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.)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?
"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."
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.