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If they use government run hospitals for themselves, what do they really think is wrong with them?

when medical crisis hit close to home, many of these same officials turned to a government-run hospital for their own intensive care and difficult surgeries.

Take, for instance, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who warned that "a government takeover of health care" would "take away the care that people already have [and] are perfectly satisfied with." In its place, the senator said, would be "a system in which care and treatment will be either delayed or denied."

That was July 2009. In February 2003, McConnell actually went to one of those government-run institutions (where treatment is, apparently, "either delayed or denied") for a procedure of his own. The Kentucky Republican traveled to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to have an elective coronary artery bypass surgery after it had been revealed that he had arterial blockages.

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:03 PM on Sep. 2, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Also known as Bethesda Naval Hospital, the National Naval Medical Center is the premier branch of the United States Navy's system of medical centers -- as in, the government runs it. It's also the place where elected officials of all ideological stripes and political branches often go get surgery performed. Indeed, members of Congress pay an annual fee for the privilege of getting treatment at Bethesda Naval Hospital or, for that matter, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It is, as longtime Democrat Martin Frost wrote for Politico, "like belonging to an HMO." Only, in these cases, the surgery is conducted at a public facility.

    None of this has stopped some of the same officials who have taken advantage of this congressional perk from railing against the intrusiveness and inefficiencies of a health care system with greater government involvement.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:03 PM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • Senator John McCain, (R-Ariz.) for instance, recently applauded the town hall protesters who were, in his words, revolting "against a government-run health system." That was August 2009. In May of 2000, McCain had surgery at the Bethesda Naval Hospital to remove a potentially lethal melanoma from his left temple.

    Senator Kit Bond (R-Mo.), meanwhile, has warned of the rationing of care, expensive costs, and reduced quality that would come under a government-run health care plan. In April 2003, however, he traveled to Bethesda Naval Hospital to undergo hip replacement surgery in an attempt to alleviate degenerative arthritis in his left hip.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:04 PM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • Senator George Voinovich, (R-Ohio), has declared that a "bureaucratic Washington-run government plan is not the answer" to the nation's health care needs. In June 2003, the Ohio Republican (who is retiring from the Senate in 2010) went to Bethesda Naval Hospital to have a pacemaker installed.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:04 PM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • In other words. a bit of hypocisy?

    What actually gets me is this: "would "take away the care that people already have [and] are perfectly satisfied with." In its place, the senator said, would be "a system in which care and treatment will be either delayed or denied."

    That's assuming the vast majority of Americans ARE perfectly satisfied. Frankly, I don't buy that at all. I've NEVER been perfectly satisfied with my health care.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 9:07 PM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • Bethesda is the best of the best. Not really "government" run-into-the-ground example. This is the hospital the presidents use. This is the hospitals dignitaries use. It is like China taking a dignitary to see something. Of course it is shiny and bright all working like a well oiled machine. That is Bethesda.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 9:10 PM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • Nothing, they want to have US pay for THEIR care and we can fend for ourselves

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:18 PM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • Why is Congress exempt from ObamaCare? If it is so good, shouldn't they be the first ones in line to partake?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:22 PM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • Why is Congress exempt from ObamaCare? If it is so good, shouldn't they be the first ones in line to partake?


    For the same reason they dont pertake in our system NOW

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:29 PM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • For the same reason they dont pertake in our system NOW


    Sooo, why let them get away with writing SUCH a VAGUE bill for us???????????? Demand Better.  Reform! Just NOT this one...

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:02 PM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • Sooo, why let them get away with writing SUCH a VAGUE bill for us???????????? Demand Better. Reform! Just NOT this one..


    .I agree, I want the original plan. UNIVERSAL HEALTH CAREstick out tongue mini

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:14 PM on Sep. 2, 2009

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