Anti-Health bill protesters jeer at man with Parkinson’s disease. As they stood on a curb between a sidewalk and a street that we are all forced to pay for regardless of whether we like it or not. At a link with in this article is some thoughtful insights into health care and public policy.
“I don’t see anyone laying in the street dying. We provide care for everyone,” said Janet Popa, 61, of Upper Arlington.
“No one is turned away,” said her friend, Ruth Phelps, 50, of Upper Arlington.
Janet and Ruth are sparred the horror of watching 45,000 people that die every year for lack of health insurance coverage as they so out of sight. If it’s not on Fox, frequently with a mislabeled banner running at the bottom, certain realities do not exist. Emergency rooms are obviously not a substitute for actual health care. I admire Janet and Ruth’s gull, unfocused energy and des faits et la compassion soient condamnés attitude. To give interviews with newspapers, minds empty of any compelling facts about costs to individuals and businesses, knowledge about how health care affects the United State’s ability to compete in a global market in which most countries have some kind of national health care plan and how costs that are spiraling out of control while more and more of America’s wealth is concentrated in an even smaller percentage of the population.
In 2006, the 400 richest increased their average to $263 million, representing an epochal shift of wealth upward in the U.S.
In 1955, the richest tier paid an average 51.2 percent of their income in taxes under a progressive federal income tax that included loopholes. By 2006, the richest paid only 17.2 percent of their income in taxes. In 1955, the proportion of federal income from corporate taxes was 33 percent; by 2003, it decreased to 7.4 percent. Today, the top taxpayers pay the same percentage of their incomes in taxes as those making $50,000 to $75,000, although they doubled their share of total U.S. income.
“Over the past 30 years, the income of the top 1 percent, adjusted for inflation, doubled: the top one-tenth of 1 percent tripled, and the top one-one-hundredth quadrupled,” says Pizzigati. “Meanwhile, the average income of the bottom 90 percent has gone down slightly. This is a stunning transformation.”
Meanwhile, wages for most Americans didn’t improve from 1979 to 1998, and the median male wage in 2000 was below the 1979 level, despite productivity increases of 44.5 percent. Between 2002 and 2004, inflation-adjusted median household income declined $1,669 a year. To make up for lost income, credit card debt soared 315 percent between 1989 and 2006, representing 138 percent of disposable income in 2007.
The tea baggers are correct about the general principle of income redistribution, they’re just looking at their chalk boards upside down. The middle-class and the poor are not living large off the likes of Janet and Ruth, the wealthy are.
“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if Labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” – Abraham Lincoln
In health care and culturally related news, Rattlesnakes won’t always give a warning before they strike
Survive a snakebite
• Get to a health-care facility as quickly and safely as possible. “Most bites require antivenin,” Murphy says. “The problems to be treated are tissue damage and bleeding disorders.”
• Don’t apply ice, use a tourniquet or make incisions around the bite. “Those things can do more harm than good,” Murphy says. “A tourniquet can actually make it worse. A snakebite causes a lot of swelling, and if you have a tight, constricted band, it can cut off the circulation.”
• Don’t increase your risk by trying to kill or capture the snake. “It’s a myth that you need to know the type of rattlesnake and bring it to the emergency room,” Babb says. “All rattlesnake bites are treated with the same antivenin.”