The people that drafted this bill back in July 2009 as an obstructionist measure have told the American people they have declared the Constitution of the United States of America doesn't provide for wellness of its citizens. (click title to entry - thank you). IF THAT IS THE CASE then Ms. Bachman and all her peers should have brought Homeland Security to court to stop the administration of the H1N1 vaccine. The 'idea' that health and wellness of citizens is unconstitutional is the most hideous notion I have ever heard. If no one in the USA was vaccinated against H1N1 and it swept the country annihilating millions of people, whom would be left to govern? It is all nonsense. If citizens of the USA cannot provide for good health, then the sovereignty of the USA is lost.
The United States of America now and in the past has spent huge amounts of money on medical research to combat communicable diseases, there are Public Health Departments, there is The Center for Disease Control, the USA military innoculates soldiers for deployment, the employees of the federal government have health care available to them and the list goes on and on and on. The people that make these statements do not know what they are speaking about. In every venue of government, at every level of government there are issues of health care all the time. Children are required to be vaccinated to enter the public school system.
I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE. It is the biggest bunch of horse hockey I have ever heard in my life. This from the woman that said, "Oops, I can't attend the Tea Party Nation Convention because it is an ethical issue." THAT is an ethical issue, but, denying citizens quality and affordable health care is not. Wow!
H. R. 3400
To provide for incentives to encourage health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. PRICE of Georgia (REPUBLICAN) (for himself, Mr. AKIN (REPUBLICAN MISSOURI), Mr. ALEXANDER (REPUBLICAN LOUISIANA), Mr. SCALISE (REPUBLICAN LOUISIANA), Mrs. BACHMANN (REPUBLICAN MINNESOTA), Mr. SOUDER (REPUBLICAN INDIANA), Mr. MILLER of Florida (REPUBLICAN FLORIDA), Mr. BURTON of Indiana (REPUBLICAN INDIANA), Mr. JORDAN of Ohio (REPUBLICAN OHIO), Mr. GINGREY of Georgia (REPUBLICAN MEDICAL DOCTOR GEORGIA), Mr. ROE of Tennessee (REPUBLICAN TENNESSEE), Mr. CASSIDY (REPUBLICAN LOUISIANA), Mr. LAMBORN (REPUBLICAN COLORADO), Mr. FLEMING (REPUBLICAN LOUISIANA), Mrs. LUMMIS (REPUBLICAN WYOMING), Mr. WAMP (REPUBLICAN TENNESSEE), Mr. MARCHANT (REPUBLICAN TEXAS), Mr. ROONEY (REPUBLICAN FLORIDA), Mr. COFFMAN of Colorado (REPUBLICAN COLORADO), and Ms. FALLIN (REPUBLICAN OKLAHOMA)) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and Labor, Oversight and Government Reform, the Judiciary, Rules, the Budget, and Appropriations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned...
July 30, 2009
Georgia (Ranked 38th in the number of doctors with 217 doctors per 100,000 people)
Missouri (Ranked 29th in the number of doctors with 242 doctors per 100,000 people)
Louisiana (Ranked 15th in the number of doctors with 267 doctors per 100,000 people)
Minnesota (Ranked 10th in the number of doctors with 287 doctors per 100,000 people)
Indiana (Ranked 40th in the number of doctors with 215 doctors per 100,000 people)
Florida (Ranked 27th in the number of doctors with 243 doctors per 100,000 people)
Ohio (Ranked 17th in the number of doctors with 264 doctors per 100,000 people)
Tennessee (Ranked 18th in the number of doctors with 264 doctors per 100,000 people)
Colorado (Ranked 21st in the number of doctors with 259 per 100,000 people)
Wyoming (Ranked 47th in the number of doctors with 184 doctors per 100,000 people)
Texas (Ranked 42nd in the number of doctors with 212 doctors per 100,000 people)
Oklahoma (Ranked 49th in the number of doctors with 172 doctors per 100,000 people)
For these legislators that is an average of 235.5 doctors per 100,000 people which places this group in the average range of 30th in the nation.
To complete the perspective Number 1 is Massachusetts which has legislated and mandatory health care for all its citizens. The number of doctors per 100,000 people is 462.
Idaho is 50th in the nation with 169 doctors per 100,000 people.
Massachusetts median income per household ranks 7th at $62,635 US.
Idaho is ranked 34th in median income per household at $46,253 US.
And 30th rank is Indiana at $47,448 US.
I do not believe this is a good representative group of legislators for the purpose of reform for the USA health care system or insurance industry. There should not be this type of disparity in the number of doctors per 100,000 people across this country. There absolutely should not be this spread of difference.
One of the provisions in the Health Insurance Reform Act that was passed by the House provided for the education of more doctors, especially in General Practice as Family Medicine folks.
I'll continue to read the bill, but, considering this was an obstructionist bill by legislators with an average ranking of 30th in doctors per 100,000 I don't really expect much in the way of sincere reform. Why? Because educating doctors costs money and I doubt any of these folks spent money to facilitate equity across the USA.
I'll remain open minded.
Statistical source (click here)