A House Republican said Tuesday that her husband passed away in late October after failing to take every test recommended by her doctor, possibly because of confusion about whether they were covered by Obamacare, or not.
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) lost her husband Al on October 24, and she choked up at a Tuesday House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing as she described how questions about their coverage may have been a factor.
Her statement came near the end of a long hearing in which Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber admitted he was being glib and showing off in comments where he disparaged American voters. Lummus slammed Gruber for those comments, and said policymakers have to remember that the lives of real people are riding on the decisions they make.
"The so-called glibness that has been referenced today have direct consequences for real American people, so get over your damn glibness," she said.
Lummus said that like all members of Congress, she and here husband were covered by Obamacare. But after her husband filed some claims, they were told they had no coverage.
She then indicated that her husband may have decided against getting all the tests recommended by their doctor because they weren't sure about their coverage.
"My husband was having chest pains at the time that he was told we were not enrolled in Obamacare, and come to find out he didn't have all of the tests that he was advised by his physician to have," she said.
"On October 24, the week before election, my husband went to sleep and never woke up," she said. "He had a massive heart attack in his sleep at age 65."
"I'm not telling you that my husband died because of Obamacare. He died because he had a massive heart attack in his sleep," she added. "But I am telling you that during the course of time that he was having tests by a physician, and was told we are not covered by Obamacare, that he then decided not to have the last test the doctor asked him to have."