I don’t know why this little news nugget made me chuckle.
Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney failed to secure the Utah Republican Party’s nomination for Senate on Saturday, triggering a June primary.
In the final round of voting at the party’s convention, state Rep. Mike Kennedy (R) won 50.88 percent of the vote, with Romney following with 49.12 percent.
Other than the fact that I do like it when life strews cow pats from the Devil’s own satanic herd in the path of any Republican’s life.
Even moreso when it is a Republican who won’t take the very many hints life has given him that it is time to give it up and go count his money and horses.
And while I’m not enough of an optimist to think a Democrat has a chance here, I do hope for a long, grueling fight that leaves both Republicans bruised and bloody. Plus, I never refuse another chance to see Dump backpedaling after he endorsed the losing candidate.
I did some quick research on Kennedy, a practicing physician who also attended law school, and discovered he has exactly the sort of brain one would expect to find between a Republican’s ears. Here he is arguing against Medicaid expansion because access to health care can — remember, this is a family practitioner talking — be hazardous to your health:
Utah’s health care debate took an unexpected turn at the State Capitol, where a lawmaker who is also a doctor argued that access to health care can be a bad thing.
Representative Mike Kennedy, a Republican from Alpine, made the comments in a Health Reform Task Force meeting, in reaction to a story from another doctor.
Doctor Kyle Jones told the legislature’s Health Reform Task Force about a neighbor who was in a car crash. That neighbor suffered a rare response to pain medicine called toxic encephalopathy. The condition has caused memory loss, seizures and depression, according to Jones.
“Sometimes access actually can mean harm,” said Representative Mike Kennedy, a family physician.
The Republican from Alpine repeated the argument more than once: “Sometimes access to health care can be damaging and dangerous. And it’s a perspective for the [Legislative] body to consider is that, I’ve heard from National Institutes of Health and otherwise that we’re killing up to a million, a million and a half people every year in our hospitals. And it’s access to hospitals that’s killing those people.”
There’s a new slogan for the NRA: Guns don’t kill people, hospitals do!