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Old 07-15-2008, 09:35 AM
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Helen Redmond: Why Can't We All Get KennedyCare?
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:09 PM
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I'm not exactly Teddy's number-one fan, and that's putting ever so slightly mildly. However, what this article brings home to me is how complex the issue of health care is. Looking at the history the article recounts about attempts to provide universal health care, it becomes clear that there are real difficulties with this. And this article does not even cover the entire history. In this case, I can't fault Teddy, or other government officials. They've been trying to get this done for decades. Obviously it's not so easy.

As for their own comprehensive health care, it's simply a matter of reality, the reality in this case being that their employer provides comprhensive health care, similar to the situation for those in the private sector whose employers contract with HMO's. Besides, do we really want government to grind to a halt every time one of our leaders has health issues? Better--for all of us--that those health problems be dealt with as efficiently as possible.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:28 PM
Location: West Michigan
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I have to agree with Ogre on all points. Plus the article was written from a wicked socialist viewpoint, one that isn't indicative of the real views in America. The article (like everything in print) has to be taken with a grain of salt and an understanding of what point the author is really trying to make.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:22 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Considering that the Kennedy family is incredibly wealthy, it wouldn't MATTER what his health insurance would pay for or not pay for. He could pay his own way for whatever he wanted. Someone from his family might have consulted his insurance to see what they'd pay for, but I'd be sure it had little to no impact on his decisions about his own care.

Trying to make any statements about US healthcare choices when you are talking about the care a multimillionaire receives is just ludicrous.
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:11 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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The author is a contributor to Socialist Worker! So that's her bias. I think most reasonable people agree with ogre that health care is a complicated issue. I would like to see universal coverage. I don't think I'd like to see single-payer. JMO.
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:06 PM
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I love how the article kept saying government financed health care instead of tax payer financed health care. I'll pass on having to pay the kind of taxes people pay in Canada, England, and France for their goverment controlled universal health care. In those countries there are 15 and 20 year waiting lists to see a doctor and there's a good chance you will die before you ever get to see one. Its no surprise that the rich from those countries come to the US for their health care. If the people with money are coming to the US for health care who do you think has the better health care system?
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