In an interview on CNN Sunday, former governor of Vermont, Howard Dean said of Tail Gunner Ted Cruz, that he “may be a very good politician but he certainly doesn’t know anything about health care.” Dean went on to criticize Cruz’s proposal that insurers be allowed to sell policies across state lines saying, “I don’t want the Texas insurance commissioner being the commissioner up here in Vermont,” a logical position considering the abysmal condition of the Texas healthcare system where they have one of the highest rates of uninsured in the nation.
It is hard to disagree with Dean’s concern about him reaching a higher office than Senator, as he said, “God help us if he ever does get to be anything more than the senator from Texas.” We are talking about a man whose rhetoric is out there even by Tea Party standards and who in a matter of months has managed to alienate large numbers of his fellow Congressmen on both sides of the aisle. It is on the other hand easy to disagree with his assessment of him as a “good Politician” since he really only knows how to inflame the passions of his radical base. A good politician knows how to appeal to a broad range of people from both the right and the left. If Cruz was to lose his far right base he could not get himself elected dog catcher.
He has, in the past used questionable statistics to prove that those who are insured through Medicaid actually have worse medical outcomes than those who have no insurance. He completely ignores the fact that the insurance one has is really not a factor in their medical outcome unless of course the bean counters at the insurance company decide that your doctor is not really qualified to determine what course of treatment you need. He also overlooks the fact that those on Medicaid may have already gone for such an extended period without insurance that their health has already deteriorated enough to make it harder to restore it, these are after all the people at the bottom of the fiscal heap who often have other factors such as a poor diet which will have an impact on their health.
In short, Dean is absolutely right, Ted Cruz, “…certainly doesn’t know anything about health care.”
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