A coming phenomenon I will name R.I.D.

Daily Kos pointed me toward an article about a large Social Security savings under the Republican insurance plan. Three billion dollars. Sounds great, right? This figure comes from the Congressional Budget Office.

So where do you think this savings comes from?

Extra deaths from people who lose coverage.

They calculated this by looking at how many lives the Massachusetts plan saved when implemented and reversing the number.

I have a suggestion. I suggest we name these "Republican Insurance Deaths," or RID's for short, and that we keep a count and keep it public. And of course that we publicize cases we learn about.

Let's hold them accountable.


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Comment by nerd cred on March 15, 2017 at 3:18pm

Horrified but not surprised.

Comment by Terry McKenna on March 15, 2017 at 3:35pm

We can suggest people resume smoking too, pension costs can be more that the healthcare costs. worth a try anyway.

Comment by koshersalaami on March 15, 2017 at 3:58pm

Pension costs are really higher than healthcare?

Comment by alsoknownas on March 15, 2017 at 4:05pm

Morning e-mail from one of my buddies. His take:


Ryan isn't thinking like a human being. He's thinking like a Texas Instruments calculator from the late 70's. And the numbers just don't add up. If millions of pre-Medicare eligible  (55-64) seniors are priced out of the private healthcare market that Ryan says will miraculously, over time, evolve , and ultimately lower the cost of healthcare, they'll simply go without. That means that early detection of various medical conditions and diseases, that disproportionately effect seniors, ( cancers, COPD, diabetes, GERD, kidney disease, plaque psoriasis, heart disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome etc.,) will simply not happen. They'll just "live with it "and it will get worse, or they'll die. By the time they are Medicare eligible they'll need significantly more care, at high cost, than if they had had access to preventive care, counseling and early intervention. So, the cost of Medicare will go up. Ryan needs to start thinking like a human being and not the popular high school senior running for class president, who is good looking, but can't do basic math and is headed for Junior College.

Comment by Terry McKenna on March 15, 2017 at 4:06pm

The costs of death are usually high regardless - unless a quick death.  but a man who lives to 70 and dies, uses up much less of his pension than one who lives to 86.    And yes, it is that simple.

The anti smoking lobby has made a morality play out of the question of smoking.  i never even touched a cigarette but think we oversold the value of quitting to society.

Comment by Drew-Silla on March 15, 2017 at 4:28pm

People who can't afford to pay for their own health care need to die anyway, and if their deaths save the government money, it's a double win for the overly taxed job creators out there who, with their vision and sweat and toil and Swiss bank accounts, ensure year after year that this nation has the grossest national product ever seen.

Comment by Ron Powell on March 15, 2017 at 5:56pm

Excellent suggestion!

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Comment by Theodora L'Engle Knight on March 15, 2017 at 9:15pm

jon, with you. this is the death panel that they feared from obamacare. they are evil Idiot. a bad combo.


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