OK, If There Has to be a “Public Plan,” Let It Be the Indian Health Service

This is from the Associated Press:

On some reservations, the oft-quoted refrain is “don’t get sick after June,” when the federal dollars run out. It’s a sick joke, and a sad one, because it’s sometimes true, especially on the poorest reservations where residents cannot afford health insurance. Officials say they have about half of what they need to operate, and patients know they must be dying or about to lose a limb to get serious care.

American Indians have an infant death rate that is 40 percent higher than the rate for whites. They are twice as likely to die from diabetes, 60 percent more likely to have a stroke, 30 percent more likely to have high blood pressure and 20 percent more likely to have heart disease…… After Haiti, men on the impoverished Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota have the lowest life expectancy in the Western Hemisphere.

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  1. Bret says:

    Very funny post. You should put up a “satire alert” warning button immediately, however. Otherwise, Paul Krugman and the other humorless idiots on the left will think you are serious.

  2. Tom H. says:

    Let’s enroll Krugman in the Indian Health Service. It might cure him of his enthusiasm for single payer health insurance.

  3. Stephen C. says:

    Why stop with Krugman? Why not enroll the entire US Congress in the Indian Health Service.