At a town hall over the past weekend Representative Pete Olsen(R-Texas) was booed for suggesting a baby would have not been born if we had a government-run health care option.
Olson told the story of Britney, a pregnant woman who couldn’t find a doctor who would treat her unborn child’s heart defect. After being turned away by several, she hunted down a specialist in Detroit who was willing to perform the procedure. Britney is convinced that her son would not have been born if there was a public option then, and she wouldn’t have had the choices to find the doctor that she wants.
Over applause, a number of audience members audibly groan. “Oh Jesus Christ, that’s terrible,” says one attendee. “That’s not true,” says another.
“For those of you who say it’s not true, don’t talk to me, talk to Britney,” Olson responded.
“The insurance company turned her down, not the government,” an audience member says. “The private insurance turned her down, not the government.” Others shout back that if there was government-run insurance, she would have been turned away. As the meeting devolves into shouting back-and-forth, Olson just says, “I want to thank you all for coming.”
Nice to know that those in Washington are working hard to achieve real solutions.