January 8th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    So this is what you call a " debate" over the affordable care act. You could have fooled me.
    By the way you might just a teeny bit have mentioned the Republicans have invoked procedures in the House where the repeal effectively cannot be debated or any Amendments offered. I seem to recall a pledge from Republicans not to do this and also screaming the rooftops off when Democrats used such "closed door" tactics.
    Ah well just another pledge broken on day one!!Along with unconstitutional votes by 2 Republican representatives.That's 3 and counting at least.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:58 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    We now have state legislatures behaving like real not imagined death panels. And A republican blogger arguing that if you are " severely ill" the hospital must treat you and you only have to pay $10 per month to be harrassment free. Is this guy real, what happens in practice is he/she is patched up and sent off a.s.a.p. And told next time to go to the nearest charity Hospital.
    A friend of mine turned up at the hospital with severe bronchitis, he was admitted got his breathing sorted and given medication/discharged.
    It was coming winter and it turned into severe Pnuemonia from which he died after 6 weeks of intensive care. He had no relatives in USA and even $10 could not be recovered for the Huge intensive care bill.
    The point is medical conditions deteriorate quickly if not treated early and huge savings are possible as fewer people turn up " severely ill" or without some kind of cover under the affordable care act. Think please of all the bad debts been written off by hospitals and the wasted intensive care costs.
    I spent some time in the UK and Please explain why even paying privately for prescription drugs they are twice the price in USA?

    January 9, 2011 at 2:49 am |