Every so often, our pathetic failure of a president says something that even still has the ability to shock me. Here’s today’s latest outrage:
Bush spent a fair amount of time talking about health care yesterday, as well.
“The immediate goal is to make sure there are more people on private insurance plans. I mean, people have access to health care in America,” he said. “After all, you just go to an emergency room.”
Sure. Because emergency rooms love it when you bring your kid in with an earache. They’re happy to help. And they just waive the bill!
Oh, wait, that’s right, they don’t.
They will treat you if you’re facing a life-threatening illness, even if you can’t pay, except when they won’t. But even if they do treat you, there’s that several-hundred to several-thousand dollar bill that you either have to find a way to pay or have to default on, wrecking your credit.
Now, tell me: if your daughter’s complaining of an earache and you are concerned it might be an ear infection, do you bring her in to the emergency room right away? Or do you hope that it’s not serious, give her some ibuprofen, and pray?
And when that ear infection doesn’t go away and bursts her ear drum, do you bring her in then? Or do you figure it’s as bad as it will get — because you know that you’re going to have to juggle the rent if you do?
What kind of a horrible human being presents this as “access to health care?” And why in the name of all that is holy does anyone listen to him anymore?