Insert, the North Carolina link in the GOP health-care propaganda chain Rachael was talking about. N.C.’s own, Art Pope (aka N.C.’s Karl Rove) who seeks to advance the GOP and his bottom-line the old fashion way, one dollar at a time. Pope’s empire, Pope Political Inc. is in part located at Hillsborough Place, a little ole office building in downtown   Raleigh, N.C.,. Reportedly, Pope bought the building in 2005 for $11.1 million and ironically it is located  right  across the street from the N.C. state Democratic Party’s headquarters (cowinkydink). Pope’s Hillsborough Place houses; “the John William Pope Civitas Institute, Pope’s legislative monitoring arm; Americans for Prosperity, its political arm; and the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, its legal arm. The John Locke Foundation is located in a different building on the same block, it is Pope’s, research and communications arm”. One thing Pope knows about special interest is buying power and he has flexed his wallet in N.C. o’plenty.

The lengths at which these greedy bastards will go to stop health-care reform is not so surprising.  However, what is astonishing  is yet again the very people who would benefit from the proposed health-care reform are the ones buying into the GOP’s corporate PR scripted bullshit. My question is has the Republican voter always been this stupid? Or is ignoring the facts regarding health-care in the U.S. just what you do when you can’t think for yourself, so you do what you are told? In reality, the facts regarding health-care in the U.S. is sobering. The health care system the GOP and corporate special interest are so wildly trying to blur from debate is really not that great in fact, well read it for yourself.

The truth is that Americans pay more for health care than any other country in the world and yet the health care Americans receive is ranked by the World Health Organization (WHO) 37th in overall performance and 72nd in overall level of health of the 191 nations included in the 2000 study.  It’s not all bad however, the U.S. is ranked high in catching rare cancers early.

In 2008, a report by the Commonwealth Fundranked the U.S. last in the quality of health care among the 19 countries compared.  The United States has the highest infant mortality rate of all develped countries.  And yet, the Commonwealth Fund reports that the U.S. “leads all industrialized countries in the share of national health care expenditures devoted to insurance administration.

The United States is the only wealthy, industrialized, developed country in the world that does not offer health care to all of its citizens.

Medical bills prompt more than 60% of all U.S. bankruptcies according to CNN.  Bankruptcies attributed to medical bills increased by nearly 50% from 2001 to 2007.  75% of all people who went bankrupt because of medical bills had health insurance. 

So there you have it to reform or not to reform? God knows we need it and there is an upside, folks. In the true spirit of capitalism we can have millionaires within the Republican party exploiting the middle class idiots of  their own party to protect their bottomlines, now that is choice. Um, really its kinda like 2000 and2004 all over again with the exception this debate has amassed more liars and we are missing a cowboy.

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