Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Welcome to the party, pal!

Ask any House Republican about repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law, and you’ll get the same fiery, self-assured talking points about tearing down what Speaker John Boehner has called a “monstrosity.”

But talk to some of the 16 freshman lawmakers who have declined their government health benefits, and you’ll hear a different side of the story — about tough out-of-pocket expenses, pre-existing conditions and support for health reforms that would help those who struggle with their coverage. As they venture into the free market for health insurance, these lawmakers — many of whom swept into office fueled by tea party anger over the health care law — are facing monthly premiums of $1,200 and fears of double-digit rate hikes.
What on earth do you think we've been yelling about for years?


Steve Bates said...

To hell with all 16 of them. $1200? My last premium before I decided I could no longer afford insurance, was over $2000, and that was for me alone. I have been without health insurance for about two years now. All my health care expenses are out-of-pocket, and I do not have, and have never had, the salary of a member of Congress. May they suffer as much as I have, or perhaps even more, given their arrogance. Damn them all to hell... no sympathy from me.

ellroon said...

What you said, Steve, times 10.