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Congresswoman Sue Myrick gave the GOP’s weekly radio address Saturday and I am still trying to figure it out.

Myrick said that she might not have survived her battle with breast cancer under a “government-run” health care system, saying her diagnosis was complicated and involved many tests and several doctors, which she thinks would not have been possible in a system run by the government.

One tiny, miniscule flaw in Myrick’s logic. It was government health care that saved her life. As a member of Congress, she gets health care paid for by the taxpayer, a public option of sorts. Not to mention the likelihood, as several commenters online suggested, that many private insurance companies would not have covered all her tests and doctor visits.

Maybe next week she can talk about why it is so important to keep government out of Medicare.

5 Comments


  1. Kimberly

    September 22, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Congresswoman Myrick has no clue what it’s like to have to choose between paying a mortgage payment or paying for a Doctors visit. I doubt if she has ever received a letter from her hospital, as I just did, threatening to turn a medical debt over to the state Attorney Generals Office for legal action and threatening to take any tax refunds and threatening to persue collections and legal action. She believes that there are enough existing programs that anyone can quailfy for or that everyone can afford health insurance. I just had a UNC Hospital Financial Services Representative tell me that I can easily get on a “family plan for Medicaid” and that “I can choose Medicaid with a small deductible”. If that were true then we would have a lot less uninsured in NC. She truly either had no idea of existing public health program guidelines or she is just another one of those that think everyone has easy access to medical care, can afford health insurance, or qualifies for something. I would love to have the same access as an elected official. If they are so unhappy with their existing “public plan” then they can choose to get off of it and try living like the rest of us. Congresswoman Myrick wouldn’t be able to purchase private health insurance due to pre-existing conditions if they all had to live like the average citizen.

  2. IBXer

    September 22, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Chris, you’re not an idiot, stop pretending to be one.

  3. Republicans 4 Single Payer

    September 22, 2009 at 9:39 am

    interesting new group, Republicans For Single Payer. Click website link

  4. Adam Linker

    September 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    The US and Canada have similar breast cancer mortality rates so I wouldn’t spend too much time trying to figure out Myrick’s address.

  5. IBXer

    September 23, 2009 at 9:45 am

    “interesting new group, Republicans For Single Payer. Click website link”

    So if I register as a Democrat and make a website called “Democrats for Free Markets”, does that mean all of a sudden the debate shifts?

    Some people are so dumb it hurts.

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