Clint Murphy, a 38-year-old former GOP staffer and testicular cancer survivor, had some harsh words for Republican lawmakers who continue their attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
In an op-ed published over the weekend by the Savannah Morning News, Murphy acknowledged problems with the roll-out of the federal insurance marketplace's website but said that Republicans have confused Georgians further.
"It seems almost daily that you have a Republican candidate or elected official is making inaccurate statements or using various stories to fit their narrative of what’s wrong with the law. As a Rotarian, we repeat a Four Way Test that asks, in part, 'Of the things we think, say, or do, is it the truth?' I would submit to you that most of the Republican elected officials and candidates for office cannot answer in the affirmative to that question as it relates to the scare tactics being used to derail the ACA.”
Murphy called on Republicans to stop working to repeal the law.
"There is still work to be done. But for that to occur, Republicans must come to the table with constructive and realistic ideas and solutions beyond a full repeal of the bill. To further insist upon that outcome is to deny reality and an insult to the many citizens, like me, who want their government to function for the betterment of all concerned in an efficient manner.”
As the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported, Murphy supports Obamacare after his own battle against testicular cancer and subsequent struggle to obtain health insurance coverage with his pre-existing condition.
"When you say you're against [Obamacare]," Murphy posted on his Facebook page, "you're saying that you don't want people like me to have health insurance."
Murphy recently took to Twitter to defend the law.
@GregsListLive I support the reforms of the ACA. It will save lives and reduce costs and is already doing just that!
— Clint Murphy (@clintmurphy) December 21, 2013
"As a cancer survivor, I live in constant fear that it could always come back," Murphy told HuffPost in August. "[I] am just counting down the days till I can apply through the exchanges for coverage," he said, "and praying that nothing goes wrong with my health between now and then."
Murphy now identifies as an independent.
(h/t Savannah Morning News)