Saintly Miller

Arkansas state Rep. Josh Miller broke his neck in a drunk driving accident when he was about 22, he is now a quadriplegic. Fortunately for him, Medicare and Medicaid were there to cover the million dollar hospital bill (beings that he was uninsured).

And how lucky for us, especially you Arkansans, that he now serves in the state legislature leading the fight against the government waste that is Medicare and Medicaid! He’s protecting you from those “who qualify for the private option [who] aren’t working hard enough. He claims many want health insurance just so they can get prescription drugs to abuse.” Yes, the hordes of drug-addled layabouts that aren’t him. Did I mention it was a drunk driving “accident?”

Miller, 33, was on an alcohol-fueled drive with a friend about 11 years ago (he can’t remember who was driving) when their pickup plunged off a ravine near Choctaw. He was rescued, but suffered a broken neck and was paralyzed. Miller was uninsured. What young, fit man needs health insurance, he thought then. (He had some reason to know better. Not long before, he’d broken his hand in a fight and had to refuse the recommended surgery to fix the injuries properly because he was uninsured.)

Months of hospitalization and rehabilitation followed, including a long stretch in intensive care at St. Vincent Infirmary. There was a $1 million bill. Medicaid paid most of it. Miller was placed on disability and checks began. In time, between Medicaid and Medicare, all his health costs were covered by the federal government.

Added:

Max Brantley, the original reporter, also said this, which is important

A coldly rational person might say a cook in a fast-food restaurant, working long hours at low pay to feed a family, looks more deserving than an uninsured person injured on a drunken joy ride. I would not. No one should be pre-judged on a subjective merit test for health care.

via Talking Points Memo