We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Sen. LamarAlexander (R., Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, says that the new CBO report is “an estimate of a concept, not a formal cost analysis of an actual bill.”
“What we know at this point is that the bill cuts Medicare, raises taxes, and increases insurance premiums for tens of millions of Americans,” says Alexander. “It imposes onerous new costs on states and is likely to increase the federal debt. We need to see the actual bill text and know its exact text before we begin a lengthy debate about whether it’s the right direction for our country.”
Currently, only 29% of Americans say it’s more important to give people a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option than to keep their current plan. But, facts don't matter to the agenda driven democrat-media complex.
Senate Democrats desperate to find a way to pass a health care bill that includes a federal insurance plan may have come up with a way to do it without putting moderate members who oppose it in political jeopardy.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is weighing a plan to bring the final health care bill to the floor without a public option — making it much easier to get the 60 votes needed to prevent a Republican filibuster — and then adding the provision later as an amendment.
Jim Capretta looks at the Baucus healthcare bill and concludes that, because the subsidies phase out as income rises, it imposes an effective marginal tax rate on income of about 30 percent for many families. Add that figure to the income tax, the payroll tax, and the phase-out of the EITC and "the effective, implicit tax rate for workers between 100 and 200 percent of the federal poverty line would quickly approach 70 percent — not even counting food stamps and housing vouchers."
Whatever the Baucus bill will say, we can be certain that it is designed to screw things up badly enough that people will beg for single-payer government-controlled medicine.
Duh, that's the doctor from Star Trek and the other one is that dude from C.H.I.P.S.
If they slip us the mickey now, don't count on elections happening any time soon. I mean, if they do this, why should they put themselves up for re-election? If they do this, well, there's not much we can stop them from doing... now is there...?
I saw a photo of the English patient above at Don Surber's blog too. Apparently he had a complete fracture of the humerus -- this photo seems to show that pretty well, the one on Don's blog looks like a dislocation of the humeral head.
Anyone who has suffered a complete fracture of a major bone like the humerus should have been treated at once -- hours or at most days. If the bone has formed a union in its present situation, it will never recover properly. Even a dislocation, left this long, would have permanent changes in the joint. Heck, in America, the poorest patient presenting to an ER with this injury would have had surgery right away unless there was a major contraindication like active pneumonia.
Geoff ... I suspect that you are more knowledgeable than I about medicine, but IIRC bones begin to fuse within hours of a break, and if not properly reset shortly after the break, the bone has to be rebroken and the setting, etc., has to be done from scratch. So I'm wondering what, if anything, can be done for this poor man, if, as you say, it will never recover properly.
This picture would make a stunning ad against universal health care, and its record of delay and neglect, and maybe the poor guy could recover some of his financial losses by allowing it to be used.