Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Difference Between Policy Making and Grandstanding

"Putting your money where your mouth is..." is a familiar phrase. It's just what Congressman Louie Gohmert has decided to do. The Tyler Republican has decided to do without health care...because of 'Obamacare'.

Congressman Louie Gohmert
“Other people are going to see what I did when I looked into health insurance for my wife and me: that the deductible rate, it doubled, about $3,000 to $6,000, and our policy was going to go from about $300 to about $1,500 a month,” he said during a recent radio interview with Trey Graham, a pastor at First Melissa Baptist Church in Collin County. “I actually don’t have insurance right now, so thank you very much, Obamacare...

"Health care experts say Gohmert is taking a big risk. He’s 60. His wife, Kathy Gohmert, is 59. At that stage of life, medical expenses are common and unpredictable."
"“By not obtaining insurance, you are just rolling the dice, gambling that you are not going to get sick or going to get hit by a car,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. “Most financial advisers and most independent experts would say it’s a wise move to obtain insurance and basically a no-brainer if you have an employer who is willing to kick in about 70 percent of the cost of your premium.”"
"That’s the case for Gohmert."
I wouldn't feel to sorry for Congressman Gohmert, however. His salary as a Congressman is $174,000 a year. Gohmert estimates the cost of participating in the Affordable Care Act would be a deductible that increased from $3000-$6000. And a deductible of about $300 to $1500.
Of course it appears he's left out the part where he has a pretty decent employee subsidy amounting to $950 a month dropping his health care cost considerably. 
Let's tone down the self sacrificing jargon Congressman Gohmert. It rings pretty hollow...

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