Bon was a bad influence on my step-son. His parents had abandoned him as a baby and his elderly grandmother was too feeble to enforce discipline on the wild child. The nine year-old had been implicated in arson, larceny, and house-breakings. No one like the boy, except for soft-hearted Fluke.
A year ago Bon lit off a firecracker in a rice field. A shrapnel shard flew into his eye. His grandmother was too poor to take him to the hospital and the infected eye went drastically septic and Bon died for the sake of 1000 baht of medical care.
The deposed PM Thaksin had instituted a 30-baht health coverage for the poor.
Somehow Bon slipped through the system.
No one in the neighborhood lifted a finger to help Bon. None of the neighbors answered my questions on the matter. To them he was a lost cause better off reincarnating to a better world.
Universal Health Care exists in most developed countries, but the USA has resisted health reform as a threat to capitalism. England, Germany, and the other European nations enacted various welfare programs for the workers to stem the rising tide of revolution. President Theodore Roosevelt attempted progressive health reform in the 1912 presidential election. He was defeated by Woodrow Wilson. America resorted to guns, billyclubs, and prison to defeat the reds. The carrot was never a viable alternative.
Harry Truman failed in 1949, however LBJ was able to ram through Medicare and Medicaid in the 60s to the chagrin of the AMA and insurance companies. Even Nixon sought to provide Americans with health care, but his measure was defeated by Ted Kennedy who thought the program offered to little. The senator later regretted his opposition and gave his heart and soul to the Clinton initiative, which was soundly trashed by the GOP and special interests groups, who mythified Hillary Clinton as a modern day Emma Goldman for wanting to keep Americans healthy.
Few politicians on the right expected Obamacare to survive a Supreme Court judgment. Chief Justice Roberts shocked the GOP by aligning his vote with the three women and one man on the bench in favor of the moderate health care reform to cover all citizens on America, which spends the fourth highest amount per capita on coverage with horrible results in infantile deaths, life expectancy, and bankruptcies from medical bills.
15% of the US GDP is spent on health care.
$2.6 trillion in 2007, because most Americans don’t go to the doctor until they are really sick like poor Bon.
The GOP refuses to accept this defeat. The media and radio talking heads have blamed Robert’s unexpected vote on the meds to combat his epilepsy. More like the Chief Justice voted with his head, however the battle over the multi-trillion pie will continue throughout this election, since the GOP wants to fight all its losses like they weren’t a loss, almost as if the South will rise again.
Wisely Obama stayed out of the fray during the Supreme Court test rather than crow like his opponent about the coming of socialism. I thought that this decision was going the other way, but Obama’s going to get a big dead cat bounce from this victory.
Maybe even two points higher in the Rasmussen polls.
The pollster and pundits are trying to figure out a way to make victory seem like defeat for the president.
Sorry, fuck you.
Hey, I like the color red.
It goes good with black on occasion and I’m sure Fluke’s friend Bon would like red too.
There is no health care yet for phii or ghosts.