June 4, 2013

Ryan Dobson is terribly afraid that the black dude in the Oval Office will take away his daddy's health care benefits and hand them off to moochers under the age of 65. Really, that's the gist of what he said. Here's the transcript, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

Wiles: Ryan, do you know about the IRS raid of a California healthcare company and the agents seized 60 million healthcare records?

Dobson: That’s what they’re looking for. And what are they going to do with that? You can’t trust them. Clearly they are targeting people. Are they going to use that to embarrass people? Are they going to use it to deny claims and benefits? My dad is seventy-seven, he’s had a heart attack, he’s had a stroke, he’s had cancer and he’s healthier today than he was twenty years ago. He works out every single day, he eats right, he exercises, he goes to his doctors and yet under Obamacare, if he has another stroke or if he’s got medical complications he is now at an age where they would deny a lot of those claims assuming that he’s not productive.

To dispense with the question of whether or not the IRS greedily seized millions of records in order to spy on Americans everywhere, read this. It appears that the attorney who filed the John Doe lawsuit has made a name for himself in this area, and conservatives are just trying to light up the IRS over it. One might actually wonder aloud if the entire brouhaha over the IRS was intended to light them up over their false claims about Obamacare, but that would be speculation.

What I really want to highlight is the utter absence of any Christian values on the part of Ryan Dobson, who holds himself out as a man of God, the son of a man of God, and a paragon of virtue to the Christian right.

Dr. James Dobson is eligible for Medicare. Presumably he receives Medicare benefits, and presumably, one recognizes that those are part of the social safety net put into place by 'dictators' like Barack Obama many years ago to make sure he gets appropriate medical care for whatever ailments he may have. This assertion on the part of Ryan Dobson is not only specious, it's incredibly selfish.

Dobson made hundreds of thousands of dollars as the head of Focus on the Family. He is a very, very wealthy man. That money was made on taxpayers' subsidies, since Dobson's organization is tax-exempt. There isn't a snowball's chance in hell that he would somehow not receive whatever medical treatment he needed either via Medicare or via his own funds.

Setting that aside, the underlying message from Ryan Dobson is simple: You people who aren't my dad don't deserve to get medical care.

There's nothing Christian about that. Nothing whatsoever, yet it came out of the mouth of the guy affiliated with one of the most prominent "family values" organizations in the country.

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