GOP’s McConnell argues that Every American Already Has Healthcare

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell was NBC’s Meet The Press today, where he argued that their aren’t really 47 million Americans without healthcare. McConnell said that the uninsured can always go to the emergency room for healthcare. What he ignores is that people without health insurance don’t get the same quality of care as those who do.

Here is the video:

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In response to host David Gregory’s question about whether or not healthcare is a moral issue, McConnell said, “Well, they don’t go without health care. It’s not the most efficient way to provide it. As we know, the doctors in the hospitals are sworn to provide health care. We all agree it is not the most efficient way to provide health care to find somebody only in the emergency room and then pass those costs on to those who are paying for insurance. So it is important, I think, to reduce the number of uninsured. The question is, what is the best way to do that? The proposals over in the House, according to CBO, not only aren’t paid for, they don’t really dramatically increase the–decrease the number of uninsured.”

Notice how McConnell ducks the question about whether or not healthcare is a moral issue. It is a losing argument for a Republican to say that healthcare is a moral, so instead he tried to portray the Obama reform as unnecessary because the uninsured can go to the emergency room. So McConnell would rather protect the health insurance industry, at the expense of the insured and taxpayers, than insure everyone?

His argument makes no sense, especially if he is going to justify his opposition to the Democratic plan based on cost. It is delusional for Republicans like McConnell to pretend that there is no healthcare crisis because everyone can go to the emergency room for care. I can tell you from firsthand experience that there is a difference in the amount of care that the insured get compared to the uninsured in the hospital.

People like me, who have health insurance, usually get tests, and admitted if necessary. My father, who recently had to go the emergency room, and doesn’t health insurance, was diagnosed and sent home within hours, for a recurrence of a problem that he spent days in the hospital for when he had insurance. The story that I have just shared is common one all across the United States.

Hospitals are a big business. They aren’t going to dedicate bed space to people who can’t afford to pay. People without health insurance get the bare minimum care when they go to the ER. There is a disparity in both the amount and quality of care between the insured and uninsured. Republicans, like McConnell, need to get their heads out the backsides of lobbyists, and realize that healthcare reform is going to happen with or without them.

4 Replies to “GOP’s McConnell argues that Every American Already Has Healthcare”

  1. I have no health care I cannot go the the ER who will pay for it? These ass monkey GOP Senators have the best health care and they want to keep health care from the poor. This is why the repubots need to shut up and vote for health care if they want to keep their damn jobs.

  2. McConnell is your typical republican, if it helps the citizens then obstruct it. This typical republican ideology is what lost them the election in ’08, and will also give them loses in 2010. He, along with many others should be voted out of office and young, SANE people be elected that will LISTEN to ALL of his or her constituents. McConnell will be in trouble in 2010, Good ridence!!!!!!!

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