Skip to comments.(R-IL) Rep.-elect Joe Walsh to forgo government health care despite wife’s preexisting condition
Posted on 01/04/2011 9:31:48 AM PST by markomalley
Rep.-elect Joe Walsh, a Republican from Illinois, will make good on a campaign promise and forgo government provided health care for himself and his wife in protest of the Obamas health care plan in spite of his wifes a preexisting condition.
I dont want to burden the American tax payer about my health care bill, he said on CNN Tuesday.
Right now, he continued, the health care system has a real bias against folks who need to shop out there in the individual market. My wife and I now are going to have to go through the struggles that a lot of Americans go through, trying to find insurance in the individual market and having to deal with problems of preexisting conditions.
Walsh did not specify the nature of his wifes preexisting condition. In December, The Hill reported that Walshs wife is reportedly unhappy with her husbands decision.
Walsh said that he did not consider his colleagues who will receive government health care to be hypocrites, but felt that his heralded a new era for Congress.
This is my decision, he said, but added: I believe there are a couple other freshmen that feel the same way.
I feel I was sent to Washington to be something different, he continued. We tend to pass laws that impact the rest of us, but not members of Congress. Theres going to be a real serious, I think, change in culture here in Washington. This freshman class, were coming here to just conduct real business.
Walsh said he has a problem with virtually the entire bill, calling it a job killer. Though he conceded the need to make it easier for people who have preexisting conditions to obtain insurance, he was adamant that the system should not allow for people to only purchase insurance when they got sick.
We need to make sure that there still is a system in this country where folks are paying monthly premiums, he said. We dont want to get into a system where people can purchase insurance and then drop insurance whenever they want to. Thats not going to help the system at all.
Asked how he would respond to those who say thats kind of cold, to not accept health benefits through the federal government when your wife has a preexisting condition, Walsh said that it was the principle of the thing.
This is an important principle. My wife and I had struggle a little bit. But I was sent to Washington to do what I said I would do. And this is a pledge Ive had out there a year.
If I had the money I would subsidize Mr. & Mrs. Walsh myself.
If only the rest of Congress had such integrity — or, for that matter, any integrity at all!
I just wish the people would buy medical insurance if they don’t have it. That would have been the solution and this never would have been an issue. I can’t tell you how many people I know that don’t have insurance because they just don’t want to spend the money. Obviously there are people who can’t afford it but those that just don’t feel like it because they might not take their huge vacations while living in their nice homes really piss me off. When something devastating happens then WE PAY THE BILL! Isn’t that nice?
Actually I suspect there are others.
My congressman doesn’t make firey speeches or attact a lot of attention but he always does the right thing....quietly.