But the numbers are misleading, said John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank. Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)
"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.
"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."
The guy who helped write John McCain's health care policy thinks you already have all the insurance you need, so you should just shut the f**k up. Yet McCain thinks it's an awesome idea to let him craft the policies that could decide whether your cancer gets diagnosed before it kills you, or whether you get the chance to take Lipitor instead of suffering a fatal heart attack (ahem, two things that don't happen for people who rely on the ER for their primary care). And he wants you to elect him president.
But hey, have you heard that John McCain was a POW?