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You know the number one life saving discipline developed in the history of humanity? Medical science. Do you know what happens to sick or injured people when they're deprived of life-saving medical science? Mitt Romney thinks they do just fine and he's dead wrong:

A 2009 study conducted at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance, and published in the American Journal of Public Health concluded that “[l]ack of health insurance is associated with as many as 44,789 deaths per year in the United States, more than those caused by kidney disease. … The increased risk of death attributable to uninsurance suggests that alternative measures of access to medical care for the uninsured, such as community health centers, do not provide the protection of private health insurance.”

A 2012 report by the health care reform advocacy group Families USA concluded that 26,100 people died prematurely in America in 2010 due to lack of insurance. That report extrapolated from a 2002 Institute of Medicine study — conducted when the uninsurance rate was lower — which concluded that 18,000 people died prematurely because they weren’t covered.


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  •  Living in pain, chronic illness, it's not death (11+ / 0-)

    so much as those who live in ill health because they can't afford to go to a doctor.

  •  When I first saw that eyeball (7+ / 0-)

    I thought "what a hoax".   Anyway, I'm betting on the giant squid theory.  Sure is impressive, isn't it?

  •  Google's latest, scarier eye in the sky tech? (4+ / 0-)
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    BOHICA, Mary Mike, laurnj, Aunt Pat

    Come on -- look me in the (normal human-sized) eye and tell me the thought hadn't occurred to you.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:13:12 AM PDT

  •  America in the 21st century (12+ / 0-)

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  •  Thanks Darksyde (3+ / 0-)
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    maryabein, Mary Mike, laurnj

    your diaries have become an excellent resource for the 14 year old who needs to write about a current event per week for her science class. I would venture to guess there will be quite few papers on the giant eyeball turned in on Monday.

  •  I would think... (7+ / 0-)

    ...that being the husband of a breast cancer survivor, Romney would've known better than to say that, at least in public. It's one thing to low ball the figures. But to say that no one in America dies from lack of health insurance? That's a special kind of delusion for which people used to be committed in the good ole days.

    Anyway, to anyone in a position to help, please do what you can to save George Bailey from Mr. Potter this November 1st.


    Defending bad taste and liberalism since 2005.

    by jurassicpork on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:23:49 AM PDT

  •  Forget every other reason to vote Dem.. (10+ / 0-)

    It's come down to a choice between reason and science versus fear and ignorance. It's really that simple.

    Sarah Palin believes our wars are God's wars, and jokes about fruit fly research. Rick Perry tells children that "evolution is a theory that's out there." Michelle Bachmann, where do I start.

    There is no future for the current GOP. Wake the fuck up, America.


  •  Pits of hell? (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    Is that the armpits of hell?

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. – John Kenneth Galbraith

    by jack 1966 on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:27:29 AM PDT

  •  Diamond planet, eh? (8+ / 0-)

    Home world of the Blingon Empire, no doubt....

    Silver horses ran down moonbeams in your dark eyes…..

    Liberal = We're all in this together
    Conservative = Every man for himself
    Who you gonna call?

  •  Thanks DarkSyde (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:34:37 AM PDT

  •  #1 lifesaver -- sanitary engineering? (6+ / 0-)

    Are you sure about this?

    You know the number one life saving discipline developed in the history of humanity? Medical science.
    I have the impression that modern sewer systems and sewage treatment methods may have saved more lives than medicine.  (And I'm a doctor.)

    Not that the Republicans are suggesting governments get out of the sewage treatment business.  They haven't condemned government-run water and sewer systems as "socialized sanitation" and tried to put us all on bottled water and our own septic tanks ... yet.

    But give them time.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:35:43 AM PDT

  •  One of those thousands who died (2+ / 0-)
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    laurnj, Aunt Pat

    due to lack of insurance was Joe Soptic's wife, and she didn't have insurance of course because Mitt Romney made a tremendous profit by closing down the steel mill where Soptic worked.

    And, somehow, the GOP claims it's wrong of us to point out that simple fact...

    Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
    ¡Boycott Arizona!

    by litho on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:37:03 AM PDT

  •  Mr. Romney doesn't know about the uninsured (4+ / 0-)
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    because he doesn't acknowledge the "very poor", 47% of the people of this country and probably has only ever interacted with a minor number of the 1%.  To understand the reality of others you have to first acknowledge that they exist.  

    He comes from a protected life within a very inclusive religion (one with pretty out of the mainstream ideas and history), protected life within an upper class of wealthy people.  It is unfathomable the number of aspects of life that he has never experienced and probably can't comprehend.  All of that would be well and good if he displayed even a minute ability to acknowledge that he is different.  Doing your own laundry doesn't make you a part of the "common man".

    I would bet that he has never tended to scraped knees or cleaned after a sick child and may even need to read the instructions to open and use a bandaid.

  •  A friend of mine, for whom I became (6+ / 0-)

    responsible because he had no one else to care for him, died just over 2 years ago on Sept 11th 2010 actually. He died from diabetes and its consequences. When he went blind, he went on Medicaid, and the last 7 months of his life racked up nearly $1 million in medical bills. For the previous 15 years, he got hardly any medical care. My friend was really a great example of the craziness of the health care system in the US. Michael would still have had diabetes under single payer but he would have had a fighting chance to control it at a time when it would have mattered. As soon as it stopped being remotely effective, the medical system couldn't do enough. He got all of the hospital care one could want. That's the craziness Romney wants for America. Oh, and Michael died at the age of 56.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:46:09 AM PDT

  •  Welcome to my world. My neighbors (3+ / 0-)

    sent their kids to home school group classes on how to refute evolution. I home schooled my son, but really couldn't find like-minded home schoolers as they all allow their insane religious views to warp their view of  everything else.

