Thursday, November 17, 2005

Here's some interesting information about the rising cost of the uninsured. I read this and started to wonder about the election back in 2000 when Al Gore and every liberal website warned about the dangers of Bush's planned tax cuts. Well, not only did the majority of the original tax cuts benefit the wealthy at the time, they're still raking in the dough after all the dust has settled. Where is the outrage of the working class people that shouted from the rooftops about how big government was taking money out of their pockets? I guess that $300 a year didn't have much staying power.

The people who think George WMD Bush represents their interests really need to take some time to look into the matter. The Republican bastion is beholden to Big Business, which is just as bad as Big Government. Both are corrupt and unethical. The only difference is that Government ultimately becomes accountable to the people because as a democracy they must rely on our continued vote. The Corporations don't have to worry about that. So which one should be more of a concern for the rest of us who are simply trying to survive?

I wonder why the talking heads don't seem to be pointing out these vital facts to the people who worship them? They quickly make sure everyone gets all riled up about the ridiculous taxes and how the government constantly steals from the people. Is this any different?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health insurance premiums will cost families and employers an extra $922 on average this year to cover the costs of caring for the uninsured, according to a report released on Wednesday.

With the added cost, the yearly premiums for a family with coverage through an employer will average $10,979 in 2005, said the report from consumer group Families USA.

By 2010, the additional costs for the uninsured will be $1,502, and total premiums will hit $17,273. In 11 states, the costs of the uninsured will exceed $2,000 per family.

For individuals, the extra charge this year is estimated to be $341 on average, rising to $532 in 2010. Total premium charges for individuals will be $4,065 in 2005, and $6,115 in 2010.

"The stakes are high both for businesses and for workers who do have health insurance because they bear the brunt of costs for the uninsured," said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA.



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