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‘Get Over Your Damn Glibness:’ Lawmaker Describes Husband’s Death Due to Obamacare Glitch

Republican Wyoming representative Cynthia Lummis was nearly overcome with emotion while relating Obamacare’s failure to provide adequate medical testing for her husband before a fatal October heart attack, angrily telling the government witnesses to “get over [their] damn glibness” about the law’s impact on real people.

Throughout Tuesday’s Oversight hearing, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber repeatedly apologized for his “glib remarks” and his overall “glibness” regarding the Affordable Care Act’s affect on American consumers. And while Lummis was addressing Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services head Marilyn Tavenner, her ire seemed more focused on Gruber’s remarks. 

The congresswoman explained how a series of Obamacare foul-ups repeatedly led to insurers informing the couple they were not covered under Obamacare. As a result, her husband failed to undergo a medical test that his doctor felt could have detected the risk of, and possibility prevented, a massive heart attack that killed him in late October.

“There have been so many glitches in the passage and implementation of Obamacare that have real-life consequences on people’s lives,” she said. “And the so-called ‘glibness’ that has been referenced today have direct consequences for real American. So get over your damn glibness.”


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