peripat wrote:Says the person who thinks it is wrong to hang up on robocalls
Kinda hard to hang up when I never pick up - they all go straight to the answering machine.
All the noise is pre-election posturing. If Obama gets re-elected, the states will fall get in line for funding. They have large industries, especially hospitals, that will suffer without participating.
The Republican message to uninsured Americans in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling couldn’t be clearer: You’re on your own.
The party may not have officially adopted the “let ’em die” policy of right-wing hecklers at that CNN primary debate, when Ron Paul was asked what should be done when uninsured folks show up at the hospital. But as a practical matter, Republicans are in pretty unsavory territory. What other conclusion can we draw when Rick Perry, who presides over a state where fully one in four people lack health coverage, makes swaggering indifference to these Texans’ plight a point of sovereign pride?
Fifty million uninsured Americans would be the immediate casualties of the GOP’s “let them eat the emergency room” mentality. But all of us would be at risk. In America — alone among wealthy nations — everyone is a pink slip or job change or new illness away from finding they’ve lost coverage or are uninsurable.
This is the shameful reality behind the GOP’s rhetoric on health care. Republicans don’t want to spend a penny to insure the uninsured.
Stella_Guru wrote: Ted Kennedy opposed and torpedoed Nixon's idea which is now celebrated by Dems as a progressive triumph.
Huckleby wrote:Stella_Guru wrote: Ted Kennedy opposed and torpedoed Nixon's idea which is now celebrated by Dems as a progressive triumph.
Kennedy described his opposition to the Nixon proposal as the greatest mistake of his professional life. He said we would have had universal health care by the close of the 70's if he had been more wise.
Nixon also created the EPA and drastically reduced air pollution in particular. That would be a progressive triumph today too, just as Obamacare is an unambiguous triumph for progressives.
Stella_Guru wrote:Enlighten me then about what is in Obamacare that will prevent Health Insurance companies from manipulating the market place and giving us inferior coverage with high deductables, and will healthcare related bankruptcies continue? Are we just looking at legislation that solidifies their control over our lives with the help of government dollars, and shows once again the degree to which corporations drive American public policy?
[Florida] Gov. Rick Scott took to national television soon after the ruling to announce that he would reject the expansion. Advocates for the poor and some players in the health care industry — especially hospitals — intend to push back.
Hospital associations around the country have already signed off on cuts to reimbursement rates under the health care law on the assumption that the new paying customers they would gain, partly through the Medicaid expansion, would more than cover their losses.
Without the expansion, Mr. Rueben [president of the Florida Hospital Association] and others in the health care industry said, the cost of uncompensated care — emergency treatment for those who are uninsured and cannot afford to pay — will continue to spiral upward and more costs will be shifted to the insured.