Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Republican Leader to Cancer Patient: "Find a Govt Program To Help You"

Yes, he actually said that. Eric Cantor (R-VA), who is the second highest ranking Republican in the House met with constituents to talk about health care. He got a question from a woman who said that a close relative of hers just lost her job and was diagnosed with cancer at approximately the same time. She no longer has insurance since it was employer provided, and she was in desperate need of help. Cantor had the balls (nerve really) to tell her she needed to find an "existing government program" to help her, go to a charity or try one of the "hospitals here who do provide charity care." So, a big nothing from the Republicans. As usual. He then stated, "No one in this country, given who we are, should ever be sitting without an option to go be addressed."

OMFG! He didn't really just say that, did he?! Cantor showed just how non-serious the Republican Party, and conservatives in general, are when talking about health care reform (and most other things actually). They want to do nothing. They are the agents of the status quo. I would have liked to follow up by asking which "existing government program" he was referring to; and whether or not, in the course of his career, Mr. Cantor voted to eliminate such a program.

But, Mr. Cantor, I thought the market solved all problems? Why should a woman with cancer and no insurance have to resort to the government? I guess Republican fantasy and American reality do not mix.

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