What is with these guys? Why are they blocking legislation that would expand health-care coverage to people in the middle class, who are already paying taxes for it, and who need it? As a new report from the non-partisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds, the health-care crisis in our country hits the working people, the middle class women and men who pay the taxes that keep this country going, harder than anyone else. According to this report:
- More middle-class Americans are uninsured.
Nationwide, the total number of uninsured, middle-class people increased by more than 2 million since 2000, to12.9 million in 2008.
- The average employee’s costs for health insurance rose, while income fell.
Nationwide, the average cost an employee paid for a family insurance policy rose 81 percent from 2000 to 2008. During the same period, median household income fell 2.5 percent (adjusted for inflation).
- Fewer people were offered, eligible for, or accepted insurance coverage through their jobs.
As costs of health insurance premiums rose, some employers stopped offering coverage benefits to employees, or changed the criteria for employees’ eligibility. While most employers still paid the lion’s share of their employees’ insurance premiums, rising costs have been passed on to workers—with some choosing to drop insurance.
How many people do YOU know who have lost ground in the health care industry lately? Just about everyone I know has. How many people do you know who are miserably stuck in jobs in which they have never flourished, and never will, because they are afraid to lose their health insurance? Think of how much more productive we would be as a society if people took and stayed in jobs because they liked the jobs, not because they needed health care, or because they know that if they leave, they’ll join the ranks of the unfortunate persons who, often for very trivial reasons, are tagged with “pre-existing conditions,” and who will never be able to afford private insurance? How well, how energetically, how creatively, how industriously, do you think the people who stay in stupid jobs they hate because they’re afraid to lose their employer-sponsored health care, do their jobs?
And why should employers have to pay? How much more productive an economy do you think we’d have if small businesses didn’t have to pay health care premiums? Think of the great county we could be if employers were not hampered in this broken system.
How can these guys in any kind of conscience, much less good conscience, stand up and block health care to millions of American people? How can these people call themselves “representatives”? Who are they representing? Who are these mythical people they claim do not “want” health care reform? Who does not need health care? And how do you think these Republicans, and the few wacko Democrats who have been LYING about what the bill will do (as has been exhaustively demonstrated, the bill will not make federal tax dollars go to fund abortions) live with themselves? How would you like to go down in history as the guy who was against health? It’s kind of like going down in history as Hades, or Hitler, or Nero.
How can anyone be against health? Why would anyone want to prevent sick people from getting medicine, treatment, and care? How can these guys insist, which is what they are doing, that Americans who get sick (and that would be all of us, because we all get sick at some time or another), should STAY SICK? Is this the voice of reason? Is this the voice of sanity? In what lunatic cosmos do these people live? And why aren’t their constituents throwing these anti-health, pro-sickness bums out on their bums?
How are we supposed to recover from the worst economic depression that we have had in nearly 100 years, and get back to work, when we are sick because these guys don’t want us to have health care? Why do they want us to be sick? Don’t they think Americans deserve to have productive, healthy lives?
And they say they’re the party of fiscal sense? In what universe does a country full of sick people who have been denied health care constitute a healthy economy? These guys must be sick–they’ve been thinking out of the wrong end for so long that they’ve gone mad on the gas fumes.