Sunday, May 14, 2017
A top White House official tried to defend the American Health Care Act (AHCA) -- the GOP's response to Obamacare -- earlier this week by implying that health care systems shouldn't help someone who "sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes." According to the Washington Examiner, Mick Mulvaney of the Office of Management and Budget delivered the line on Thursday while speaking to the LIGHT Forum at Stanford University. Mulvaney was asked whether he agreed with the "Jimmy Kimmel test" -- or the idea famously forwarded by the late-night show host that "No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life."
Kimmel made the quip while delivering an impassioned account of his newborn son's struggle to survive a congenital heart disease.
"That doesn't mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes," Mulvaney said. "Is that the same thing as Jimmy Kimmel's kid? I don't think that it is." ...
The American Diabetes Association was quick to condemn Mulvaney's remarks, saying they are "extremely disappointed" and describing his statement as "misinformed." "Mr. Mulvaney's comments perpetuate the stigma that one chooses to have diabetes based on his/her lifestyle," the statement read. "We are also deeply troubled by his assertion that access to health care 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 health care 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."
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