Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, recovering from a recent quadruple bypass, is now using the heart surgery in his attacks on Obamacare.
After going in for a routine colonoscopy, doctors found Inhofe's arteries were so clogged he barely made it onto the operating table, he said in comments airing on journalist Aaron Klein's WABC radio show tonight.
The 79-year-old suggested that if he had been in a part of the world with "socialized medicine like Obama is trying to impose upon America," the operation never would have happened.
"A person can find out, here in the U.S., that he has this emergency situation where he has got to have immediate heart surgery. And if you are in a country other than the U.S., a lot of them, you can't get it done. In my case, with my age, that would have been about a six-month wait. Because I hadn't had a heart attack," he said.
Inhofe, a senator for nearly two decades, has been a longtime opponent of the health care law.
"And so the message there is, you know I say this to all of your American listeners, let's hold onto what we've got here. You are talking to someone right now who probably wouldn't be here if we had socialized medicine in America."
Rachel Zarrell is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Rachel Zarrell at email@example.com.
Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.