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Representative Abler wants us to believe he is pursuing a moral and noble cause by cutting a cost effective,critical and life-saving health care program for poor people because he interprets services as non-emergency. Meet the ultimate bureaucratic health rationer: Representative Jim Abeler from Anoka. Never mind that those terminated services will likely terminate lives as well. That is not important to Abeler. What matters is that HIS ideology gives him a perspective that sees another government program as too expansive. This is the central problem with today's new anti-government conservatives. They are incapable of managing good government or cost effective programs because they simply can't recognize them, even when the evidence is undeniable. To them any government is bad government. This allows them to make the irrational leap that private for profit insurance will ultimately be less costly than universal health care. It also means they have more faith in an insurance bureaucrat protecting his company profits as an arbiter of health coverage than the government health worker that actually wants citizens to be allowed basic health services. Abler's ignorance is stunning when he remarks that "I'm quite comfortable that no one will come to any harm". Jim, tell that to the patient disconnected from dialysis or the bipolar who looses his meds or the cancer patient who no longer receives chemo. I have no doubt the program actually saves money but for pledged Norquist republicans like Abeler, this is not relevant. It's just one more government program that must shrink to meet his no tax commitment to the wealthy. Contrast these selfish, legislative actions with the efforts to get the Vikings a stadium with nearly 700 million in public subsidy.
If Representative Abeler is so comfortable with his decision, is he willing to look these patients and their families in the eye and tell them directly that they can no longer provide dialysis or chemotherapy and they need to wait to get treatment until they are so sick they must go to an emergency room? I think any health care provider who is forced to deny services or is no longer reimbursed should contact Representative Abeler (or any other legislator who approved this) and let them explain to the affected families how this legislation is saving the taxpayers money. There is a provision that also cuts prenatal care to this population. Does Representative Abeler's political postition also disregard the life and welfare of the unborn child?
What do you expect from legislators of a party where people feel OK shouting "Let him die!" when a question about uninsured patients comes up during a debate?
Perhaps those on emergency-health-service aid for chemo and dialysis should register as corporations, so they at least have a shot at being considered human beings by the Pubs.
Simple solution: Universal coverage. Why it won't happen: A country that would rather pay twice as much, enrich middle men, perpetuate the myth that "we have the finest health care system in the world" despite evidence to the contrary (caveat: We do for some conditions if your coverage is adequate or your pockets are deep enough) and leave 50 million uninsured and out in the cold and to pay 10 times more when they show up to the ER than to even think of the apostasy of "socialized medicine." Just nuts.
When you consider all the economic piling on that has hit the unemployed, homeless and now the sick you begin to wonder when the socio-economi fabric that holds this country together will tear. I suggest that Rep. Abeler and others who share his views read about the beginnings of the French Revolution.
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