If you're an elderly citizen concerned about your healthcare and you don't understand why your own state legislatures refuse to expand Medicaid because of a Conservative ideological hatred of the government, then be careful when you question or email that representative.
Tea Party Virginia Delegate Tag Greason cares about his constituents. In fact, when they say something with which he disagrees, like ‘As an elderly woman, I think you should support Medicaid expansion,’ he cares so much he feels the need to set them straight–as Loudoun County resident Susan Merk discovered when she e-mailed him on March 28 when he told her she is ‘the problem’ and called her ‘intellectually lazy’ for supporting something that would greatly benefit her.
Merk voiced her support for the Medicaid Expansion. “It’s imperative that federal Medicaid aid is passing the [Virginia] budget,” Merk wrote. Greason respectfully disagreed…well, maybe not respectfully, but he did disagree. Her elected official mansplained to her that, “ObamaCare has already proven to be inefficient, costly, and an utter disaster,” and that “Medicaid is one of the largest and fastest-growing parts” of the budget even without expansion.
Merk shot back, telling him that, “This reply is pitiful – it’s nothing but partisan rhetoric, false accusations and invalid excuses.” She added, “I will be sure to vote you out the next time you’re up for election.”
This enraged the Tea Partier so much that he decided to truly exercise outreach to the elderly. He responded, Pitiful because I am willing to enter a dialogue with you? All you liberals are the same. As soon as someone doesn’t agree with you, you shut down communication, call the other side names, take your ball and go home. I understand and am saddened by this approach at the federal level … but your reaction below is THE problem. I did not have to write you back … but I did. I think discussing differences is the only way to solve problems … you would rather leap right to the insults. How intellectually lazy are you? You are the problem. Good luck to you. You can not insult your way to ‘victory.’ If you are not willing to have a civil discussion, please do not write me again. It is a waste of my time. Thanks, Tag.”
Merk, understandably, was offended by her elected official’s actions. “I shouldn’t write to him again because I am wasting his time?” Merk told the Loudoun Times. “How many emails do you think he gets per day from people who disagree with him just like I did? It’s his job to listen to the people he represents.” She called his conduct “unprofessional” and “almost unreal.”
How does he know that Obamcare is inefficient, costly, and an utter disaster? He doesn't and it isn't a disaster so he is just using partisan rhetoric.
She was right to call out his bullsh*t.