Friday, October 2, 2009

Depressing Talk

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), one of the Republicans who claimed that the proposed healthcare reforms would “kill people,” showed that he really does care.

Last Tuesday, Broun was confronted by a constituent at a health care town hall who explained that he has has gone into debt because he can’t afford insurance for his major depressive disorder. In response to his constituent’s story, Broun said that “people who have depression, who have chronic diseases in this country…can always get care in this country by going to the emergency room.” That comment prompted boos from the crowd. Towards the end of Broun’s answer, a constituent yelled, “That’s why we need a public option!” which brought cheers from the audience.

Oh, the compassion is overwhelming.

Not to put too harsh a point on it, but usually the only time a person with depression will end up in an ER is when they’re being treated for an attempted suicide.