June 23, 2009
This is what can happen when you don't have health care.
Opponents of a pubic option for health coverage have been trying to scare people with the prospect of a government run health care system. As noted in yesterday's post, it isn't working.
There are any number of reasons for this but here's a big one: millions of Americans already receive health coverage from one form or another of public insurance. Consider:
Medicaid in 2006 covered almost 59 million Americans, mostly those with low incomes and/or disabilities.
Medicare in 2008 covered almost 45 million Americans, mostly the elderly.
TRICARE, a health program for military personnel and retirees, covers more than 9 million Americans.
And this doesn't count the many other kinds of health coverage directly or indirectly provided by federal, state, and local governments. What the country needs is a public insurance option to compete with private plans for those not eligible for the programs listed above.
AND WHILE WE'RE AT IT, here's Paul Krugman again on health care. He's worried that some senators want to party like it's 1993.
COAL'S COSTS outweigh its benefits, according to a new study. Here's Ken Ward's story from the Sunday Gazette-Mail and more from Coal Tattoo.
STATES FEEL THE PAIN of the recession as they make painful cuts or look for ways to raise revenue.
SOCIAL COMPETITION in early humans may made our brains get so big.
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS. El Cabrero has been busted more than once for yesterday's post which made a play on words about ducks when in fact geese were pictured. As one correspondent put suggested, a better caption might have been “We’re tired of getting goosed on health care.”
HAS ANYBODY NOTICED that I've managed to go four days without posting anything about Greek tragedy? It's really tough.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED