From Reuters here:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will request a package of $15 billion in spending cuts from Congress on Tuesday, including some $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program championed by Democrats, senior administration officials said on Monday.
From CNBC here:
However, the poll, conducted by the University of Chicago and the West Health Institute, found Americans fear large medical bills more than they do serious illness. The data showed 33 percent of those surveyed were “extremely afraid” or “very afraid” of getting seriously ill. About 40 percent said paying for health care is more frightening than the illness itself.
If ever there was a clearer argument for universal health care I haven’t seen it.
Why this is surprising to anybody is a surprise. In a society where good employment prospects are dwindling and wages are declining and savings rates are very low why would you fault anybody for skipping for profit health care.
From Naked Capitalism here:
In the richest country in the history of the world, with its abundant natural resources, and its millions of unemployed or unsatisfied citizens (waiting and willing, ready and able, and desperate to make it happen)…. It is time to stop talking about how we will “pay for” anything. If we can “afford” the fantastically-expensive programs that cater to the wealthy and the powerful, then we can sure as hell “afford” the moderately-expensive programs that the powerless need to survive, starting with Medicare for All.
From the CNN here:
“(We) finally did away with the individual mandate tax that was established under that wonderful bill called Obamacare,” Hatch said. “Now, if you didn’t catch on, I was being very sarcastic. That was the stupidest, dumbass bill that I’ve ever seen.”
“Some of you may have loved it. If you do, you are one of the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met,” Hatch added. “There are a lot of them up there on Capitol Hill from time to time.”
I do think the individual mandate was a horrible idea. I would prefer universal health care funded by cutting the ridiculously bloated budget of our War Machine.
Orrin Hatch would disagree, I’m quite sure. And he could give a shit about the physical and mental health of ordinary Americans — he could give a flying fuck. And that’s why he is a rank, diseased anus of a man.
From NBC News here:
As the “gray wave” of aging baby boomers crowd into the country’s creaking long-term care system, many of them may unexpectedly end up in nursing home where anti-psychotic medication, rather than comprehensive social and mental health services, have become a standard way for some residential institutions to maintain order.
If you think this is surprising or makes no sense given our politicians’ and leaders’ attitude towards paying for real health care, then maybe you need some anti-psychotic medication.
From Reuters here:
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.
in fact, we are so used to skimpy we feel lucky to have skimpy cuz it’s better than nothing at all.
As I’ve been saying for years Obamacare is skimpy in many ways and folks adore it!