Category Archives: health care

Cartoon of the day. (Swine flu panic edition.)

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The sad state of medical care in this country.

And, conservatives don’t think we need to change anything. This should not be the case in a country like the USA.

Twenty percent of Americans say they have delayed or postponed medical care, mostly doctor visits, and many said cost was the main reason, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters released on Monday.

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The Old Fart’s Friday Recommendation.

  • Paul Waldman, at The American Prospect, on the Obama Administration and separation of church and state.
  • A video interview by Sojourners with musician Moby.
  • Paul Krugman on  the economic crisis and the coming health care catastrophe.
  • The congressional Republican unanimity on the economic stimulus and its impact is explored by Eugene Robinson.

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McCain’s Not Raising Taxes To Pay For His Health Care Plan, He’s Cutting Medicare.

McCain advisers have admitted that he is going to cut Medicare. The “Old Fart” isn’t quite ready for Medicare but will be in the not too distant future so, to say that cutting health care benefits for one group to provide benefits for another is the answer to our health care mess is pure crap. The only candidate who will address this issue where we have any chance of seeing improvement is Obama.

John McCain would pay for his health plan with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid, a top aide said, in a move that independent analysts estimate could result in cuts of $1.3 trillion over 10 years to the government programs.

The Republican presidential nominee has said little about the proposed cuts, but they are needed to keep his health-care plan “budget neutral,” as he has promised. The McCain campaign hasn’t given a specific figure for the cuts, but didn’t dispute the analysts’ estimate.

In the months since Sen. McCain introduced his health plan, statements made by his campaign have implied that the new tax credits he is proposing to help Americans buy health insurance would be paid for with other tax increases.

But Douglas HoltzEakin, Sen. McCain’s senior policy adviser, said Sunday that the campaign has always planned to fund the tax credits, in part, with savings from Medicare and Medicaid. Those government health-care programs serve seniors, poor families and the disabled. Medicare spending for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30 is estimated at $457.5 billion.

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Wow. Health Care To Believe In. Not.

Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.

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McCain–Out Of Touch.

No Senator, many American’s can’t afford to go see their doctor regularly.  On this too, you are out of touch.

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McCain’s Do Nothing Health Care "Plan."

Joe Klein, of Time, has decided to ignore the petty, bull shit, non-issue spewing from the McCain campaign and focus on the issues.  Good!  Here is his take on McCain’s health insurance “plan.”

But make no mistake: this plan will do little or nothing for those who do not have insurance now–unless they are young and healthy–and it may well hurt a fair number of workers, especially unionized workers, who get gold-plated benefits from their employers.

It will certainly do nothing for families with members who have pre-existing conditions or children with special needs–because it makes no provision to regulate the insurers, forcing them to cover all comers at “community” rates that don’t discriminate against the people who need health insurance most.

Obama needs to hammer harder on this and other economic issues. And, soon!

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