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Area Democrats laud 'historic' health care bill
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on Mar 22, 2010
A bill reforming America's health care system, what one Bay Area congressman said was "one of the most important bills in the past 40 years," was approved Sunday night by the U.S. House of Representatives, with seven votes to spare. After expected Senate approval of House changes, it will go to President Obama to be signed.
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posted Monday, March 22, 2010, 12:45 AM
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Posted by been in the trenches 30 years
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Mar 25, 2010 at 5:41 am
Well, in the end, what will the result be?
We are stuck with an almost 3,000 page bill that is instantly being brought to court by at least 8 States so far...states that have no desire to turn into a bankruptcy train wreck like California.
This nation will continue on its march toward being California.
All Americans who actually pay for their health care will see their costs rise in insurance premiums to cover yet more mandates we don't want to pay for ( except here in California, being already so regulated, we may not see much rise since we have already gone down this path)
All Americans who pay taxes will see their taxes go up to pay yet more those who pay nothing.
All Americans who paid for their health care will continue to see their options drop, and in 4 years those who don't pay anything already will see their options rise. ( Transfer of health).
A vicious, deliberate cycle of destruction of private health care will accelerate, until the "public option" is all that is left, except for a little supplemental insurance.
Fewer inventions, doctors, therapists, nurses will be attracted to a profession which makes less, and is frustrated daily at an inability to give good care.
The conservatives are on the rise like no time in my life, including the early 90s.
But in the end, it will be too late, the camel's nose was already under the tent of destroying our country from within, this "evil capitalist country", since the top 25% of us already were paying 86% of all taxes, and the bottom 50% paid nothing. We were already socialist, just pretending to be capitalists. Now the veil is off, the rest of the body is in the tent lifting it off the ground.
The Union members and Congress are exempt from any of the taxes, and any of the requirement to participate in this behemoth. Why is that?
The politcial "elite" and chosen don't get cadillac taxes on their insurance, and are exempt from this bill?
So, how much more will be transfer health and wealth before we finish our collapse into bankruptcy, like Greece?
Perhaps it is a good thing that this happened now, in this, way, with only one Party to take the "credit", as we age into this disaster and the cognitive dissonance it sets up screams out.
And, maybe it is a good thing to sped our collapse along so we, the children of the 60s, are the ones who end up paying the biggest price of the seeds of destruction we have planted, as we lose our retirements and our medicare. This is just the start, transferring from those aged who earned it.I refer to the cut in Medicare that is part of this bill. A cut coming just as the Baby Boomers are slamming into an overloaded system. Does that make any sense? Even had there been no cut at all, just doing nothing would have lowered the amount of money available per baby boomer, because we are going to overwhelm the system.
We already have a huge disparity between those who earned, and those who didn't, it is nauseating.
Case in point. Literally true, seen with my own eyes.
In one room, a veteran of our WW2, had to start paying 20% of the health care bill starting on day 21 because he had only Medicare, and it stopped 100% coverage on day 21. In the room next door, a same aged man, brought here from elsewhere just a few years ago, didn't have to start paying anything on day 21 because MediCal would pick up the difference.
The first was worried about money and left against all of us begging him to stay for another week to recover more.
The second, in better shape, was hard to push out the door because there was no financial incentive on anyone's part of him or the family to take him home.
We, in health care, see this daily now..it used to be a rarity, something we shrugged off and talked about over lunch. It is now a non-stop insult, a daily event.
It will only become more so. WE continue to disconnect the reality of the dollar from those who are using the services. EVERYONE should pay a percentage of costs, a "copay" if you will, regardless of financial status, to connect back up the decisions of health care to the receiver of health care.
For those who can't afford the "copay", that is what charities are for. I trust a well run charity a lot more than our govt to sort out those who need the help from those who don't.
This disparity in care received by those who have paid and those who don't, meaning more care for those who are "free", will just keep growing, and our rage will only grow more and more with it.
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