All very amusing.
But now Senator and Presidential Candidate McCain's health care plan author is saying that the solution to the problem of health insurance in the US is simply to order the Census Bureau not to tell anyone about it, and list everyone as insured, on the basis that people can't be turned away from emergency rooms:
John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis [...] who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance...Like fundamentalism, it is beyond parody. Noted by elfs here, from Obsidian Wings, here, where Eric Martin notes:
"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured." ...
"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."
Seriously. Just reclassify people from uninsured to insured, and the problems presented by tens of millions of Americans lacking health insurance go away! Oh, and if you get cancer and need chemo, surgery or other forms of long term care, just go to the emergency room near you! They do chemo in emergency rooms, right?Well, that's one of the things, anyway.
The Republican Party is deeply unserious about governing. That the American people have been beaten over the head with this reality for eight years and somehow half the country still can't quite make out who it is that's been swinging the cudgel is a source of immense frustration.