Freshman Congressman Who Said Some People "Just Don't Want Health Care And Aren't Going To Take Care Of Themselves" To Hold "Listening Tour" In Kansas This Week
By Martin Hill
March 10, 2017

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Newly elected Congressman Roger Marshall, representing the 1st district of Kansas, was an OB-GYN and delieverd 5,000 babies before unseating former Rep. Tim Huelskamp. Marshall made some comments in an interview last week which caught him a lot of flak. He has explained his position and announced that he will hold a "Listening Tour" with nine stops in Kansas next week.

I would agree with Marshall that there are folks who don't want or need what the establishment calls "health care," insurance, but his biggest mistake is assuming that all of those people are poor, or unhealthy, eat bad, or don't exercise.

I'm not poor or unhealthy and even though I could easily afford it if I needed to, thank God, I am not buying so-called "health insueance." I don't want it, don't need it, have never had it, am not going to buy it. When I am sick, which is very rarely, I pay cash for what I need, where I need it. Usually it's actually much cheaper outside of the United States anyway, such as dental care. Furthermore I don't even believe in most of the garbage or 'medicine" that the establishment medical cartel and big pharma tries to dupe people into taking/buying.

Life insurance and property insurance, on the other hand, I believe in those very useful peoducts, have seen them work personally many times, and support people's right to choose what's best for them. Government compulsion, however, is always wrong.

I do agree with Marshall that the free market works best and that Obamacare didn't work and that it needs to be abolished.

Here are the comments he made about Obamacare that caught the ire of some:

"Just like Jesus said, 'The poor will always be with us,'" he said. "There is a group of people that just don,t want health care and aren't going to take care of themselves." Pressed on that point, Marshall shrugged.

"Just, like, homeless people... I think just morally, spiritually, socially, [some people] just don't want health care," he said. "The Medicaid population, which is [on] a free credit card, as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I'm not judging, I'm just saying socially that's where they are. So there's a group of people that even with unlimited access to health care are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought [into] the ER."

...Like many other Republicans, Marshall said he wants the health care system to rely on the free market rather than Obamacare's regulations. He measures success in how many people can afford to leave the Medicaid program and enter the private insurance market.

..."Letting the government run anything, including health care, what happens is prices go up and competition goes down," Marshall said in a recent interview at his office. "What we were doing was not working." He plans to add his on-the-ground experiences with the law to the debate in the halls of the Capitol. "I may be the only physician in Congress to help run a hospital."

MSN reported a follow-up:

"In response to the backlash, Marshall, who was elected in November, said he was trying to explain that a national health-care policy around "one segment of the population" does not work because groups of people have varying medical needs and use different health-care resources.

"I was also saying that Obamacare has increased premiums on working, middle-class families by almost 200 percent in some places, and with deductibles of over $10,000, many don't actually have access to health care," Marshall said in a statement.

"Coverage means nothing if you can't afford access."

He added: "When I said, 'the poor will always be with us,' it was actually in the context of supporting the obligation we have to always take care of people, but we cannot completely craft a larger, affordable health-care policy around a comparatively small segment of the population who will get care no matter what."
He also brought up his years in the medical field. Before he was elected, Marshall was an OB/GYN in Great Bend, Kan., helping to deliver more than 5,000 babies throughout his career, according to a brief biography.

"Many patients drove over a hundred miles to see us as I was the only OB clinic to accept Medicaid, and others who could not afford prenatal care. My career gives testimony to my personal watchfulness to those who need help, and to allude otherwise is simply not judicious," Marshall said in his statement.

"I am a physician, not a politician. While I don't perfectly rehearse talking points, my agenda is driven [by] my two realities: That Obamacare has been detrimental to patients and that we must care for all in need, no matter what."

Marshall then posted the following on his official House website:

Marshall announces March Listening Tour
March 9, 2017 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Roger Marshall will begin his March Listening Tour on Saturday, March 11, and it will continue through Saturday, March 18. Constituents are encouraged to attend those stops. He will also be visiting areas near Hutchinson and Bucklin impacted by the ongoing wildfires.  

Tour Schedule:

Emporia - Newman Regional Health
Saturday, March 11 9:30 a.m.  

McPherson - McPherson Hospital, Hess Education Center
Saturday, March 11, 1 p.m.  

Hutchinson - Hutchinson Regional Medical Center
Saturday, March 11, 4 p.m.  

Garden City - Heartland Cancer Center
Monday, March 13, 8:30 a.m.  

Liberal - Southwest Medical Center, Conference Room 2
Monday, March 13, 1 p.m.  

Dodge City - Dodge City Community College Theater
Monday, March 13, 4:30 p.m.  

Hays - Hays Medical Center
Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m.  

Colby - Citizens Medical Center
Saturday, March 18, 1 p.m.  

Goodland - Northwest Kansas Technical College
Saturday, March 18, 4 p.m.



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