Blumenthal, Worth $60 Million-Plus, Gets State-Funded Health CoverageJune 22, 2017
Blumenthal's decision to take taxpayer-funded health care makes his grandstanding on health care now seem hypocritical.
Unlike average Connecticut families, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) receives free health coverage courtesy of Connecticut taxpayers, according to a recent Jon Lender investigation in the Hartford Courant.
Lender’s investigation laid out how Connecticut’s congressional representatives themselves have little to worry about when it comes to healthcare, picking the “more generous” state plan over a federal plan.
The only problem? Blumenthal is one of the wealthiest members of Congress, worth about $67 million. Blumenthal is eligible for congressional health care, state retiree benefits as the former attorney general, and Medicare.
Blumenthal’s taxpayer-funded hypocrisy came to light due to Tim Herbst, a gubernatorial candidate, who requested health care information from the state comptroller:
This information is emerging now because Tim Herbst, a candidate for next year’s Republican gubernatorial nomination, requested health coverage information on Shays and the others from the state comptroller. He gave the information to Government Watch, which got through to four out of the five congressional veterans on the phone—all but Lieberman, who did not return a call to his New York law office.
So while Connecticut taxpayers are facing exploding health care costs, an a far-from-settled budget crisis, Blumenthal looks to make national headlines while receiving health care on the taxpayer’s dime.
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