Monday, April 24, 2017

Republican Rep. Davidson compares buying Health Care to buying a flip phone: "We weren't endowed by our creator with health care..."

Health care is like a flip phone? And it's not like health care is endowed by our creator either. God just gave us life, after that, you're in the free market baby, cough up the cash or die. Just a few pearls of wisdom from Ohio Republican Rep. Warren Davidson:
Warren Davidson: "Lots of people don't believe in a free market, they want health care as if it were endowed by your creator for health care. (eliciting loud yes', exactly). We weren't, but we weren't. We weren't endowed by our creator with health care, we were endowed with life. So  you're not entitled to someone else's stuff. So in health care for example, we have to protect the free market."
Free markets were endowed by our creator? No wonder so many "pro-life" groups don't care about providing health care, no reason to save the "baby" after it's born. (check out Supply Side Jesus below)

Funny thing, constituents knew and groaned in reaction to Davidson's easily recognizable inhumanity.

I started the town hall video off with Davidson's big mistake about his own party's health care subsidies, based on age. He wrongly claimed it was based on income, you know means tested, like it is on the Affordable Care Act. And these guys are going to pass a national health care plan?:


Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) told the mother of a service industry worker who has benefitted from the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion that her son should get a better job if he wants decent insurance when Obamacare is repealed.  

Her grown son lacked health insurance for four years, because his job in the service industry did not provide it. He received coverage through Medicaid.

Constituent: “Can you explain why my son and millions of others in his situation are not deserving of affordable, decent health care that has essential benefits so that he can stay healthy and continue working?”

Davidson: “OK, I don’t know anything about your son, but as you described him, his skills are focused in an industry that doesn’t have the kind of options that you want him to have for health care. So, I don’t believe that these taxpayers here are entitled to give that to him. I believe he’s got the opportunity to go earn those health benefits” (eliciting boos from the crowd).  “If he doesn’t want a catastrophic care plan, don’t buy a catastrophic care plan. If you don’t want a flip-phone, don’t buy a flip-phone” (eliciting loud groans from the audience).

Constituent: “I’m sorry, health care is much different than a cell phone and I’m tired of people using cell phone analogies with health care.”  
Davidson’s metaphor resembled remarks by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), that people should not buy iPhones if they wanted the money to pay for health insurance.
Consumers do not have the same power to command lower prices for health care, since it is not a product they can choose to not have.
Before he was a Senator, Al Franken put this piece together:

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