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Former head Saturday Night Live writer and Emmy Award-winner Tina Fey hosted SNL last night, which included a return appearance on her old perch at the Weekend Update desk. During the segment, subtitled "Women's News", Tina slagged on Mean Girls co-star Lindsay Lohan, raved about the new yogurt that helps you poop, and most interestingly, stumped for Hillary Clinton. Fey questioned why more and more women are voting for Barack Obama, not Clinton, theorizing that it's because Hillary's a "bitch". " Let me say something about that," Tina went on. "She is [a bitch]. And so am I. Bitches get stuff done. That's why Catholic Schools use nuns instead of priests... At the end of the year you hated those bitches, but you knew the capital of Vermont."
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i see what you're saying, and i agree in part, but universal coverage will help.
see, it's going require more money at first, to get things rolling and get everyone covered. but once everyone IS covered, then you WILL have a massive reduction in healthcare costs. for instance, the hospital that i rotate at in brooklyn is HUGE, and in a very poor neighborhood. most people do not have insurance. so they have untreated diabetes or hypertension, and they only show up in the ER when they ahve a heart attack. or realize that their foot is literally rotting off. or they go blind. and THEN the state ends up paying for crazy expensive therapy/surgery for heart attacks, limb amputation, etc. all of this when, if these people had healthcare from the get-go, it would have been WAY WAY cheaper to cover the cost of their insulin or their ACE-inhibitors or Beta blockers or whatever.
so it will save tons of money.
and her plan does rely heavily on insurance reform. which means that these companies will have to state more simply what they wil and will not cover. she is also mandating electronic records, which will reduce costs and prevent people from getting fucked over by having to jump through coverage hoops.
and yes, people pay for insurance out of work, but they pay a lot for it. and if you've ever been without insurance and developed a pre-existing condition, you're screwed. and people who don't work for companies are even worse off.
she and obama are both proposing to make healthcare cheaper. but under his plans, he will raise taxes on the wealthiest for a little spending burst that will reduce premiums. and that's where it will end. because unless you insure EVERYONE, there will be no SUSTAINABLE reduction in costs.
she will raises taxes to reduce costs and then mandate coverage. and then, once everyone is in and there aren't people draining the system with very expensive end-state conditions, more money will flow back into it to keep costs low.