So once again the Republicans are showing their distain for the poor, with their opposition to Medicaid expansion. They want, if I am reading it right, to pay hospitals
$35 million as an incentive to cut costs and steer low income patients to free or subsidized clinics. The question then would be will free clinics or subsidized clinic have the same state of the art equipment, or is it going to be second-rate equipment ?
Surely this suggestion amounts to a two tier, poor vs rich, health care system. It should be a right to have equal access to the best health care the state should be providing for all its citizens. Let’s call it what it is; the majority of poor are black and South Carolina has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the USA. Along with other Southern states, their record is worse than some third world countries in South America.
Every mother should have access to prenatal care, and every child should have medical care regardless of their financial status. Republicans call that socialism, I call that good business sense; a healthy, educated society is cheaper in the long run.
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Hospitals for profit are just that, hospitals that demand outrageous fees for pills, bandages, the cup they bring your medicine in, anything they can soak dollars from the government or those in need, for life or death situations.
The problem with today’s politics is that they want you to believe that you live in a democracy, when in fact we live in an indirect dictatorship, governed by forced imposition
of laws and policies that sometimes can put you in a life or death situations or be made to conform with policies you don't agree with; all parties are guilty of this.
How else can a minority group of people in the Senate or House, or state leaders, control over 300 million people, without those millions having any real input or say in the future of America or their individual states? So, Gov. Haley, what do the people of South Carolina want on such an important issue as Medicaid ?
No wonder people don’t get out and vote, apart from continual polarization through political idealism, there is a constant impression given by those in power that those who pay the wages for them have no power themselves when they actually do.
The technology is there for referendums to give citizens a say, even polls can show what the will of the people is. Even then would they take any notice as they should? I think not. True democracy is people power, the word democracy itself is a big lie.
Ask the people what they want, you’re not their mother, father or master.
The writer is visiting Myrtle Beach.