Cancer Strikes ACA Critic Day After Publicly Denouncing Pre-Existing Conditions Mandate


Ralph Hudgens

Ignorance isn't covered under the Affordable Care Act as a pre-existing condition. Perhaps it should have been. You're about to see why.

In Georgia, the Peach State, they have a Republican State Insurance commissioner named Ralph Hudgens. One could make a pretty good argument that he would have a working knowledge of insurance, what it is and how it works. Now that's an assumption but I think we can grant that much. We're not edging out too far on a limb.

So when he tackles an insurance issue in his state, there's reason for the people of his state to listen. Or so you'd think. Back in August, he told people in his state that he would do everything in his power to be an obstructionist to the upcoming Affordable Care Act.

Earlier this week Commissioner Hudges took to the dais and told the audience that he was firmly against Obamacare. His main target was pre-existing conditions and why he felt that forcing insurance companies to provide coverage to those so afflicted was wrong. In his analogy, it's like calling a car insurance company the day after you've been in a car accident that WAS YOUR FAULT and asking for collision coverage. A purchase after the fact. So in essence, he's equating a pre-existing condition to being your fault.

Hopefully Karma is covered under his current plan. This week, after speaking out against Obamacare and it's pre-existing coverage, he was diagnosed as having prostate cancer. I'm not wallowing in that, by any means. It's terrible and I hope he can be treated and live a long life, though politically, I'm hoping he's not as lucky. Maybe he should consider this. Without the ACA going into effect January 1, 2014, his coverage would very likely be dropped and no other company would pick him up -- because of a pre-existing condition.


Hudgens was forced to swallow his words Wednesday after the Georgia Democratic Party circulated footage of him comparing pre-existing conditions to at-fault car wrecks. Making the case against Obamacare's requirement that insurers accept those with pre-existing conditions, Hudgens suggested that such conditions were the fault of those who have them, in the way a car accident is the driver's fault.

Now prostate cancer, to the best of my knowledge isn't the victim's fault unlike his car accident analogy. Now perhaps he'll temper his public displeasure with the healthcare law, maybe even come to embrace it, because Obamacare could be all that separates him from financial devastation.

This is the problem with the Republican unified opposition to the ACA. They just don't know what they're talking about. It's trying to fight a law that helps, not hurts so many. Illness or discovery of a condition can come at any time, at any place and at any age, to anyone.

Republicans are currently targeting young people, "the invincibles" as they are called, and telling them they don't need insurance. They're being encouraged to break the law and not sign up. That's wrong. Tragedy doesn't have a calendar or timeline. It doesn't have a calendar you can look at in advance. So, you carry insurance, just in case your number gets called, like Ralph Hudgens.

Just watch Commissioner Hudgens the day before he got his health news -- he's laughing and making fun with a horrible analogy between a car accident and Obamacare. I bet he's not laughing so hard now.

  • Iwantyourmind

    Justice....But the what do you want ti bet the idiot will learn nothing and still do his best to screw up the ACA for everyone else

  • sharonsj

    He is being ridiculed for hypocrisy.

  • Kelly Rusinack

    There are many "traditional conservatives," which, as they say, normally only meant fiscally conservative, who have turned completely away from the GOP. While not embracing the Democratic Party (because they didn't become Democrats, they feel they remained conservatives and the ones masquerading as such usurped that word incorrectly), they do find in the Democrats the humanity that the GOP is lacking. Conservative wasn't meant to mean hateful of your fellow human beings. I personally always found it interesting, and am SO glad Pope Francis is calling it, too, that these people wrap themselves up in the Christian Bible, all the while acting anything but Christian. I don't think even devil worshiping calls for such cruelty to humans, but I could be wrong because I'm not as familiar with that "faith" as it seems so many of these people are. Laughing at another person's miseries is just sick. There have been that element in every society that does it, they are just usually only fringe, unless you are talking about Caligula. I am absolutely sure he will say HIS cancer wasn't his fault, but everyone else's is. They have a way of twisting reality until it resembles nothing real at all. I'm also sure Rush Limpballs and the other hateful talking heads will defend him, and still say that liberals ask for their cancers, it's only a shame when conservatives have it. They will find a way so that he doesn't have to face the reality of his hypocrisy. They will find a way.

