Stop being angry at the poor. Start being angry at the people keeping you poor.
Hey, Indiana. Ohio. Missouri.
You guys touch Kentucky, right?
But you don’t have access to any of the health care changes or additional monies because, well… your governor is a tool of an eight year plot to stall-out a President. You know that, right?
It has nothing to do with you, or socialism or what’s best for your family. People in power are willing to let you get sick and die, or at the very least get sick and broke… because they want their power back.
Money isn’t trickling down, but ideas that keep you impoverished are.
Doesn’t it suck? Wouldn’t it be great if you were like… in Kentucky? (How weird is that to say?!?) I mean, you’ve got the Senate Minority leader there and you’d think he’d do a lot of great things for you!
But there’s this guy that has skin color different from him that’s - well, at least on the ORG chart of power - technically makes him “boss.” And Mitch doesn’t like to have a black boss.
And the rest of you states… You get stuff on your FB page and in your E-mail box every day that makes you furious about what some people get and what other people don’t. It makes you furious at the poor, or minorities, or gays… because of “Special rights” or whatever.
Doesn’t it piss you off that states around you get something you don’t? That their lives will be better, that their health will be protected…
…and a handful of people WITH health care AND good paying jobs are preventing that? For no reason at all?
Why aren’t you more angry? You should be.
In the meantime, here are a bunch of rural folks getting health care and doctor visits because the Democratic Governor of Kentucky decided it was more important to help them than cowtow to the Republican Senator from 1850s.
You should be pissed.
Don’t get too pissed tho.
Blood pressure and no healthcare is a very bad combination.
- Steve Marmel
From the Washington Post:
In rural Kentucky, health-care debate takes back seat as the long-uninsured line up
By Stephanie McCrummen, Published: November 23
| inBREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. — On the campaign trail, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was still blasting the new health-care law as unsalvageable. At the White House, President Obama was still apologizing for the botched federal Web site.
But in a state where the rollout has gone smoothly, and in a county that is one of the poorest and unhealthiest in the country, Courtney Lively has been busy signing people up: cashiers from the IGA grocery, clerks from the dollar store, workers from the lock factory, call-center agents, laid-off coal miners, KFC cooks, Chinese green-card holders in town to teach Appalachian students.
Now it was the beginning of another day, and a man Lively would list as Client 375 sat across from her in her office at a health clinic next to a Hardee’s.
“So, is that Breathitt County?” she asked Woodrow Wilson Noble as she tapped his information into a laptop Thursday morning.
“Yeah, we live on this side of the hill,” said Noble, whose family farm had gone under, who lived on food stamps and what his mother could spare, and who was about to hear whether he would have health insurance for the first time in his 60-year-old life.
This is how things are going in Kentucky: As conservatives argued that the new health-care law will wreck the economy, as liberals argued it will save billions, as many Americans raged at losing old health plans and some analysts warned that a disproportionate influx of the sick and the poor could wreck the new health-care model, Lively was telling Noble something he did not expect to hear.
“All right,” she said. “We’ve got you eligible for Medicaid.”
Places such as Breathitt County, in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky, are driving the state’s relatively high enrollment figures, which are helping to drive national enrollment figures as the federal health exchange has floundered. In a state where 15 percent of the population, about 640,000 people, are uninsured, 56,422 have signed up for new health-care coverage, with 45,622 of them enrolled in Medicaid and the rest in private health plans, according to figures released by the governor’s office Friday.
If the health-care law is having a troubled rollout across the country, Kentucky — and Breathitt County in particular — shows what can happen in a place where things are working as the law’s supporters envisioned.
One reason is that the state set up its own health-insurance exchange, sidestepping the troubled federal one. Also, Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is the only Southern governor to sign on to expanded eligibility parameters for Medicaid, the federal health-insurance program for the poor. The less technical reasons involve what Lively told Noble next.
More here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-rural-kentucky-health-care-debate-takes-back-seat-as-people-sign-up-for-insurance/2013/11/23/449dc6e0-5465-11e3-9e2c-e1d01116fd98_print.html