Clown Award: Sen. James Inhofe
Now for the Clown Award, given as always for meritorious stupidity.
The big red nose this week goes to Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who said on October 20 that he "probably wouldn't be here" if he had been insured under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
During a colonoscopy earlier this month, in which doctors were unable to remove a stick, it was discovered that Inhofe had multiple blocked arteries and required immediate heart surgery. He received an emergency quadruple bypass earlier this month.
In a radio interview, Inhofe said he could be treated right away because of his health care plan, but that under the Affordable Care Act, quoting, "with my age, that would have been about a six-month wait" because he did not actually have a heart attack.
Now you probably know without my telling you that this is insane: The idea that the Affordable Care Act would bar anyone above a certain age - Inhofe is 68 - from getting needed emergency surgery is so ridiculous that simply stating it is sufficient refutation.
But I can tell you where it comes from: The ACA includes provisions about setting up advisory panels to make recommendations about "best practices" based on clinical research and actual clinical experience, which is hardly a new, a radical, or even an unusual idea. But in the minds of paranoid reactionary nitwits like Inhofe, that turns into the federal government dictating what medical procedures and treatments your doctor can prescribe for you and when they can and can't prescribe them.
In the same interview, Inhofe went on to claim that Obama is trying to "impose" socialized medicine on America, "the single pay, and we know that's what he's trying to do." Your lips to God's ear, bro'.
By the way, Inhofe, who voted against aid for victims of superstorm Sandy but wanted relief for victims of tornadoes in Oklahoma because that was, to use his words, "totally different," is also the Senate's leading nanny-nanny naysayer on global warming, claiming it's "outrageous" to suggest human activities can affect the climate because "God's still up there." His middle name - really - is "Mountain." Which is appropriate as he clearly has rocks in his head.
James Inhofe: complete, thoroughgoing clown.