Rep. Blackburn on health care: Some people like a ‘red Solo cup’

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is known for speaking her mind, and she did just that during a congressional hearing on Obamacare when she grilled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the numerous health care policies lost due to the new guidelines.

“What do you say to 300,000 people in Florida you just mentioned, or to the 28,000 in Tennessee that cannot get health insurance?” Blackburn asked. “Their plans are terminated. Is [Obama] keeping his promise to them?”

Sebelius dismissed Blackburn’s comment.

“First of all, congresswoman, they can get health insurance,” Sebelius said. “They must be offered new plans, new options, either inside the marketplace, or if they don’t qualify for a financial subsidy, they can shop in or out of the marketplace.”

After Sebelius offered a rambling explanation, Blackburn talked about a couple in her district who lost an affordable insurance policy they liked due to the Affordable Health Care Act’s mandates.

“It’s what they wanted,” she said. “I will remind you: Some people like to drive a Ford and not a Ferrari, and some people like to drink out of a red Solo cup and not a crystal stem. You’re taking away their choice.”

Watch the exchange here:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.


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