Rep. Robert Hurt, R-Chatham, got elected to office promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which his predecessor, former Rep. Tom Periello, had voted for and which critics such as Hurt have dubbed “Obamacare.”
But unlike a handful of his GOP brethren who have turned down government-subsidized health care on principle, Hurt has a different outlook when it comes to his own taxpayer-subsidized health insurance policy.
It’s good for him. Watch how how he explains this to an interviewer for ThinkProgress, who caught up with him last week:
The average monthly taxpayer subsidy for each member of Congress and each staff member in their offices is $700.
Click here for an even more novel justification cited by another Republican in Congress on why he’s keeping his government health care.
And click here for a rant by an “Obamacare” opponent (and Congressman from Maryland) who’s incensed he has to wait a month before his health coverage begins.
And check out this story about how some right-wing loonies in Wyoming want to pass a state law that would make it a felony, punishable by up to 2 years in jail and a $5,000 fine, for any person to try to implement the Affordable Care Act in that state. (They tried to do something similar in New Hampshire, too).