Fiery Widowed Congresswoman to Gruber: 'Get Over Your Damn Glibness'
An emotional moment occurred during the Jonathan Gruber hearing on Tuesday when a congresswoman opened up about her husband's death, telling Gruber to "get over your damn glibness."
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) pointed out that the implementation of ObamaCare is having real consequences for Americans. Lummis said her 65-year-old husband's death - from a massive heart attack in his sleep - came at a time when there was confusion about their coverage through the new law.
Lummis explained that during the confusion about coverage, her husband did not have one final test that his doctor had recommended.
"I'm not telling you that my husband died because of ObamaCare. He died because he had a massive heart attack in his sleep. But I am telling you that during the course of time that he was having tests by a physician and was told we were not covered by ObamaCare that he then decided not to have the last test the doctor asked him to have. Let me suggest that there may be a decline in participation and that it may not be to the benefit of the American people. I want to suggest that regardless of what happened to me personally that there have been so many glitches in the passage and implementation of ObamaCare that have real-life consequences on people's lives. And the so-called glibness that has been referenced today have direct consequences for real American people. So get over your damn glibness."
Check out Lummis' full remarks to Gruber below.
Lummis talked to Steve Doocy this morning, explaining that she had to speak up after Gruber kept repeating a "memorized" statement of apology.
"It just came across as so insincere. I just wanted to convey to him that these things matter to the American people and they matter to me," she said.
Lummis said she and her husband were told they had been enrolled in ObamaCare, but then when her husband filed claims for some of his medical tests, they were denied.
She said they could have afforded to pay for the final test themselves. Several other previous tests had come back negative.
Lummis described her husband as "intensely private" and believes that the confusion over their health insurance may have played a role in her husband failing to go in for that one final test.
"For some men in particular, it doesn't take a lot to discourage them from having the tests that doctors recommend," said Lummis, emphasizing that she doesn't want people to think she is blaming ObamaCare for her husband's death.
Watch the interview above.