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  •  Universal health care is essential for Democracy (1+ / 0-)
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    The principle of providing health care for everyone is indisputable.   How to manage the costs and funding must be confronted, but cannot be solved by denying health care to anyone.

    •  I'm confronting them (1+ / 0-)
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      Kimball Cross

      so i agree with you.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 10:37:17 AM PDT

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    •  Here in Massachusetts where 99% of our kids... (1+ / 0-)
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      are insured it's kind of like universal health care. But it won't be coming to texas and the ilk. SCOTUS will nullify HCR before 2014. "Indisputable"  but not the opinion of 5 of the justices.

      •  some old but important history (1+ / 0-)
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        In 2003, the Republican-controlled Texas legislature passed House Bill 2292. Authored by Rep. Arlene Wohlgemeuth, the legislation didn’t fundamentally change state law itself; instead, it required HHSC to promulgate certain kinds of rules that made it more difficult to enroll in CHIP. These rules ultimately required over 100 pages of “red tape” and a 15-20 step paperwork process for families trying to officially enroll in CHIP....

        State Rep. Garnet Coleman...successfully passed an amendment onto the budget that eliminated much of the red tape created by administrative rules that sought to create barriers to enrollment in CHIP.

        When President Bush was Governor of Texas, he fought with the Texas Legislature on what the FPL limit should be for the state. At the negotiating table, then-Governor Bush argued for a 185% FPL limit. Democrats in the legislature — including my former boss, State Rep. Garnet F. Coleman — argued that 200% was necessary. After much debate, Bush called the Democrats and said, “You beat me.” Texas’ FPL limit was set at 200%.
        The SCHIP bill put forth by Congress (which was successfully vetoed by President Bush) would have raised the FPL limit from 200% to 300%.

    •  So... (0+ / 0-)

      ...we can't deny anything to anyone?  Gee, that will solve our funding problems...

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