Most liberals were impressed by Republican Mayor Adam O’Neal of the small North Carolina town of Bellehaven, who went to the mic and the mat for a small rural hospital under threat of closure if the pinch-pursing asshattery didn't get Medicaid expansion moving along.
“The path the legislators are on right now has already caused stress on our hospitals; and especially rural hospitals,” Mayor O’Neal said. “Our rural hospitals could hardly survive in the past due to the reimbursement for indigent care. Without Medicaid Expansion the reimbursements are falling and hospitals like the one in my hometown are on the brink of possibly even closing. ... If you do not have critical access hospitals, people needlessly die. That’s a fact.”
That hospital is resigned to closing its doors as of yesterday.
What the hell is wrong with the Right, that their regressive hysteria about money and contraception have us letting our neighbors die? This isn't ideology anymore, this is actual blood sport.
You're so concerned with every pregnancy on the planet coming to term ... do you now expect women to be birthin' their own babies at home?
Right under our noses these arrogant, stingy men like Rick Perry and Chris Christie and Scott in FloridaFloridaFlorida have had the audacity to make the Imperial Proclamations that THEIR America won't have any part of the abomination of Obamacare ... whether their constituents need it or not.To survive.
Lawrence O'Donnell covered it beautifully last night. Have a gander and I'll meet you on the other side with commensurate outrage.
Background footage from June. Rural health and emergency care has GOT to be looked after in this country ...
I can speak to this personally.[Dear Liberal Readers, feel free to skip this or even return, I was just too impassioned not to include my own experiences.] A little over two years ago there was a [second] Vermont redneck-ish Nascar ambulance run to get my bleeding-out self from our local regional medical center (basics only) to the trauma center in Burlington, 67.2 miles north. Over mountain roads.
The two rides of note were 25 years of chronic illness apart, and the sad political statement about rural healthcare advancements wasn't lost on my parents and husband when I got to their ER and ICU just in time to be crash-carted and get a few pints of high test. Five to fifteen more minutes would have been a very different ending, and I owe my life to the driver that broke his peer's previous record for that one early evening run, and the medic that talked me through the race.
Not three months ago, someone as dear as a brother to me [and partner at my 6-year home blogging base Free Range Talk], suffered a heart attack that then led to the insertion of some high tech intertubings … but was just able to get ambulanced to his incredibly fine Dallas Urgent Care within minutes, within the seconds, really, that his (formerly behaving) ticker had left to tock. That was but a two to three minute grace period in a major American city. Terrifying. In his own words:
Yes, the infarction was a bit of a shock. I felt like a vampire with a stake being driven through my heart. Barely made it, I was in surgery within 10 minutes of arriving at the hospital (which luckily is less than 3 minutes from my house.)
How are those stories possible in 2014 in the United States of America?! Never mind hospitals and clinics closing despite more incoming patients. It's beyond Opposite World.
Republican Regressive backlash is now beginning to distill the bitter results of its parsimony - people in the age of the iPhone 6 still need ambulances, trained emergency personnel and Actual hospitals in order to have a functioning society.
These petulant obstructionist governors should each be faced by a Mayor O'Neal and publicly shamed out of their public
manses housing. And off their tax-payer funded helipads.
Jesus for damned sure wouldn't be shutting down hospitals in the sticks of North Carolina, let a non-believer declare that.