Rates of poverty in America keep rising as the amount of wealth controlled by the wealthy elite continue to skyrocket. The wealth gap is destroying what remains of the middle class and the “American Dream” exists only as a fantasy. Now that 14.3% of the people are existing (one cannot call it “living”) under the official poverty line we are witnessing the results of concerted policies designed to do just this. Under George W. Bush programs for the poor were gutted, tax rates for the rich slashed and everything possible was done to destroy the middle class. Wall Street runs this nation for the ultimate greed of a select few and no one dares actually regulate them imprison them for their crimes or do anything serious about the situation. The only attempt to rein them in was done by Al Qaeda on 9/11 for the crimes Wall Street has perpetrated on the Third World.
At the same time health care costs continue rising as Blue Cross of California announced rate hikes of another 20% next year. Rates around here are averaging 9% because health care reform got twisted into becoming health insurance reform and the industry was the recipient of a massive government welfare program. As certain good reforms from the bill begin being phased in, for example 1 million Medicare Part D doughnut hole checks have been issued, insurers are responding by dropping some plans leaving even more folks uninsured.
There are now 50.4 million Americans without health care. Mike Huckabee says this is as it should be, that no one with a pre-existing condition should get insurance. I understand Republicans have no empathy for anything but their bank accounts but this is totally heartless. This is the GOP telling the sick and injured “tough shit” (in Sen. Bunning’s parlance). Huck compared it to someone trying to get fire insurance after their house has burned down, a false analogy. Losing your house doesn’t lead directly to your death. Houses can be replaced, lives cannot.
This nation was established with the goal of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ as our standard. The first of these is life and people who claim to be pro life should take it seriously.
The relationship between the rate if uninsured people and the rate of poverty is direct. As people lose health care they drop into lives of poverty. Even with the cost of health insurance people who desperately need care wind up being poor. At an average of $1200/year many folks have to decide between their medical care or food and shelter. The spiking rate of poverty is directly tied to the number of uninsured Americans.
The American Dream died for most Americans and there’s no bringing it back until you vote.