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Stupid politician tricks

June 21st, 2005 (09:38 pm)

This morning the news was reporting that the governor of Massachusetts had proposed a plan for solving the problem of people not having health insurance: make it mandatory. It would be illegal not to have health insurance--unless you had enough savings to cover your bills.

Governor, the cluephone is ringing for you. Here's a hint: most people who can get health insurance do. Making it illegal not to get it will just create two new problems: artificial criminals, and people who have health insurance, but can't afford food and housing.

Needless to say, he's a Republican.

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Posted by: Pooh Wei (poohwei)
Posted at: June 22nd, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)

Unbelievable. Notice how the Providence FOX affiliate spins the news in their "headline": "BOSTON Governor Romney unveils his plan to provide health insurance to every resident of Massachusetts."

Right.

We're on an "Essential Care" plan until I manage to get a few more long term, well paying contracts in line. We used to spend $450 on health insurance and $60 on dental each month until we lowered our plans. What would the min of the sliding scale be? It will be interesting to see how this is debated.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: June 22nd, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
Bird Brain

It's amazing that anyone thinks it's a plan! It's like trying to save money on public transportation by requiring everyone to grow wings.

Posted by: Laurensa (laurensa)
Posted at: June 23rd, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)

That's just...

wow. I can't even wrap my brain around that.

If you're gonna require people to have insurance, here's a couple things that might help...

Raise the minimum wage. Show me ANYONE who can live on $5.15 an hour!

REQUIRE employers to offer it. At a reasonable cost, meaning not 40% of your paycheck to cover your wife and kids.

My DH, thank the good lord, has good insurance, even including dental and vision. I almost cried when I saw the benefit package this company offers. But the radio station is up for sale, and the chances of those benefits remaining are pretty much slim and none.

Posted by: Justin du Coeur (jducoeur)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)

Yeah -- even by Romney's standards, this proposal seems breathtakingly cynical...

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