A Republican World – The ‘Some For Me But None For Thee’ Edition – ‘Rep. Josh Miller, recipient of significant government assistance, opposes Medicaid expansion in Arkansas’
How were YOUR medical bills paid for Josh?
“My problem is two things,” Miller said. “One, we are giving it to able-bodied folks who can work … and two, how do we pay for it?”
‘Lucky for Josh Miller, such thinking didn’t prevail when Congress — over Republican opposition — created the programs that sustain him’.
‘I was drawn to Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, who orated against the private option Medicaid expansion last week’.
‘He invoked FDR’s New Deal — a “hand up,” he said, not a “handout.”
‘Miller is of interest because he’s a well-known beneficiary of federal government support himself’.
‘Miller, 33, was on an alcohol-fueled drive with a friend about 11 years ago (he can’t remember who was driving) when their pickup plunged off a ravine near Choctaw. He was rescued, but suffered a broken neck and was paralyzed’.
- ‘Miller was uninsured’.
‘What young, fit man needs health insurance, he thought then. (He had some reason to know better. Not long before, he’d broken his hand in a fight and had to refuse the recommended surgery to fix the injuries properly because he was uninsured’.)
- ‘Months of hospitalization and rehabilitation followed, including a long stretch in intensive care at St. Vincent Infirmary’.
- ‘There was a $1 million bill. Medicaid paid most of it’.
- ‘Miller was placed on disability and checks began’.
‘In time, between Medicaid and Medicare, all his health costs were covered by the federal government’.
‘Health insurance isn’t Miller’s only government benefit. Another federal Medicaid program for which he qualifies provides daily personal care assistance’.
- ‘Between the government-paid trauma care, ongoing Medicare and Medicaid coverage, government-provided personal assistant and his own grit, Miller has made a full life. He manages a rental property business (some government-subsidized renters are among his tenants) and serves as a legislator’.