Republicans Tell 30 Million Without Health Insurance: We Don’t Care

Here is more reason to believe that health care will never be reformed under a Republican administration. Never.

Mitch McConnell, when asked how his party would deal with the 30 million Americans without health insurance that the Affordable Care Act addresses, had this to say:

That is not the issue. The question is how to go step by step to improve the American health care system. It is already the finest health care system in the world.

Short answer: we don’t give a damn. Almost 50 million Americans have no health insurance. Of that number, 25 million Americans have pre-existing conditions which gives them little or no chance of ever getting coverage. The Affordable Care Act, even in its imperfect state, gives 30 million additional Americans access to affordable health insurance and makes it illegal for insurers to ever deny anyone coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions. McConnell’s response to all of that? “That is not the issue.”

What more does anyone need to know to realize that the Republican Party is a decrepit, power hungry political entity that does not give a damn for the average American? If 30 million people without health insurance is not an issue, then what the hell is? If issues which affect the very life or death of Americans are not a priority for a political party who claims to represent them, then I cannot understand how anything else they say should carry any meaning. They honestly and truly do not give a damn for you.

As for the “finest health care system in the world” line…bullshit. It’s not even close unless one happens to be part of the affluent minority of Americans who have the privilege and means to bypass the money-grabbing whims of health insurers. America’s doctors and hospitals are without a doubt first rate but access to those fine doctors and hospitals is at best third rate. Just ask the tens of million of Americans with pre-existing conditions who have been denied health insurance or the million of others with inadequate insurance…

…or just ask one of our readers who learned first hand how wonderful the “finest health care system in the world” really is.

In 1997, I started having episodes during which I was ambulatory but unaware of my surroundings. On at least one occasion, I managed to drive home without even being aware that I was on the road. On another, I left my apartment to get some soda and snacks. I returned four hours later with the stuff and a receipt to show that I’d paid for it, but I had no memory of being in the store or where I was for the rest of the time I was gone.

A couple of years later, a friend whose husband has been under treatment for seizures since he was a boy suggested that what was happening might be some form of epilepsy. I mentioned this to my doctor, and he put in a request to have me tested with an EEG. The HMO turned down the request, saying that there was not sufficient evidence to justify the cost of the procedure.

In December of 1999, a few months after the test had been denied, I had another episode while driving to work. I hit and killed a pedestrian, but had no memory of the event. I was arrested, spent four days in jail, and eventually was charged with vehicular homicide. I also lost my job and my apartment. Eventually, I did have a tonic-clonic (formerly known as grand mal) seizure in a public place. An ambulance was called and I was provisionally diagnosed as epileptic. Now the HMO honored my doctor’s requests for EEG and MRI test and I was, three months after the accident, finally positively diagnosed as epileptic.

I can’t help but wonder whether a government bureaucrat, one of those guys who, according to the wingnuts, is supposed to come between me and my doctor, would have approved the original request. Such a person would not have had the bottom line as a first priority. Instead, some corporate bean counter, whose number one concern was boosting his CEO’s bonus and getting the shareholder another ¼¢ per share on the quarterly dividend did come between me and my doctor. How I would have loved to drag that idiot to one of my court hearings and have him explain how, in the name of saving some red ink, he denied a test that would have saved another life and prevented mine from ending up in the toilet.

I am a living example of private sector bureaucrats interfering with a patient’s medical care to disastrous effect.

The American health care system is a disgrace and an embarrassment and the Republican Party will keep it so for as long as they believe that 50 million Americans with no health insurance is not an issue…and as long as the health industry keeps on raking in the money regardless of who dies in the process.

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Comments

  1. Deep says:

    Mario, maybe this will help you understand. Stop viewing the GOP as a political party and start to see them as the Mafia. They operate in the same way. Appealing to their compassionate side is a waste of time. The only thing they understand is money and power.

