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I could cover a lot of territory here, but will focus on health care.

Politically, we have a long way to go.  The House bill squeaked by and who knows what the Senate will do.  One thing we do know is that the Republicans will never vote for a fair bill that would give all Americans the care they need, especially a public option.

Health Care Insurance companies and drug companies are (a) scared to death of losing their obscene profits and (b) have so much money that  they can buy a lot of votes, both Repubican and Democratic.

Money talks.

Yet it is the personal side that really worries me.  Just a few examples:

--Many jobs don't offer heath insurance

--If you lose a job that does have health insurance, you are "allowed" to pay a very high monthly sum for a while via COBRA to keep the insurance.

--If you have no job and no money, there is sometimes free help for you. I applaud this (my daughter, son-in-law and my 5-year-old grandson are being helped by this after BOTH of their companies folded.  However,just compare this to other countries which offer the same free care to everyone.

Now, I hear today that mammograms aren't necessary until you are 50  Sure would love to hear what Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake has to say about that!

I myself was lucky to get a mammogram in my early 40's, caught very early, just a lumpectomy that doesnt show and a short radiation treatment.
(Back in the good old days when it was all covered by insurance .

At any age, life is precious.  My mother recently died at age 100 and every minute of her life was beautiful and meaningful.  I am writing this with a really bad cold and how I miss the way she would rub my chest with Vick's Salve and give me a hot lemonade.  

war kills people.  Health care keeps people alive.  The bottom line.

         

Originally posted to nainam97 on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 01:50 PM PST.

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  •  Our current health care system is a disgrace and (2+ / 0-)
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    Mayfly, Mrs M

    shame.  

    How can these right-wing folks go on TV and say with a straight face we have the best care in the world.

    Do I remember correctly a global survey that places us 17th in infant mortality?  

    We may pay more per capita than anyone else, but I know of no science democrating we have the best health outcomes per capita.  Some knowledge scientists should set the record straight.

    How said.  We live in, perhaps, the richest country in the world, but our citizens, or children, our parents, our families, and fellow citizens have to live in fear that with one unfortunate break they could be homeless, starving, and without adequate health care, left die on the side of the road.

    What a shame.

    How sad.

    How did we come to this?

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 03:23:10 PM PST

  •  Dr. Grandma here (1+ / 0-)
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    Mrs M

    I'm not a real doctor, but am great at short-circuiting colds.

    Before you go to bed tonight--change your sheets and pillow cases.  Either wash the used ones or put them in the dryer on heavy high for 20+ minutes before you use them again.

    If you don't have fresh bed coverings every night you are breathing in germs from the night before.  That's why they change the sheets in hospitals.

    Here is my hot toddy recipe:

    Juice of one-half lemon
    Two tablespoons honey
    One and a half cups boiling water
    Stir all together.
    Stir in one tablespoon bourbon  (optional)
    Drink at bedtime.

    Hope you feel better soon!

    Resist corporate serfdom.

    by Mayfly on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 03:24:39 PM PST

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