The Republican responsible for resurrecting Trumpcare was just savagely shouted down by furious constituents in a brutal four-and-a-half-hour town hall meeting, but perhaps nobody eviscerated Rep. Tom MacArthur quite like this health care worker:
“In March, you told us that you practically broke your arm patting yourself on the back for not voting in January to just eliminate the ACA. You told us that was because you didn’t think healthcare could be solved in just a matter of months, it’s too complicated. It took you three weeks. Three weeks to go from ‘It’s too complicated and it can’t be done quickly,’ to ‘I’ve got a huge pile of excrement here that is a horrible mess of a bill, that 17% of the population wanted, that the CBO said was going to kick 24 million people off of health insurance.’ Three weeks, congressman.”
MacArthur’s amendment to the legislation was ultimately what won over the conservative House Freedom Caucus and pass the legislation. The man, whose name has not been reported, said this made MacArthur the greatest threat his family has ever faced.
“My wife was diagnosed with cancer when she was 40 years old. She beat it, but every day – every day – she lives with it. She thinks about it. Every pain. Every new something going on somewhere. ‘Is it cancer? Is it going to kill me this time? Is it going to take me away from my children? Speaking of which, my children both have pre-existing conditions from birth. One cardiac, one thyroid. You have been the single greatest threat to my family in the entire world. You are the reason that I can’t sleep. ‘What happens if I lose my job…?'”
“I work in health care, sir. It is complicated. The only one that doesn’t believe that it’s complicated is an orange-haired buffoon that’s sitting in the White House. And you’re working with him! To take something that he doesn’t understand, that he won’t be responsible for, because he’s gonna be fine… You’re working with people that don’t care about us.
“This is the point, Congressman, because health insurance as a for-profit business is immoral. When I am drowning and you insist that I pay before you will save me, that is immoral, sir! Completely! You have no legs to stand on. If you’re in insurance, you want to make money off of me. And the reason that it’s not going to go to single payer, it’s not because you don’t believe it. It’s because you know that the insurance companies have a powerful lobby and they would decimate you.”
The man ended by declining to hear a response from MacArthur, saying he’s heard enough from MacArthur and grimly promising that in his 2018 re-election bid the Republican congressman will in turn hear from the American people. Watch the exchange below:
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