Jim Inhofe is no stranger to hypocrisy, he was one of those who voted against the relief bill for the victims of Hurricane Sandy after he was not allowed to add funds for his own state of Oklahoma to it. He then demanded relief for Oklahoma after the tornado tore through Moore last spring claiming that it was a different situation entirely.
Now we learn that this man’s life was saved by his government provided health insurance while he is attempting to rid us of Obamacare which he calls ‘socialist’ even though it is not run by the government but provided through insurance industry providers, the government merely acts as a middle man providing the marketplace where people may shop for their insurance and compare the different policies available.
The Senator would surely have no problem buying his own policy, his net worth in 2011 was estimated to be $11,288,027, enough to purchase the Cadillac policy of choice. He also has his government paid salary as a Senator which pays him another $174,000 per year.
When he went into the hospital for a routine colonoscopy it was discovered that his arteries were so badly clogged that he barely made it onto the operating table and he was given a quadruple bypass.
He of course, like most on the extreme right likes to play fast and loose with the facts. He says that had he been living in a country with socialized medicine he would have been put on a waiting list and died before his surgery was scheduled, but that since we have such a superior health care system he was saved.
This is an absolute lie. The much vaunted health care system in this country lags far behind the rest of the developed world, and even much of the undeveloped world. In terms of health outcomes we are ranked 39th in the world right behind those two bastions of advanced medicine and technology, Dominica and Costa Rica.
Of course Inhofe got terrific care, he has a great insurance plan provided at no cost to him by his employer, the U.S. government. This is insurance that he would deny to the rest of us not fortunate enough to have coverage through an employer and unable to afford private insurance, or able to afford only a poor policy which would not cover something as drastic and expensive as a quadruple bypass.
Many of those covered by an employer-provided policy only have their insurance subsidized by the employer, the days of insurance paid in full by an employer have long since disappeared, most provide access with a large portion of the premium shouldered by the employee.
He is just one more right wing extremist who wants for nothing but would deny even the basic needs to those less fortunate and one of those things that he has and thinks that the rest of us do not deserve is health care, at least not if the government is going to assist in any way obtaining that care.
h/t: Daily Kos