My jaw just hinged open and didn’t want to shut after I read this. Major props to Adama Brown for this find about Republican Chris Collins, running against Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul in New York’s 27th Congressional District:
The healthcare reforms Collins said he would push would be tort reform and open up competition in insurance by allowing policies across state lines.
Collins also argued that modern healthcare is expensive for a reason.
“People now don’t die from prostate cancer, breast cancer and some of the other things,” Collins said. “The fact of the matter is, our healthcare today is so much better, we’re living so much longer, because of innovations in drug development, surgical procedures, stents, implantable cardiac defibrillators, neural stimulators—they didn’t exist 10 years ago. The increase in cost is not because doctors are making a lot more money. It’s what you can get for healthcare, extending your life and curing diseases.”
As Brown points out, prostate cancer kills almost 30,000 men a year (PDF) in the United States, while breast cancer kills nearly 40,000 women each year (PDF). I’m absolutely dumbfounded, and I hope Hochul hammers Collins to pieces on this. I am a little concerned, though, about the fact that this quote originally appeared over a week ago, yet neither the Hochul campaign nor the DCCC seems to have picked up on it. Fortunately, there’s still time to remedy that oversight and make Collins pay for his arrogant ignorance.