Thursday, July 12, 2012
On Monday of this week, Congressman David Dreier (R-California) suggested in a speech he gave that people with brain tumors should not have access to “millions and millions of dollars in health care provided” and indicated that he is in favor of allowing private insurance companies to deny coverage to these individuals.
Here’s a clip of him
spewing idiocy talking about it:
Interestingly, what he’s saying that he thinks “should exist” is already in place as part of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) in the form a high-risk pool program which results in health care coverage for Americans with “catastrophic” pre-existing conditions. Why he has chosen to single out people who have brain tumors over other terminal illnesses and/or very expensive medical conditions is beyond me, as is his entire point of view on this issue and the reason that he felt like it was a good idea to make this speech in the first place.
I can only hope that his comments were taken out of context or, failing that, that he reconsiders his stance on healthcare regulations for those with brain tumors and other life-threatening illnesses. I also hope that he and his loved ones are never in a position of having to deal with a brain tumor in the future.