Chris Bowers is the stupidest career "progressive" on the face of the earth
As seen in the above video and already blogged by Joan McCarter, several members of the audience at last night's tea party debate cheered at the idea of society letting people without health insurance just die. ... According to NBC News, Texas Governor Rick Perry was "taken aback" by this .... It's unclear why Rick Perry was "taken aback."
Death is a good applause line at Republican debates these days.
Well. To anybody who pays attention, the policy of letting people die can't possibly be a problem for Bowers. PNHP:
Lack of health insurance is known to have deadly consequences. A 2009 study in the American Journal of Public Health showed that 45,000 deaths annually can be linked to lack of coverage. Along the same lines, studies have shown that uninsured people with chronic illnesses like heart disease often delay or forgo care, often leading to serious complications of their medical condition and, in some cases, premature death.
"Tragically, we know that the new figures of uninsured mean a preventable annual death toll of about 50,000 people -- that's about one death every 10 minutes," said Dr. Garrett Adams, president of PNHP, a nationwide organization of 18,000 physicians.
The Louisville, Ky.-based physician said that even if the administration's new health law works as planned, the Congressional Budget Office estimates 23 million people will remain uninsured in 2019.
OK, by 2019, only about 25,000 deaths. Yay. Thanks, "progressives"!
Single payer would prevent almost all of those deaths. So, if Bowers had any problem with those numbers, he wouldn't have imposed a news blackout on single payer, or thrown its advocates off his site.
No, it's the "cheering" and "applause" Bowers has a problem with. The class and cultural markers. So tacky. And it is tacky. In terms of actual deaths, Bowers, by not giving single payer any oxygen, has personally caused more deaths than any of the yammering tea partiers.
As usual, the Rs are open and up front about wanting to kill people. But the Ds are sneakier, more dishonest, and, in the case of HCR, far more effective.