During a speech in California, Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, took time to browbeat people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes, saying that they lead lifestyles that cause the disease, Share Blue reports.
Full disclosure: this is a hot-button issue for me, because both of my parents suffered with this disease. My mom had to have several fingers amputated and my dad died as a result of Type 2 diabetes. I also have a brother-in-law who suffers with Type 2 diabetes, and anyone who judges sick people the way Mulvaney did is going to make me boiling angry.
Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was giving a speech at the Light Forum, which was being held at Stanford University, in California, when he decided to enlighten the audience with this verbal flatulence. Someone asked him if families should be denied medical care if they can’t afford it, and that’s when he brought up the “Jimmy Kimmel test.” This is, of course, in reference to comedian and late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel, whose newborn son suffered near-fatal health problems. Major surgery was performed and fortunately the little boy survived. Kimmel was clearly shaken and declared “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.”
And that’s where Mulvaney, who hasn’t got an ounce of decency in him, drew an ill-considered distinction between Kimmel’s young son, and adults who wind up with diabetes because they didn’t lead perfect lives.
“That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes,” he said. “Is that the same thing as Jimmy Kimmel’s kid? I don’t think that it is.”
But the idea of human kindness seems to be lost on Mulvaney. He’s a walking waste of airspace who argued, during his speech, that the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), also known as “Trumpcare,” would take care of people with pre-existing conditions without asking healthy people to pay for others who made wrong decisions. And this is absolute hogwash because all of these sick people will get dumped.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) is cut from the same cloth as Mulvaney. He opined that the AHCA will help out those who “have done the things to keep their bodies healthy … who have done things the right way.” And this mindset among conservatives isn’t unusual, writes Johnathan Cohn, for The Huffington Post.
What kind of a person decides to play God? To decide who lives, and who dies, and why? Because that’s what the Republicans are doing here. They have released a laundry list of diseases that won’t be covered through Trumpcare.
In a series of tweets, Sen. Sherrod Brown, (D-Oh.) listed many of the diseases that will not be covered by the AHCA. The list is staggering. Diseases and conditions like Alzheimer’s/Dementia, arthritis, asthma, blood clots, cystic fibrosis, glaucoma and a host of other ailments aren’t covered.
So how do you tell your teen-aged daughter that you can no longer afford the treatment for her cystic fibrosis? What if someone in your family needs a kidney transplant? Oh sure, you can pay for these things yourself, which is what the Republicans want you to do, but your premiums will be much, much higher than you might have ever expected, thanks to Trumpcare, thanks to Paul Ryan, Mulvaney, Jason Chaffetz, and all of the other Republicans who hated Obamacare so much that they didn’t care if they hurt you in the process of trying to repeal it.
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And do you know what’s really stupid, but perhaps appropriate, about this? The top nine states with the highest rates of diabetes were all won by Trump in the 2016 election, Politicus notes. So there you go, all you Trump supporters. You bought it, now you own it. But you also gave it to us and we didn’t want it. You’re like a pre-existing condition that’s somehow contagious.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “more than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, and 86 million are living with prediabetes, a serious health condition that increases a person’s risk of Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. Type 2 diabetes accounts for about for about 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, and Type 1 diabetes accounts for about five percent. The health and economic costs for both are enormous.”
In a statement, The American Diabetes Association noted:
“On behalf of the nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association is extremely disappointed by the misinformed statement of Mick Mulvaney, Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, as reported by The Washington Examiner. Mr. Mulvaney’s comments perpetuate the stigma that one chooses to have diabetes based on his/her lifestyle. We are also deeply troubled by his assertion that access to healthcare should be rationed or denied to anyone.”
“All of the scientific evidence indicates that diabetes develops from a diverse set of risk factors, genetics being a primary cause. People with diabetes need access to affordable healthcare in order to effectively manage their disease and prevent dangerous and costly complications. Nobody should be denied coverage or charged more based on their health status.”
Despite all the medical information that’s out there, Republicans will probably continue to endanger our lives with the nonsense they call a healthcare bill. But fortunately, 2018 is not far away. And we’ll remember.