The Watering Hole: Tuesday, September 13 – Republican Election Machine

The Debate is over. Nothing new, except for Ron Paul being even more callous than I thought possible. Isn’t he a doctor by profession? Wasn’t there a thing called the hypocratic oath? (ht: peteIngh)

This is our Open Thread. Give us your take on yesterday’s, today’s or tomorrow’s news.

All cartoons are posted with the artists’ express permission to TPZoo.
Matt Davies
CTNews

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Veterans

Among other things like support and education for veterans, the President and VA are implementing a new policy that will make it easier for veterans with PTSD to get the help they need — by not requiring that they document a specific incident that caused the condition.

I fully support this new policy.  I’ve always felt that anyone who served in the military should have life-long access to free health care — and not just at VA hospitals, but at ALL hospitals and clinics.

Also, ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would do wonders for limiting the number of service members with PTSD.  Just sayin’…

Health Insurance Not So Profitable, Article Says

“Profits [for health insurance companies] barely exceeded 2 percent of revenues in the latest annual measure. Health insurers posted a 2.2 percent profit margin last year, placing them 35th on the Fortune 500 list of top industries.”

However, according to the article, “The industry’s overall profits grew only 8.8 percent from 2003 to 2008, and its margins year to year, from 2005 forward, never cracked 8 percent.”

Ok, so what’s the difference? Well, for one thing, the industry may have lost a bundle in it’s investment portfolio, along with everyone else.

But another, not mentioned in the article, yet certainly affecting the bottom line: spending over $1 million per day lobbying against reform.

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