Highly-controversial and highly-conservative Republican U.S. Senator James Inhofe says he feels “great” after undergoing emergency open-heart surgery. The 78-year old Republican from Oklahoma explained to reporters, “I went in for a routine colonoscopy that everyone gets and was sent to the hospital instead for open-heart surgery. The doctors said, ‘Your colon is perfect, but your heart is what we are worried about.’”
According to Talking Points Memo, “Two of his arteries had 100 percent blockage, another was at 90 percent, and a fourth was 75 percent blocked, he said.”
It’s interesting to note that Senator Inhofe, a staunch opponent of Obamacare, thinks that “everyone gets a routine colonoscopy,” including the 30 million Americans he voted to deprive of access to affordable health care. It’s interesting that the 78-year old Senator who might have died had doctors not found the blockages in his heart, can’t seem to make that mental and emotional leap that other Americans — those who aren’t covered by the excellent and federally-subsidized health care plans that members of Congress get — will likely die from the same causes his emergency surgery prevented.
Inhofe, by the way, is a huge climate change “truther,” denying that global warming is man-made — or even that it exists. During an historic 2010 blizzard in Washington, D.C., Inhofe’s family made an igloo and called it “Al Gore’s Home,” mocking the former Vice President’s work on climate change.
A look at Senator Jim Inhofe’s voting record finds he has voted against Obamacare, against the Violence Against Women’s Act, against gun control — including background checks, against immigration reform, against repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, against the Hate Crimes Bill, against the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, against relief for Hurricane Sandy victims, against funding alternative fuels, against tax cuts for the middle class, and against the UN treaty for Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to name a few.
Senator Inhofe did, however vote in favor of a few bills, like DOMA, and adding a ban on same-sex marriage to the U.S. Constitution.
We’re glad the Senator is recovering and look forward to his upcoming votes on the debt ceiling and other issues directly affecting all Americans.
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