  2. JOHN LIMING says:

    If one wishes to get a clear picture of what the real Republican governing ideology is like, all one has to do is get hold of some history books the Righties haven’t Revised yet and take a long, close study of how things were on an Ante Bellum Cotton Plantation in he early 1800s.

    The Republican’s ideal style of governing and the world which they envision for all of us is a direct clone of that old Southern Dominionist World before The Civil War when Society was ruled by a formal stylized Code of “Dishonor”, duels to the death over petty arguments, women in total fearful subjugation to male chauvenist pigs and a conquered people kept in the shadows to do every whimsical bidding of the “Massah.”

    The whole societal fabric was kept “In Order” by a combination of intensive “Gospel” indoctrination along the lines of Old Testament Judgmentalism and Apocolypticism and with terror dealt from the backs of horses by inividuals in masks and frocks with the Cross emblazoned on them – – – cavorting in the light from flames consuming a wooden replica of the cross in somebody’s front yard.

    That is where their regressionist tendencies desire to take us once again and that is where they find the highest expression of the justification for their very existence.

    Of course, all that is only my political opinion and somebody else may have a divergent view.

  3. I agree Deep – with the GOP, it’s just business. They obviously do not have a heart. It’s like the corporations who make targeted donations merely to make them “look better” to the public so the public will ignore (or give them a pass) all the rest of the crap they do — low wages, pollution, zero taxes, etc.

    It’s nothing more than looking out for the bottom line (and their own pay since they own about 60-65% of their own stock). As you said, Deep, with the GOP it’s the power trip and the money they can pull out of the government trough for themselves and their friends.

  4. Arthur L. says:

    Here’s the best health system in the world for you.

    “The World Health Organization gives the U.S. health system an overall ranking of 37th in the world, far below other Western democracies. The CIA World Factbook reports that life expectancy in the United States is not just lower than in other industrialized countries but also lower than in Jordan and Bosnia. Infant mortality in this country, according to the CIA, exceeds that of Slovenia and Cuba.”

    http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/jul/01/the-bigger-picture-on-health-care/

  5. Nivi says:

    Mitch McConnell must be getting Alzheimer disease,,, he should be thankful he is covered.

  6. fidlerten says:

    Nivi,

    You said it all when you say Mitch McConnell “…he should be thankful he is covered.”

    It’s real easy to talk about how great our health care system is when you’ve got the best health care coverage in the world, for yourself, not every American. Where’s the equality in that?

    Also, when you take 50 million people out of the equation; by letting them go to the emergency rooms across America and pay the highest price for emergency care instead of enjoying the privilege of having good preventive care like those with money – you make health care much better for folks like McConnell because he doesn’t have to wait in line for his health care.

    Constitutionality is about equality and that’s something Republicans can never get use to.

  7. Saint Stephen says:

    When McConnell says the US healthcare system is the best in the world, he’s not stating a fact. It’s just that, in Right Wing World, the US is the best at EVERYTHING; ergo, there’s no need to make a change.

  8. Vinny p. says:

    Word. I am disappointed with the PPACA law, because it just seems more of the same. From what I understand about this law, it will not do much in controlling costs of care, and is basically a windfall for the for-profit health insurance companies. I would like a system similar to Japan, where costs of care are directly regulated. If people in the U.S. are motivated to become doctors because of anticipated earnings, then let them earn that large sum of money in the corporate world. I want lower costs of care, and doctors who entered their field because of a desire to help people, not get rich. Also, the notion that we have the best care in the U.S. is a myth. Just like any other country, there are good doctors in the U.S. and bad doctors. Even though these docs are raking in all that cash, the outcome of being treated by them is no better than in other developed countries. So why are we paying them all that money? Costs are drugs are out of control, too. Moreover, big pharma is putting drugs on the market in record numbers, many of which are actually harmful. Finally, medicine in the U.S. is focused on treating the gross manifestations of disease, and not prevention. Foolish, but great for big pharma, the docs, the residential care facilities, the nurses, and pretty much everyone associated with making a buck from sick people.