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Morgaath [userpic]
Hey buddy, can you spare a dime?

$100 million is $0.33 per American citizen. That is about 1/8 the cost of a latte at Starbucks. $1 billion is $3.33 per American.

$1 trillion is $333.33 per American, which is less then the cost of one year's worth of unlimited text and cell phone calls.

Spread over 10 years, that $1 trillion is about the same cost per citizen as filling up your gas tank one time each year, $33.33.

Per month of that 10 years, that is a whopping $2.78 per month...or less then the cost of a big bag of chips at Quicktrip, or less then $0.10 per day (Yes, even in Feb).

More then 3,000 American men, women and children die each month due to not having heath insurance.

Remember this when you get told it will cost $1 trillion dollars over the next 10 years to save those lives.


I think I'm too tired cause this made my head hurt now and it didn't when I read it earlier on FB.

this assumes that every american would be financially respomsible for these taxes. you have to look at those who arent working, strictly are on Social Security or Welfare and children and take them out of the equation.

Additionally take my mom who pays $400 a month for terrible insurance w/insane co pays, then she is going to be taxed on subpar insurance. Or my bofriend who works for a union that does their healthcare privately funded and pays almost $20k a year for insurance.

there is a healthcare crises but the math isnt quite so simple as all that. It wont hurt people like me so bad who pay just $30 a month, its the people who are already struggling to pay outragous fee's for terrible insurance that will be struck the hardest.

I stated it as average per American. Not Americans with jobs. And even then I left off about 8 million people to help keep the math simple.
Yes, for a couple of years we will be struggling to readjust how things work, what benefits we choose, and on and on. In the mean time we are doing our best to save the lives of 36,000 Americans each year.
So the question is: What is the life of a human worth to you?

I feel a little close to this issue as I was almost one of those dead people. I spent 2 years with gall stones because I didn't have insurance. A simple to diagnose and fix problem that would have cost less then $5k wound up costing more then $145k...almost all of which was passed on to tax payers*. All because I didn't have insurance, and didn't want to go to the emergency room and pay them another $700 to tell me "We need to run some test, but without your insurance info we can't do it".

* I think I paid about $4,500 after selling my car, getting donations from folks and living on ramen and pasta for 3 months before the government declared me a hardship case.