February 9, 2011
16 new members of Congress made headlines when they grab their lapels and proudly announced they were not going to accept government-provided health care: “It’s just not right.” Well, HELLO REAL WORLD!
Politico reports those lawmakers are facing some tough situations. For starters, $1,200 monthly premiums and expectations of double-digit rate hikes.
The experience has caused some of them to think harder about the “replace” part of the “repeal and replace” mantra the GOP has adopted regarding the health care law.
Representative Richard Nugent of Florida says he has a niece who has pre-existing conditions and he’s worried about her if she were to loose her job. Joe Walsh of Illinois faces a similar situation; his wife has a pre-existing condition and he will have to pay upcoming related expenses out of his pocket.
So — have the chickens come home to roost? Naww, they ain’t. Even when our elected officials are shocked back into reality, it’s always short-lived. Most anything could happen. But what will most likely happen is that the Boehner’s will put pressure them, and “suggest” that an “anonymous donor” “might” step in to help them with their “challenges in life”.
Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky