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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Touchy, touchy, touchy

by digby

Republicans really don't like being asked to defend this Trumpcare monstrosity:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) snapped at a Democratic county executive on Friday for asking him how he will handle citizens of Wisconsin losing their health care under the GOP-controlled House vote to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Appearing at an Appleton event to promote tourism, Walker snapped at Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson for asking about the AHCA, accusing the local official of a “political stunt,” with Nelson pointing out, “Look, this obviously has gotten under your skin.”

As cameras rolled, Nelson attempted to engage Walker on what his plans are to keep Wisconsinites insured only to have the governor snap back at him, reports WBAY.

“The plan is I’m going to wait for what the Senate and the president do, and we’ll see from there,” Walker replied before grandstanding for the cameras in mock outrage. “So just to be clear folks, just to be clear, the county executive wants to take away from tourism right now and play a political stunt about a topic that has nothing to do with what we’re talking about today.”

Walker accused Nelson of playing politics, telling him he had a chance to run for Congress and adding, “You want to run for governor, run for governor,”

“Look, this obviously has gotten under your skin,” Nelson shot back

“What’s gotten under my skin, ladies and gentlemen,” Walker said as he again addressed the cameras, “is the fact that someone decided to pull a political stunt and show up at an event about tourism.”

Oh boo hoo. He wants to talk about something fun like tourism and everybody's making him talk about the fact that his party has voted to make millions go bankrupt, suffer and die. Sad!

By the way, Walker also said he might opt for the pre-existing conditions requirement waiver. He would certainly like to get hold of some of that high risk pool money that has no strings attached. He could use it for tax cuts for millionaires. He later clarified that he's "not looking to change" policies for those with pre-existing conditions. That sure must be confidence building to the people of Wisconsin. (I wish I understood what a majority of them see in that guy. It truly escapes me.)

Let's face it. These people believe that if you don't have enough money to cover high premiums you don't deserve health insurance, period. And if you have a pre-existing condition you need to have enough money to cover all your medical expenses out of pocket if no one will insure you. And if you have insurance and get sick and it turns out your policy doesn't cover more than a bare minimum, again, you need to have enough money to cover your expenses. That's how a "free market" in health care has to work. It's very expensive, like yachts and airplanes. If you want to have those things you need to get rich. It's that simple.

These Republican officials are almost all millionaires. They also have gold plated health insurance and they won't give that up. They deserve it because they're good.