Saturday, November 07, 2009
They Passed HealthCare Tonight
If you want to achieve a quick death from disgustion, read this Watts Up post about an aluminum factory that had to shut down because it couldn't buy electricity. In Montana.
This is another article which I think explains the situation more clearly. However people have to understand that all the existing mandates are raising, not lowering the cost of power, and that it is making many US manufacturers uncompetitive. The future of manufacturing is highly automated, but that does use a lot of power, and eventually, all the plants will wind up where power is cheapest.
Update: Washington Post has a nice sortable table of the votes on the bill. You can click on the headings and sort it any way you want. I knew my weasel was a Y, but I won't fail to write him a nice note telling him what I think of his vote and asking whether he read it, and giving a quiz he can answer to see if he understood it. All of this, of course, is to no avail. A version will pass in the Senate and will be reconciled and will be foisted upon the public.
It's sort of like having your car repaired by a three-year-old child.
I'm in Europe with "socialised " health care.Can't complain, cause I got no probs yet and hopefully it stays that way. But a question for you.
If you are unemployed in America(currently 10%) and have health issues, what becomes of you ???? and does this bill do anything to address that ???
Here I know the answer.
There are many routes we could have gone that would have been better. A straight public system would actually work better than this.
Direct aid to the people who don't have the incomes, plus a 1% additional Medicare tax and an increase of Medicare premiums would have worked even better, because private premiums then would have dropped, and people would have had medical care right away.
That's the burn of this. It will not work; it does not help most people now, when they really need it; it will raise private insurance premiums in 2010 and every year thereafter until we get serious.
I cannot understand how we could have had two reasonable options and managed to create a far worse third that manages to multiply all the current inefficiencies without getting much in the way of real help to people who need real help right now.
I can't understand it. It is almost as if Congress doesn't realize what a fix the country is in.
Aluminum: Iceland is a funny place in many ways. They have one export: fish. But they can generate a lot of electricity cheaply. You can export electricity--in the form of aluminum. They got a new, huge hydro-fed aluminum smelter up just in time to see the price for the metal collapse.
Unfortunately, there's no such thing as a stable winner-take-all democracy.
The original owner of the plant ( can't remember but it may have been Alcoa) pulled out 25 to 30 years ago because margins were declining rapidly. Many of the people that worked there had major portions of their lives invested and were in danger of losing their pensions and having to start over at relatively advanced ages (for manufacturing workers). They banded together and bought the plant themselves, secured some government help and some more cheap electricity and struggled along for another 25 years. The guys that were in danger of losing their retirement made it out; the new guys always knew it was a crap shoot and didn't invest much of their lives in it (I believe they had quite a lot of turnover). In the end it closed out as well as could be expected.
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