In speech attacking Obamacare, Roe says he, wife ‘fixed’

Gary B. Gray • Feb 11, 2014 at 9:17 PM

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, said Monday the Affordable Care Act should not force insurance companies to cover pregnancies, citing as a very personal example in that he and his wife were “fixed.”

Roe, who was speaking at the Heritage Foundation’s Conservative Policy Summit, said President Barack Obama’s health care law was as thick as two old-style Sears and Roebuck catalogues, a “monstrosity” that needed getting rid of and a plan that is “impossible to tweak,” according to an online report by The Raw Story.

The headline, which may or may not deserve some ironing out, depending on your take, reads: “Rep Phil Roe: Obamacare shouldn’t cover pregnancies because my wife is fixed.” The story said Roe spoke to the group Tuesday. He did not.

“That’s absolutely not what I said,” Roe told the Johnson City Press Tuesday shortly after voting on the House floor. “They made a story up, because they wanted to make a Republican look bad. No one has any sense of humor anymore.”

Another headline on the site reads: “Obamacare allows workers to tell bosses to shove off; conservatives are angry.”

Roe’s view of the federal law has been consistent, and he has heralded his own version of health care reform for some time now in the form of a 181-page bill. Roe told the crowd he believed the best way to provide insurance was through health savings accounts, and by allowing people to buy high-deductible health plans across state lines.

“Right now, the federal government tells you what you have to buy,” he said at the summit. “I’m going to be a little graphic here, OK? Let me tell you why that’s important, why that’s driven the cost up through the ceiling.”

He then warned audience members what he was about to say next was “going to be a little graphic.”

“I have been fixed,” Roe said. “My wife has been fixed, I have three kids. Both of us have determined if we thought we had to raise another kid right now, we would jump off the Capitol, head first into the parking lot, face first. You got the idea — don’t want any more kids.”

The partisan crowd giggled.

Roe then said that regardless of his pronouncement, the new federal health care law requires that he pay pediatric dental coverage, pediatric vision coverage and female reproductive coverage.

“I don’t need any of it,” he said. “And those are the reasons you buy, with a health savings account and a catastrophic policy, what you and your family need.”

Meanwhile, Obama earlier Tuesday defended his administration’s latest decision to delay an aspect of the Affordable Care Act, saying the move was about “smoothing out” the health care law’s rocky implementation, according to CNN.com.

In a Feb. 4 Gallup Poll, 51 percent of Americans said they disapproved of the Affordable Care Act; 41 percent said they approved of the law. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, which wrapped up Monday, found that just 31 percent of likely U.S. voters now rate the nation’s health care system as good or excellent, while just as many, 32 percent, describe it as poor.

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