  • zola98

    Please don't, I have Stage4 Breast Cancer and it's no dam fun. Don't ever wish it on anyone no matter how nasty and/or evil they are. My Mother always told us if we wish bad things on others, it will come back to us. Karma works both ways.

  • sockbunny08

    Just a troll. Do not feed.

  • klhayes

    The hope is that his illness will make him realize what he said is often not true.

  • klhayes

    No one should ridicule him but it's important to point out that one does not plan for health problems but they do arise and not always b/c of something we did-he should get that now. Insurance companies consider babies born with diseases to have pre-existing's not their fault. Sometimes people have to be in the situation themselves to have compassion. I would never wish anyone ill will but I will call out people who lack compassion.

  • Husserl

    "schadenfreude ist die beste Freude."

  • Husserl

    Well, I really do live in Sweden. I meant to write "phoney," although I think "deceptive" is a better word. Deceiving the world about actions done on his authority, by doing some good at home and focussing on that. Johnson did the same thing: decent war on poverty at home, mass murder in Vietnam and later Cambodia.

  • jelun

    3...2...1...blast off of your decency and the fiction that you are in Europe.
    Ohoney? Really?

  • Kevin Schmidt

    Rooting for bad things to happen to others creates bad karma for you too.

  • Kevin Schmidt

    He may not have prostate cancer. There are many false positives that lead to unnecessary chemo and prostate removals for this type of cancer, which is bad for the patient, but great for medical pharmaceutical complex profits.

  • Husserl

    You are right, Oldfart. There are mant strange myths about cancer, and Stella is employing one of them. Well, I live in Seeden abd Holland, and do have full public coverage in Sweden. Read below about Holland. I do know about the Tea Party and wonder how such irrationalism could have swept over the USA, where I was born in 42 and left in 72, after an excellent education. Now, i think there are at least two factors: a decline in quality education with a critical-historical basis, and a transformation of many aspects of life from partly political-social to personal-psychological affairs. These blunt rational discourse. It's happening in Europe too. Seems to have begun around 1970 everywhere. From what I'm learning about Nudge Theory, it might be that the processes are intentionally manipulated, at least in part. If so, then both the Tea Party and the adulation of Obama are partly explained. Lack of critical thinking (as stated in the Texas GOP platform fot 2012) fosters Tea Party ideas of government. Also European trends like the increase in Islamophobia, even after the mass murder committed by Anders Breivic on the Norwegian island of Utõya, about 15 months ago. Maybe a decline in reading and news reporting are functioning too.

  • Dianna Perrotto

    Wow, generalize and condescend much? Your generalization leads me to think you are not as "decent" as you profess.

  • Oldfart

    Treating it is probably more life threatening than not treating it? Really? Maybe if you have the slow growing type where it won't grow to be a problem in your lifetime. But if you have aggressive prostate cancer, you can be dead in months. So treatment is NOT more life threatening than not treating it. You aren't one of those left-wing extremists that believe all disease is either caused by or promoted by doctors, hospitals and drug companies, are you?

  • stellacadente

    Trouble with your argument is that this man is trying to steal the decency of millions to score political points. And if you follow medical news, you would have read some time ago that prostate cancer pretty much affects all older men and that treating it is probably more life threatening than not treating it. But that's not the point, either. The point is this guy is a cynical, stupid hypocrite. He deserves to be called out. Wherever you live, you are probably not living under the constant assault on truth and decency that these Tea Party fools are subjecting us to. I envy you for that.

  • Tahoeprogressive

    Will Hugdens change his toon? Now that the problem has hit home maybe he'll switch to the Democratic party for personal survival.

