Chris Collins, a Republican running for the House of Representatives from the state of New York against Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul, said something really stupid last week while arguing against Obama’s health care plan. He said that people no longer die from prostate or breast cancer.
Collins also argued that modern healthcare is expensive for a reason.
“People now don’t die from prostate cancer, breast cancer and some of the other things,” Collins said. “The fact of the matter is, our healthcare today is so much better, we’re living so much longer, because of innovations in drug development, surgical procedures, stents, implantable cardiac defibrillators, neural stimulators — they didn’t exist 10 years ago. The increase in cost is not because doctors are making a lot more money. It’s what you can get for healthcare, extending your life and curing diseases.”
In fact, more than 60,000 Americans die of those forms of cancer each year. So after making this clearly false statement, he offered this equally dumb excuse:
According to the Batavian, Collins believes it’s ridiculous that anyone would take his comments literally.
“Clearly, I’m not a politician,” Collins said. “I come out of the private sector. I speak very directly. I actually answer questions. I’m not someone who filters, who is consistently filtering everything you say.”
Apparently, in the private sector one “speaks very directly” by making blatantly false statements. Because they don’t have a “filter.”