If I Were a Conspiracy Theorist

U.S. Poverty Rate Drops; Ranks of Uninsured Grow

Census Data Show Mixed View of Post-Recession Economy

Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, August 29, 2007; Page A03

The nation’s poverty rate declined last year for the first time this decade, but the number of Americans without health insurance rose to a record 47 million, according to annual census figures released yesterday.
Maryland edged out New Jersey as the nation’s richest state, with a median household income of $65,144. The Washington region ranked second among metropolitan areas, with three suburban Washington counties — Fairfax, Loudoun and Howard — maintaining their status as the nation’s wealthiest large counties. Montgomery and Prince William counties also registered in the top 10.


Well, what to make of THAT? The home territory of out legislators and the lobbyists who feed them, triumphant at last.
And the uninsured? What of them? They are, to a very large extent the fodder upon which grind the mechanisms of wealth
  • Unconstrained pharmaceutical companies
  • Unnecessary medical industry middlemen
  • Privatized hospitals
  • A huge and interventionist (unnecessary as well) insurance industry

$2 trillion–that’s two thousand billion ANNUALLY–$6,700 per citizen in order to enjoy the 37th best health care in the world. All of which comes to you courtesy of the wealthiest spot in America; the surrounds of Washington, D.C.

* For more in-depth articles by Jim on Health Care, check out Opinion-Columns.com

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