Republican Congressman Says Cancer Patients Can Just Go To The ER For Their Health Care

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Republicans have been eager to destroy Obamacare since before it was passed into law, the idea of healthcare being a basic right is completely foreign to the Conservative political philosophy. President Trump’s plan to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, since dubbed “Trumpcare” would cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance entirely, otherwise being priced out of the market. Republican lawmakers have come out and said what people should do once they lose their health coverage, “go to the emergency room”. A fantastic solution for cancer patients, apparently.

Florida Representative Ron DeSantis spoke with CNN’s Erin Burnett discussing “Trumpcare”. Burnett brings up Tiffany, a cancer survivor who would lose her health insurance if Trumpcare is passed, the transcript of their conversation follows:

BURNETT: What do you say to Tiffany? I mean, she’s a Republican, but she wouldn’t be alive, she wouldn’t be here without that Medicaid expansion in Obamacare.

DESANTIS: Well, if you remember when Obamacare was enacted, there were millions of people who had their health care canceled. And so there are stories of people who had certain needs, cancer or whatnot, who got pushed into policies that they didn’t want, and then they didn’t have the same coverage that they had because of the broken promise. So I think this law has really created a lot of different aspects. I would say though, and people who supported Obamacare used to make this point a lot before it passed, there really is no lack of health care. If people really need it, they show up to the emergency room, they do get care, it just gets passed on to other folks.

BURNETT: But she had $1 million in cancer treatments. You’re not going to get that by showing up in an emergency room.

Via ShareBlue: DeSantis deflected Burnett’s obvious point with a familiar litany of complaints about Obamacare, none of which included caring for Tiffany, or addressed the fiscal responsibility of passing the cost for emergency care “on to other folks.”

This emergency room lie became a central focus of the 2012 presidential campaign when Joe Soptic told the story of his wife, who ignored the symptoms of the cancer that killed her because she could not afford to see a doctor. By the time she got to an emergency room, it was too late. Romney’s own campaign exposed that lie when they said that Soptic’s wife would have survived if she had only had access to the Obamacare-identical Romneycare

Later in the interview between Burnett and DeSantis the conversation dived further into the details of senior citizens losing their healthcare, 11 million of which have been covered by health insurance since Obamacare was passed into law:

BURNETT: When you say you want it to go further, which I know you have said in your statement, what do you mean? You want to get rid of it altogether? What is your view of what should happen?

DESANTIS: For example, we said we were going to repeal Obamacare. We did do a bill in January that President Obama vetoed. This bill, though, for some reason, even after it were to be signed into law, actually allows more able-bodied people to sign up for Medicaid for several years into the future. I think Medicaid should be focused on folks who are truly needy, poor kids, people with disabilities, seniors. I don’t think it’s a really good option for able-bodied people who are able to work and get insurance elsewhere.

Conservatives don’t seem to care that as many as 14 million people could lose their healthcare if Obamacare is replaced. For Conservatives it isn’t about if a person works or not, or is elderly or not, it is a world of “haves” and “have-nots”, if you can’t afford goods in the “private” market, show up to the emergency room and hope for the best.

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