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Another Waste Of Time And Money

CNN has the report from the Congressional playground:

The bill, dubbed the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” passed 245-189. Three Democrats joined a unanimous Republican caucus on the vote.

… Reps. Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Mike Ross of Arkansas cast their lot with the Republicans.

A lot of name calling and hissy fits serving no purpose other than campaign literature for people who won’t read it, and no one will remember that this happened in a month.

If they don’t start working on doing something about the lack of jobs, many of these “children” will find themselves in the unemployment line in two years.


1 Ame { 01.20.11 at 11:40 am }

The health care bill also is an education and jobs bill as more available health care and health care centers creates the need for more health care workers, lab technicians, health care facilities etc..

2 Ame { 01.20.11 at 1:21 pm }

Sorry, I didn’t cite my comment.

From Aug, 2010

The Affordable Care Act provides $11 billion to bolster and expand community health centers over the next 5 years.

* $1.5 billion will support major construction and renovation projects at community health centers nationwide.
* $9.5 billion will:
o Create new community health center sites in medically underserved areas; and
o Expand preventive and primary health care services, including oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and/or enabling services, at existing community health center sites.

Next week, $250 million is being made available to support the establishment of approximately 350 new community health center sites in fiscal year 2011. The expansion of community health center sites and services will make affordable, cost-effective, high quality preventive and primary care services available to nearly twice as many people regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay; and will create thousands of direct employment opportunities in many of the country’s most economically distressed, low income communities.
Community health centers are poised to play an essential role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In particular, community health centers emphasize coordinated primary and preventive services or a “medical home” that promotes reductions in health disparities for low-income individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, rural communities and other underserved populations. Community health centers place emphasis on the coordination and comprehensiveness of care, the ability to manage patients with multiple health care needs, and the use of key quality improvement practices, including health information technology. The community health center model also overcomes geographic, cultural, linguistic and other barriers through a team-based approach to care that includes physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, behavioral health care providers, case managers and health educators.


3 Bryan { 01.20.11 at 10:03 pm }

They had to put those centers in the bill to get Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders. the only socialist in Congress, to agree to vote for it. Bernie is really, officially an Independent Socialist, not a Democrat.

It is one of the few things in the bill that I liked.

I would love a few clinics around here, and don’t care if they are for-profit, because going to the Emergency Room if you need a prescription for something and can’t get a doctor’s appointment, is too damn expensive and a waste of resources, including my time.

I have used them all over world, literally, and just walking in, explaining the problem, and getting a ‘script was worth the expense even when I was covered by various plans.

As near as I can tell, the problem in many places is that they can’t get paid by insurance companies.

4 Ame { 01.21.11 at 1:30 pm }

Here is the list of federally approved health centers in Florida. They serve as both a regular clinics and as acute care clinics. IIRC they accept both the insured and the uninsured.

5 Ame { 01.21.11 at 1:31 pm }

Oops. Fast fingers, slow brain 😉


6 Bryan { 01.21.11 at 10:25 pm }

I thank you, for your effort, Ame, but the closest clinic to me is 40 miles away. There are two clinics in the county, and both are in the North County near the Alabama border. There is nothing along the coast, unless you drive the 40 miles West to Pensacola.

This is a health care desert for people without insurance.