If Sen. Ted Cruz falls down and is injured, who benefits and who pays his health-care bill?

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"I intend to speak until I am no longer able to stand," Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said Tuesday in his push to defund the Affordable Care Act.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said he would keep talking on the Senate floor, in hopes of killing Obamacare, "until I am no longer able to stand."

If Cruz literally falls down and hits his head on a lectern or the floor, he might need medical care. As a government employee, taxpayer-funded health insurance probably would cover most of the cost of a visit to the hospital emergency room, doctors, medicine, supplies and so forth.

Perhaps in his zeal, Cruz will pay for all of it himself, if only to make a point. (Or he might have a rich, conservative, Tea Party donor pay the tab.)

But what if he didn't have a way to pay for care? Or the bill was so high that it bankrupted him?

When sophisticated foreigners look at America and see that people can be bankrupted by healthcare bills, they think we are barbarians.

Insurance - public or private - makes sense because it spreads the risk, but everybody has to contribute. If you want to argue that insurance companies make too much profit, that is another discussion and involves many segments of healthcare. But saying you only want to pay a little when you need someone to pay your big bill doesn't work.

For whatever it's worth, if Cruz falls, hits his head and goes to the hospital, big business probably will benefit. Among the largest makers of CT scans are global giants General Electric and Philips.

[UPDATE] Cruz ended his chat at noon on Wednesday, as per Senate rules. He apparently did not fall down.

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