Friday night, commentator John Fugelsang and Dr. Corey Herbert, Professor at LSU Health Science Center, discussed Obamacare and Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against the President on The Ed Show with guest host Dr. Michael Dyson.
Dr. Hebert noted that the uninsured rate among 19 to 34 year olds had declined from 28 percent to 18 percent since the advent of Obamacare. Many of his new patients, he said, had not seen a doctor in over ten years and that this alone will reduce costs as people get screenings that will detect problems earlier, reducing the cost of treatments. He also observed that costs will decline drastically as people stop using the emergency room, the most expensive method of delivering healthcare, as their primary care source.
Dyson asked Fugelsang why he thought that Republicans were so vehemently opposed to Obamacare, and particularly the Medicaid expansion provision of the law, when it would so greatly benefit so many of their own constituents. Fugelsang’s answer was concise and accurate:
“If you are afraid about a public option and competition stop calling yourself a capitalist. If you don’t want to help the sick stop calling yourself Christian. And if you don’t want to save American lives stop calling yourselves patriots. I think what the President is up against right now is a party that is at war with itself. And I do think there is a great chance here for the President to step in and remind the American people especially socially conservative Republican voters, these guys shutdown the government and cost you billions. These guys had over 50 attempts to repeal this and now a lawsuit we all know is not going anywhere. If you are not a millionaire, why are you still supporting the GOP?”
You can watch the discussion in the video below: