Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said last weekend that if he was covered under Obamacare they would have delayed his recent life-saving emergency quadruple bypass surgery because of his age.
Inhofe told WABC radio’s Aaron Klein that he wouldn’t have survived if he had been in a part of the world with “socialized medicine like Obama is trying to impose upon America” because of he’s almost 80 years old.
Inhofe, 78, is eligible for socialized government insurance under Medicare.
“You know, a person can find out here in the United States that he has this emergency situation where he’s got to have immediate heart surgery, and if you’re in a country other than the United States — a lot of them — you can’t get it done,” Inhofe said. “In my case with my age, it would have been about a six-month wait because I hadn’t had a heart attack.”
Inhofe has long been an opponent to healthcare reform, as well as a staunch denier that global warming is a man-made phenomenon.
“And so, the message there is — and I say this to all of our American listeners — let’s hold on to what we’ve got here,” he added. “You’re talking to someone right now who probably wouldn’t be here if we had socialized medicine in America.”
Unlike Obamacare, socialized medicine or universal healthcare is publicly administered, healthcare providers are government employed, healthcare is paid for by all taxpayers, and provided to all citizens without qualification.