Friday, September 16, 2011

Health Care and the Republicans

Reading about the man who died because he couldn't afford health care, was too young for Medicare and as a male, ineligible for Medicaid, I nearly cried.

My knee hurts so much many times, that I fantasize replacing the joint myself. Even though I know this is stupid. But I have 14 more months to wait until I'm eligible for Medicare and I'm on pins and needles expecting the damn Republican assholes to raise the age for Medicare coverage to 67. I don't think I can wait the 14th months. How can I wait another two years on top of that?

And then I live in Greece, whose economy is nearly in depression - while the EU Finance Ministers and the Greek government dithers. The government is sold on raising taxes, especially those taxes which everyone must pay. 23% for all goods and services, except food which is taxed at 13% is criminal. And now they're going to add a property tax and, of course, make it retroactive.

Tax cars, tax houses, tax food, tax your entire existence. But do they go after tax cheats? Is the state being taxed (property) like regular people? How about the church, the 2nd largest land owner in the country? The answer to every question is NO!

Yes, we can escape or we can stick around and wait for the default, which is surely coming when our dollars will restore a standard of living again - although for the rest of the country it is going to be uglier than it is now.