Monday, May 11, 2015

Health care for legislators who vote against health care for Arizonans: "Is it hypocritical?"

That's the question posed by The Republic ( But, seriously, why ask?

Some lawmakers say they don't see the need to debate their own state-provided benefits, despite voting or suing to limit coverage for others.

"I don't think there is anything inconsistent about getting health-care coverage from one's employer and eliminating a government subsidy for an entitlement program," said Rep. Justin Olson, R-Mesa, who chose coverage through a state-funded health-insurance plan instead of via his private employer, Apollo Education Group, which owns the University of Phoenix.

Olson said he co-sponsored HB 2643, which forbids a state-based health-insurance marketplace, because he hopes "to increase options for consumers" other than the Affordable Care Act. Olson is also among the 36 GOP legislators who are suing to overturn the Medicaid expansion.

Oops. I guess the question has merit after all. So does the affirmative answer.

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