When Jimmy Kimmel revealed that his son was born with heart disease, he said, “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life,” referring to what the Republicans were doing to health care. This led to the idea of the “Jimmy Kimmel-test,” and while speaking at Stanford University, Mick Mulvaney was asked if he agreed with the test. Mulvaney said he agreed, but…
“That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes. Is that the same thing as Jimmy Kimmel’s kid? I don’t think that it is.”
In his attempt to defend the AHCA, which would allow insurance companies to raise the prices on people with pre-existing conditions if they used the marketplace (which insures 24 million people).
The American Diabetes admonished his remarks, stating:
“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.”
Mulvaney also has no idea how diabetes works—it’s not simply “eats poorly and gets diabetes.” Athletes, such as Jordan Morris, has diabetes, and Hollywood stars like Halle Berry. But not only can one be fit and beautiful and still have diabetes, sometimes diabetes isn’t the cause of issues—it’s a symptom of another disease, such as Cushing’s, a rare pituitary disease that strikes without prejudice to lifestyle.
And when health insurance companies raise the price for certain illnesses, they affect everyone with the illness, which “inevitably leads to shabby care for the sick, regardless of how they got that way,” as Huffington Post pointed out.
What Mulvaney is doing is a thinly-veiled attempt at blaming the sick for seeing a doctor, and it’s a new, ugly trend from the Republicans that needs to stop.