Ex-GOP Operative’s Cancer Struggles Make Him An Obamacare Supporter

A former Republican operative in Georgia who was diagnosed with cancer revealed last week that his medical struggles have made him a supporter of the new federal health care law known as “Obamacare.”

Clint Murphy, who worked on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and Karen Handel’s 2010 Georgia gubernatorial bid, wrote on his Facebook page that opponents to Obamacare are taking a position that’s at odds with his best interest.

“When you say you’re against it, you’re saying that you don’t want people like me to have health insurance,” he wrote, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Murphy was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2000 but, after four rounds of chemotherapy (covered by his insurance), it had gone into remission by 2004. He wasn’t in the clear quite though. Because his sleep apnea qualifies as a “pre-existing condition,” Murphy explained to the Journal-Constitution, he currently has no insurance.

The 38-year-old Murphy now works in real estate and said he will enter Georgia’s health insurance exchange when it opens in 2014. He doesn’t think Obamacare is perfect, but said that Republicans “are not even participating in the process” to suggest improvements.

“We have people treating government like a Broadway play, like it’s some sort of entertainment,” he told the Journal-Constitution.


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