Here's what Inhofe said:Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, recovering from a recent quadruple bypass, is now using the heart surgery in his attacks on Obamacare.
After going in for a routine colonoscopy, doctors found Inhofe’s arteries were so clogged he barely made it onto the operating table, he said in comments airing on journalist Aaron Klein’s WABC radio show tonight.
The 79-year-old suggested that if he had been in a part of the world with “socialized medicine like Obama is trying to impose upon America,” the operation never would have happened. - BuzzFeed, 10/20/13
Now here's the real kicker:"You are talking to someone right now who probably wouldn’t be here if we had socialized medicine in America," he said on host Aaron Klein's radio show, referring to Obamacare.
“A person can find out, here in the United States, 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 United States, 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,” he said.
“And so the message there is, you know I say this to all of your American listeners, let’s hold onto what we’ve got here," he said. "You know, you are talking to someone right now who probably wouldn’t be here if we had socialized medicine in America.” - TPM, 10/21/13
Seriously, what an asshole. If you'd like to learn more about Inhofe's opponent, Matt Silverstein (D. OK), you can check out his website here:Mr. Inhofe is apparently unaware that emergency surgery is also available in countries with socialized medicine. We were going to look up survival rates for coronary artery disease in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, but we decided not to bother because this is a man who thinks that snow in the winter proves there’s no such thing as global warming.
Senator Inhofe was apparently not asked about the health outlook for people who never get routine checkups because they have no insurance at all. - Wonkette, 10/21/3
FYI, pipsorcle has pointed out that Silverstein has raised over $238,000 in less than 4 months: