An article that was providing some Texas focus to the recent Census Bureau report, shows the true homicidal insanity of Republican ideology and free-market fundementalism gone amok:
“But the numbers are misleading, said John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank. Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain’s health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)
“So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime,” Mr. Goodman said. “The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.
“So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved.”
According to Mr. Goodman, only people who are denied care are truly uninsured – everyone who gets care is effectively insured by some mechanism. “So instead of producing worthless statistics that people fling around in vacuous editorials and pointless debates, the Census Bureau should produce meaningful numbers, identifying all of the sources of funds people will draw on if they need medical care,” he said.
I can only begin to count the 22,000 ways per year this statement wrong:
Okay that is just three argumentsfor why these folks, as previously demonstrated by top economic advisor Phil Gramm’s mental recession and whiner comments, are completely out of touch with reality.
No doubt you have more! Let’s hear from you…
P.S.: I should note that the full newspaper article included pathetically mild rebuttals by the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Texas and from Families USA.
PPS: h/t to Texas Tom for bringing the Dallas News article to my attention.
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