South Carolina Democrat Joe Cunningham is currently serving his first term in Congress, and the job comes with a nifty perk: Members are granted access to Blue Cross and Blue Shield healthcare coverage via Obama’s “gold” plans.
According to CNBC, participation leaves users responsible for approximately a quarter of the premiums.
But at least one recipient ain’t impressed: Last week, Joe’s wife, Amanda, took to Instagram to complain. And she let her followers know she’ll be taking the issue to her man.
Joe may not be that receptive to his better half’s grievance, though; apparently, the pair are having a bit of the ol’ marital difficulties — which, of course, Amanda also shared. Along with more:
“I’m gonna have a little bit of a rant here on social media because I think this is important. I’ve been going over my not-a-bill bill here from Blue Cross Blue Shield, and realizing that once again, all of my mental health therapy sessions are denied, in addition to all of our marriage counseling sessions.”
New video: Dem congressman Joe Cunningham's wife is outraged her taxpayer-subsidized Obamacare plan doesn't pay for her therapy, their marriage counselinghttps://t.co/HQLyf1g4Iy pic.twitter.com/3NXD4qD98c
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) September 9, 2019
Amanda sounds like a let-it-all-hang-out kinda gal. But she’s determined to hold onto her money, even if it takes her writing it into law:
“It’s just mind-blowing to me that these basic well-known needs, that mental health is health care, are still being denied, that we’re still fighting for these absolutely basic things, it’s unbelievable to me. So I’m reaching out to my congressman—yes, also my husband—but saying, like, Hey, what can we do about this? Let’s go to the House floor, let’s write a bill, I don’t know what you do, but let’s do it because this is ridiculous.'”
She was just befuddled. And stupefied. And discombobulated. And another really cool word:
“This affects us, our family, it affects everyone else who’s seeking mental health and needs support doing so. I’m just flabbergasted.”
As reported by The Washington Free Beacon, Amanda isn’t the only one disappointed with her government-supplied health benefits.
Democratic Iowa Rep. Cindy Axne told her constituents in August, “‘You really don’t want what I have, because I don’t get good insurance.”
It’s only so-so:
“It’s okay insurance. Just so you know, congresspeople, we have to purchase from the [Affordable Care Act], we purchase from the network.”
Amanda Cunningham — who works part-time as development director for a women’s nonprofit — is determined to change that.
I like this couple — in January, capitol security busted Joe for smuggling a 6-pack of beer onto the House floor.
He explained himself in a tweet:
Making friends when you’re a freshman is hard and I thought I’d grease the skids with some Lowcountry beer. Thankfully @RepPeterDeFazio got it in the end! Can I join the beer caucus now? https://t.co/RtW6InDfTK
— Rep. Joe Cunningham (@RepCunningham) January 11, 2019
Maybe he can schmooze and booze his way to the marital bliss of 100% free counseling.
Hey — I wonder if it dawned on Amanda that she was telling viewers she wanted them to pay for even more of her health services?
Aw, I still like ’em.
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