Silent Archimedes

McCain camp so out of touch with poor and middle classes!!

Posted by silentarchimedes on August 28, 2008

Wow, I just came across this article on CNN about something a McCain adviser said about health insurance:

Source: CNN Political Ticker

A health care policy adviser for the McCain campaign told a newspaper reporter that nobody in the United States is technically uninsured, because everyone has access to hospital emergency rooms.

“So I have a solution [to the health care crisis]. And it will cost not one thin dime,” John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, told the Dallas Morning News in an interview published Thursday.

“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.”

Hospital emergency rooms cannot technically turn away anyone for financial reasons.

Are you kidding me? This is the most twisted way of explaining something to your own liking. Goodman’s explanation totally misses the point of health insurance. The fact that hospital emergency rooms cannot turn away people for financial reasons has absolutely nothing to do with an individual’s health insurance. It is simply an extension of the Hippocratic Oath. The two things it accomplishes is that the hospital will not let anyone die or suffer on their watch in the emergency room and the patient can safely know that he or she won’t die in an emergency room due to money.

However, health insurance is not about dying! Of course, a hospital is not going to let someone lying bleeding on the emergency room floor die because they don’t have insurance. The consequences of treating that person is still debilitating. Even if society pays for the care of that person, that person in essence is marked for life. He or she will have a very difficult time getting health insurance, or being treated for long term care again. It’s part of their record. This cannot be considered health insurance. It’s simply a moral issue for the hospital. What Goodman is saying is equivalent to an uninsured car driver hitting another car. The other driver’s insurance might pay for his damages. The police and ambulance will treat him there. The city will move his car away. But this doesn’t mean he’s fine after that. He’s scarred for life financially, mentally, etc etc.

Healh insurance is about risk management. It’s about the ability to get adequate care without knowing that the care you get will affect you financially the rest of your life. It’s about having peace of mind that you won’t have to go bankrupt because you needed an operation. Insurance is defined as the equitable transfer of the risk of a loss, from one entity to another, in exchange for a premium.

Additionally, hospitals cannot turn you away only in emergency room.s Emergency rooms are overcrowded nowadays. If your injury is not severe enough, you will get turned away. If emergency rooms are considered a form of health insurance for poor and middle class people, than this country is in trouble.

I’m just at a loss that someone can claim this. Wow…

And this after McCain could not answer a reporter’s question about how many houses he owns.

And this after McCain said you are only rich in America if you make at least $5 million a year!!! Not net worth of $5million, but income per year!


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