When Republican Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH) was confronted by a mother worried about the future of her son’s health insurance, he did not hold back in telling her that her son was not entitled to coverage.
Holy sh*t, Davidson tells a woman whose son is on Medicaid expansion, would lose insurance under repeal, that his "skills" are to blame. pic.twitter.com/UiERBOIQ5T
— Tommy Xtophernobyl (@tommyxtopher) April 21, 2017
The mother explains that, while her son previously did not meet eligibility for health insurance because he works in the service industry, it was because of the ACA that he was able to get covered through Medicaid. She explains, rightly, “So, many of the people that are on Medicaid are working, and they are the working poor.”
“Under Trumpcare, one of the major ways to make health insurance affordable is to bring back catastrophic insurance, which is basically no insurance at all. Given that, given that preventative health care is the number one way to keep people healthy in our society. Can you explain why my son and millions of others in his situation are not deserving of affordable, decent healthcare that has essential benefits so that he can stay healthy and continue working?”
Davidson, not even bothering to feign emotion in the face of a worried constituent, replied tersely:
“Okay, I don’t know anything about your son, but as you described him, his skills are focused in an industry that doesn’t have the kind of options that you want him to have for health care. So, I don’t believe that these taxpayers here are entitled to give that to him. I believe he’s got the opportunity to go earn those health benefits.”
His response elicited boos from the crowd. Davidson, a tea partier who replaced House Speaker John Boehner, represents a faction of the Republican Party who believed that the AHCA – the Republican replacement bill for the ACA or “Obamacare” – did not go far enough. That replacement bill would have stripped 24 million Americans of health insurance.
Americans on both sides of the aisle are now beginning to realize that Republicans in Congress are not working for their constituents, evidenced by the fact that they are hardly fazed by the prospect of leaving American children without any health coverage. These are not leaders, but rather shills of the moneyed interests who fund their campaigns. Just like the AHCA was ultimately brought down by a wave of American dissatisfaction, so will be the people who are working so hard to pass it.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.