In the summer of 2010, Republicans sent videographers to town hall meetings to catch Democratic members of Congress being pilloried for their health care vote.
Karma has a special affection for politics.
The Georgia Democratic party this afternoon released some raw video from a Dacula town hall meeting held last Saturday by U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville.
Woodall is questioned by Ilene Johnson, a Democratic activist who lives in Gwinnett County, about changes the congressman would like to make to Medicare and the nation’s health care system – and his own use of government-funded health insurance provided for federal employees:
Johnson: All right, I have a question about taking care of you. You take government-subsidized health care, but you are not obligated to take that if you don’t want to. Why aren’t you going out on the free market in the state where you are a resident and buy your own health care?
Woodall: Your —
Johnson: Be an example.
Woodall: Your question is, my government is going to give me lots and lots of stuff for free–
Johnson: No, you lead by example. Why aren’t you leading by example? And go and get it in a single-subscriber plan like you want everybody else to have, ‘cause you want to end employer-sponsored health plans and government-sponsored health plans. You said so in a letter to me – that your goal is to get rid of the employer-sponsored health plans.
Johnson: Okay, well, so why aren’t you leading by example? And go out yourself — decline the government health plan — and go to the Blue Cross/Blue Shield, whoever, and get one for yourself, and you’ll see how tough it is. You don’t have any pre-existing conditions, I guess. You haven’t had any life-threatening illnesses like I had last year.
Woodall: This is why it is good to have these kinds of conversations, because there is some bad information out there. You know, back when –
Johnson: Answer the question. Why haven’t you gone out and did this?
Woodall: Oh, I’m sorry I thought I did. It’s because it’s free. It’s because it’s free. The same reason I went out to Walgreens and bought Activon when I don’t have any arthritis pain. Because it’s free. Folks, if you give people things for free, don’t blame them for taking them.
We’ve offered the congressman an opportunity to respond.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider