuse.

  • vereverum

    @ eric #9

    Reading The Fundamentalist Mindset, Strozier et al, from OUP will clear up any confusion. One characteristic of fundamentalists is that they sometimes (knowingly) act contrary to their own best interests; another is their manichean view of the world, it’s not my fault (us) therefore it’s their fault (them), and currently Obama is the go to personification of evil in the universe.

  • Tsu Dho Nimh

    @9 “Stuff like this confuses me more than it annoys me. How does someone reason from ‘opposition to federal government’ to ‘I’m not going to pay for my state of Arizona employee medical plan’?”

    He is not currently employed as a sheriff or anything … he’s self-employed as a rabblerouser.

  • D. C. Sessions

    IIRC, Mack has not been an Arizona employee for several years (losing elections will do that to you.) His COBRA benefits have almost certainly ended. Besides, they ain’t cheap either.

  • aronymous

    A surprising number of liberals donated to him – many so they could roast him in the comments, others just wishing him well. I look forward to his responses to reporters questions.