If fellow Republicans like Sean Duffy and Paul Ryan are any indication, we won’t have any idea who is paying for Ron Johnson’s health care.
Duffy and Ryan both voted — like the rest of Congressional Republicans — to kill a rule that would have required all members to disclose whether they are taking advantage of their federal health insurance plan.
So is Ron Johnson taking advantage of government health care? Let’s hope that the Journal Sentinel’s Craig Gilbert or Don Walker asks him if Johnson ever gives the newspaper an interview.
Let’s not forget that Ron Johnson’s been less than honest when discussing his own health care in the past. Periodically throughout the campaign he said he had the same insurance as his own employees. But then it turned out that his companies were using prison labor. According to the Associated Press, which broke the story:
Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson, who has campaigned against government subsidies to business, employs up to nine prison inmates at his plastics factories whose health care costs are paid by the state, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
Clearly not everyone at Ron Johnson’s companies has the exact same health insurance Ron Johnson does. But then it turned out that some of Ron Johnson’s employees are on BadgerCare, the state-subsidized health care program for low-income workers. According to one report, around 4 percent of Johnson’s employees were using BadgerCare.
When the news broke that Johnson’s employees were using BadgerCare, he again mislead the public, by saying that some people might be choosing BadgerCare because it was cheaper. Here’s what he told the Journal Sentinel:
“Depending on the particular situation, it it’s less costly for them to take Badger Care, they may choose that option. They have that freedom.”
Republicans like Ron Johnson would not tolerate a state-run insurance program competing with private insurance companies. That’s one reason why BadgerCare Plus is a program of last resort and the rules require people take employer-based health care if it is offered to them.
So let’s see. Thousands of people are now getting health care because of health care reform. Ron Johnson wants to repeal those benefits. Ron Johnson repeatedly lied about how he provided health care to his own employees, relying on the state to pick up health care costs for a big chunk of his workers.
So is Ron Johnson and his staff getting government health care? You tell me.