Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri of Missouri was just on with Chuck Todd on MSNBC and made the following insanely uninformed, stupid statement in response to a question by Chuck Todd in regards to making healthcare affordable and accessable for all Americans.
"People in high risk pools should pay more because for whatever reason they chose not to have normal insurance"
A transcript (not available yet) may reveal a very slight difference in the wording but that is what I heard him say.
How is it possible for a sitting Senator to be that jaw droppingly, breathtakingly unknowledgeable about WHY people are in high risk pools?
Does he seriously think that these folks said, "Gee, I have this chronic, serious, pre-exisiting condition that allows insurers to REFUSE to cover me, but I prefer this insurance of last resort that most of us can't afford anyway" ?!
THIS is the level of wisdom concerning life and death healthcare issues in our Senate? THIS is what uninsured Missourians get for representation?THIS is what passes for a serious discussion about covering the uninsured?
In a just world, all of our politicians would lose their taxpayer paid healthcare and have to have themselves underwritten on the open market and get a quote for coverage of their gouty,arthritic, high-blood-pressured, cholesterol filled, cardio-bypassed, bunion riddled selves. Or perhaps they won't even get a quote, perhaps they will be refused and then told to hang on for six months before they can qualify for a high risk pool.
And then the rest of us can blame them for whatever illnesses they may have and sanctimoniously tell them they're all a result of their own actions and lack of proper planning.