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Frank Micciche writes: "What does the tea party have against helping small businesses find affordable health insurance for their employees? Tea party-linked groups have recently spiked legislation in three states that would have authorized federally funded planning to create health insurance exchanges. Activists successfully blocked the efforts of these GOP governors to explore market-based alternatives that would address the stubbornly high ranks of the uninsured in their states. In doing so, they blanketed Republican supporters of this exchange legislation with claims of complicity in the enforcement of 'Obamacare.'"

Jonathan Valdez, 2, holds onto his mother during a visit to the Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. health clinic in El Paso, Texas. Texas ranks second-to-last in the nation in the percentage of children without health insurance, 10/14/00. (photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Jonathan Valdez, 2, holds onto his mother during a visit to the Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. health clinic in El Paso, Texas. Texas ranks second-to-last in the nation in the percentage of children without health insurance, 10/14/00. (photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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+7 # don emilio 2011-04-26 16:35
Hummm, I have to wonder why so many really vulnerable people don't want health care. How many of them have commercial insurance, the dependabilty of which, empirical evidence would indicate, is highly questionable? How many of them simply think nothing bad ever could happen to them? How many of them are so seduced by corporate claptrap that they think it's better to die young unattended than to accept care provided by private insurers making large profits from government subsidized policies? Why, indeed, are so many American shooting themselves in the foot?
 
 
0 # rm 2011-04-27 19:33
The psychology of the teapartiers is really something strange. These seem like people who will need medicare and social security the most. They also need federal laws that protect them in their workplaces and standardize laws on health insurance. But the are against all of this.

I don't get it. All I can guess is that americans have been brainwashed for 75 years (since the National Association of Manufacturers began its propaganda campaigns) into thinking that no working class person deserves any rights or any benefits. They are paid a salary and that is it. They've been brainwashed into thinking that the government is the problem and corporations are the solution. They are driven by resentment against those who do have benefits.

They just can't grasp that universal healthcare and universal pensions is the way of the future. All civilized nations have these.
 

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