That sound you are hearing today — the high-pitched wailing whine — is the sound of thousands of righties crying in their cereal because Senate Republicans failed to kill Obamacare.
When it comes to high-pitched wailing whines, nobody does it better than the three dim bulbs who occupy the curvy couch at Fox And Friends. So naturally they had something to say today about the miraculous defeat of the GOP’s “skinny repeal” bill. And it was every bit as idiotic as you would expect.
The usually effervescent numbskulls were subdued because their great God-Emperor and his congressional minions failed to take health insurance away from millions of people. They grumbled because Democrats were understandably relieved at the failure of the bill. They were upset that some Democrats chose to take a moment to share their joy with supporters. And then came this, from fugitive leprechaun Brian Kilmeade:
I laugh, too, that young people are out there celebrating. Congratulations, you now will pay a fine or you’ll have to have insurance. Congratulations, the healthy people are paying for the sick people.
“The healthy people are paying for the sick people.” Kilmeade just revealed that, among a host of other things, he has absolutely no idea of how insurance works. Of course the healthy people pay for the sick people. That is the whole idea. You put in a big pot of money, some people need to use it, some don’t. But the idea is that the money is there for everybody who pitched into the pot, if and when they need it. That is apparently too complicated for Kilmeade’s tiny brain to understand.
What the curvy couch crew appears to want is a return to the pre-Obamacare days, where no one was required to buy insurance, and those healthy people all made out just fine financially — until they got sick. Because getting sick is a guarantee. You can go through your life and never have an auto accident, never need your auto insurance, but you’re going to get sick. And if you don’t have insurance, you had better hope that when you get sick, it is nothing serious. Because if you get cancer, or have a heart attack, you are going to be presented with bills that you will never make enough money in your entire lifetime to pay.
And under Kilmeade’s preferred system, where the healthy don’t have to pay for the sick, what happens when one of the formerly healthy uninsured does have a major illness? They get the medical care they need. Then they work out some sort of payment arrangement with the provider that might call for them to pay $500 a month on a $500,000 medical bill. That bill, without interest, will only take them over 83 years to pay off. But in the meantime, the medical provider needs income to be able to operate. So where do they get it? From all of the people who have insurance.
That is part of the reason healthcare costs have been so high. People without insurance get treated, they can’t pay their bills, hospitals raise prices to cover the cost of the care they give to those people, insurers raise premiums to cover the extra money they put out due to increased costs of care. Obamacare is trying to fix that with the individual mandate, one of the parts of the law most hated by people like Kilmeade.
It’s hard to single out just one person at Fox as the biggest idiot. But Kilmeade’s statement certainly puts him in the running, at least for today.
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Here’s what Brian Kilmeade said about healthcare, via Media Matters: