Bureaucrats getting in the way of healthcare

Via Greg Laden's Blog, this is what happens when corporate bureaucrats get between people and healthcare right now in the United States:

An apathetic government bureaucrat might not be ideal, but this has got to be better than the way it currently is in the United States, where a corporate bureaucrat wants to deny you healthcare even after you have paid health insurance premiums for years. And this is assuming that a corporate bureaucrat allows you to get health insurance in the first place.

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Please copy this video onto your blog if you are a blogger. Otherwise, pass it around. WE WANT THIS TO GO VIRAL!!!

Supporting our first responders?

According to NPR, Dr. John Howard, the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, will be dismissed. He oversaw the healthcare for 9/11 first responders, many of whom have respiratory problems, but he was ousted because he cares too much about the workers.

Congress had approved a budget to provide healthcare for the first responders, and Dr. Howard faithfully followed their dictates in providing healthcare. However, the Bush administration wanted him to use a smaller budget, so they will not be reappointing him as director. So much about them supporting the people fighting terrorism; they don't even want to provide proper healthcare to the first responders of the largest terrorist attack in the history of the United States.

This whole affair is ridiculous, but it's sadly what we've come to expect from the Bush administration. For a group of people who claim to support the troops and accuse others of not supporting them, they have a tendency to cut off support such as veteran's health care and education. And yet when support is approved by the opposition in Congress, they have the gall to try and take credit for it.