The Republicans’ health care plan is essentially a death sentence to anyone with a complex disease—like cancer. And so far, Republicans have been nonchalant about how the American Health Care Act is going to hurt the most vulnerable Americans.
But people are starting to call them out. At a CNN town hall, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was confronted by Brian Kline—a cancer survivor who attributes the Obamacare Medicaid expansion for not just saving him from medical bankruptcy, but also saving his life. The Republicans want to end Medicaid by 2020 or sooner (it’s what Paul Ryan dreamed about while binge drinking in college). Kline noted that ending Medicaid is “not going to help” him, but according to Price, ending Medicaid will make Medicaid…stronger? Here is a part of his answer:
“Brian, it’s important to appreciate that the program itself — it may have worked extremely well for you, and that’s wonderful, and we need to keep those aspects of the program in place. But the fact of the matter is that the program is — is having extreme difficulty providing the care that’s needed for all of the individuals on it.
So what we want to do is to strengthen that program, to make it so that it’s more responsive for patients and allows physicians and other individuals who are providing care for patients to be able to do so in a way that makes sense as opposed to one that may make it more difficult for individuals to receive the care that they need.”
It takes a lot of jumps through logic to make that stance work. But lying to a cancer survivor to his face? That’s a particular kind of illogical.