Healthcare crisis? Well maybe not so much

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Observerofu
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"The federal risk pool has definitely provided critical access, in some cases lifesaving access, to health insurance," said Amie Goldman, chair of a national association of state high-risk insurance pools. "That said, enrollment so far is lower than we would have expected."

California, which has money for about 20,000 people, has received fewer than 450 applications, according to a state official. The program in Texas had enrolled about 200 by early September, an official in that state said. Goldman, who runs the pool in Wisconsin, said they've received fewer than 300 applications so far, with room for about 8,000 people in the program."

Government economists projected as recently as April that 375,000 people would gain coverage this year, and they questioned whether $5 billion allocated to the program would be enough.

Remember how we were sold people were dying in the streets. That without the American Taxpayer paying up and having this rammed down our throats people were just going to start dropping?
Remember how we told you there was NO CRISIS?

Apparently there isn't one. Well go figure.

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Want to buy some aspirin better have a prescription says the IRS

"Starting Jan. 1, employees who use flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health saving accounts (HSAs), or health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to pay for common medications such as pain relievers, cold medicines, antacids and allergy medications will need prescriptions. The new rules don't apply to insulin.

The new rules will also prohibit the use of FSA or HRA debit cards provided by administrative plans for over-the-counter purchases, because the IRS says there's no way to prove the drugs were prescribed.

The IRS says any money removed from HSA accounts to pay for medical expenses bought without a prescription will be included as taxable income and subject to an additional tax of 20 percent."

"Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry lobby that voiced support for the overhaul but has been accused by some of the law's proponents of trying to undermine it, said the law creates "unintended consequences."

The Law of unintended consequences strikes again. Anything the Government tries to do is screwed up. The one thing they do well however is cost us money.

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Not surprisingly, NotLindsey...

Not surprisingly, the Citizen's situational Libertarian (aka "glibertarian") NotLindsey has come out with a ringing defense of taxpayer-subsidized aspirin, but only because it reflects badly on President Obama.

Seems like only yesterday NotLindsey was talking out of the other side of his mouth about the growin' sense of entitlements in America.

But then, Tea Partisans like NotLindsey often eschew logical consistency in order to make a political point. They're flexible like that.

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What the heck are you blathering on about now bacon

you become a little more irrelevant everyday.

I guess now however you can just call me a liar, try to insult my family and move along without ever commenting on the issue.

Didn't I see someone here call you basemti or sniffle. Looks like you are projecting your short comings again.

btw-Nothing I said here in anyway contradicts anything I have said. Once again you are attempting to obfuscate the issue by misdirection and outright intellectual dishonesty.

Do you think FSA's or HSA's are entitlements? Are you that uneducated? Nothing in my post or the article has anything to do with Tax payer subsidized Aspirin. Where did you get that? You must be having one too many adult beverages or smoking something from California.

Seriously bacon if you can not defend your progressive ideas why even post here. You are obviously incapable of a coherent thought or argument I guess this is all you have.

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