Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Quick bits

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, told  CNN it would be "disastrous" for Republicans to repeal Obamacare without a proper replacement.
"The political rhetoric of the campaign has hit the reality of governing. This is complex. You cannot take healthcare away from 18 million people. What are they going to do?" he said.
I suppose they will just die after long and painful illnesses. Perhaps Trumpet needs an Aussie phrase to respond with, like, shit happens. 

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  1. Well, what will happen in far too many places is what happened before Obamacare: drastically ill people will be turned away from Emergency Departments because they have neither the insurance nor the cash to pay.
    Or to put it as succinctly as you, shit happens.

    I am old enough to remember the days before St Gough when you poor Mexicans had to pay for health care until he introduced Medibank. Here in Queensland we had free health hospital care since the thirties. Then I was covered in Darwin cos I was a nurse, but I remember being shocked by the hospital fees when I moved to Sydney and the palaver of sorting out who had health cover and who didn't. I'm pretty sure no one was ever turned away though. Gawd, I've just gone on a voyage of memories, long forgotten.

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    1. Rozzie, my memory is little hazy. I remember when I began work, I paid private health insurance until God Gough came along. I believe the was a scheme before Medibank for the poor, but without private health cover anyone who required expensive treatment would soon become very poor.

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  2. The irony here is that the USA never had universal health care and never valued it as a basic right of every citizen. So Obamacare was really only a _first_ step in a huge change that should have expanded and improved over the years.

    As soon as Thump is impeached, citizens will start wanting universal health care (or something like it) again.

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    1. Hels, there are just so many vested interests in keeping the system private and it mostly consists of subsidising the insurance companies and cross subsiding from higher earners. Even modest earners have seen their premiums rocket under Obamacare, so I am not sure it a good system, though better than before.

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  3. Oh Hels, you said the magic word.. impeachment! Please let it happen soon! It's beyond belief that he's been allowed to embarrass the US and annoy the world for so long 😊

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    1. Grace, that would warm so many people's hearts to see that happen.

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  4. As one who stands to lose health insurance under Trump, what can I say, but he wants to add over $50 billion to defense spending, to defend America against enemies, but our people can't see a doctor. The backwards ass thinking of a paranoid with no root in reality.

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    1. Strayer, yes, defending overseas interests that make a lot of money for private companies in the US, which behind him his country collapses.

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  5. Yes, shit happens but so dreadful for the health!
    That man is a worry at times.

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    1. Margaret, it is interesting that he seems to be softening somewhat, but still the results of his action will be long felt.

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  6. I remember in the days before Gough, as a family, we were covered by my soldier husband's army health insurance, so the birth of each child was 'free' and luckily we were a healthy bunch who didn't get ill or break any bones. Then along came Gough (and Medicare, I think), and larger child endowment payments, which went a long way to helping out at home.

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    1. River, that is something else I had forgotten. Some workplaces did pay their employees health insurance, as happens now in the US.

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  7. I saw a clip the other day of President Trump stating 'who knew health care would be so complicated?'.

    Another demonstration of how totally unsuited and unfit he is for the Presidency.

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    1. Victor, even here, our health care is complicated. Some interesting advice I heard recently, is that if you have private health insurance, ask a public hospital to take you in as a private patient with no out of pocket expenses. The hospital will jump at it.

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