Republican Pol: People Don’t Die From Cancer Anymore
Apparently, the United States has cured cancer, but the only person who knows it is Republican Congressional candidate Chris Collins:
GOP congressional candidate Chris Collins knows health care is expensive these days, but he argues it’s for good reason: People are no longer dying from deadly forms of cancer.
“People now don’t die from prostate cancer, breast cancer and some of the other things,” he told The Batavian in an interview that was flagged Tuesday by City & State NY. Collins was discussing his desire to repeal Obamacare.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
In fact, a lot of people do die from breast cancer and prostate cancer, despite advances in treatment. An estimated 577,190 people in the United States will die from cancer this year, including about 39,920 deaths from breast cancer and 28,170 from prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
Collins is correct, of course, that we’ve made great strides in detecting and treating cancer, but he’s sadly mistaken in his assertion that “people now don’t die” from these disease. Then again, he seems to have the requisite degree of knowledge about science for a Republican with Tea Party support.
H/T John Cole