Published: Saturday, Sept. 29 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Recent research establishes that states that have expanded Medicaid have seen
health improvements in their populations, lower mortality rates, etc. The
results are clear, and it's equally clear this issue has a significant
moral factor. Nonetheless, opinions die hard, and the attendant
counter claims and heel dragging will cause a delay in health improvements in
areas that reject the spirit and letter of ACA.It's always been
this way. My wife grew up African American in the South, and was still
attending segregated schools in the mid-60s long after Brown vs Board of
Education was settled by the Supreme Court in 1954 outlawing school segregation.
"Just because the Feds forced integration of schools in Arkansas
doesn't mean we need to roll over and give up our freedom to determine our
own direction in Kentucky. There are significant differences between Arkansas
and Kentucky. We won't be complying anytime soon."
Sherrie,Where is all this FREE money coming from? It's an
outright LIE to say it's free, SOMEONE has to pay it. Even the SCOTUS
determined it was a tax. WHO PAYS THE SUBSIDY? the TAXPAYER!Yeah,
I'd like free health care. I'd also like free cars, free housing,
free clothing, free food, free recreation, free furnishings, etc. ad nauseum,
but it doesn't work that way. SOMEBODY HAS to pay for it sooner or later.
Of course Obamacare hurts employment. Why do think unemployment
has been stuck over 8% since the passage of Obamacare?
Lost in DC, you really ARE lost aren't you?But it's a
waste of energy to try to point out the route to you and others like you.
Lost in DC:It comes down to what is a smart investment in society.
Is educating children a smart investment we're happy to pay for?
Certainly. We all agree.Everyone wants a strong defense. Yet the
F-35 fighter jet will cost us more than the GDP of Australia. Do we really have
that much money? Healthcare is not cheap, in large part because
people avoid treatment until their conditions become far too expensive.
Republicans are now fiscal hawks, but if they really wanted to chop healthcare
costs and shape behavior they'd repeal Reagan's law mandating care at
ERs. Nobody is that cruel, so let's deal with reality.In my
opinion, it's smart to invest in Americans, in human beings, like with
education. A healthy worker is a more productive worker, and if the less
fortunate need healthcare, getting it increases their chances of contributing to
society, increasing economic activity. Which allows us to buy more
of those F-35 jet fighters.
I'd like free health care, too. But health care isn't free. What it
can be is available to everyone, as a single payer system. We pay a lot for
insurance here, more than anywhere else. We could do better and save money if we
got insurance and employers out of the business of providing health care and did
it collectively for ourselves.
Everyone who wants someone else to pay for HIS family's healthcare has
bought into Obama's communistic view of America. We are
individuals. We individually have the responsibility to care for ourselves.
Parents have the responsibility to care for their own family. Extended family
has the responsibility to care for members of that extended family.Government has NO responsibility to the individual.Obama wants to
buy your vote by telling you that GOVERNMENT will GIVE you healthcare. Nothing
is further from the truth. Obama wants 18% of your total income to go into the
treasury where he can spend it to buy votes, just as he did when he spent $49
BILLION to bail out the unions at G.M. and another $500 MILLION when he loaned
YOUR money to buy votes at Solyndra.The government owns nothing. It
has the power to tax you and me. It gives us nothing, but it TAKES everything
that we have.If you want to be forced to pay government another 18%
of your income, then by all means, support "free" government healthcare.
Old Man,I see you buy off on the idea that NO ONE pays for heath care or
the rest of the largess and bounteous benevolence of uncle Sam. No one EVER has
to pay for ANYTHING. But it's a waste of time to tell you that bills
actually do need to be paid. Where can I get the free money?10CC,NICE OBFUSCATION!!!I said nothing about whether
it was a smart investment or not; I said someone had to pay for it, which was
contrary to Sherrie's comment that the money was free.
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