Freshman Rep. Michael Grimm lashed out at Obamacare advocates for calling him a “hypocrite” after he said he was taking his government-sponsored health insurance even as the newly sworn-in pol gets ready to abolish the President’s controversial health care legislation.
“Anyone offered health care through their job should take it,” he said. “If I was working for some corporate entity, wouldn’t I be taking their health care?”
Grimm accepted the same federal employee health care package that he received during his time as an FBI agent. A portion of it is paid by his salary, he noted.
And those that think he shouldn’t take it can stick it.
“[These Democrats] are trying to make the new Congress divisive and the [health care] debate taking place shows the ignorance of those asking the questions,” Grimm told this paper. “It’s complete nonsense and political grandstanding — and it’s my job to completely ignore those people.”
The controversy erupted last week when a Daily News reporter asked Grimm if he would elect to receive his new position’s health care plan.
“What am I, not supposed to have health care?” Grimm (R–Bay Ridge) said. “It’s practicality. I’m not going to become a burden for the state because I don’t have health care and, God forbid, I get into an accident and I can’t afford the operation. … That can happen to anyone.”
All week long, critics were raging at Grimm’s words.
“Grimm campaigned against ‘Socialized medicine,’ and even signed a pledge to repeal Obamacare if he got elected,” noted Who Hijacked Our Country, a blog. “And now that he’s been elected, he goes into a panic at the thought of not having taxpayer-financed medical coverage for himself. [His comments] spell out, in crystal clear logic, why everyone needs access to health care.”
But Grimm stood steadfast, saying he still intends to repeal the law — and keep a clean bill of health while doing so.
The freshman lawmaker, who defeated one-term Rep. Mike McMahon in November after McMahon had also opposed the health care bill, has repeatedly called President Obama’s signature reform a “job killer.”
“When I took this job, my main goals was to move the economy forward,” said Grimm. “[Health care reform] is hurting the economy.”