Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Fail Quote: Republican Congressional nominee says people don’t die from cancers anymore thanks to awesome healthcare

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Chris Collins
Chris Collins

You just know I had to bring your mood down, didn’t ya? From Republican Congressional nominee Chris Collins (NY), explaining his opposition to ObamaCare and why healthcare in the U.S. has gotten so expensive:

“People now don’t die from prostate cancer, breast cancer and some of the other things,” Collins said. “The fact of the matter is, our healthcare today is so much better, we’re living so much longer, because of innovations in drug development, surgical procedures, stents, implantable cardiac defibrillators, neural stimulators—they didn’t exist 10 years ago. The increase in cost is not because doctors are making a lot more money. It’s what you can get for healthcare, extending your life and curing diseases.”

Even if he did have a valid point about how rising healthcare costs can be excused because the U.S.’s healthcare system is getting so good that almost nobody’s dying from treatable illnesses anymore (and a wild guess says he doesn’t), there’s a combined total of around 68,000 men and women slated to die from those cancers this year alone who would very much beg to differ with the idea that this cancels out the need for reform.

(via Political Irony)