They Eat Their Own! Republican Congressman Sez “No Health Care for Tumor Patients”

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Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha

Idiot Republican and California representative David Dreier wants to deny healthcare to people diagnosed with massive tumors:

I don’t that think someone who is diagnosed with a massive tumor should the next day be able to have millions and millions and millions of dollars in health care provided.

Wait! I thought, according to Sarah Palin, that it was the Democrats who were all about the death panels, and deciding who would be denied insurance.

While we’re on the subject of massive tumors, let’s take a look at famous Republicans who have had tumors and cancer. And received millions and millions and millions of dollars in health care.

Lee Atwater, former chairman of the National Republican Party who came to power after managing George Bush the Elder’s 1988 campaign, died from a brain tumor at age 37.

Former CIA chief William Casey died in 1987. Hours before he was scheduled to speak in the Iran-Contra hearing, he was rendered incapable of speech, less than 24 hours after he was named in the trials as assisting in the transfer of arms to Nicaraguan rebels. He had previously undergone treatment for prostate cancer. The official cause of death was

aspiration pneumonia as a result of a central nervous system lymphoma… A central nervous system lymphoma is a rare tumor of the brain and central nervous system, evidently the brain tumor for which Mr. Casey had surgery late last year at Georgetown Hospital in Washington.

Before his appointment to the CIA, Casey had been chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission and an Under Secretary of State. He retired from the CIA that February, just months before his death.

Senator Arlen Specter was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1993. The tumor was removed, but reoccurred in 1996. He also has undergone treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, diagnosed in 2005, which returned in 2008. In 2009 he switched from Republican to Democrat. He retired from the Senate in 2011. Senators can purchase insurance from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. According to

Like other large employers, the government pays a large share of the cost of coverage. On average, the government pays 72 percent of the premiums for its workers, up to a maximum of 75 percent depending on the policy chosen. For example, the popular Blue Cross and Blue Shield standard fee-for-service family plan carries a total premium of $1,120.47 per month, of which the beneficiary pays $356.59.

As a CIA employee Casey could also have opted for the FEHBP.

Rep. Dreier says that instead of being allowed health care from insurance companies, those with pre-existing conditions should go into the high risk pool. However:

Just 1,588 Californians and about 13,000 people nationwide have signed up for the program [Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan] that provides subsidized insurance for people with ongoing medical conditions…the six-month waiting period, plus premium costs, make the plan prohibitive for many people.

There are alternatives. And they are popular. According to Ezra’s Klein’s analysis of a poll from Reuters/Ipsos:

Eighty percent of Republicans favor “creating an insurance pool where small businesses and uninsured have access to insurance exchanges to take advantage of large group pricing benefits.” That’s backed by 75 percent of independents.

Maybe instead of getting sandy-pantied about the ACA, maybe Dreier et al should look to increasing the budget for the National Institute of Health’s grants into medical research so massive tumors won’t encroach on their quality of life.

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12 Responses to "They Eat Their Own! Republican Congressman Sez “No Health Care for Tumor Patients”"
AppleCanyon2 | Thursday July 12, 2012 06:38 pm 1

maybe David Dreier should give up his lucrative health care plan paid for by the taxpayers.
What an unfeeling POS.
Remember that term used by GWB back in 2000…”Compassionate Conservatism.” I wonder where all that compassion disappeared to with these scumbag Republicans?

maa8722 | Thursday July 12, 2012 06:54 pm 2

Death panels are fashionable after all. For those who don’t get a tumor on time, Soylent Green will be waiting.

ottogrendel | Thursday July 12, 2012 06:56 pm 3

“I don’t that think someone who is diagnosed with a massive tumor should the next day be able to have millions and millions and millions of dollars in health care provided.”

Unless of course that person is a corporation and the cancer is fraud, bribery and graft. What’s the surprise? Without the element of private profit why would this asshole and his ilk be interested?

“If the sick would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” –David “Scrooge” Dreier

CTuttle | Thursday July 12, 2012 06:57 pm 4

*heh* I’d just shared Being Liberal’s CrackBook pic stating that; “Liberals protest War… Conservatives protest Healthcare” ;-)

ottogrendel | Thursday July 12, 2012 07:00 pm 5

Where did compassionate conservatism disappear to?! Apple Canyon, they never had any to begin with. It was a marketing ploy following the oldest rule of pubic political speech: whatever is said, the opposite is true. Dreier isn’t compassionate. He’s a sociopath.

CTuttle | Thursday July 12, 2012 07:02 pm 6
In response to ottogrendel @ 3

But, the conservatives are adamant against ‘assisted suicide’, one of their pet peeves in their misbegotten ‘cradle to death’ party planks…!

flatulus | Thursday July 12, 2012 07:02 pm 7

My favorite massive tumor is that thing on Mitch McConnell’s shoulders.

Ready | Thursday July 12, 2012 07:18 pm 8

Hey you Washington Elites, no more cushy federal exchange health insurance for you.

We demand that you get your health insurance on the free market which you all dearly love and tell us works wonderfully.

Yeah, get your individual policy on the free market.

We are demanding you have the same high cost crap insurance you are making sure we have.

extremistgreenie | Thursday July 12, 2012 07:32 pm 9

The California high risk pool is called MRMIP. You have to wait at least six months, typically 18 as only so many slots open per year. So a person has to die to open a slot for somebody else. The cost is prohibitive at around 900-1500.00 per month and you can only be on it for 36 months. It doesn’t help a lot of people.

ottogrendel | Thursday July 12, 2012 08:33 pm 10
In response to CTuttle @ 6

Good catch. That does seem to be one of the rare occasions when their control addiction over other people’s lives trumps turning a short term profit. Sometimes it is more useful to take a short term loss in order to let the folks know who’s boss, kind of like a company spending the money to move production just to break local labor.

wigwam | Friday July 13, 2012 01:46 am 11
In response to CTuttle @ 6

According to Alan Grayson, GOPcare boils down to:

Don’t get sick. And, if you do, die quickly.

But that’s not NRA approved and should be updated to:

Don’t get sick. And, if you do, pull your own trigger.

bluefloridia | Friday July 13, 2012 05:30 am 12

A large tumor can actually grow to the size of an adult male. Mr. Dreier is evidence of that. Fortunately, a malignancy of that magnitude is among the easiest to treat. The ballot box excises them nicely.

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