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Health Care

What is 50 million people?  Well, it is the number of people in the United States that have no medical insurance.  Since there are 300 or more million people in the US, apparently most of us really do have insurance.  What IS 50 million, though?  Let’s put it this way: it is the combined population of Oklahoma, Connecticut, Iowa, Mississippi, Kansas, Kentucky, Arkansas, Utah, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Vermont and Wyoming.  Wow!

Did you know that we are the ONLY rich country in the world where getting sick can mean going bankrupt.  There is no other country that would allow such a thing to happen.

Now, the plan that has been approved (Obama Care – as the Republicans now call it derisively) is a Republican idea.  The late senator John Chafee made it the centerpiece of the GOP alternative to Clintoncare in 1994.  Newt Gingrich supported it back then, as did the Heritage Foundation.  Mitt Romney based his Massachusetts reform on it.

The journal Health Affairs asked former Swiss health minister Thomas Zeltner why his country’s individual mandate was acceptable to a nation known for ardently defending personal freedom. “That’s easy,” Zeltner replied. “We will not let people suffer and die when they need health care. The Swiss believe that in return, individuals owe it to society to provide ahead of time for their health care when they fall seriously ill. At that point, they may not have enough money to pay for it. So we consider the health insurance mandate to be a form of socially responsible civic conduct. In Switzerland, ‘individual freedom’ does not mean that you should be free to live irresponsibly and freeload from others.”

So, summing up the above paragraph, the Swiss have compassion for all of their people.   In the United States, the Republicans are pro life from the moment of conception until the baby leaves the womb.  Then, he is on his own!  How absurd can we be?

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2 comments on “Health Care

  1. Some really good points. I liked how you put the 50 million into perspective there in the first paragraph.

    Good post!

  2. The final resolution of America’s debacle with the health care issue may be as traumatic as the Civil War or the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. Why? Because America is the only country in the world that allows the fox to guard the chickens. In America the insurance companies are in charge of dispensing health care as if they had an interest of caring for those in need above making a profit. So it is not a coincidence that the uninsured in America are also those who are considered high risk by the insurance companies and taking care of them is not good for the profit line. The insurance companies see the current health care arrangement as a profit bonanza and they are not going to give it up without a fight.

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