McCain Adviser Claims Every American has Health Insurance

I am sure by now most people reading this know that I work for SEIU, and I am doing my part to make sure Barack Obama is the next President of the United States. One of the big reasons that SEIU endorsed Obama is because he supports Universal Health Care. John McCain?

Well, I will let Elizabeth Edwards say it, because she is better at this than me:

"Neither one of us would be covered by his health policy."

Today in the Dallas Morning News, the picture gets worst. Remember Phil Gramm and his "nation of whiners" comments? Well, if the media does their job, this story will be bigger than that.

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First, who is the adviser in question?

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

And second, what did he say?

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."

And he goes on:

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.

So, to all 47 million of you who are "whining" about not having care... John McCain's team wants you to know you can shut up, because you are already covered. Just go to the emergency room dummies. And to the other millions of Americans who can't afford their deductibles so you dont go the doctor, Go to the Emergency Room, John McCain says its already paid for. Oh, and to all of you who have been denied the coverage that you paid for because your insurance company decided it didnt want to pay? Dont worry, thats what emergency rooms are for.

Obama/Biden. Because Health Insurance isn't a joke, and it isn't an opinion.

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Anyone who has ever had to go to the ER for a real emergency knows they don't want you there for routine medical care. You don't go there for wellness checks, for follow ups.

Do these people even live in the same world?


...let's adopt his framing for a moment.

since we all now have insurance, it should be easy for the mccain campaign to accept the proposition that since the federal government has accepted the responsibility to provide care for this new population...the logical next step is to move to adopt single payer for the remaining 25% of the population not already covered by single payer (medicare, 1/2 of medicaid, champus, the federal government's own health care, the federal prison population, and the va, and of course, the 47 million "now not uninsured" are all basically paid for by a single payer today...).

this removes wasteful administrative costs from the system--and creates better bargaining power for the taxpayer.

and who could object to not wasting admninistrative costs?

for that matter, why waste any taxpayer money--and if our current "insurance" is paying too much for care at the er, we won't be "adding new benefits" by adopting other treatment options--instead we'll just be "rationalizing" the current, existing, insurance.

voila! problem solved.

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965

Good point.

Since ER care causes more costs in the long-term, and since McCain believes that government is already insuring these folks, then we should be FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE by moving to a single-payer plan for all the uninsured. It would save the government money in the long-term.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

exactly right...

...and i'm proud of him for having the courage to stand up to his own party on this issue--courage he probably doesn't even realize he has.

i can't wait to hear someone ask him if paying for perventative care and "wellness visits" will be the next step in his "new/old" insurance plan.

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965