Thursday, February 16, 2006

Brain drain.

Yesterday W. went to an Ohio Wendy's to promote what the WaPo calls "incremental changes to the health care system this year." His bold new plan is to give "working people" tax breaks to invest in "health savings accounts." Of course, if you're making $15,000 a year, you're barely going to be able to put any money away at all never mind in a medical rainly day fund. By the way, why could people just do this type of thing on their own if they wanted?

Anyway, "Bush is selling the accounts as a way to provide consumers more control over their money and to transition away from what he calls a costly and unsustainable program." Yes, because when I'm sick I'm not a patient anymore, I'm a consumer. If my head goes through the wind shield, I can shop around for the best price at my local hospitals and force the more expensive ones to bring down their prices.

Not that W. really cares about health care anyway. He's been president for 5 years now and every year another million people lose their health insurance. I know, maybe preventive health care might be the answer to these shyrocketing medical costs!

Nope. the WaPo reported two days ago that Bush's "Proposed budget for next year would zero out popular health projects that supporters say target more mundane, but more certain, killers. If enacted, the 2007 budget would eliminate federal programs that support inner-city Indian health clinics, defibrillators in rural areas, an educational campaign about Alzheimer's disease, centers for traumatic brain injuries, and a nationwide registry for Lou Gehrig's disease. It would cut close to $1 billion in health care grants to states and would kill the entire budget of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center."

Take that Superman!

The Post says on the choppinhg block is "$12 million in state grants for community-based Alzheimer's care and a $1.6 million "Maintain Your Brain" campaign run out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." See, this is necessary for Heimat Security. If people can remember that the NSA is spying on them they might not say things that are incriminating.


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