Thursday, September 30, 2010

Anti-Health Reform Candidate Sharron Angle And Husband Are On Government Health Plan

Nevada Republican senatorial candidate Sharron Angle has stated, "We need to phase Medicare and Social Security out." She has signed the Club for Growth's Repeal-It Pledge to get rid of "the federal health care takeover." Angle has stated that the Second Amendment “was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government,” warning, “if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies."

Why Angle wants to join a government she despises is anyone's guess. In any event, one would suppose that she would want nothing to do with "big government" programs and benefits. After all, she wants to strip the safety net away from the rest of us. Strange, then, to discover that Angle has no job of her own and is living off the federal pension of her husband Ted Angle, who worked for the Bureau of Land Management for 25 years. Even more odd is the fact that she and her husband are receiving government-provided health care:

Angle’s campaign acknowledged to Nevada journalist Jon Ralston Monday that both the candidate and her husband receive health care from the federal government. Spokeswoman Ciara Matthews said in a statement: “Mr. Ted Angle receives his pension through the (federal) Civil Service Retirement System. While it is not supplemented by the federal government, current civil servants pay into the program to pay the schedule of those already retired – much like how the Social Security Program works today. Mr. Angle does not qualify – nor does he receive Social Security benefits. His health insurance plan (the Federal Employee Health Program), which also covers Sharron, is a continuation of what he was receiving while he worked for the federal government.”

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