    And don't imagine that these people are uneducated hicks. They are generally well-educated (what a waste of money!) and some hold advanced degrees in science. The live in a world of delusion surrounded by like-minded people. They are secure enough because of this that they "know" that reality-based folks are wrong and they view us with smug self-satisfaction.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:52:27 AM PDT

  •  You don't have to be poor at all. (3+ / 0-)
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    To make a long story short, I nearly died from a perforated ulcer in my 20s because I was working a temp job - no bennies.  No health insurance.  And I was too old to be carried on my parents' plan any more (this was in the late 1990s).

    A friend with his own digestive problems played doctor and diagnosed me, and directed me to the correct meds.  That kept the ulcer under control just long enough for me to get to a real doctor.  How did I get medical insurance?  I quit the job and went to grad school.

    Then during grad school, my insurance, pretty good at first, was dropped in favor of junk insurance.

    Then I got ulcernative colitis and once more nearly died from it.  Only a five-figure gift from a wealthy friend (for surgery co-pays, all my previous medical bills and travel expenses for my mother) put that to rest.

    I've been very lucky in my life when it came to navigating our barbaric health delivery system.  And make no mistake.  It is barbaric in the extreme.  No other civilized country in the world - not even authoritarian countries with Social Darwinisitic views - leaves people entirely at the mercy of private parties in access to healthcare.

  •  50% More deaths from no insurance than car crashes (0+ / 0-)

    U.S. motor vehicle deaths 2010 - 32,885

    Think about this when your local TV station broadcasts (interminable) video of smashed up cars, truck vs. auto pile-ups, and cars towed out of lakes.

    As someone from a country with "socialized medicine" (as far as I know, no Canadian has died for not having medical insurance since Medicare was introduced nationally in the 1960s) this should be an American national embarrassment since these deaths are 100% avoidable.

  •  Fortunately I was born in a civilized country (1+ / 0-)
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    where we had universal health insurance since 1884.  America, still fighting about universal health insurance, seems primitive and savage in comparison.  Because any country, like America, that cares more for the wealth of the few rather than the health and well-being of everyone is second-rate.

  •  "Taking America Back" (0+ / 0-)

    When Paul Broun and the Religious Right gain controlling power in our government, and save of from the pit of hell with their faith based science, we can all be assured that they have taken America back...back to the 14th century. Look out Taliban. You have formidable competition in your race back to antiquity.

    The Republican Party has been taken over by the corporatists and christian fundamentalists. The corporatists will force you into poverty, and the christian fundamentalists will force you to live under biblical law; daily gruel and scripture for all.

    by glb3 on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 09:01:41 AM PDT

  •  Did anybody else notice (1+ / 0-)
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    what was in the background as Congressman Broun spoke?  I had read what he said, but I hadn't actually seen the clip.  It was hard to figure out at first, just looking like some sort of repeated camouflage pattern, but in fact there were a vast number of mounted deer heads behind him!  It only added to the surreality of his words.

    As I've said before, I don't believe that what Broun said is what he believes.  I think he said it because it's what his constituency wants to hear.  In any case, it is a scandal that this person (and Akin and all those other clowns) have anything to do with science policy in the US.

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 09:07:50 AM PDT

    •  Just curious, why don't you think HE doesn't (1+ / 0-)
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      believe this nonsense? Do you have any actual evidence for that?

      Not all people of faith--including me--believe the wacky stuff he espoused. It's straight out of the far religious right. Except the 9,000 years of the earth, which is usually said to be 5,000-6,000 by this nut bunch.

      It's entirely possible to believe in science and be a person of faith without having to stoop to the ridiculous level he does.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 01:20:50 PM PDT

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      •  The only evidence I have is that he's an M. D. (0+ / 0-)

        He had take numerous courses in biology, chemistry and physics while in college, which means he ought to have a better than passing familiarity with the scientific method.  Now, he may have held his hands over his ears and sung "LA LA LA" while they were covering embryology and evolution and the big bang, but he certainly ought to understand the evidence and the logic that buttress them.  Unlike his constituency, he is not ignorant.

        That said, I have to admit that there are plenty of M. D.s who are Fundamentalist Christians.  It has never been clear to me how a Fundamentalist Christian M. D. is capable of squaring his or her medical knowledge with his or her faith, if perhaps there is some slippage in faith when it comes to scientific fact.  If there is no slippage, then it requires the M. D. to reject a great deal of the foundation of his or her profession.

        Christopher Hitchens posited that no Fundamentalist minister really believes in what he or she preaches--that they're only doing it for the money (see my sig line below).  As a politician, Broun is in a similar position to a Fundamentalist preacher, so it's convenient and useful for him to profess his denial of evolution and the big bang in pursuit of re-election.  I don't know.  It's easier for me to believe that Broun is a lying opportunist than that he is an idiot, but I admit I could be wrong.

        By the way, I am entirely aware that not all Christians are Fundamentalists, and that many Christians see no conflict between their faith and science.  Though I am an atheist, I am not, like Hitchens, trying to destroy all forms of religion.  It does seem to me that religion serves a purpose in human society, though some forms appear to have a tendency to become malevolent forces.  In any case, I'm perfectly fine with progressive religious people.  We all have to stick together if we're going to realize our common goals.

        -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

        by gizmo59 on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 02:07:58 PM PDT

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  •  A Big Revelation: (0+ / 0-)

    People prefer dignity via health insurance like others instead of the ER.

  •  That Maddow clip is one of the most depressing (0+ / 0-)

    things I have ever seen.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 01:17:24 PM PDT

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