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Leave it to republicans.

Our friends at Fired Up posted on this Twitter item by Renee Hulshof, spouse of former Congressman and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof (r):

My husband is convinced that the dems will get healthcare passed. This educated prediction from him is freaking me out.

[Note: according to Twitter – “This person has protected their tweets.”]

Huh? Why, because millions of Americans might be able to get access to affordable health care and just might be able to do so even if the have a pre-existing condition?

Kenny Hulshoff (r) was elected to Congress in 1996 with 49.4% of the vote. He served until January 2009, not seeking re-election and instead deciding to lose to Jay Nixon in the 2008 gubernatorial race by only garnering 39.5% of the vote. Kenny Hulshof (r) served in Congress for twelve years.

While in Congress Kenny Hulshof and his spouse were eligible to participate in the federal health insurance program [pdf] for members. Among its provisions:

…Members meeting minimum enrollment period requirements who are also eligible for an immediate annuity may continue to participate in the health benefit program when they retire…

Okay, Kenny Hulshof has “retired”, but we don’t know if continues to participate. Do you think anyone will bother to ask him?

…enrollees are not subject to pre-existing condition exclusion…

If it’s good enough for Congress it’s too good for anyone else?

…At the time of retirement, members…receiving an immediate annuity have a one-time election to continue to participate…provided they have been enrolled for at least five years before retirement (or if less, must have been enrolled from the last day in the period in which the employee became eligible to enroll in the plan up to the date on which the employee became an annuitant) and are eligible for an immediate annuity. Like active workers, retirees may enroll as individuals or may elect family coverage for themselves, their spouse…

Now, we don’t know if former Congressman Kenny Hulshof (r) and his spouse were ever enrolled in the federal health insurance program for Congress or if they are presently eligible as “retiree and spouse” for coverage, but in as far as the former, wasn’t it nice to have that option? Too bad that option isn’t available to everyone else. Apparently the prospect of this happening is enough to freak out Renee Hulshof.

Leave it to republicans.