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Millionaire teabaggers take not so bold stand against health insurance

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If your net worth is somewhere between a couple of million and fifty mill, going without employer group health insurance rates isn’t exactly the risk of a lifetime. But for the average worker and their family, it could be a fatal career move. So you know exactly what two millionaire teabagger clowns in the House want everyone to do:

Blue Ridge Times — According to the Hendersonville Times News, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who is leading the conservative effort in the House to oppose legislation to fund the government unless it includes a rider zeroing out money for Obamacare, told constituents that he and his staff would decline federal subsidies to purchase insurance on the exchanges, which open for enrollment in October.

He joins his buddy from the same hijacked state:

House.gov — Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will voluntarily withdraw from the Congressional Health Plan, declining the special federal subsidy President Obama is offering Members of Congress to help pay for their health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges. Starting in January, Congressman Pittenger will join the millions of Americans who must purchase health insurance without the aid of federal tax dollars.

Here’s how it will affect these two bozos:

Meadows, according to OpenSecrets.org, had a net worth in 2011 somewhere between $1,674,034 and $12,017,998. And Pittenger’s is between $18,615,005 and $48,551,997. Obviously this is a huge sacrifice on their part. Nice of Meadows to commit his staff to that political statement, too.

They probably own stakes in business that could give them both the best health insurances rates they could want. But even if they didn’t, buying a private Cadillac policy for a couple of grand a month would hardly affect them one iota. These two jokers could probably write a personal check for a heart transplant if they had to. IOW, it’s not exactly a bold and courageous stand … for them.

The strategist in me shouts out, by all means, run on this guys. Take it home, baby, run Forest, run. Encourage all of your voters to go without health insurance to show how they stand with you in solidarity against those who have or want regular, reliable medical care for themselves and their children. While you’re at it, buy a ticket for the entire GOP and a big chunk of the grassroots base on the whites only section of HMS Titanic.

But the human in me doesn’t want to see a bunch of innocent, middle-class and poor people get tricked into suffering and in some cases, even dying from preventable illness or treatable injuries, out of misguided fealty to a tiny slice of the super rich.Because those rich guys don’t give a shit about the rest of us.

And because Elysium!

Comments

  1. magistramarla says

    I got really, really pissed off last night when I was checking out the online support group for one of the auto-immune diseases that I have.
    Even though the group’s rules state that there is to be no political discussion, a couple of them were discussing the ACA, calling it O’bummercare, etc. The things that they were saying were quite offensive.
    In another thread, one of the so-called leaders of the group posted something referring people to Huckabee’s discussion about healthcare.
    I stopped being a part of this group long ago because of examples like this, but I sometimes lurk just for information. Imagine if a recently diagnosed person went there looking for information and had questions about the ACA and coverage of people with auto-immune issues?
    I’m really pissed at the amount of mis-information there is out there, and the GOTP is responsible for most of it.

  2. smhll says

    You know, back before science, when people thought illness and disability was something that God doled out to people on purpose, this would almost sort of make some kind of half-assed sense. But, now?! Now that we know about the germ theory of disease and about the randomness of auto accidents. How is this any kind of reasonable.

  3. says

    Mag I’m thinking there will be some coverage of the first days of Obamacare. Even if there’s not, I’d be interested in considering raw video and interviews with pax waiting or who have been treated.

    On your thread, the best way to go would be for someone, prefarebly someone who has any regularity iof there are such members, to post bare bones on the basic mechanics of getting covered under the act and what tangibles that translates into. For example in schematic format: fill out form XYZ, check option one and two, get qualified for coverage for visit with rheumy who administers biologic agent K and can conduct TB other precursory tests required to fill script for copay calculated as [formula or flat fee].
    Let the chips fall where they may. Ignore the trolls, stay on messages like that.

  4. magistramarla says

    Stephen,
    Well, I’m not a regular, since I pissed off the leaders several years ago.
    I’m figuring that they will have to eat their words sometime next year. I’m just concerned for those folks who will be hurt by their “advice”.

  5. John Hinkle says

    Thus proving once again the “I’ve got mine fuck you” mentality. These baggers seem to have only 2 positions on issues: the one I just mentioned, and the “there’s a nigger in the White House” position.

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