During recent congressional testimony regarding the implementation of ObamaCare, Wyoming Rep. Rep. Cynthia Lummis offered a recent example from her own life to reflect the real-world consequences the flawed law is having on Americans from all walks of life. She confirmed that she and her husband believed they had successfully obtained coverage in the federal healthcare system until they needed to use it.
“We were told that we were enrolled in ObamaCare; and then when we filed claims we were told that we were not enrolled in ObamaCare,” she said. “Then we got it straightened out and [my husband] filed claims and we were told once again that we were not on ObamaCare.”
The inconvenience took a far more serious turn, she explained, when her husband began experiencing serious health issues.
“My husband was having chest pains at the time he was told we were not enrolled in ObamaCare,” Lummis said, “and, come to find out, he didn’t have all of the tests that he was advised by his physician to have.”
Tragically, she told the committee, his actions had fatal consequences.
“So, on Oct. 24, the week before the election, my husband went to sleep and never woke up,” she said. “He had a massive heart attack in his sleep at age 65 – a perfectly, by all appearances, healthy man.”
Lummis said she subsequently spoke to her husband’s physician, who informed her that he declined the recommended tests.
“This happened to coincide with the time that we were told we were not covered by ObamaCare,” she affirmed.
Though she did not make a direct link between the healthcare law and her husband’s death, she did see an obvious correlation.
“I’m not telling you my husband died because of ObamaCare,” she said. “He died because he had a massive heart attack in his sleep. I am telling you that during the course of time he was having tests by his physician and was told we were not covered by ObamaCare, that he then decided not to have the last test the doctor asked him to have.”
She concluded that the law is having a recognizably negative impact on the lives of families across the country, taking aim at its defenders – including MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, who described his controversial remarks on the law’s passage as a series of “glib” comments.
“I’d want to suggest that regardless of what happened to me personally,” Lummis said, “that there have been so many glitches in the passage and implementation of ObamaCare that have real-life consequences on people’s lives; and that the so-called glibness that has been referenced today have direct consequences on real American people. So get over your damn glibness.”