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Asshole of the Day, October 21, 2013: Jim Inhofe
As Obamacare rolls into its first week without the distraction of the government shutdown and debt ceiling going on, every asshole has an opinion about Obamacare, whether informed or not.
Just the other day Sean Hannity got caught bringing “real Americans” on his show to show how bad Obamacare was, and it turned out one was lying and the other two hadn’t bothered to check out the new law and were just repeating what they’d heard on Fox News. Yes, that happened.
And so now Sen. James Inhofe is claiming he would have died under Obamacare for lack of treatment:
The 79-year-old suggested that if he had been in a part of the world with “socialized medicine like Obama is trying to impose upon America,” the operation never would have happened.
“A person can find out, here in the U.S., that he has this emergency situation where he has got to have immediate heart surgery. And if you are in a country other than the U.S., a lot of them, you can’t get it done. In my case, with my age, that would have been about a six-month wait. Because I hadn’t had a heart attack,” he said.
No, it doesn’t work that way. Under Obamacare he would be treated, and his insurance company would cover it.
And let’s just stop right here and say that Obamacare is NOT socialized medicine. It is private insurance with subsidies to those who can’t afford it. Socialized medicine describes single-payer systems, like, say, Medicare, which many of the GOP’s voters are dependent on. Or socialized medicine can even mean a system of state-run hospitals and clinics, like, say, the Veterans Administration. Obamacare is a long way from either of those.
Of course Sen. Inhofe is 79 years old, so he’s probably on Medicare, and it would seem that socialized medicine didn’t fail to keep an asshole like him alive to continue spouting nonsense.
It is Sen. Jim Inhofe’s first time as Asshole of the Day, though he nearly won for claiming federal help for tornado victims in his home state of Oklahoma (which he requested) was “totally different” from federal aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy (which he voted against).
For a satirical look at the GOP and Obamacare, check out my post at WinkProgress: Apostolic Care: The GOP Replacement For Obamacare.