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Voilà! Just Define the Uninsured as Covered, and Problem Disappears. For Free!

Voilà! Just Define the Uninsured as Covered, and Problem Disappears. For Free!

August 28, 2008

I've been saving our "Health Care Humor" tag for when/if Mitt Romney is selected as VP candidate, and has to walk back from chapter 58, his campaign's claim for his signal achievement, but this new statement from McCain health plan author John Goodman is too good to pass up.

He claims that anyone who can go to an emergency room effectively has health insurance.

"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. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

"So, there you have it. Voilà! Problem solved."

I assume no reader of this blog takes this seriously, but just in case The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn shreds Goodman's point.

UPDATE: McCain campaign is trying disown this guy, first denying he was an advisor, then just saying they disagree. Link.