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Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:11 PM

Richard Mourdock Claim That Employers Should Not Have To Cover Cancer Sparks Attacks

Source: Huffington Post

Democrats are hammering Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock over his statement that employers should not have to cover cancer in their insurance plans if they don't want to.

Mourdock, the state treasurer, argued in a newspaper interview last week that not only should employers not have to cover health care services that they oppose, such as contraception, but they also should be exempt from paying for anything they do not want to include, based on costs.

Does that employer have the right to do it?" Mourdock told the News and Tribune, covering southern Indiana. "I would say yes they do if they want to keep their health care costs down but it also means its less likely youre going to want to work here. If that employer wants to get the best employees coming in the door hes going to offer the best insurance possible.

On Monday Indiana Democrats have been highlighting the remark, noting that while cancer takes a huge toll in Indiana every year, it's extremely expensive to treat and that 60 percent of all personal bankruptcies are caused by medical bills.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/18/richard-mourdock-claim-cancer_n_1606005.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

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Reply Richard Mourdock Claim That Employers Should Not Have To Cover Cancer Sparks Attacks (Original post)
Galraedia Jun 2012 OP
hobbit709 Jun 2012 #1
LongTomH Jun 2012 #21
sarcasmo Jun 2012 #2
KamaAina Jun 2012 #3
Hotler Jun 2012 #4
Laurian Jun 2012 #5
Stuart G Jun 2012 #6
unblock Jun 2012 #7
Xipe Totec Jun 2012 #12
tanyev Jun 2012 #15
Festivito Jun 2012 #27
Ikonoklast Jun 2012 #8
deutsey Jun 2012 #9
benld74 Jun 2012 #10
Overseas Jun 2012 #11
humblebum Jun 2012 #13
Canuckistanian Jun 2012 #14
madville Jun 2012 #16
LittleGirl Jun 2012 #17
BootinUp Jun 2012 #18
marble falls Jun 2012 #19
Quantess Jun 2012 #20
McCamy Taylor Jun 2012 #22
Puzzler Jun 2012 #23
Smilo Jun 2012 #24
Merlot Jun 2012 #25
azurnoir Jun 2012 #26
Javaman Jun 2012 #28
sinkingfeeling Jun 2012 #29
FiveGoodMen Jun 2012 #30
sinkingfeeling Jun 2012 #31

Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:18 PM

1. Let's hope that neither he nor members of his family ever get cancer.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 10:57 PM

21. I don't think I know ANY family that hasn't had someone who contracted cancer!

And I don't think I know a family that hasn't lost someone to cancer. Sad, but true!

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:20 PM

2. Wow, they keep getting more insane.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:20 PM

3. Congratulations to Sen. Donnelly!

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:21 PM

4. Hey you dick wad!

How about city and state tax payers shouldn't have to offer police and fire protection to businesses and corporations. Suck it dry you selfish shit stain.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:22 PM

5. Damn, what next?

Just when I think they can't be any worse, one comes up with a heartless statement like this. Has he never had a family member stricken with cancer? Just the diagnosis can be so devastating. To add another layer of stress by taking away insurance coverage is just plain cruel.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:22 PM

6. Good news...this idiot may now be defeated..

Before this our chances in Indiana were ok, but still much less than 50/50...now I bet we have improved that greatly...

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:22 PM

7. best argument yet to get employers out of the health care business entirely. medicare for all!

that mourdock! what a liberal!

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Response to unblock (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:38 PM

12. I loathe employer provided health insurance

And I loathe insurance companies.

Yes, we should be free to move from employer to employer without worrying about health coverage. Health coverage should not be used as handcuffs to keep us working for the same miserable employer.

Universal health coverage is the answer. Let the employers compete for labor on wages alone. Get them out of the health care equation.

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Response to unblock (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:41 PM

15. What you said.

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Response to unblock (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:50 AM

27. Good point. /nt

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:26 PM

8. Then the taxpayers of the state of Indiana should be allowed to cut back on Mourdock's

medical benefits and save the state some money.

Hope you don't have bad genes or smoke, pal.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:29 PM

9. Republicans: Making life short, brutish, and nasty all over again

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:31 PM

10. Does the health insurance covering Indiana state employees,,,,

cover asshattery by douche bag GOP wannabes?

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:33 PM

11. Medicare for All then!

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:39 PM

13. Any national healthcare plan should be completely independent from one's employer.nt

 

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:40 PM

14. Good Gawd

Just when you think they couldn't get any more callous...

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 09:47 PM

16. Health care policies shouldn't be tied to employment in the first place

It gives the employer too much power over the employee. It should be an independent and portable item that isn't even a consideration in one's career decisions.

I personally believe that health insurance mandates and requiring employers to offer full service plans will be bad for employees and small business financially. I predict many current employer-based plans as we know them today will be dropped in the next few years and people will be left to pay rapidly increasing premiums mostly on their own.

This could be the plan all along. The Affordable Care Act could have been designed to fail from the beginning as a stepping stone to a single-payer style system. Think about it, when the healthcare premiums alone start bankrupting people and businesses and they are mandated to pay them, action will be demanded to correct the situation and for the government to step in.

Of course the danger with a Medicare style universal plan is that access to care and quality could diminish if the government low-balls all the providers and they don't have private insurance to cover the gap anymore.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 10:01 PM

17. Indiana Shame: again

he's just one of many in these parts. Aren't we proud?
We've created monsters.
Politician.
Monster.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 10:05 PM

18. Fuck it, everyone is on their own! It will be like living in Dodge City

the way we are going. Get what you can anyway you can or you will be a homeless person someday. Oh, and don't burden society if you get sick, put a bullet in your brain instead.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 10:28 PM

19. Richard Mourdock wants to be on the death committee that teabaggers .....

whined about last election cycle.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 10:36 PM

20. They should never let him live it down.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 11:31 PM

22. Richard Mourdock, Death Panelist.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 11:38 PM

23. I swear this sounds like Monty Python...

... from decades ago, and their "never pay insurance policy". Very reasonable, as long as you don't have a claim.



But seriously, what the f**k is the point of having medical insurance if something like cancer is not covered?

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 11:49 PM

24. The answer to your statement Mourdork

is SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE FOR ALL - then your precious employers won't feel they are hard done by when one of their employees is unfortunate enough to fall ill - no matter what the cause.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 11:52 PM

25. All those right wingers who want gov't out of healthcare

need to realize that the alternative is corporations. And corporations will do anything to save money, including making the decision to only cover "preventative health care" and cutting you loose if you get sick.

Corporations don't answer to anyone, they make their own rules.

I don't understand why corporations are chomping at the bit to get a single pay plan in place so that they don't have to spend ANY money on health care.

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Response to Merlot (Reply #25)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:21 AM

26. ya but according to them

corporations are people too

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:56 AM

28. Where do people like this jerk come from?

it's as if they were hatched yesterday.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:18 AM

29. I guess they're seeking to change the point of insurance. Seems they'd

really like it if an insurance company just got to collect premiums and didn't have to pay out for any treatment. What would be the point in buying insurance if it didn't cover major illnesses?

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #29)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:54 PM

30. "What would be the point in buying insurance if it didn't cover major illnesses?"

Thanks to our elected leaders, our government says we have to buy it, or they'll sic the IRS on us.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #30)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:57 PM

31. However, those elected leaders also determined what the insurance

companies must cover and how much of every dollar must be paid out in claims. Read the bill.

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