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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

...with liberty and health care for all

Government / Bureaucracy, Health care, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/04/AR2007090401623_pf.html Importing Poverty

A second reason is that immigration affects government policy. By default, our present policy is to import poor people. This imposes strains on local schools, public services and health care. From 2000 to 2006, 41 percent of the increase in people without health insurance occurred among Hispanics. Paradoxically, many Hispanics are advancing quite rapidly. But assimilation -- which should be our goal -- will be frustrated if we keep adding to the pool of poor. Newcomers will compete with earlier arrivals. In my view, though some economists disagree, competition from low-skilled Hispanics also hurts low-skilled blacks.

 http://www.census.gov/prod/2007pubs/p60-233.pdf Census Report: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in U.S.: 2006 Pp 18, Insurance

 

http://online.wsj.com/video/how-to-fix-health-insurance/BDDD0C13-0453-4E03-8BE1-41BCC0F03694.html

The Gillespie Plan

If you want health insurance, get some.

He interviews guys on the Sunset Strip who choose not to purchase health insurance. 

They don't pull at the heartstrings like a little girl

They say they need to choose between housing and health care

It would probably cost around $100/month--way too much

What else do they spend money on partying? way more than $100 mo

 

Dr. Glen Whitman, economist at Cal state That guy would be able to afford health insurance if he really wanted to

I am going to go to the free clinics and look good

The reason people don't have health insurance is not because they don't want it, it is because they can't afford it, obabma

Folks on sunset strip aren't like regular americans, most uninusred people are young, without children...they are more likely to look like these guys

nearly half could be covered. about 45% of uninsured would be able to get health insurance right now if they wanted.

Market Watch from Johns Hopkins say that either they could afford to buy it or qualify for existing

11mil qualify for govt programs but don't sign up for SCHIP or medicaid.

the study looked at how much people make, $58,000 but not how much they spent on other things: $1,081on cell phones, alcohol - $427, eating out - $2,269, clothing - $1,575, and cigarettes - $364, personal care products - $481,

If millions could get health care coverage without any [new] help from Washington, why don't the candidates urge them to get covered, pronto? Politicians aren't in the business of telling us what we need to do, they tell us what we want to do. They won't get as many votes telling us we need to change our life, we need to fix our problems.

Politicians like to tell us they will fix all of our problems for us.

 

 

 

 

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