Tennessee Senator Denies 280,000 People Health Care

Tennessee Senator Denies 280,000 People Health Care May 6, 2015

calls constituent “asshole” for asking him to give up his own health care.

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

“The Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.” – Dorothy Day

It does not however, take away our right to distinguish between the poor and lowly whom God has lifted up and the mighty he casts down in their arrogance. Nor does it prohibit, but positively demands, that we rejoice when he fills the hungry with good things and sends the rich away empty.

In related news, Missouri Republicans are striving to deny food stamp recipients the right to steak and seafood, because the tiniest pleasures of the poor are acts of theft from the Righteous. We must be ever-vigilant to make sure that the poor receive the punishment, humiliation and shame they deserve for any smallest happiness.

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  • BHG

    No question the Senator acted very, very badly–but does accepting any sort of federal money “cost nothing?” I am not so sure it does–think of what accepting “free” federal money has cost Catholic colleges. I suspect that there might be significant reasons this proposal was refused apart from hardness of heart. It would be nice to know them before condemning the action of refusing the expansion, and neither your post nor the article gives any clue about the substance of the discussion. Nor does it tell me what, if any, alternative plans are in place. Both, I think are important in order to evaluate what was done. On the cussing, feel free to hold forth.

    • Andy

      I did a quick visit to the Oracle of Mt. Google – the seven folks who voted against the law gave vague answers – don’t trust government to not responding. There is not an alternative n place and none is planned – therein perhaps one finds the hardheartedness.
      I agree that the Catholic Church taking free money has caused issues – but a governmental agency is for all people and should not be seen as a religious entity.

      • Joseph

        Unless, of course, they are pushing particular agendas with religious zeal.

      • BHG

        My point is I cannot judge these acts by the content of either article, both of which are largely devoid of any way for me to come to my own opinion based on facts.

        • Hezekiah Garrett

          That’s a generous use of the term ‘point’. ‘Dull’ might be a better description of ‘commenter has no opinion of blog post, wants world to know it.’

        • Andy

          A little research helped – took about 5 minutes and gave me facts to base my opinion on – if there are other versions around I would like to read them. But all it took was a few key-strokes.

        • Newp Ort

          Opinions based on FACTS!?

  • Michaelus

    Adding these people to Medicare will not cost the State anything – for the first year or so. After that the State will have to pay a percentage (up to 10%).

    The one big truth that no one wants to mention is that the US is spending almost 20% of our GDP on health care (almost twice what they spend in aging European countries). The rich men who rule us have created a giant mess.

    Health insurance company CEO’s make $5 to $20 million per year BTW.

    • ManyMoreSpices

      The one big truth that no one wants to mention is that the US is spending almost 20% of our GDP on health care

      It’s even worse than that. United States government spending on health care outstrips that of all but two countries: the Netherlands and Denmark. That’s right: this country, which doesn’t have a National Health Service or other Euro-style social welfare model, has a government that ranks third in spending on health care. Germany, France, Italy, UK? Pikers compared to the medical clinic at Uncle Sam’s Government Cheese Factory.

      I doubt that more government spending is going to solve anything. The problem is elsewhere in the system.

      http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/health-costs-how-the-us-compares-with-other-countries/

      Also, as far as Mark’s headline goes: “health insurance” != “health care.” You can’t close a wound, set a fracture, or shrink a tumor with health insurance.

  • anna lisa

    Awesome. I live in the greatest country on earth: the land flowing with Gatorade, and juicy steak for all. The land where God finally got it right and admitted he was chintzy with manna when they’d eaten plenty of meat in Egypt.

    Now. How about six weeks of paid vacation and retirement at 55 for my husband, like in Greece? (What a charming and *generous* country!)

    Hubby just got his blood tests back, and he’s low in vitamin D, from sitting in an office and working so much.

    Forget Jesus the bread king, I want Jesus, the steak and vacation King!

    Everyone knows that the good things Jesus said he would like to fill us up with, can be found at an all-night-all-you-can-eat-buffet. ‘Murica! Where fat is the new thin, and a cure for diabetes is right around the corner!
    (–And hey, tequila is cheaper than big Pharma happy pills , so throw in a few bottles a month and I’m *saving* money for my big Daddy, Uncle Sam.)

