Monday, February 07, 2005

Stuff that pisses me off

Reasons why I think Texas Republicans are the most selfish people in the world.

Feb. 6, 2005, 1:16PM


Wealthy area, tight purse strings

Collin County does little to give health care to its needy residents

Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle


PLANO - Flat broke, out of work for nine months and with only an old SUV to his name, William Wright was stunned to learn he is too well off for public health care in Collin County.

"I think I fit the idea of low-income," said Wright, 28, who last worked as a satellite-dish installer. "I'm no-income."

In June, he spent seven days in a McKinney hospital after a near-fatal highway accident. When Wright, who was uninsured, applied for county help to pay more than $50,000 in doctor and hospital bills, he found that Texas' wealthiest county — home to sprawling new houses, luxury stores and corporate campuses — gives little to help the poor in need of medical care.

"They said I made too much," said Wright, who would have to have earned less than $2,328 a year to qualify for indigent health care in Collin County.

"They brag they haven't spent taxpayer money on this in 20 years," said Pam Kaus, health care coordinator for Collin County Interfaith. The group, which has been vocal on the issue, was rebuffed in 2003 when it sought county money to open a clinic.

With the highest median household income in Texas — $70,835 in the 2000 Census, compared with a statewide median of $39,927 — the county can afford to take care of its needy, Kaus contends.

"They can't be shamed," said John Margulies, spokesman for the privately owned North Central Medical Center in McKinney. The hospital cut its association with county health programs last year, saying reimbursements were too low.

Neighbor foots the bill

Those in-patient stays, plus 4,575 outpatient visits by uninsured Collin County people that year, left Parkland $6 million in unpaid bills, according to an audit report.

Because of Parkland, Dallas County's taxes are double those of its northern neighbor.

"Parkland believes anybody who shows up should get health care. It's not our problem they don't qualify patients before they admit them," said Collin County Commissioner Phyllis Cole, who said she believes health care should be left to charities and the private sector. "I wish they would get off my back."

More stuff that pisses me off

Republicans that write about or talk about what the Democratic Party should and should not stand for. Even more than that, I am pissed off at Democrats who listen to these assholes.

Stuff that doesn't piss me off

Hubert Vo is closer to winning this thing over Heflin.