On Monday, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) announced that he was retiring from Congress, saying he was doing so for family reasons.
As it turns out, Duffy and his wife, Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy, are about to have their ninth child — a little girl — and doctors have informed the couple that their daughter will require heart surgery shortly after she’s born.
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And during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, Duffy said he was making sure his family would have access to the good health care despite his unborn daughter’s pre-existing heart condition.
The irony and hypocrisy of Congressman Duffy’s enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) cannot possibly be overstated, Think Progress notes, as Duffy has repeatedly voted to kill the program:
A 2011 PolitiFact examination of Duffy’s vote to fully repeal Obamacare with no replacement noted that as a 2010 candidate, he vowed he “would not vote to repeal the legislation unless a better proposal was in place.” Months later, he voted to repeal the legislation without any replacement. PolitiFact dubbed this vote “a Full Flop.”
During his eight years in Congress, Duffy repeatedly voted to destroy Obamacare and undermine the pre-existing condition protections. He enthusiastically voted for Trumpcare in 2017, which would have made insurance coverage significantly less affordable for those with pre-existing conditions, and just this May he voted against the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019.
And yet, during his appearance on Fox, Duffy proudly remarked:
“We pay the full boat for that so we can transition and with the condition of the baby, we have that complete coverage. But, yeah, you are right. I had to look at that and make sure that with, open heart surgery, we had coverage to make sure that, you know, we could pay for that and we have got that worked out. So, thank God, that’s not a consideration as we look to the birth.”
And thank God we’re getting rid of another Republican in Congress who thinks that his family deserves the best in health care but would deny that very same coverage to everyone else. While everyone wishes the Duffys and their family all the best in the future, the House of Representatives is a much better place without him.
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