Mick Mulvaney is a flaming jackass:
“We have plenty of money to deal with that. We have plenty of money to provide that safety net so that if you get cancer you don’t end up broke,” Mulvaney said at the Leaders in Global Healthcare and Technology forum.
But then he drew a distinction between people like Kimmel’s son, born with a congenital heart disease, and people who end up with conditions like diabetes. “That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes,” Mulvaney said, according to a Washington Examiner account consistent with real-time social media reports. “Is that the same thing as Jimmy Kimmel’s kid? I don’t think that it is.”
“Mr. Mulvaney’s comments perpetuate the stigma that one chooses to have diabetes based on his/her lifestyle,” the A[merican] D[iabetes] A[ssociation] said. “All of the scientific evidence indicates that diabetes develops from a diverse set of risk factors, genetics being a primary cause.”
Another big reason most health insurance systems treat people equally regardless of medical condition is that segregating them almost inevitably leads to shabby care for the sick, regardless of how they got that way. High-risk pools are actually a perfect example of this. Roughly two-thirds of the states operated them before the Affordable Care Act took effect, and they inevitably offered coverage that was less affordable, less available or less comprehensive than standard policies.
I have known diabetics all my life. Many of my family members are diabetics. There's a genetic predisposition to it. I know diabetics who controlled their diabetes strictly with diet for decades. In old age they had to resort to insulin to control what can be wild swings in blood sugar.
Mick Mulvaney is a f*ckin' idiot. He doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground. If brains were dynamite he couldn't blow his nose. Before that fateful Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge still had more compassion for his fellow humans than Mulvaney. He's a f*ckin' idiot.
Did I say that already?
Charlie Pierce's curse on them is to say they "really are the mole people." That's too kind. Mick Mulvaney isn't a person. He's an object, a piece of wood, a block of stone. He is unfit to be among human beings, much less hold a government office. He could only be worse if he were Paul Ryan:
“That’s a discussion we’re having ongoing with the administration,” he said, later adding, “I do really believe we need to do Medicare reform.”
Ryan has released various versions of his so-called “Path to Prosperity” budget blueprint that have included a privatization of Medicare. The general idea he has promoted is turning Medicare into a so-called “premium support” system — i.e. a voucher system — in which seniors would get a set amount of money to shop around for private health care plans. Earlier versions of his proposal would have lead to a phase-out of Medicare altogether. Some experts have argued that even the most recent iteration of his blueprint, which ostensibly leaves some form of traditional Medicare available, would eventually lead to its phase-out as well.
Which is not unconnected to Mr. Mulvaney:
It’s not just Ryan that’s trying to make Medicare privatization happen. Trump’s Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, a former House member with a reputation as a budget hawk, said last month that it was his “guess is the House will do either that or something similar to that.”
“Let them pass that and let’s talk about it,”Mulvaney said, when asked about Trump’s pledges not to touch Medicare.
And we worry about "illegal aliens" who might commit criminal acts. How many more people will these two damage, if they get the chance?
I discard him. Hell, I discard both of them.