Ron Johnson has an extraordinarily compelling story about why he entered politics: Nearly 30 years ago, his newborn daughter was saved by a talented surgeon named John Foker, who reconfigured her heart with a new procedure that he helped to develop. Johnson has said repeatedly that he believes that if Obamacare had been around at the time, John Foker would have never been around to save his daughter, because Obamacare would have scared Foker and the rest of our best and brightest into other fields of work. Johnson also asserts that a "government take-over" of medicine, (aka Obamacare), would have never provided the atmosphere where Foker could have developed his life-saving procedures.
Invoking Foker's name at every turn, Johnson maintains in no uncertain terms that if Obamacare had been around thirty years ago, his daughter wouldn't be alive today-- and that is why we must, must kill Obamacare.
So, I decided to get in touch with Doctor Foker. Via email, Foker said he is not only "generally supportive" of Obamacare, but thinks it didn't go far enough, saying, "Unfortunately, it was written by the insurance and drug companies so not great. Most of the many flaws of American medical care are still present." Foker also suggested that Republicans should be happy with what is a Republican-developed, "private-solution," but they are more interested in obstructionism, saying, "they're never happy."
Not quite, the "I never would have gotten into medicine if Obamacare was around way back when!" that Johnson suggests.
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