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At least we’re getting prevention-based health care in spite of our crisis-based government. October 22, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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“Meet Butch Matthews, A Republican Who Came To Love Obamacare After Realizing It Will Save Him $13,000.” Noat $13,000 in total, either. $13,000 every year.

“And in all the angry conservative rhetoric about the ACA, I have never seen any proposals that would keep me personally alive.

“The cost of Head Start, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Women Infants and Children (WIC) program combined: $25.2 billion.” Compare that to just the preliminary costs of the government shutdown.

“As Congressional leaders and the President discuss a potential temporary solution to the current fights over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, the repeated cycle of lurching from crisis to crisis has significant costs to the U.S. economy, according to a new report released today.”

Government for decades has directly subsidized individuals’ costs of employer-based health care, to the tune of roughly $250 billion every year – sums far greater than the annual costs of the subsidized insurance coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act.”

“Congress approves spending bills without always approving the funding needed to cover the spending, like an impulsive shopper who buys stuff at the mall without having cash at the bank to pay the bills. […] [G]overnments of most other advanced countries include the authorization for borrowing, if necessary, in spending bills passed by the legislature. So there’s no need to raise borrowing limits months after bills that require more borrowing actually pass.

“While the country’s most recent elections were generally considered to be free and fair (despite threats against international observers), the current crisis has raised questions in the international community about the regime’s ability to govern this complex nation of 300 million people, not to mention its vast stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

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