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JFenix Post time: 2012-7-12 22:04
This is the republic BS they have been pushing for awhile.
You've got people calling him hitler a ...
I wonder about the racism bit too, JFenix.
When Obama was elected, I should say that a lot of people were very happy for the USA.
Happy that here we saw a great statement, with all the sensitivity to race issues at last a black chap got elected.
The fact that he is eloquent, educated, worldly and presentable was a fantastic thing for the USA, and of course he was helped somewhat with pretty crappy opponents, but I like to think that Obama was elected on his qualities rather than the shortcomings of whats-his-name and the bimbo from Alaska.
The whole mooslym and birthplace allegations against Obama are utterly disgusting, but show the desperation of republicans.
I just don't get the problem with the healthcare thing.
You socialise police, road construction, utility infrastructure, defence, foreign affairs, education and so on, but not health care ??
I know that a great number of Americans understand the issue and support the idea of some form of taxpayer funding, but it seems that the loud, the greedy and the self interested are the ones dragging down your country.
I really hope that Obamacare gets up and stays up. It will be a long road and a hard battle with such ill-feeling from the lunatic right but if and when it settles in and works, it should help a lot.
There are other things you might need to do as well, pharmaceutical costs is an issue.
Here in Australia we have a system which the US free trade agreement has had issues with.
What happens is big pharma comes up with a drug. We have a government run approval system which says that the Australian government will fund the drug for anyone requiring it. The patient pays around $30 per script, which may be a month or more of supply, the government pays the rest, which might be a couple of dollars, or tens of thousands of dollars.
The key issue is that the drug must work and the government and the pharmaceutical company must agree on price.
An agreement means the drug is listed on the "PBS" (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) and it costs a standard rate for a normal prescription (approx $30) and less for pensioners (approx $5.00)
If our PBS people cannot agree on a price with the manufacturing company, then the drug is not "PBS" listed and the patient would have to pay the full price. Doctors know this and won't normally prescribe such drugs, they'll find an alternative.
Then the pharmaceutical company has little or no sales in Australia.
This system works, although the US Free trade people say it's restrictive. We say it's not restrictive as we're freely agreeing prices with the manufacturer.
This system means that effective medicines are affordable for ordinary Australians who won't be bankrupted by expensive drugs.
Sadly big pharma has got the good people of the USA in a worse situation.
Anyway, best of luck for November!