Friday, March 3, 2017
Kansas Doctor Makes Dorothy Ask: Can I Just Change My Mind And Go Back To Oz?
Can we all just agree that Kansas is one of America's barren wastelands, an uninhabitable, tax-cutting haven only for rich Republicans, but in which all regular people needing good jobs, a solid education and preventive healthcare must abandon all hope and flee? That's the Brownback legacy — and the state's GOP leaders seem to have learned no lessons from it at all.
Which is partly behind the hideousness of Roger Marshall, Republican Congressman from El Dorado, Kansas, an obstetrician who has just questioned society's obligation to care for the poor. (Funny, we thought that was a Jesus-y thing. Maybe we're wrong.) Marshall's commentary is so appalling that we cats feel obligated to quote it in full.
“There is a group of people that just don’t want healthcare and aren’t going to take care of themselves. Just, like, homeless people. I think just morally, spiritually, socially, [some people] just don’t want healthcare. The Medicaid population, which is [on] a free credit card, as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I’m not judging, I’m just saying socially that’s where they are. So there’s a group of people that even with unlimited access to healthcare are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought [into] the ER."
In case you're wondering? This Republican jackass is also rabidly anti-choice. So explain to us why he's so in favor of all these "Medicaid population" people bringing children into the world — only to deny them health coverage through Obamacare or any other kind of -care, because they are so, in his eyes, so unworthy.
We cats find Roger Marshall's contempt for his patients, let alone for humanity, to be inexplicable and utterly against everything a physician and a healer should be. So we dump our dirty litter boxes on his privileged Republican head, and we HISS.