That's why he defends it today. From "Perriello Chats With Voters" in this morning's Roanoke Times:
Joe Ingram's medical bills come to about $10,000 a month.
The 29-year-old college graduate and Army Reserve veteran was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis several months ago. His health care plan only covers about $700 a month -- not even one-tenth of his expenses. He does not qualify for Medicaid or veterans health care, he said.
Ingram is now forced to choose between filing bankruptcy or quitting his job at Ferrum College as an insurance coordinator to live at a full-time Medicaid-run nursing facility.
He and 60 others brought their concerns to a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Albemarle County, at Ferrum College on Saturday evening. His sister-in-law, Katherine Ingram, 30, of Ferrum stood up for him and pleaded Perriello for help.
"This is a choice that no one should have to make," Perriello told Ingram and his family. "We are working on putting a system in place for people like him who fall between truly poor and living comfortable to get guaranteed and affordable health care."
Bullshit. All that is is political palaver and nothing more.
Well, it's an outright lie as well.
Joe Ingram will, sadly, in truth, be the first to go before Obama's Death Panel.
From Hot Air:
When Barack Obama and the Democrats spent most of a year pushing their deeply unpopular health-care system overhaul, they repeatedly insisted that government intervention in the market would not mean that treatment decisions would come down to cost issues — even while demonizing providers as Tonsil Vultures and amputation-happy predators. Today, however, the Washington Post reports on an effort at the FDA to decertify Avastin as a treatment for breast cancer and its implications for cost savings at Medicare.You can believe a slimy Democrat. Or you can look out upon the America that those same slimy Democrats have created for us.
Joe Ingram heard, no doubt, what he wanted to hear. That was Perriello's intention. But Perriello won't be around when the Death Panel turns Ingram away because of the prohibitive cost of treating his ailment.
Only Perriello's legacy will.
May God help us for it.