Here’s a few key facts about about Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson:
- At a candidate forum in Madison in July, Ron Johnson said that as company president of PACUR LLC, he has the same health insurance plan as other employees.
- Yesterday it was revealed five adult employees of PACUR – along with their ten children – receive BadgerCare, the state-subsidized health insurance plan for low-income workers. Obviously Ron Johnson’s too rich to receive BadgerCare, so I can’t help but wonder what Ron Johnson meant when he said he has the same health insurance plan as his employees.
- What’s more, it’s also been discovered several PACUR employees have had their wages garnished to pay medical bills. Ron Johnson has repeatedly said that he has a health care plan at PACUR in which employees are offered a health savings account, pay their own medical bills out of the account, and get to keep any of the money left over. What’s interesting is that among the health care “plans” proposed by Ron Johnson to replace the Democratic health care reform legislation passed earlier this year includes health savings accounts – the very same health savings accounts that have clearly failed to help Ron Johnson’s employees at PACUR to avoid being overwhelmed by health care costs.
If Ron Johnson were really interested in finding real non-governmental solutions to increase access to health insurance for all Americans, he could start by finding a non-governmental solution to provide access to health insurance for his employees at PACUR. The fact that employees of Ron Johnson have had to resort to obtaining government-provided health insurance coverage through the BadgerCare program speaks volumes about Ron Johnson’s failure as a CEO to address the issue of health insurance within his own company. If Ron Johnson can’t even figure out how to ensure all his employees get health insurance coverage without the government having to step in, then how can he be counted on to figure out how to increase access to health insurance coverage for Americans as a member of the United States Senate?