I don’t expect much from politicians and I sure do get what I expect, but this is stunningly, jaw-droppingly, unbelievably, the stupidest thing I have ever heard from a politician’s mouth.
People now don’t die from prostate cancer, breast cancer and some of the other things,” Collins said. “The fact of the matter is, our healthcare today is so much better, we’re living so much longer, because of innovations in drug development, surgical procedures, stents, implantable cardiac defibrillators, neural stimulators — they didn’t exist 10 years ago. The increase in cost is not because doctors are making a lot more money. It’s what you can get for healthcare, extending your life and curing diseases.” The Batavian
My emphasis in the quoted text. Holy crap, does this guy read ANYTHING?
Let’s see what the CDC National Program of Cancer Registries says about these claims.
According to this,prostate cancer is the number two killer, second only to lung cancer in all men in 2008 (the latest date the registry has). Now, I’m pretty sure, because I keep up with this sort thing (approaching upper middle age as I am) and I sure haven’t heard that prostate cancer is cured. You’d think that the number two killer of cancers being cured would get SOME media attention, right?
How many people does the number two killer of men (by a cancer) claim? Well, the CDC shows that 22.8 men out of every 100,000 die from prostrate cancer. Let’s see, in the US, with 300,000,000 million people (assume half are male)… carry the 4…
That’s more than 34,000 men per year die from prostate cancer. A disease that Chris Collins, professional moron, thinks is cured.
Here’s another quote from the CDC
The leading causes of cancer death among women are:
- Lung cancer (39.0): First among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women and second among Hispanic women.
- Breast cancer (22.5): First among Hispanic women and second among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
Wait, Mr. Collins, I thought you said women no longer died from breast cancer. Instead 22.5 women out of every 100,000 will die from breast cancer this year (and did last year).
You know, even though I a blasted expert in my area of specialization, I STILL have my work checked by a group of people whose job it is to check facts. I’m pretty sure that anyone with an internet connection and 2 minutes of free time can show the world what a freaking idiot this guy is.
The Republicans think that this guy is fit to be a US Representative. What the hell?
In any other job, people would see something like this and “we’re sorry, we have no positions that fit your qualifications* at this time.
Seriously, what the hell is wrong with our country that OUR LEADERS can say stupid shit without getting laughed out of office?
Is it because, we, as a society have just forgotten how to think? Do we just not care any more? Do we want politicians in Washington where they can’t do us any harm?**
I really, really don’t understand this…
* Those qualifications being: moron, has good hair, will do as told by his corporate masters
** Sadly, no longer true. They can, and will (as has already been stated) destroy this country as a political principle.