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Nov 04 2013

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Today’s dumbass quote of the day comes to you from the undisputed king of right wing bullshit, Rush Limbaugh. On his radio show on Halloween, he delivered this moronic rant about health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act covering things he doesn’t like:

“As usual, folks, Obama has things exactly backwards. Insurance is being stretched to cover things it should never have to cover and it didn’t have to cover until Obamacare came along and mandated these things get covered, and all that does is drive up prices.”

“Insurance is being stretched to cover things it should never have to cover and it didn’t have to cover until Obamacare came along and mandated these things get covered, and all it does is drive up prices. like breast pumps and birth control pills and wellness plans.”

“It’s all of that stuff, all of this touchy-feely liberal do-good stuff that ought never be part of insurance policies that is causing the price increase. Buy your own birth control pill! Buy your own breast pump!”

Buy your own viagra. I mean, have your maid buy your own viagra in her name. That’s what you did, isn’t it Rush? And all those painkillers you went to multiple doctors to get prescriptions for, which I’m sure did nothing to soothe the psychic pain of being you. And if you get cancer from smoking those cigars, you should pay for your own chemo too. I mean, if we’re casting judgment on what someone else’s insurance should pay for, you might wanna check your own closet for skeletons.

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  1. 1
    Cuttlefish

    Clearly, insurance is a scam:

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/cuttlefish/2013/11/03/the-insurance-scam/

  2. 2
    Alverant

    He can pay for his own medical treatment and has no sympathy for those who aren’t rich like him. If he lost all his money he’d be demanding the same health insurance he wants to take from others.

  3. 3
    blf

    If [Rancid Windbag] lost all his money he’d be demanding the same health insurance he wants to take from others.

    And it would be all Obama’s fault.

  4. 4
    matty1

    There I was thinking insurance *was* paying for your own treatment, or at least paying for the cost to be covered. Now I discover it is a charitable donation.

  5. 5
    cptdoom

    This would be funny were he not taken seriously. It’s as bad as the Congresswoman who was outraged that single men had to pay for policies with maternity coverage. And birth control coverage has to be about the most cost-effective benefit a health insurer could offer. The price of birth control is a fraction of the cost for labor and delivery, never mind the actual health costs of a child.

  6. 6
    holytape

    You know what? I kind of like “touchy-feely liberal do-good stuff” as opposed to “pins-and-needles-fuck-you-I-got-mine conservative non-stuff.

  7. 7
    Area Man

    There I was thinking insurance *was* paying for your own treatment, or at least paying for the cost to be covered. Now I discover it is a charitable donation.

    There’s actually a sense in which this is true. Contemporary health insurance involves not only risk mitigation, but also cross-subsidy. If you’re a person who’s in ill-health, whether through a preexisting condition or because you’re old, you most likely pay less for insurance that you get out of it. (This is true with Medicare or if you have group coverage through your employer, and now with Obamacare, will be true across the board.)

    The hypocrisy of Shitface is of course that he only opposes that cross-subsidy when it benefits people with lady parts and not his rapidly aging, heart-attack risking, Viagra-chewing self.

  8. 8
    scienceavenger

    Wellness plans reduce overall costs you ignorant windbag.

  9. 9
    Modusoperandi

    Now, look, I think we can all agree that, much like government programs, insurance only needs to cover the things that I need.

    There.

    I’m glad we can agree.

  10. 10
    vmanis1

    One thing that Obamacare doesn’t really do is to work on the cost factors in health care. It does not reduce the amount that health care professionals or hospitals charge, nor does it rein in galloping drug prices. In that sense, it continues transferring money from patients to participants in the health industry.

    Other OECD countries have managed to put some brakes on escalating costs. In Canada, for example, neither public nor private insurance companies generally allow brand name drugs to be prescribed when a generic (same formula, same manufacturing process) is also available. For example, I was prescribed Lipitor shortly before a generic version (Atorvastatin) became available. Big Pharma responded to the Lipitor patent expiry by producing Crestor, which has essentially the same outcomes as Lipitor. So people are taking a brand-name drug at a much higher price for no reason. Where a physician truly wants the brand-name version (for some medical reason), s/he must simply write a letter on the patient’s behalf. (Studies show that physicians overwhelmingly prescribe brand-name drugs simply because the brand name comes much more rapidly to their mind.

    Canada performs toward the bottom of the non-U.S. OECD pack on medical cost and availability criteria, but our cost per patient is still about half the U.S. cost, with essentially similar (or slightly better) outcomes on life expectancy, infant mortality rate, etc.

    And of course I am a big supporter of the ACA, it’s vastly better than what was there before. It’s just that there is so much further to go.

    Disclaimer: I’m in no way an expert, or even knowledgeable about this stuff. All I know is what I read in the newspapers.

  11. 11
    Doug Little

    And it would be all Obama’s fault.

    Even if it happens in 10 years time.

  12. 12
    freehand

    Doug Little: And it would be all Obama’s fault.

    Even if it happens in 10 years time.

    Or ten years ago.

  13. 13
    aaronbaker

    Rush Limbaugh, Pus-Bag-with-Portfolio.

  14. 14
    shay

    Six will get you ten he thinks a breast pump is a sex toy.

  15. 15
    bumperpuff

    They always complain about birth control, and never viagra.

    The fee for not having health insurance is only $95 or %1 of your taxable income. If someone thinks that they’re better off saving the money they’d spend on insurance the penalty won’t stop them.

  16. 16
    whheydt

    Re: vmanis1 @ #10:

    In a little over a year since the generic for Lipitor came on the market, the price for a months supply has dropped where I live from $160 to a bit over $11.

    Since–at present–it all comes out of my pocket you can imagine how happy I am about that.

    (I have to laugh ruefully about the timing of the ACA being effective. I’ll turn 65 next March. If I applied under the program, I’d be able to get a subsidized rate for…2 months…before Medicare kicks in.)

  17. 17
    Red-Green in Blue

    @shay:

    Six will get you ten he thinks a breast pump is a sex toy.

    FIFY.

    Seriously, though, what better illustrates the Republican hypocrisy on children than this? No, you can’t control your fertility, because you need to have lots of little warriors for Christ – but once they’re born, don’t think we’re going to help you with their nutrition/passive immunity/attachment by maintaining your flow, or give you the means to express your breast milk if you have to go back to work!

  18. 18
    tubi

    @Red-Green in Blue;

    give you the means to express your breast milk if you have to go back to work!

    I mean, really. These people should just hire a wet nurse. I hear the gardener’s wife is available. That way the baby producing unit mother can go back to lounging around the solarium all day. She’ll dry up in no time.

  19. 19
    Ichthyic

    Six will get you ten he thinks a breast pump is a sex toy.

    five will get you ten he USES breast pumps on himself AS a sex toy.

    …scrub that image out of your head, I dare you.

    :P

  20. 20
    shay

    @Ichthic

    In the immortal words of Pogo: Oog.

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