From Pine View Farm

We Need a “No Politician Left Behind” Act 2

So these bozos learn how to do homework. From Fact Check dot Org:

The Republican presidential candidates met Sunday evening in Florida for a forum hosted by the Spanish-language media company Univision Communications. We found a few missteps in what the candidates had to say to Spanish-speaking voters:

  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made some incorrect and questionable claims about Americans who don’t have health insurance, hypothesizing that a third don’t have coverage because “the think they’re healthy and invincible” – a claim for which we find no support – and that another third are self-insured – which is the definition of all people who don’t have health insurance and must pay their own bills. He also understated the number who can’t afford insurance.
  • Mitt Romney said the Massachusetts universal health care plan he signed into law as governor didn’t include an “employer mandate,” but the plan includes a number of employer “requirements” with penalties for noncompliance. He also claimed subsidies for low-income individuals were completely financed by a state fund for care of the uninsured. It’s not clear if that will be the case just yet.
  • New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani falsely stated that the performance of K-12 students, including Hispanics, in the country has declined. Actually, it has improved.

And, of course, I have a personal opinion on Huckabee’s lies about health insurance. As I have described before, I am uninsured.

Not because I think I’m invincible. When you take three blood pressure medicines a day, you really don’t consider yourself invincible.

I’m uninsured because I am self-employed and have so far been unable to find an insurance company willing to issue me insurance. (The church secretary was shocked to know that an applicant could be turned down.)

Here’s a neat little article I found that explains how health insurance (fails to) work.



  1. Opie

    December 11, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Why doesn’t the Democratic Party start its own health care insurance program?

  2. Karen

    December 12, 2007 at 7:39 am

    I’m on 2 B. P. drugs now, & it still isn’t right. Chris is a polio survivor, so you can imagine the terror that underwriters see in him.

    Any program that mandates the purchase of medical insurance, without doing something about the tendancies of the various companies to charge more for people who need it, thereby making it unobtainable for the people who need it, is doomed to fail the people they are supposed to be taking care of.

    Take it out of the corporate enviroment altogether, which would stop the executives & underwriting from worrying about the bottom line.

    Trouble is, no politician is brave enough to buck the medical community. Why should they? They have theirs, & that’s all they care about.