Speaking with radio host Aaron Klein, Inhofe alleged that "A person can find out, here in the U.S., that he has this emergency situation where he has got to have immediate heart surgery. And if you are in a country other than the U.S., a lot of them, you can’t get it done. In my case, with my age, that would have been about a six-month wait. Because I hadn't had a heart attack."
"And so the message there is, you know I say this to all of your American listeners, let's hold on to what we've got here," he added. "You are talking to someone right now who probably wouldn’t be here if we had socialized medicine in America."
On all charges, Inhofe is a lying sack.
- The Affordable Care Act, which relies on competition between private insurers, is not an example of socialized medicine.
- The Affordable Care Act explicitly prohibits that kind of health care rationing.
- Government-run health care would not mean that the elderly must wait six months for emergency heart surgery (as anyone on Medicare may testify).
- Obamacare is already the law of the land. If it could have killed him, it would have.
Not that anyone should have expected Inhofe to understand a bill that he once proudly acknowledged to never have read.