Today I heard it all. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Tea Party Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) claimed that the current D.C. standoff over the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling is really about "fairness" because President Barack Obama and his family should be covered under so-called "Obamacare" just like "regular Americans."
What this elected representative of the good people of Wisconsin doesn't seem to know is, every U.S. president has his own medical detail including a staff of 4 physicians just steps from the Oval Office. This 2009 LA Times article explains the dynamics of the First Family’s healthcare in great detail.
“The White House medical unit, with a staff of four doctors plus nurses and physicians' assistants, is steps from his office.”
And though the emergency medical care that’s available to presidents, vice presidents and their immediate families is paid for by taxpayers as part of the White House budget, presidents and their families do pick up the cost of their ongoing healthcare just like all Americans.
“The personal physicians and access to military hospitals come on top of a choice of 10 family health insurance options that Obama receives along with all other federal employees.”
“White House spokesman Reid Cherlin declined to say which health insurance plan the Obama family has. But under the federal Blue Cross Blue Shield plan -- the most popular among government employees -- a doctor visit costs $20 and generic drugs are $10.”
“When the president's insurance carrier is billed, he is responsible for copays and deductibles, the official said.”
So yeah, let's default on our debts and tank the world economy just to get Michelle Obama and her daughters into an Affordable Care Act health exchange.
Because that symbolic show of "fairness" is more important to the American people than the fairness of not having their 401K's drop 20-40%, their mortgage refinance rates go up, their jobs get cut, and their cost of credit skyrocket in a mere 24 hours.
You know what else would be fair? If our elected representatives didn’t B.S. us while they screw up the full faith and credit of the United States.
I only wish I could have full faith in the veracity, integrity and intelligence of the elected representatives who are putting us through this nightmare.