Sixteen House Republicans Get Brief Glimpse into Real World
First of all, congratulations to the sixteen freshman House Republicans who volunteered to forfeit their own taxpayer-financed medical coverage. Even if it’s just a cheap publicity stunt, they’re learning something. Whatever their underlying motives, they’re stepping momentarily out of their cozy little bubble where every whim is catered to by taxpayers and corporate donors. They’re getting a brief glimpse of how the other ninety-eight percent lives.
The linked article names two of the sixteen House Republicans.
Richard Nugent (R—Florida) said:
“I have a niece who has pre-existing conditions, and I worry about her if she was ever to lose her job.”
Joe Walsh (R—Illinois) said his wife has a pre-existing condition and will be needing a medical procedure soon. He’s currently contributing to a medical savings account. He said:
“I can simply, honestly say that this is going to impact my wife and I to a fairly serious degree, like it would any average American out there…It’s a cost we will feel, a cost I will have to pick up. I won’t turn down benefits because I have something to fall back on or because I’m independently wealthy.”
Well, it’s a start. Hopefully a few more “Self Reliance!” Republicans will start practicing what they’ve been preaching.