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GOP Rep to Sick People: Drop Dead

GOP Rep to Sick People: Drop Dead

Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., has a pretty simple plan for uninsured people with cancerous tumors: let them die.

Dreier said Monday that while there should be a “structure” available for people with pre-existing conditions, he didn’t think that should extend to anyone with health problems that would cost actual money to treat.

“I believe my state of California has a structure in place to deal with pre-existing conditions. Itís a pooling process, which I think is one worthy of consideration,” Dreier said. “because while†I donít that think someone who is diagnosed with a massive tumor should the next day be able to have millions and millions and millions of dollars in health care provided, I do believe that there can be a structure to deal with the issue of pre-existing conditions.”

Dreier did not say how he thought people with “massive tumors” should pay for their “millions and millions and millions of dollars” of health care bills. One can only assume that he expects uninsured people who are diagnosed with cancer to borrow the money from a rich friend, or, failing that, for those people to do the decent thing and die.

As for high-risk pools, the Affordable Care Act created a high-risk pool as a bridge for people with pre-existing conditions. The plan is available for people who have been without insurance for six months, and who have pre-existing conditions that have prevented them from purchasing private insurance. The plan will be phased out in 2014, when private insurers will no longer be able to discriminate against people based on pre-existing conditions.

That is, of course, assuming that the Republicans do not succeed in repealing the Affordable Care Act. Should they be successful, the federal high-risk pool would be eliminated as well, and even more people would be forced to choose between spending millions of dollars on health care, bankrupting themselves and their families in the process, or dying.

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7:57AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Something to think about.

The Greatest Speech Ever - Charlie Chaplin !

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6:43PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Jane R, you are wasting your time, your very limited resources, and our space. Liberals actually look things up. Which is apparently all the people with very small brains are tea party.

Give it up.

6:37PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

No one should be denied treatment because of age. This is what Obummer care wants to do. Get him out of the White House and out of our country. He doesn't belong here, he is not a natural born citizen. This has been proven.

8:18AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

We should, as an industrialized nation,have a national health care system where ALL are covered for anything health related. But until we do, ALL the congressmen and women should not have their health care given to them. They should have to pay like the rest of us do. One exception... this rat bastard POS, David Drier, should not be covered anywhere, anytime, for anything!!

3:55PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

I've more than a suspicion that treating patients with Drs. Gerson and Burzynski's treatments will save lots of money. Since dead patients always save the system money.

Gerson and Burzynski haven't given the world of medicine anything useful. Frauds.

12:39PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

there's that term again - "at risk".

12:20PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Amanda, wanted to give you a star, but I already have this week. But you deserve another.

You're right for once,Steve R., that medical care "shouldn't" cost millions. But treatment for a catastrophic illness or accident sometimes DOES. It's not that the individual WANTS to spend all this money on his/her illness, but that the costs of trying to recover--doctors, medications, other devices and treatments, blah, blah, blah--can surely add up.

11:03AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

What part of "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure" does the Rethuglican Religious Reich not understand? There are MILLIONS of people in this country who literally cannot afford to get sick or injured because they either can't afford private health insurance, their jobs (if they even HAVE jobs in this frickin' economy!) don't provide it or it's taken out of their paychecks that are already barely enough to cover the basic necessities of life such as rent and food, they have pre-existing conditions that allow insurance companies to say kiss my ass, or they don't qualifiy for Medicaid because "they make too much money." Routine health exams? Forget it. They cost too much if you don't have insurance, and who in the poor and working class has money for "extras" like that? Free clinics? Sure, if you're lucky enough to have one within a reasonable distance from home AND they don't already have a waiting list stretching YEARS from now!

And the irony is that not only do these idiots want to waste taxpayer money trying for the THIRTY-THIRD TIME to repeal the ACA, but they call themselves Christians when their behavior is anything BUT! It would be laughable if it wasn't so scary.

10:59AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Jan W, I understand your position on the mandate and insurance company windfall profit.

However, there are several parts of the ACA that reduce insurance industry profits. One provision forces the insurance companies to pay above 80% of the premiums that they collect on actual care or testing. Another provision is the preexisting conditions one. Forcing the insurance companies to continue to pay for the long term ill cuts directly into their profit margin.

These, and other considerations, I believe, overcome the gains they make through mandated recruitment. Of course I could be wrong. But all this opposition to the ACA isn't a grass roots response to a "government take over" of our heath care. This insane response to the ACA is a direct result of right wing money and pressure. Maybe they just loath the idea of an Obama (a black president) success story.

6:03AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Susan V. you said it all very well. We need more voices such as yours. Speak often and speak clearly, just as you do here.

The only reason alternative medical choices are suppressed is greed. The medical establishment makes more money from toxic drugs and invasive surgeries. Profit is their motivation. Education in medical/dental schools continue the bias against simple cures or nutritional information. Some doctors are open to listening about other alternatives, some believe their education is better than common sense.

The ACA doesn't address the divide between preventative, wholistic care and overpriced, ineffective, toxic medical care. It is a start, but only a start.

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