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  •  Great diary, hidden gem (1+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel

    In an overall great diary, there is one especially significant quote that every, single Democratic candidate for any office should be using:

    Improved security -- with lower risk to natural (avian flu) or man-induced (terrorists releasing a weapon) biological emergency due to full access

    Brilliant!  This is the argument for universal healthcare that plays into the "domestic readiness" theme (which some call "homeland security").  Say there is smallpox released in a major American city.  What percentage of the population is uninsured?  What percentage of the population is UNDERinsured, with high copays for ER visits?  When I had health insurance, my copay for an ER visit was $275.  So once, I had a fever of 104 and didn't go... until I started vomiting blood.  Then I went and I was a much more difficult case to solve.  Now imagine that with smallpox.  Spreading.  And more and more people getting sick and not going to the hospital because they can't afford it, meanwhile coming into contact with more and more people, an unknown number of whom are also underinsured or uninsured.  And by the time the realization is finally made and the government puts the word out - how many people will have needlessly contracted a disease that will kill 1/3 of them?  At that time, the smallpox won't discriminate between those with great insurance and those with none at all.

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      wecandoit7, Mz Kleen

      for the compliment ... Always welcome ... sometimes acknowledged graciously ...

      Wish I could, but I promise you that this has been raised before.

      Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

      by A Siegel on Mon May 14, 2007 at 04:41:20 AM PDT

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    •  Actually it will discriminate (1+ / 0-)
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      the powerful and wealthy will get the vaccine.  I think you're underestimating how much money insulates you from any disaster.  Just look at Katrina.

      •  To the extent possible, yes... (1+ / 0-)
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        A Siegel

        You are, of course, right - but only to an extent.  The vaccine is no good after a certain point.  With millions of uninsured walking in the streets with the wealthy in New York, Chicago, DC, etc... exposure might infect even the rich and powerful before enough is known to begin vaccinations.

        The response will discriminate - but the germ won't.

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