Michael Burgess is a Republican Congressman from Texas, but before he was elected, he was a doctor. Yet when he was asked Tuesday evening about the government providing healthcare for people, he sounded like the biggest money-grubbing jerk to ever walk the face of the planet.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball, Burgess was asked by host Chris Matthews:
“Do you support Bernie Sanders’ idea that health care is a right and the government has to deliver on it. And if not, what is your philosophy about the role of the federal government in health care?”
“From the perspective of a physician, it’s a responsibility that each of us has to each other, to our families. The state control of healthcare actually makes so much more sense from my perspective.”
When Burgess said the country was better off before Obamacare became the law of the land, Matthews queried:
“If you believe we’re better off without Obamacare, why doesn’t your party go back to repeal?”
Rather than answer, Burgess gave a meandering monologue on the history of Obamacare repeal when President Obama was in office, he finally said he was trying to help repeal the Affordable Care Act with the legislation which had just failed to garner enough support in the Senate.
Then Matthews asked a much more specific question of Burgess:
“Do you believe health care is a right?”
The Texas Congressman replied:
“I told you—it’s a responsibility.”
Again, Matthews pressed:
“No, is it a right like life, or is it a right like the right to bear arms or a right in the Bill of Rights? Do you have a right to health care provided by the federal government?”
That’s when Burgess showed his true colors, telling the host:
“I’m a physician—someone has a right, that means you take my skills and the fruits of my labor. That is what you’re telling me.
“I told you where I stand. It is a responsibility that people have to have the provision for taking care of their health and their family’s.”
What Congressman Burgess has clearly forgotten is that he now earns a salary and benefits as a result of the skills and labors of millions of American taxpayers. Maybe we should refuse to pay him and any of his colleagues until they guarantee that every American has health insurance.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org