About eleven years ago Josh Miller was in a catastrophic car accident. Both he and his passenger were so drunk at the time that neither one of them could recall who was actually driving that night, but Miller broke his neck and was left paralyzed for life.
Luckily, for the uninsured Josh Miller, Medicare and Medicaid stepped in to pay the $1 million bill for his hospitalization and rehabilitation.
But this week, as the Arkansas legislature is debating continuing its privatized Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, Josh Miller, now an Arkansas State Representative, and Republican, of course, declared his opposition to Medicaid expansion.
What was good for the goose ain’t apparently so good for the gander.
To make matters worse, it has been reported that Miller still receives ongoing coverage through the government programs, including Medicaid-covered personal care assistance. Funny, no, that someone who has reaped the benefits of insurance paid for by the government would work against expanding those same benefits to others?
But its typical GOP goose-stepping; when Miller needed help, and it was offered, he took it, but if, say today, another young kid, uninsured and drunk off his ass, wrecks his car and ends up paralyzed, josh Miller thinks he should pay his own medical bills.
When asked about his apparent contradiction, Miller said the difference between young and drunk and stupid Josh Miller and everyone else, is that some of the 100,000 people who have gained coverage through Arkansas's Medicaid expansion don't work hard enough or just want access to the program so they can purchase and abuse prescription drugs.
So, he’s going to punish everyone because of the actions of some.
I wonder how he might have felt, lying in that hospital bed all those years ago, hearing he would be in a wheelchair for life, with a one million dollar hospital bill hanging over his head, if some Arkansas asshat politician had said to him, Well, it’s your own damned fault you were so drunk, and your friend was so drunk. Pay your own way.
Josh Miller ISBL Asshat of the Week.