AP: Wisconsin Republican lieutenant governor candidate Rebecca Kleefisch, diagnosed with cancer a month ago, touts the treatments she received under her state-subsidized insurance plan at the same time she rails against government-run health care in a new television ad. The ad also accuses Democratic candidate Tom Barrett of supporting a government takeover of health care even though his campaign spokesman says he does not.I’ll repeat again, government has not taken over health care, not one bit.
In the ad Kleefisch doesn't mention that her cancer treatments were paid for through the state-subsidized health insurance plan of her husband, state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, a Republican from Oconomowoc. Kleefisch pays $85 per month for her health insurance with the rest of the cost, $1,722, paid by the state.Think about that. Our public SERVANTS are provided Cadillac health care coverage at a whopping $1,800 a month. That’s $21,600 a year for health care. What a deal for taxpayers who can’t afford their own premiums. Yet Republican lawmakers can’t imagine providing affordable insurance, like their own $85 a month, for the undeserving freeloading public.
"This may be the most hypocritical political ad in the history of Wisconsin politics," said Scot Ross, director of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now. "It's absolutely outrageous that Rebecca Kleefisch, who received health care coverage paid for by the government because of who she is married to, is attacking access to affordable health care for the rest of Wisconsin."
Kleefisch's situation makes the case for the new health care reform law because that law will result in more people getting the same quality of care she received through her husband's state insurance plan, said Robert Kraig, executive director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. That group advocates for health care reform.
"Kleefisch's own story, rather than discrediting reform, powerfully illustrates its value," Kraig said.