Sunday, October 23, 2005

Sometimes Reality and the GOP's "Reality" Just Don't Match

So the economy is booming right? Since January Mitch has created all these new super high paying jobs so nobody would ever need to file bankruptcy, right?

"From the August figures compared to the September figures, there was a 62 percent increase in the Chapter 7 filings in the South Bend Division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court."

"According to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, there were 205,129 personal bankruptcy filings across the country the week of Oct. 10. Many experts say the backlog of unprocessed cases could reach the 300,000 mark."

I know what the GOP apologist will say, these are all people who ran up credit cards and don't want to pay, right?

"To investigate medical contributors to bankruptcy, we surveyed 1,771 personal bankruptcy filers in five federal courts and subsequently completed in-depth interviews with 931 of them. About half cited medical causes, which indicates that 1.9–2.2 million Americans (filers plus dependents) experienced medical bankruptcy."

So we have a situation where workers have low paying jobs and poor insurance (unless of course they work at Wal-Mart in which case they have no insurance at all) can find themselves in a very bleak financial situation if somebody in their family suffers a serious illness of accident. And the GOP's response is to remove the safety net. Not to fix health care, not provide more job training so we can attract better paying jobs, no that's too much work, just stick 'em with the bill, who cares if they can pay it.

1 comment:

Blue Cross of California said...

Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system as we are in a major crisis and health insurance is a major aspect to many.