28 August 2008

Meet the new boss...

Same as the old!

From the mouth of the man who authored McCain's health care policy:

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."
I see -- if we stop counting the uninsured, that means we don't have any. And the government pays! I did not know that. When do I get my check for the last eight years' worth of uncompensated care I delivered?

Seriously, it is comments like this that reveal the complete lack of understanding -- and interest -- in real health care coming from the modern republican party. It's like they take pride in being ignorant! With advisors like this, it is no surprise that McCain's health care plan contains exactly nothing to help alleviate the crisis in health care, and would very likely increase the number of uninsured Americans. I expect that is why he doesn't want to count them any more.


  1. i work for a dentist who is very vocal (during office hours, no less) about how poor reimbursment is for medicaid (we're the only local dds of 11+ who accepts medicaid, and only in limited #s). he goes on and on about how universal healthcare as proposed by the dems would be medicaid for all - i sure wish i could show him this.

  2. Yeah it is silly but do you think the dems comprehend it any better? No. Obama might get everyone into a big gian medicaid program but there is still going to be lots of bitching, and more of it.

  3. That's what they do for unemployment.

    Remember, in America, poor people don't count.

  4. I linked to this. Thanks. Even if it is medicaid for all under Obama, some reimbursement has to be better than none.

  5. I read a recent analysis by a journalist, of the McCain health plan. It proposes that the employer contribution to an employees health insurance would be taxed as part of their income. Then, at the end of the tax year, the employee would get a flat tax credit they could claim on their income tax. Hmmmm, sounds like a shell game to me.

  6. i was under the impression that the author had described himself as a volunteer member of mccain's health care team by virtue of having written suggestions to the mccain staff, not that he actually was on mccains advisory staff.

    if anyone knows for sure, that would be great to comment on.

  7. i don't know which is more frightening to me as an ED doc...the fact that this article exists, or the fact that i showed it to one of my partners who still thinks mccain would be a great president.


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