These people are morally bankrupt
I’m loving the honesty coming from the GOP today. First Eric Cantor telling folks in Joplin, Missouri (Joplinians? Joplinonians? Scotts?) to, essentially “suck it up,” — no disaster relief for you unless it’s paid for first! — and here is Freshman Georgia Rep. Woodall telling old people to suck it up just as hard but in a different way:
Rep. Rob Woodall, a Georgia Republican, made a vigorous ideological defense of ending Medicare as it currently exists, telling seniors at a local town hall that they ought not look to the government to provide health care for the elderly just because their private employer doesn’t offer health benefits for retirees.
A Woodall constituent raised a practical obstacle to obtaining coverage in the private market within the confines of an employer-based health insurance system: What happens when you retire?
“The private corporation that I retired from does not give medical benefits to retirees,” the woman told the congressman in video captured a local Patch reporter in Dacula, Ga.
“Hear yourself, ma’am. Hear yourself,” Woodall told the woman. “You want the government to take care of you, because your employer decided not to take care of you. My question is, ‘When do I decide I’m going to take care of me?’”1
Karoli nails it:
Because it’s just so easy, don’t you know? Think about what this guy is really saying. He’s saying that senior citizens should either go bankrupt or without health care unless they’re lucky enough to have the money to pay for it. He’s assuming everyone would somehow manage to have the means to get necessary care and Medicare is just a crutch!
And she has more at Crooks and Liars.
1 I refuse to direct traffic to HuffnPuff, but I can’t find a source story anywhere, so I leave it to you to seek it out. Just read the C&L post. Nails it!
[via Crooks and Liars][cross-posted over at that other place]