Tea Party Republican Defends Being on Medicaid While Opposing Medicaid


Remember Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman, a.k.a. Octomom? Well now we have deca-teabagger.

via Gawker

A Tea Party candidate for Idaho’s House of Representatives defended himself against allegations of hypocrisy following an NBC News article in which he admitted to signing his entire family up for Medicaid while running on a platform that calls for the dismantling of all government programs.

“I don’t think that the government should be involved in health care or health insurance,” Greg Collett, 41, of Caldwell told NBC News earlier this month.

Collett, a self-employed software developer by trade, went on to note that his ten children — two biological, eight adopted — are all recipients of health insurance through the government’s Medicaid program, and acknowledged that “there are a lot of people out there that’ll cry foul” over the dissonance.

And, indeed, many people did visit Collett’s personal site shortly afterward to ask him what the hell.

In a lengthy response to all the naysayers, Collett attempted to defend his hypocrisy, but made it so much worse:

Let me set the record straight. Yes, I participate in government programs of which I adamantly oppose. Many of them, actually. Am I a hypocrite for participating in programs that I oppose? If it was that simple, and if participation demonstrated support, then of course. But, my reason for participation in government programs often is not directly related to that issue in and of itself, and it certainly does not demonstrate support. For instance, I participate in government programs in order to stay out of the courts, or jail, so that I can take care of my family; other things I do to avoid fines or for other financial reasons; and some are simply because it is the only practical choice. With each situation, I have to evaluate the consequences of participating or not participating.

Or, as Opposing Views helpfully summarizes: “[I]t is okay to take part in programs one opposes as long as one does not ‘support’ those programs.”

It’s worth mentioning that, when it comes to “government-funded public schools,” Collett is a man of his nonsensical word: All of his kids are homeschooled.

That being said, Collett claims the homeschooling is not a product of his opposition to public education, but his unwillingness “to accept the social and moral consequences” of sending his children to a public school.

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  • echar

    so that I can take care of my family

    Oh and everyone else participates for shits and giggles?

  • Lygeia

    OMG! Greg Collette is a software developer? This is what he does for a living? And he is so illogical?

    I wonder if his software is as crazily constructed as his arguments?

    • VaudeVillain

      A software developer based out of Idaho.

      Nothing against the place, I’m sure that it is full of lovely people who are really quite pleasant, and it would be my top choice if I wanted to get into the crazed-hermit-living-out-of-a-homemade-bomb-shelter racket or found a colony for white supremacists; I’m pretty sure it isn’t a major hotbed of high-tech innovation.

    • Jonas Planck

      I’m guessing his code has more bugs than the Alabama underbrush.

  • Cortacespedes

    Yeah, keep quoting “Doctrine and Covenants”, like that will make you less of a hypocrite.
    7 of the kids are from foster care programs. Damn, cause he ain’t making bank from that. A nice double dip into public coffers.

    Been a banner day for Mormons on Disinfo. The Dominionists are going to be mighty jealous.

  • Haystack

    If you want to expose a tea partier as a hypocrite, a couple general use ones are the home mortgage interest deduction and the write-off for dependent children:

    “Oh, wait, you mean *I* have to pay more tax to subsidize YOUR home loan?”

    Just about everybody benefits from the government in some way–they just don’t think of it as “entitlement” unless it goes to poor people.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Hypocritical teahadis? NO WAY!

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  • rhetorics_killer

    Hypocrites found a new channel to fuel: what has become of those who discriminate gays publicly while practising homosexuality at night? He could be one of those.. beware his claims and ‘political’ opinions anyway.

  • BuzzCoastin

    based on the story
    sounds like he has a good chance of winning
    since all 537 elected federal officials
    are of the exact same ilk

  • Spasmodius

    I did not, have schooling relations, with, that system.