  • karl knox

    These people are bringing out the worst in me - I've no sympathy and not a single good wish for a man who would happily watch you all get screwed over by the insurance companies he actively lobbies for and then blame you for getting sick - As for his illness, like the Russians say: Tough Shitski!

  • TurboKitty

    ... schadenfreude ...

  • John

    Where do you live? On the moon!

  • jeff725

    I always had a theory about that. "Use it or lose it." 🙂

  • jeff725

    "Republicans are currently targeting young people, "the invincibles" as
    they are called, and telling them they don't need insurance. They're
    being encouraged to break the law and not sign up. That's wrong. Tragedy
    doesn't have a calendar or timeline. It doesn't have a calendar you can
    look at in advance. So, you carry insurance, just in case your number
    gets called, like Ralph Hudgens."

    My late dad would roll over in his grave if he heard that. He always counseled me to have at least some semblance of health insurance "just in case." And my dad was as conservative as conservative can get.

    What the Republicans are doing is not conservative; it is reckless, selfish, and spiteful.

  • Robin

    Getting prostate cancer is his fault because he hasn't ejaculated enough. Studies have shown that ejaculating 5 times a week on average significantly reduces the risk of prostate cancer. So he is at fault.

  • Liberalinsc

    Sometimes I DO Root for Cancer, cause Karma's a Bitch !

  • Husserl

    Thanks, it is onder control now. But yes, I too would prefer single-payer. I have that now, since I moved from Amsterdam to Uppsala Sweden, eight days after I discovered that age limit. I was 66, the limit was 65. I said what I did, because the ruling right -wing government wished to give up single -payer and use the Dutch system, which is fully private. It has so many similarities with the ACA, and was largely promoted by the same person--Alain Enthoven-that I do expect some surprises in several years. One might be a gradual raise of premiums in some States. Another might be a shifting of provisions from a cheaper plan to a more expensive one, by one insurer. These happened in Holland, and might happen in the States, *if* the ACA has leaway enough for such tricks. The aim of all of them is to get people to buy the more expensive levels of care.

  • David G

    To start off with, I'm sorry for your experience and illness. I hope you've ultimately gotten this condition under control. I'm not a pure fan of the ACA. I would have preferred a single payer system. The corruption that invades all of these programs is the graft and payoff systems of the rich controlling the outcome of the poor. Some things do belong to the people -- and leading that list is integrity when it comes to human self determination. Without truth there can't be any fair decisions. Here in the states we're letting money be the truth -- sad concept, but the one that we have at the moment. Good health to you, Husseri.

  • Husserl

    To get serious. I lived in the Netherlands, which was a proving ground for what is now Obamacare. That's a national disaster, because the healthcare law there allows a lot of leeway to the insurers. I had to leave, to get what I knew to be proper treatment for one form of prostate cancer. I was told a half-truth. to satisfy a secretbage limit set up by the insurers. So, if I were you I would look quite closely at the text of the ACA, to see how much freedom the insurers have. I don't know. but I have good resson to suspect the worse: the Dutch law was written with help from insurers and the ACA was too.

  • Husserl

    What should be done is to state his position and then to criticise it rationally, with no reference to his medical problem. But then again, I am a professor of logic, not a would benefit the USA and Europa if you would attack Obama's TTIP, to show what that ohoney is really up to.

  • David G

    Husserl, no matter where anyone lives, a sense of decency is desired. And we here in America have that as well, you don't own the decency market. You'll notice I stated this..."It's terrible and I hope he can be treated and live a long life." That is decency. Certainly more than he's shown his Georgia neighbors by trying to obstruct healthcare.

  • Husserl

    Sorry folks, I do not live in America, and hence have a sense of decency. Whatever this man's political beliefs, using a life-threatening illness of his, to ridicule him is one thing that should not be done.

  • JessFlagg

    What an asshole, was he going to tell my new born baby brother he shouldn't have been born with a tumor in his head or blame my mother for it happening? People like this should always remember.... what goes around comes around. Watch what you say.

  • Dave Fouchey

    Karma's a real mean bitch.