John Romano comments on those states that still refuse to expand Medicaid so as to take full advantage of the Affordable Care Act:
For instance, what do Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Maine and Kansas have in common besides Medicaid rejection? They’re all in the bottom half of states in median household income, according to the 2013 Census.
How about Florida, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Nebraska and Wisconsin? They all lag behind the U.S. average for percentage of residents 25 or older with bachelor’s degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
And how about Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia? They’re among the states with the highest number of convictions of public officials in federal court from 1976 to 2010, according to the website FiveThirtyEight.com.
Do read the rest.
(Open tag fixed.)
A medical student summarizes the effects on Virginia’s rural poor of Republicans’ partisan rejection of Medicaid expansion. A snippet:
Medical students, are reminded daily of the need for primary care physicians in underserved areas of our state. We are taught the benefits of preventative medicine and how continuity of care contributes to better health outcomes. It is only logical that a healthier population is safer, more productive and more able to contribute to the economy at large.
However, our state legislature has demonstrated their allegiance to partisan politics over the health and welfare of the commonwealth. As a result, chronic diseases are more prevalent here in Appalachia than in any other part of the United States.
For example, disparities in cancer screening between Appalachian and controlled non-Appalachian populations result in significantly higher cancer incidence and mortality here in Appalachia. In addition, five-year survival rates for cancer patients in Appalachian populations are significantly lower than their non-Appalachian equivalents.
Wendell Potter explains the scam. A nugget:
We’ve been told over and over again by politicians and flacks — including me in my previous career — that we have the world’s best health care system. As I explained in Deadly Spin, if you continue to believe that no other country could possibly have a better system than ours, it’s because of the overwhelmingly successful PR campaign my former colleagues and I carried out over decades.
The purpose of that campaign — a campaign that’s ongoing, by the way — is to protect the profitable status quo by obscuring an empirical truth: that when it comes to access to affordable health care, millions of Americans might as well be living in a third world country. And that’s still true today, more than four years after Obamacare became law.
The contagion of hysteria over contagion is nothing new. It has all happened before.
There has been a fascinating exchange in the Roanoke Times, one that illustrates well the mean-spiritedness that underlies wingnuttery. I’ll let it speak for itself.
Part one (which I mentioned here in these electrons).
Jon Stewart tackles the D. C. Federal Court’s fantastickal reasoning for sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.
Below the fold in case it autoplays.
In the Roanoke Times, Randolph Walker expresses his gratitude for the Affordable Care Act. A snippet:
I’m celebrating because I have an appointment with Dr. Ken Tuck.
Dr. Tuck is an ophthalmologist, and a good one. As far as I know, there is nothing wrong with my eyes. However, I’m 53 and have not had a routine eye exam in probably 10 years. I put it off because I had no insurance.
When I was a toddler, my parents nearly died of the mumps, which is quite serious in adults. I’m old enough to remember when parents lived in fear that their children would catch whooping cough and other diseases that, because of vaccinations, have become no longer a worry–at least, not until the recent anti-vax fraud and the hysterical fools who fell for it.
California is in the throes of a whooping cough epidemic, state health department officials announced Friday.
Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health, said 3,458 cases of whooping cough have been reported since Jan. 1 — including 800 in the past two weeks. That total is more than all the cases reported in 2013.
I trust that Jenny McCarthy and her ilk are happy about the harm they have done.
This applies not just to Pennsylvania’s Corbett, but to most Republican governors. Their equation is simple:
Most poors are black (that’s not true, natch, but it’s what they and their racist base believe), and Medicaid helps the poors, therefore it helps the blacks, and we can’t have that, now, can we?
It’s the politics of hate, because hate sells.