Healthcare

Freedom Caucus Chairman Cries Crocodile Tears

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

After the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their damning report on Trumpcare 2.0 last night, Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) reportedly teared up because the bill cuts coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Listen, I lost my sister to breast cancer. I lost my dad to lung cancer. If anybody is sensitive to preexisting conditions, it’s me. I’m not going to make a political decision today that affects somebody’s sister or father because I wouldn’t do it to myself.

In the end, we’ve got to make sure there’s enough funding there to handle preexisting conditions and drive down premiums. And if we can’t do those three things, then we will have failed.

There's a couple obvious problems with this sentiment.

Mark Meadows voted for the bill. Moreover, the amendment that repeals coverage for pre-existing conditions, which was introduced by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NC), is the reason Mark Meadows and his fellow Batshit Caucus members voted for it.

Repealing coverage for pre-existing conditions brought the Freedom Caucus on board. Trumpcare was dead before MacArthur and Meadows resurrected it. They did this.

The CBO found that coverage for one sixth of the entire country could be jeopardized if pre-existing conditions are no longer covered, and that may even be a conservative estimate.

  • Aynwrong

    This is a real habit among R’s lately. Denouncing stuff they claim they don’t to want to see happen and then voting for legislation that will make that exact thing happen.

    As I commented down below, “Cognitive dissonance seems to be a vital feature of conservatism these days.” I’m guessing more so the voters than the actual elected officials who I assume are simply liars.

  • muselet

    So Mark Meadows isn’t going to make a political decision that (presumably negatively) affects someone’s sister or father.

    Except for the political decision he made that will affect others’ sisters and fathers. Because that doesn’t count for reasons that are opaque at best. Maybe he meant only the sisters and fathers of people he knows personally or only decisions he makes during even-numbered hours of the day.

    What a wanker.

    –alopecia

    • The cognitive dissonance in Meadows is strong

      • Aynwrong

        Cognitive dissonance seems to be a vital feature of conservatism these days.