North Carolina representative Virgina Fox (Republican, if you couldn’t guess) has a habit of saying some pretty ignorant things. She continues that trend just recently by declaring that there are no Americans without health care:
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) disputes President Obama’s claim that 47 million Americans lack healthcare. “There are no Americans who don’t have healthcare. Everybody in this country has access to healthcare,” she says. “We do have about 7.5 million Americans who want to purchase health insurance who can not afford it,” she says, urging Congress to adopt a new plan for healthcare reform that wouldn’t “destroy what is good about healthcare in this country” and “give the government control of our lives.”
OK, technically she’s correct. No American is without health care because you can always just walk into an emergency room and they’re obligated to treat you, but you have to be pretty sick to go to the emergency room. It would be more accurate to say that there are 45 million people without health insurance, but you’re really just splitting hairs. If you don’t have insurance then you’re not going to have health care until you’re very, very sick and by then it may be too late. At the least it’ll be even more expensive than it would have had you had the insurance and went at the first sign of trouble.
You may remember an entry I wrote back in 2005 about my cousin dieing from pneumonia because she didn’t have health insurance and didn’t go to the doctor like she needed to. At the time I was just a month from being laid off from Ford and thus losing the decent health insurance I had for me and my family. It’s an issue that I’m very concerned about as a result of those two events. It’s long past time that we had a public option available to us, preferably something along the lines of France or Canada. We’re the richest country on the planet and when there’s a war or two the be fought it seems there’s no end to the money that can be found to fight them. The moment someone suggest we spend some money to take care of our own, however, all hell breaks loose.
Those are some fucked up priorities if you ask me.