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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

GOP House members - clueless and hypocritical about their own health insurance

Republican members of the House voted 242-0 to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 228 of them believe that they deserve Federally subsidized health care while opposing the same for the average American. A mere 14 of them, or a number less than 6% have principles and declined the coverage.

That's only part of the story. The verbal gymnastics and idiocy justifying accepting subsidized health care is amazing. Top of the list is Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) who tried to claim that he isn't a Federal employee. In a sense he isn't because he works for the interests of corporate America rather than the interests of the American people but the undeniable fact is his salary is paid by the Federal government. In response to a reporter's question he asked, "I don't know. Am I a Federal employee." Yes you blithering idiot, you are.

The there was Rep. Andy Harris, (R-MD) who famously thew a hissy fit because he would have to wait 28 days for his health insurance to kick in. Rep. Aaron Shock (R-IL) claimed he was only accepting the insurance so that he could bring down the average age of the Congressional insurance pool. How noble of him to sacrifice principle for the common good.

Rep, Anne Marie Buerkle (R-NY) won instant nomination to the blithering idiot brigade by expressing complete surprise that her health insurance was subsidized. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) told the New York Daily News (without a hint of irony), “What am I, not supposed to have health care?[...] God forbid I get into an accident and I can’t afford the operation. That can happen to anyone.” I got mine so screw the rest of you.

In a related attempt to join the brigade Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) opined that people with no insurance are better off than people on Medicaid.

CASSIDY: Medicaid, for your viewers who may not know this, is a combined federal-state program that insures, so to speak, the low-income folk. And it’s actually worse than the uninsured! So Medicaid, Medicaid patients in some cases have worse outcomes than patients who have no insurance whatsoever. Now, why that is is not understood, but what is known is there is a problem with the quality of the patients on Medicaid – the quality of health care for the patients on Medicaid receive.

He offered no proof or examples of how he came to that tortured reasoning. Most Americans, especially those who get Medicaid would disagree with him. In the current economy, over 50 million people (a record high) have had to turn to Medicaid for assistance for their health. To even remotely suggest that they are better off without any insurance could only come from someone with the comprehension of a lobotomized newt.

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