After getting upset about the Arizona fiasco, I just heard on the NPR news tonight that the Republicans want to drastically cut Medicaid and Medicare in 2012, while at the same time reducing the top tax bracket from 35% to 25%.
The Medicaid plan is to give block grants to the states and then wash their hands of it, and the Medicare plan is to give seniors a fixed amount to buy private insurance. Wow! That will be SO much help when you have multiple medical conditions, and no private firm is willing to insure you, or if you DO find a company, the premium is MUCH higher than what the govt. is giving you. And the amount they give will not be adjusted for inflation or anything else.
Another example of the increasing selfishness and mean-spiritedness of the rich who want to balance the budget on the backs of the poor, elderly and chronically ill. After all, they EARNED their wealth -- why didn't you?
You should Google California pre-existing condition insurance. http://www.pcip.ca.gov/Home/default.aspx It will take you to the website and pick which program you would like to apply for. They offer PPO's and HMO's. Also make sure you send all documents including a copy of your birth certificate with your application, I forgot to send mine which made it take longer. I know one of the requirements is that you got denied by a major health insurance, hopefully your private insurance does not qualify as major. It takes awhile to process as anything does with the government, lol...But I am happy with it!
They didn't actually "earn" their wealth. The ones who are fighting so hard (the top 2%) have actually benefitted greatly from the Reaganomics Trickle Down theory. Their taxes are cut while our budgets went into huge deficit spending. Rather than getting those who can afford to pay to actually pay, they are going to starve children and let the elderly get sick and die because even with their vaunted voucher, they won't be able to afford medical care. It is getting worse. We are losing the class war. GE paid no taxes last year. How about you?
I grew up understanding that the social contract was important and was there for everyone. I happily pay my taxes. And while I'm doing that, the rich ones can do the same. I am shocked at how really mean and uncaring so many Americans are (and I'm talking to all those baggers out there). Wall Streeters are doing just fine. God forbid they should actually contribute to the well-being of their country men. Now public unions are evil for fighting for working conditions and decent benefits and fair wages. The world has turned upside down and the middle class is losing its grip. Given the cuts they GOP wants to make to medical research, it's clear they would just rather let us die.
The SEIU was the union at the county hospital where I worked. They never did a damn thing for me except collect my union dues and use them to support political candidates that I did not approve of or support. If the unions are so great at negotiating, why am I paying $1200/mo for my health insurance? I was forced to retire due to health issues and I feel blessed that I get a pension, but what good is it if takes almost all of it to pay for medical insurance? Besides, who do you think pays the wages, etc. for public employees, the taxpayer! So basically all that is happening is the money is taken from one lower/middle class group and given to another. That just isn't right. I totally agree that something needs to be done with our tax code. It is obscene that GE pays no taxes, while we are paying our fair share and more.
SF Pete- weren't the Republicans the ones screaming about the "death panels"? Yet they want to defund research and as you said basically let us die. I am telling you the hypocrisy from both sides never ceases to amaze me......
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