    Greatest. country. on. earth.

    • ManyMoreSpices

      I mean, I recognize that you’ve committed Attempted Sarcasm here, but I’m really having a hard time figuring out where you intend to direct the knife.

      • anna lisa

        The People Complain
        …3So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the LORD burned among them. 4The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? 5″We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic,…

        ***

        I’m just frustrated that Mark paints such a broad brush concerning the Welfare State. It’s like he’s trying to show up God with hs sweeping generosity. Where does it end?

        It’s not like I believe that “he who does not work shall not eat”. If a man doesn’t *want* to work, give him beans and rice. Give his children the steak.

        • Sue Korlan

          I’ve worked at places where we worked overtime every week and those of us who had dependents still qualified for welfare. Just because you get benefits doesn’t mean you’re not working; it just means your employer doesn’t pay you enough to live on.

          • anna lisa

            Sue, I never intended to lump the working poor into this equation. The man or woman whose just wages have been held back from them suffer a grave offense that literally cries out to God for justice.
            .
            We pay more than half of our income in taxes and health care. We feel like we are being held hostage and are pinned in a strangle hold to a broken system.
            .
            There are indeed those that run the numbers, and decide that a life of welfare is easier than fighting the good fight. Unfortunately I’ve had to witness this up close,and uncomfortably in my face. It adds insult to injury when you feel like you’ve been working to save your life, and you know that all the people who have given up just want to climb up on your already overtaxed shoulders.

            I don’t mean to offend. My guess is that the majority of people who seek aid are not like that. I truly hope that this is the case, but I’m not staying up at night trying to figure it out.. I need to figure out what form my own sins take and how they inexcusably offend my neighbor. They are there, and they need to be rooted out. The worst sins are the ones we lie to ourselves about, right?–because it’s hard to confess what we refuse to acknowledge. Sighhhhhhhhhhhh.
            .
            I never intended to cause shame to anyone who labors with an upright heart.

      • anna lisa

        I wasn’t talking so much about health care. Good healthcare is important, but it doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and it costs the taxpayer money if food stamp recipients can buy coke and twinkies with their benefits. Where I live, they can use their food stamp card like it was an ATM card at the Indian Casino.

    • Hezekiah Garrett

      Dumbest. Comment. On. Thread.

      And with “my point is I have no opinion, spoonfeed me” for competition. Quite an accomplishment.

      • anna lisa

        “my point is I have no opinion, spoonfeed me” for competition. Quite an accomplishment.”

        ?
        I honestly have no idea what you mean. Maybe it’s because I’m so dumb.

      • anna lisa

        Hey Hez,
        I was wondering a little why you were being so rude, and then remembered that you said you worked in the health care industry.

        It’s easy to read into a comment words that are *not* there.

        Did you read *both* articles Mark linked to? My comment had more to do with the second one, and Mark’s general “come one come all” attitude toward welfare recipients. “Steak is a human right !”–If you question *whom* might be lining up for free steak you’re an anti-Dorthy Day meanie!

        My guess is that the position Mark has staked out, doesn’t cost him much.

        Healthcare on the other hand *is* a human right no matter what a person has done to ravage their own body. Healing the body is *always* an act of God. Giving Americans an incentive to *not work* is a grave disorder.

        Wanna know why it’s making me *extra* impatient when people don’t want to dissect who gets what? Because it’s Wednesday, and my husband gets paid on Friday. As of Monday I was putting food on a *credit card*. I couldn’t even pass along an extra buck to my daughter in college when she asked for extra food money during finals.

        What’s left of our paycheck after the nanny state has had it’s way with it is simply stunning. We have EIGHT kids. The government shouldn’t be the biggest recipient of our “donations”.
        .
        btw.check out the health stats on the article manymorespices linked to. –food stamp pop tarts and Gatorade are *anti* healthcare. Americans are the fattest humans on the planet.

        • Sue Korlan

          Perhaps because artificial estrogen is a fattening agent?

  • Peggy

    This Medicaid expansion is a bait and switch operation by the Obama admin. States will have to foot the bill in the future. The 280.000 are a theoretical number of people who may not get insurance. Not a certainty. No one is denied medical care. We’ll pay for the poor one way or another.