GOP Rep Laughs at Uninsured Constituent

Created: September 01, 2009 10:59 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kans.), fresh off the “Great White Hope” controversy of last week, can be seen in this video talking down a woman named Elizabeth Smith who, according to The Associated Press, couldn’t afford insurance for her son. At 1:47, Jenkins takes her question and, sort of jarringly, laughs at it.

SMITH: I want an option that I can pay for. I work.  I pay my bills.  I’m not a burden on the state.  I pay my taxes.  So why can’t I get an affordable option.  Why are you against that?

JENKINS:  A government run program is going to subsidize not only yours but everybody in this room. So I’m not sure what we’re talking about.

Later she quiets the crowd and tells Smith that “people should be given the opportunity to take care of themselves with a refund, or an advanceable tax credit, to go be a grown-up and go buy the insurance.” Hat tip: Mike Nellis.

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