Paralyzed Republican Lawmaker Who Survived Thanks to Medicaid Opposes Medicaid Expansion

hypocrite-josh-miller-arkansasI’ve said on numerous occasions that one of the biggest problems I have with the Republican party is their blatant hypocrisy.  I understand that, at some point in our lives, we’re all hypocrites.  But the way in which Republicans live by (and legislate by) their constant hypocrisy is ridiculous.

Take for instance Arkansas Republican Representative Josh Miller who opposes the continued expansion of Medicaid in Arkansas.

Why, you ask, does this make him a hypocrite?  Well, because Mr. Miller is probably only alive today because of Medicaid and Medicare.

Over a decade ago, Miller was in a horrific car accident which left him paralyzed.  Medicaid and Medicare paid the $1 million tab for his hospitalization and rehabilitation.

At the time of his accident he didn’t have insurance.  An accident which involved a friend and alcohol – though Miller claims he can’t remember who was driving.

When asked about his hypocrisy, Miller talked about how he believes there are too many people on the program who could work, but don’t because they want to abuse the program.

He said, “My problem is two things.  One, we are giving it to able-bodied folks who can work and two, how do we pay for it?”

So, was he unable to work over a decade ago when he didn’t have insurance?  After all, he sucked $1 million out of Medicaid and Medicare to save his life – was he simply abusing the system back then?

And I’m really glad when his life was on the line, someone didn’t ask, “Do we have the money to save this man’s life?  How are we going to pay for this man who doesn’t have insurance?”

There’s no way in this situation that this guy isn’t a total hypocrite.

If he wants to judge those who are on Medicaid as “people who aren’t wanting to work,” is that why he was on it?  It’s indisputable he utilized these programs – so why?

Did he simply work, but couldn’t afford health insurance?  Wouldn’t that then make for a great reason to expand Medicaid so that those who work, but don’t make much, can have access to health insurance?

And the fact that he would bring up the “how do we pay for it,” when $1 million was spent saving his life after a car accident involving alcohol is just flat-out disgusting. I’m certainly glad when his life was on the line, the decision on whether or not to save it wasn’t based off finances.

Miller is the worst, most disgusting, form of hypocrite.  Someone who actually owes his life to a program that he now opposes expanding so others might have their lives saved.

You don’t get much more reprehensible than that.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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