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Saturday, March 10, 2012


Mark Anderson

You have two comments on Liberals and Democrats, you don't know many Liberals or Democrats, do you. I believe that Republicans have killed total coverage in America since Truman. What do you want Republicans to draw on the drawing board? I thought that most everything in the Affordable Care Act was originally a Republican idea. I know that once Obama agrees with anything Republicans used to be for, Republicans will be against it. I believe that's a genetic disorder.

Ken Blanchard

Mark: yes. Everyone who disagrees with you is retarded. Now go back to sleep.

Bill Fleming

Good overview, KB. Mark's right though, the current bill is largely made up of GOP ideas. Specifically (and most recently) Mitt Romney's ideas. The upshot is, alternatively, we already have (and have for some time) a form of universal health care. It's called "the emergency room." Problem is, it's the most expensive and least intentional form of universal health care imagineable. We can do better. Let's do it.

Bill Fleming

p.s. Nice picture, KB.

D.E. Bishop

That is helpful info, thanks.

I can't speak for all libs or Dems, but for me, a liberal Democrat, the goal of healthcare reform was affordable coverage for everyone.

I can clearly see the sense of copays and deductibles to foster frugality. It's a great idea, and not suitable for everyone.

In 2006 I became ill. It's taken me to the present time to recover, and I'm as recovered as I ever will be. I am not able to work full time. I do receive money from Social Security. That, with my part-time paycheck and Medicare, keeps a roof over my head and a few other necessities. Prior to becoming ill I had a 403B, a pension, savings, a car, small tent camper, and basic belongings. I went from $45,000 to $00.00, in a week.

I had good insurance. I sold everything but the car. My pension, 403B, savings --- all gone. Every cent. It went for copays, deductibles, and living expenses. Massive medical bills. I filed bankruptcy, something I never in my life thought I would have to do. We just don't do that in my family. We work. We pay our obligations.

Those are the kinds of things that have been wiping out individuals and families. Those are the kinds of issues that health care needs to address. I wish I was a rare example of an individual or family being wiped out by health care needs. I really wish that. But I'm not. Health care reform needs to address that.

Bill Fleming

D.E. Agreed. People shouldn't have to go bankrupt just because they get sick.


This was a great post, thanks for the info.
goog luck for you.

Mark Anderson

I believe the term you should use is developmentally delayed. Now I'm going to bed.

Ken Blanchard

Mark: I was describing your view, not mine.

Ken Blanchard

Bill and D.E.B.: yes, helping people avoid bankruptcy due to heath care costs is one aim of an effective health care reform. Avoiding public bankruptcy is another. Not wrecking the health care system is yet one more.

Bill Fleming

Sadly, as long as money=free speech, then corporations=people, and health=money.

Anthony Renli

I would LOVE to go to a Swiss based health care system. But it isn't going to happen. Not because of the of the mandate or the controls...it's one control in specific.
from: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/usr_doc/Leu_swissdutchhltinssystems_1220.pdf?section=4039

"In contrast, the Swiss insurance system (7.5 million people) is highly
decentralized, with plans operating and setting premiums at the canton level
(26 divisions). In Switzerland, only nonprofit insurers may participate. The 10 largest of some 85 carriers insure 80 percent of the population. Swiss insurance risk equalization efforts adjust only for age and sex factors at the moment. Currently, Swiss premiums vary widely by health risks of insured pools across the country and within regions"

I would love to go to a mandated non-profit status for Insurance Companies - that would fix a massive amount of problems we have.

Ken Blanchard

Anthony: your post includes precisely the kind of considerations that might have preceded and informed the debate over health care reform. They didn't.

Mass Suit

I was hooked up to an IV for 3 hours, between 2:30 and 5:30 am, and was made very comfortable. The bed was comfy, they gave me lots of blankets, and the room was kept warm (I'm always cold, and when I'm cold, I'm very uncomfortable). It's pretty amazing how comfortable I was, and how well I slept, for someone with an IV hooked up to their vein.

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