Barbara Rank wrote a short reply to the congressman’s declaration of support for the House’s bill to repeal and replace Obamacare – in particular his desire to rid the law of “crazy requirements” like “a 62-year-old male having to have pregnancy insurance.”
“Why should I pay for a bridge I won’t cross, a sidewalk I don’t walk on, a library book I don’t read? Why should I pay for a flower I won’t smell, a park I don’t visit, or art I can’t appreciate?”
She ended with an appeal to “democracy” and “civil society”, deeming this the “greater good”.
Her letter has since gone viral, after a photograph of the newspaper was shared on Reddit, and is touching off tweets and posts of agreement and praise across social media platforms.
In response to the letter, a spokesman for Blum toldthe Telegraph Herald he was “referring to the idea of patients being able to choose health insurance policies that fit their needs, rather one-size-fits-all policies filled with government mandates,” adding that Rep. Blum understands how taxes work.