If you have "no place to go," come here!

Obama: "You go in and you just say, 'I'm sick,' and somebody treats you, and that's it."

Tell me again why that's so bad? Because I keep forgetting.

Oh, wait... I'm "accustomed" to going naked and not having any health care. Or "accustomed" to being denied care by some fucking accountant. Or "accustomed" to getting care and then having the insurance companies not pay for it when they said they would. Or "accustomed" to having my rates raised after I make a claim, as if getting sick was the same as getting points for a traffic accident. Yeah, I'm "accustomed." We're all "accustomed."

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Submitted by Aeryl on

You have caused bile to rise in my throat, every time I hear, read, or think of the word, "accustomed".

Submitted by lambert on


Yeah, that was one of those things that takes a little while to ferment. I wish I knew video well enough to cut out that little snippet over and over.

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Submitted by vastleft on

Michael Moore was a big Obama supporter, wasn't he? Maybe he could send the Pres a copy of Sicko, so he'd find out that single-payer costs less. Because, naturally, he's not thwarting it at the behest of Big Insurance, is he?

Submitted by lambert on

From VLs link:

"It may not be the best system if we were designing it from scratch, but that's what everybody's accustomed to ... and so I don't think the best way to fix our health-care system is to suddenly completely scrap what everybody is accustomed to and the vast majority of people already have."

Submitted by hipparchia on

this was one of their biggies -- that people don't want to change from what they have.

46 million uninsured
45 million on medicare
25 million underinsured
59 million in medicaid [2005]
7 million kids in schip
= 182 million

which leaves 305-182=123 million who probably have adequate or good insurance [or just haven't needed to use their insurance yet]. actually, about 20% of medicaid recipients are dual-enrolled in medicaid and medicare, so maybe there are 135 million with ok-to-good insurance.

yep, v-a-a-a-a-a-s-t majority there.

eta: an estimated 160 million people are covered by employer-provided private insurance, and something like 10-20 million more are covered by individual private insurance. that' ~180 million people, only 59% of the entire population. hardly a vast majority even if every single one of them were thrilled to pieces with their insurance.