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Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 06:21 AM PDT

Behold the hypocrisy

by nyceve

Yesterday evening President Obama laid out the case for American intervention in Libya.

"Turning a blind eye to the atrocities in other countries", is not the American way.

The president continued:  

it was in the national interest of the United States to stop a potential massacre that would have “stained the conscience of the world.”

"Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. "

He went on:

“I believe that this movement of change cannot be turned back, and that we must stand alongside those who believe in the same core principles that have guided us through many storms: our opposition to violence directed against one’s own citizens; our support for a set of universal rights, including the freedom for people to express themselves and choose their leaders; our support for governments that are ultimately responsive to the aspirations of the people.”

"Staining the conscience of the world . . .turning a blind eye on atrocities"

As I listened to him speak, I could not help but think about the 45,000 Americans we lose every year, because our government continues to see healthcare as a privilege not a right.  This fact should stain the conscience of America.

People make the point over and over that this grotesque figure--the numbers of Americans who die every year due to being uninsured--represents the casualties on 9/11 many times over.

We Americans are righteously told by the president that we don't turn a blind eye on atrocities in other countries. But ask the Americans that I met at Free Clinics across the length and breadth of the nation, if our country has turned a very blind eye on them and this uniquely American atrocity.

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Yet another state, with yet another Republican Governor and legislature, is turning on its budget-cutting buzzsaw with nary a thought to the poor and sick who will be chewed up by it.

According to NPR, Pennsylvania is terminating its AdultBasic Insurance program as of February 28th, 2010.  It currently provides low-cost health insurance coverage for 42,000 Pennsylvanians who are poor but not poor enough to be covered by Medicaid (with some 495,000 on its waiting list!).

Why is it being axed? Because the state has a $4 billion dollar budget shortfall and, as one Republican State Senator says,

our governor has said he will not raise any taxes...

Sound familiar?  

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Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 08:24 AM PST

Uninsured and taken advantage of

by Farlfoto

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I'm and uninsured diabetic.  There are some positives, like my doctor giving me free sample vials of insulin every time I go to see him.  Other things are downright abusive, and I don't know what to do about them.
When my doctor became affiliated with a new hospital, he changed his office and started using the hospital lab to do tests, instead of an outside lab.  The fee for blood tests went from around $250 to almost 500.  Just the fact that the Hospital would charge so much is absurd, but the fact is that if I was insured, they would accept only a part of the $500 that the insurance company would allow.  As an uninsured person, they demand all of it.  Nice policy, huh?

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