Every day I write about this stuff, but I still find it astonishing how brazenly wingnuts are either A) completely disconnected from reality or B) blatant liars. Sen. James Inhofe, who may be the dumbest man in the Senate, delivered this whopper on Sunday:
On Sunday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said that if Obamacare had been fully in place this year, he probably would have died of a heart attack. That’s not true.
After going in for a routine colonoscopy a few weeks ago, Inhofe’s doctors found that his arteries were dangerously clogged, so they immediately took him to the ER, the 79-year-old senator told Aaron Klein on his WABC radio show Sunday. He suggested that if he had been living a part of the world with “socialized medicine like Obama is trying to impose upon America,” he never would have gotten the life-saving surgery: “A person can find out, here in the US, that he has this emergency situation where he has got to have immediate heart surgery. And if you are in a country other than the US, a lot of them, you can’t get it done. In my case, with my age, that would have been about a six-month wait. Because I hadn’t had a heart attack,” Inhofe said.
It’s just staggering, it really is. I can only conclude that he has to be lying. He’s a senator, for crying out loud, he can’t be that ignorant. He could, however, be deluded. Hell, he is deluded. But this is so utterly out of touch with reality that it just leaves your jaw agape. In no developed country in the world would he not have been treated, including in those countries with actual socialized medicine, which we do not have. He has private insurance. After Obamacare, he will continue to have private insurance. And every single private insurance policy in the country has and will continue to pay for the treatment he needed. Period. It’s that fucking simple.
But you know what Obamacare does? It ensures that his insurance company can’t drop him, no matter how much his heart problems cost to treat. It ensures that no insurance company can refuse to give him a policy now that he has that pre-existing condition. It ensures that his insurance company can’t put caps on how much they’ll pay for his treatment. In every way, Inhofe is better off after Obamacare.
CS Lewis famously said that Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic or the lord. In the same vein, wingnuts who say things like this are either dumb, deluded or dishonest. Or all three.