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Paralyzed GOP Hypocrite ON MEDICAID Opposes Medicaid Expansion!

Arkansas state representative Josh Miller (R-Heber Springs) can see no hypocrisy in his stance against Medicaid expansion, even though he himself is a beneficiary of that program.

Eleven years ago Miller, then 22 years-old and invincible, and therefore not in need of any kind of health insurance, not even coverage for a catastrophic injury or illness, went on a drunken joy ride with a buddy which ended when their pickup truck plunged into a ravine.  Neither Miller nor his buddy can “remember” who was driving but Miller’s neck was broken leaving him a quadriplegic.

There was a long stay in an intensive care unit followed by months of rehabilitation amassing a bill in excess of $1 million, which was paid for by Medicaid and Medicare.  Because of his injuries, Miller is one of the minority in the state legislature, the 39% of that body who does not require a heavily subsidized health insurance plan provided by the state.  He gets his health insurance from Medicaid and Medicare, which even today pay for daily personal care assistance.

One might be justified in asking how someone who has benefited from this program could be opposed to others receiving the same assistance, but Miller sees no conflict in his stance and having received that same aid, to him it makes perfect sense — he deserved it and those people don’t.

Although he attempted to make a different argument when he appeared with Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s All In, his argument previously according to the Arkansas Times was that those who qualify for the Medicaid expansion, which must be approved every year in the state, just don’t work hard enough.  He claims that many only want the insurance in order to gain access to prescription drugs which they will then abuse.  He says that there is a difference between a catastrophic case such as his (remember it is the result of drunk driving) and these people who just aren’t trying hard enough.

He and the rest of his opposition group say that they want to find a way to keep from taking insurance from those who are already on the private Medicaid expansion insurance until at least next year when they can “figure out a way to pay for it” (the federal government will pick up the entire cost until 2015), but they have made no attempt to hide their contempt for everything about Obamacare and their desire to see it completely repealed.

As you will see in his conversation with Hayes in the video below, he is telling two different stories to explain his opposition.

h/t:  TPM

About Bob Cull

I'm retired and live in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY. I have strong opinions and my political bent has not changed since I was in high school. Most of my family thinks that I need to find a "real" hobby to fill my time in retirement, but I am content to share my opinions with others and exercise my "right" as a cranky old retired dude to express my views--which are based on many years of real world experience.

14 comments

  1. It is truly sad to see were we are headed as a nation. When I was child I would have never thought as an adult I would watch my country turn its back on those who need it the most.

  2. It’s just unfortunate that the same person who has so little descretion (can I say smarts) so as to expose himself on national television is in a position to determine public policy.
    HB in MS (another ” progressive” state when it comes to health care).

  3. I keep hearing this from conservatives when you point out the fact that they were/are on government aide. It always comes down to they deserve it, cause they’re hard workers, and no one else deserves help, because everyone else is lazy. Besides the fact that it is very self-centered, these people have way over blown opinions of themselves and think they are superior. It keeps coming back with any talk with a conservative is that they are superior to anyone else and no amount of proof that they aren’t is any good.
    Unfortunately we have to put up with a group that puts themselves upon non-existent pedestals which they don’t deserve at all. And I am very tired of this BS that they are better than the rest of us.

    • uhavegot2bekidn

      don’t you know the politicians work hard. it is pretty hard sitting on their butt in their office all day long trying to come up with ways to screw the very people that are paying their wages (aka tax payers). I mean after all they sit all day and do this, then they actually have to tell their secretaries what to type up so that they can have someone read it to them after it is typed up, then they again have to tell someone to go get their lunch, coffee and anything else they may want/need. That is why at the end of the day they have to go out drinking then drive drunk, get in an accident, get paralyzed then have those same “lazy” tax payers foot the bill for them. Man I am tired just thinking about all the hard work they do in their office. I would go on but I have to go be “lazy” and get to my job so that I can not only pay for my own insurance I can go be “lazy” at my job so I can pay for them to sit in their office all day. Oh and to these very same politicians let me just say….no need to thank me and your welcome

  4. A Prime example of the mentality “I’ve got mine, screw you!”

  5. I had to stop watching the video when he said that he didn’t know the woman’s situation. She qualifies for the expansion, which means she didn’t qualify for medicaid or medicare because she made too much, and she has Parkinson’s! What more do you need to understand?

  6. Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt, as some say. There are millions of Americans just like Josh Miller who are sucking hard on the government teat but don’t want others to have the least bit of access to the same benefits, because they “worked” for theirs. Everyone else is a shiftless grifter out to abuse the system. Never mind that in every state in which lawmakers have forced the poor to take drug tests before receiving assistance have found that few of them are on drugs. Miller is willfully ignoring the fact that he paid very little into the system between the time he graduated high school and the time of his accident.

    • He also takes no personal responsibility for his behavior, drunken driving, for being the cause of his million dollar medical condition. The other people he is preventing from getting any coverage are most likely in need of that coverage through no fault of their own, but are victims of the poor economy. If he thinks he “worked for and deserves” his benefits as much as others who actually did work for and deserve the benefits, he is sadly mistaken.

      • Gee, Martha, didn’t you see that part? He might not be responsible for his own injuries, neither he nor his buddy “remember” who was driving. What a devious method of avoiding drunk driving charges! Of course they know who was driving, but when they realized that the police couldn’t prove which it was they both develop “amnesia” and no one gets charged.

    • Very true, majiir.

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