Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) ran as the 41st vote against President Obama’s health care reform bill in a special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and voted three times to repeal the law and take way health care coverage from the 30 million Americans who will benefit from the law by 2014 and the millions who are already taking advantage of its provisions.
But yesterday, this Tea Party champion and great opponent of Obamacare admitted something astonishing: his 23 year old daughter is one of the 2.5 million young Americans who are benefiting from a regulation that allows young people to stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26:
“Of course I do,’’ the Massachusetts Republican told the Globe. Brown is insuring his daughter Ayla, a professional singer who is 23 years old, under a widely popular provision of the law requiring that family plans cover children up to age 26.
Brown said the extended use of his congressional coverage is not inconsistent with his criticism of the federal law, enacted over his objection after he won a special election in 2010, because the same coverage could be required by individual states.
Brown is responding to charges of hypocrisy by claiming that “he still wants to repeal the law” because it is inferior to the measure enacted by then-governor Mitt Romney in 2006. “I’ve said right from the beginning, that if there are things that we like, we should take advantage of them and bring them back here to Massachusetts,” the senator said.
Brown has a history of denying to others the benefits he himself enjoys. After all, his first campaign for the senate was predicated on the notion that Massachusetts has enacted successful health reform and should not have to pay for a national effort to expand coverage and lower health care costs. Now he’s displaying this very same selfishness with the ACA, telling voters that while his daughter can stay on her parents’ health plan, their children should go out and pay for their own health insurance.