Elhanan wrote:Don't know about all the poor elderly folks out there, but I have hope that my own experience is improving (and I fit into both groups). And it was Obama's admin that wished to place internet restrictions; check the history. Cannot speak well as to the banks, but as I mentioned before, am all for the use of coal and against changes in the EPA and Govt to lift restrictions that strangle 'poor elderly' folks.
FYI - the riots mentioned in that 3rd Breitbart link are from the left; read the article. And the 9th Court has been legislating from the bench, and am hoping that they will be dismantled while Trump remains in office for another term.
Healthcare does NOT need to be part of the government. Government medical care in the US is terrible, just look at the VA. "Taking away healthcare" is only taking the more expensive, mandatory government health care option, most of those are people who don't want health insurance for whatever reason, or are too young to get it in the first place. It also frees people to go find their own health care that lets them choose their own doctor (which Obamacare didn't let you do), has lower premiums and copays (which, due to Obamacare had companies raising rates) and able to not be fined out the *** for not having insurance they DON'T WANT. There is ZERO conclusive evidence that "removing" healthcare will kill people.
Companies may try to abuse their consumers, but given the rise of social media, I see that any company that engages in bad practices will get roasted on a spit and lose business overall if they pollute, over charge, or do anything untoward. Companies have already pledged to maintain (and INCREASE) their emissions and reduce them further, they just don't get a government subsidy check (which I've seen promising businesses DIE because of), and the fact that the economy is gaining died l speed at a rapid pace seems to indicate that things are, surprise, doing well for once.
Oh, not to mention the literal witch hunt the left is going through, trying to find anything on Trump they can, inciting ACTUAL death and injuries, and committing some serious acts of violence just because their candidate lost a FAIR election. Russia hasn't worked, Russia won't work, Russia was a non-issue in the election, the current "investigation" is run by the guy who recommended Comey be fired, etc. I can keep going.
I've done my research, I've formed my opinions and have them backed up by evidence - scientific, political and economical, and until I see actual hard evidence that Trump is a Russia puppet, a lack of healthcare is killing people, etc, I'll stick with who and what is actually killing people - extreme Muslims, some of whom are refugees, and extreme leftists.
Government healthcare is not more expensive, It's actually cheaper, and results in better outcomes. The US spends double what other countries do on healthcare http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=SHA
and gets among the worst outcomes for developed nations http://thepatientfactor.com/canadian-he ... h-systems/
Also, for the poor and/or elderly people benefiting from the medicaid expansion and medicare that they're trying to cut, COST IS NOT A FACTOR. It does not matter what health insurance costs me per year, I can't afford it. I work full time. I made ~19k last year. Rent is 9600 a year. Food (with very little/no junk food or "organic" foods) is 5000 per year. Electricity/Water is 2400 per year. Car insurance, which I don't have the luxery of not having, is 1200. I have 0 left. Lets just assume that I do have the luxery of skipping car insurance though. That leaves me with 1200 for Insurance, toilet paper, internet, soap, cloths, ect.
Using modern figures, *just* the premiums would run me $900 per year, (down to $300 now) and that's not counting the 40% of all medical expenses that I have to pay, meaning if anything actually happened to me I wouldn't be able to afford it.
Lest you think this problem was caused by the ACA or the employer mandate of the 90s, the average cost of healthcare per capita (so just me in this case) in 1980 was $1100, which would leave me with $100 to meet literally all of my other needs. http://www.kff.org/health-costs/issue-b ... countries/
Also, I'm a *good* case. I'm young, I don't have kids, I'm in generally good health, ect.
Does the ACA need to go? Absolutely, the individial mandate system was a terrible idea when it was the answer to the employer mandate in the 90s and it hasn't gotten better since. Is it better than the AHCA? Absolutely. The *non partizan* CBO (whos head was picked by the republicans btw) estimates that under the AHCA 14 million *more* people would be uninsured by 2018 and 24 million more by 2026. They also estimate a decrease in insurance premiums starting in 2020, but that would be as a result of old/sick people who need the coverage most being priced out of the market entirely. https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52486
And yeah, when people don't have insurance (or technically have insurance but can't pay the co-pays so might as well not have insurance) when they get sick or hurt, they don't go to the doctor unless the absolutely have to because they can't afford it. There are no shortage of cases where by the time people in that situation felt they needed to go to the doctor and would make it work somehow, it's too late to treat whatever they had.
"Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions"
- George W. Bush