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Health care Held Hostage

April 26, 2012

Day 29 at Supreme Court

Healthcare Held Hostage

Today marks the 29th day the Supreme Court has started deliberating whether to total the most important US health care legislation since FDR. Actually, they may have decided already, but leave the rest of us wondering till June. Sometime in June we’ll find out whether Scalia really meant what he said, to let my uninsurable relatives lie there in the street.

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If Obamacare goes down, what’s next? There’s always Paul Ryan’s new plan for “able-bodied people.” And don’t forget churches. Our churches try, but honestly I don’t know where my church is supposed to come up with the funds for cancer or hip replacements; I just don’t see that much change in the collection plate. Maybe we need to join one of those “prosperity gospel” churches where God give you a Lexus. A Lexus might cover a few years of cancer treatments.

Some other folks pondering what’s at stake in June:
Small businesses are wondering if their improvements will be halted.
HIV-positive Americans are wondering what will happen to them.
Even conservative legal scholars support Obamacare.
But if the law is struck down, the highest-income earners will save on their taxes.
And health insurers will save over $1 billion in rebates to consumers and employers.

  1. paws4thot permalink
    April 27, 2012 7:33 am

    If you want actual facts, rather than Republican lies, about Uk healthcare, I’m always available. I also know a Norwegian who I’m sure will do similarly about theirs.

    For now, I pay no federal tax on the first $12000 of my income, 30% on anything between between that and about $63000, and 42% on anything over 63grand. For that I get free at point of use healthcare including unlimitted free prescription meds (Scotland and Wales) or $10 per item with an effective cap at about $160pa for cronic conditions (England only; reasons tied up in our system of government), a guaranteed income if unemployed or unable to work due to illness or injury, and a guaranteed state pension on retirement.

    • April 27, 2012 11:31 pm

      It’s also interesting how other countries have very different health care systems that also work well–Germany and Sweden, for instance. There seem to be many ways to do it right, but the US persists in one that doesn’t work.

  2. Frank Caesar Branchini permalink
    April 29, 2012 5:21 pm

    I heard Canadian author Margaret Atwood tell this health care joke: What is the first thing a Canadian living in the US does when they get sick? Book a flight to Canada.

    Sad but true.

    The US is Number One in the world in health care costs and Number 50 in life expectancy. We also have one of the highest rates of medical errors in the world. Our health care system is broken and urgently needs to be fixed. After hearing about the US health care system, my Candian friends no longer complain about their health care system.

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