Politicians Unclear

One of a continuing series


Naturally I thought this was some kind of joke. People post a lot of stuff on Facebook, and some of it is way around the bend. Some Skeptical Analysis is in order.

Holy shit! This guy is for real:

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s health care debate took an unexpected turn at the State Capitol, where a lawmaker who is also a doctor argued that access to health care can be a bad thing.

Representative Mike Kennedy, a Republican from Alpine, made the comments in a Health Reform Task Force meeting, in reaction to a story from another doctor.

Doctor Kyle Jones told the legislature’s Health Reform Task Force about a neighbor who was in a car crash. That neighbor suffered a rare response to pain medicine called toxic encephalopathy. The condition has caused memory loss, seizures and depression, according to Jones.

“Sometimes access actually can mean harm,” said Representative Mike Kennedy, a family physician.

To paraphrase the late actor Slim Pickens:

Well, I’ve been to one world fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that’s the best explanation I have ever heard as to why we should not send ambulances to crash sites.

Yes, making sure citizens of this country receive prompt medical attention is a danger to their health.

Yes, enacting legislation that makes it possible for more citizens to have access to health insurance represents a danger to their health.

Bear with me. My head is somewhere lost in the desert, and I must pause till it come back to me.

It’s back.

As readers know, I often chide politicians, and even those aspiring to political office, for their brash inanity, assuming that is not a redundancy. My caution is the politicians are not the root problem. The problem is we. We are the ones voting for these people. We are the ones paying their salaries. If there really is a God in Heaven we can only hope this one sin, above all, will be forgiven.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.