TrumpCare architect lost daughter, left with $1m medical bills, then took away your health care

The chief architect of TrumpCare is Republican Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ).

His legislation, passed by the US House yesterday, could cost 24 million Americans their health insurance, increase premiums on healthy people age 50-64 by 66%, worsen plans for people who get their insurance through their employer, and relegate people with pre-existing conditions to insurance ghettos where their premiums will skyrocket while their benefits will plummet.

So it was horrifying to read this morning, in an article by Tom Moran of the Star Ledger, that MacArthur is intimately familiar with the terror of pre-existing conditions and exorbitant medical costs. His daughter died when she was 11, leaving him with $1m in medical bills. MacArthur’s mom also died of cancer when he was four. His father had no insurance, and had to work three jobs for two decades to pay off the bills, and still couldn’t do it on his own.

You’d think after all of that, MacArthur wouldn’t just understand how ruthless the free market is to people with pre-existing conditions, but he certainly wouldn’t lead the charge to make it more likely for more families to go through what his family went through twice.

You’d be wrong.

Moran has more:

But MacArthur defended his role on Thursday, sending out an e-mail blast that mentioned his daughter’s passing, and his mother’s cancer. He seems to think it offers some inoculation against charges that he’s a heartless guy who has never known hardship.

To me, the mystery is how he, of all people, could pull this trigger. Jimmy Kimmel just had a terrifying scare with his newborn, and he drew the reasonable conclusion: Everyone should have health care. Period.

I can’t gin up any real hostility towards MacArthur. He in my sad club, the worst one on earth. But if I lived in his district, he most definitely would not get my vote in 2018.

No, Mr. MacArthur, your daughter’s death and your mother’s cancer and your father’s hardship paying for her bills do not provide you a get-out-of-jail-free card for threatening my health coverage, and the coverage of 24 million other Americans. If anything, it shows that you of all people should understand this issue. And you don’t.

Or you do understand it, and you just don’t care.

See you in November, 2018.

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  • casey confoy

    See high school student confront MacArthur at Town Hall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8yNumzQFlc

  • nikto

    This person is absolutely soulless, and obtuse at a superhuman level.

  • doggiedaddy

    You’re assuming he has a soul and being a member of the gop…well party before country.

  • sonoitabear

    How typical of a RepubLIEclown like MacArthur to exploit the dead for his agenda…

  • Randy Riddle

    Or he’s willing to sell out the memory of his lost family members for money and promises from the ultra-rich donors who support TrumpCare.

  • M. Louie

    I wished that I could say that MacArthur was not my problem, but that he is the NJ 3rd congressional district’s problem, since they voted for him and the orange gibbon overwhelmingly. MacArthur had claimed that he had negotiated on his own behalf with the freedom zealots. It would not be presumptuous to say that MacArthur represented the bulk of the 3rd congressional district’s views on the ACA repeal. Presently, he is seen in the company of our governor, so I guess the state GOP has great plans for this up and coming village idiot. Summer is coming, and I for one will not spend any of my hard earned dollars anywhere within his district, like Seaside Park and Toms River. My few dollars would not have any effect, but think of the 24 million people that this village idiot have had screwed over. What would happen to MacArthur and his district if those 24 million folks choose not to spend the few dollars at his district?

  • fry1laurie

    Another American too dumb to vote for his own interest. Unfortunately, he’s a congressman.

  • dcinsider

    It seems as though he’s angry about his own situation, so he intends to make everyone else miserable too.

  • Teddy Flyfisher Davis

    He will receive his dose of karma one day. It may not be as soon as we wish, but he will receive it. I hope his life is as miserable as it can be.

  • Talk about a race to the bottom.

    He got hurt so instead of taking the high road and making sure no one else experiences this, he takes the lowest road yet to make sure others suffer needlessly.

  • Niblet58

    He’s got his so fuck everyone else.

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