So Many Wankers, So Little Time…

August 28th, 2008at 07:36pm Posted by Eli

Probably not the same guy…

I’m not sure he can top today’s WOTD, but McCain’s healthcare adviser is pretty damn bad:

John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, thinks the numbers put out by the Census highlighting Texas’ [health insurance] plight are “misleading:”

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.”

That’s right. John Goodman’s solution to the health care crisis in America is to change the definition of “uninsured” so that magically, everyone is insured.

Brilliant!  Everyone can get free healthcare… once it’s too late to help.  Either that, or the threshold for visiting the ER gets so low that people start dropping like flies in overcrowded waiting rooms.

Goodman’s phony solution is a textbook example of the Republican power-of-words, we-create-our-own-reality strategy of solving problems by defining them away.  Just like how the Bush administration’s “eliminated” illegal torture, detentions, and wiretapping by bullying Congress into making them legal, or toyed with the idea of reclassifying fast food work as “manufacturing,” or when the Reagan administration famously tried to turn school cafeteria ketchup into a vegetable.

But wait, the wankery doesn’t end there!  It sounds like this charming Goodman fellow is probably a fan of today’s WOTD:

Here is the variation in life expectancy among ethnic and racial groups in the United States and as you can see, it’s all over the map. […] but doctors just don’t control our over eating, over smoking, and shoot outs in the hood.

Fascinating.  Apparently the neverending gang wars that all minorities participate in contribute just as much to their mortality rates as substandard healthcare.  Not that Republicans would be interested in doing anything about that either, other than locking up anyone who even looks like they might be wearing gang colors.

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