MirageRe: You can be sure the moneyed supporters of the Republicans...Sun Jan 29, 2012 07:1222.214.171.124He has tried, but let me put it this way, the promised reduction of healthcare costs left huge loopholes for insurance companies, and they have used them. Members of one insurance company here saw their private family plan rates raise an average of 30-40% last year. Mine was far worse, insanely, bizarrely usurious. Imagine getting a bill for almost $20k to renew your insurance...which will only cover the next 3 months. I did get a bill like that. This was the new quarterly fee. Nobody can pay that for very long, not even very rich people can afford 80k a year to cover a single person. People are selling their houses and moving into apartments trying to keep family members with chronic illnesses insured. If they ever lose their insurance, they cannot get insured elsewhere. Self insurance might be an option for the young and healthy, but not a good idea for a 55 year old self-employed man who has had a heart attack already and will be needing a bypass eventually. Not a good idea for someone losing their sight who would be unable to afford eye surgery without insurance. In order for me to get government healthcare assistance in my state, with my juvenile diabetes, these are examples of what it would take for me to qualify: loss of both legs or both arms, loss of vision in both eyes, or loss of both eyes. Everything on the list was that severe or worse. This is a scenario in which people might be tempted to blind themselves in order to be able to get lifesaving heart surgery, and there is something truly wrong with that.
Believe it or not, I would have been better off under Bush. I could have qualified based on legal blindness back then, meaning severe but not total vision loss. Uncorrectable 20/450 vision in both eyes or worse. Seeing the Big E on the eye chart would not have disqualified a person who for work and other daily purposes is effectively blind.
Obama seems like a nice guy as a person, but he has been unable to stand up to big pharma, insurance companies and other big business pressures.
- You can be sure the moneyed supporters of the Republicans... Kasey, Sun Jan 29 05:55are doing everything they can afford, to undermine the good, humanitarian programmes Obama is trying to implement....regardless of the short term national consequences. Regards, Kasey
- Re: You can be sure the moneyed supporters of the Republicans... Mirage, Sun Jan 29 07:12
- Any private system has to make a profit... Kasey, Mon Jan 30 02:25a national government run one might work better if the ALL health professionals did't try to rip off the system as they already do in the PHS. REGARDS, Kasey
- It's a non profit, supposedly (nm) Mirage, Mon Jan 30 05:16
- I'm not sure he wants to Frashavan, Sun Jan 29 08:22Obama raised a huge war chest, based on the donations of individuals, not corporations. That should have freed him from dependency on the moneyed interests, but seems to have had no visible impact.... more
- That's the breaks MN_Morgan, Mon Jan 30 12:34I have been jaded since I started voting. If it looks like it's too good to be true, it probably is. I do see an improvement in spite of all the crap, but I doubt anyone can fix this system. Even the ... more
- Great power amplifies the wrong it is possible to do Frashavan, Mon Jan 30 17:41... but, from what I can see, it doesn't make it any easier to do good. I consider that one of the paradoxes of power, actually.
- Not sure I agree Mirage, Mon Jan 30 22:13I think despite having been pretty much a robber baron, Bill Gates has done some real good with his foundation. Yes, I imagine from the timing of it, that Gates probably did it initially to try to... more
- I was thinking, mostly, about the political spehere Frashavan, Tue Jan 31 07:45If you throw enough money around, some of it is probably going to end up "wasted" doing some good. ;-)