keep it simple, stupid

Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Where I come down on government responsibility is that I think basic emergency insurance should be mandatory for anyone who can afford it, just like car insurance. That keeps hospitals from going into the red to treat a guy who makes $50,000 / year and wants to gamble with his health.

    I also think that there should be ways of covering people when they are between jobs. COBRA is great, but what if you can’t afford it? Again, I’m just talking emergency care.

    The last piece of the puzzle is that I think every child in America should have basic wellness coverage. That means one physical per year, 2 dental visits, 1 eye exam and of course treatment for any illnesses that crop up. I consider that a moral obligation of the government and non-negotiable. You don’t let kids suffer because their parents are poor, irresponsible or just have bad luck. Period.

    If the President wants to reset the debate and offer a common-sense way to get to those three things, i’m willing to listen.Report

  2. St.John McCloskey says:

    Has anyone considered making health insurance and either whole or term life insurance a package deal? (I cant imagine how term might work, but maybe there’s some genius out there who could work it out) I mean, you know what they say about how money now is worth more than money later, so that would dramatically increase the quality of healthcare, and might even lower the costs to the companies by forcing them to cover cheaper preventative measures. If a company has both life and health insurance on the same person, then the best route is to take damn good care of that person.
    If Wyden-Bennett S391 included something along these lines, I’d be positively sold, which surprises me. I’ve always looked at insurance companies as piratical giants, and was hoping for at the least a government run plan, but your right in saying that the HRH 3200 is a load of junk.
    I also agree with Mike at the big stick. The government does have a moral obligation. It’s in an unparalleled position to do good for the world.
    We need to stop buying bombs and start buying bandages. But that’s a whole other discussionReport