Brent777, I am shocked but not surprised by your neocon statement an "illegal" person does not have a right to healthcare. There is much more I could say regarding your comment but KARMA will preveil in due time, it always does.
But getting back to my point, your math is as flawed as your humanity and reasoning here is why.
The census data you quote is largely out dated. They us a modeling method called "approximation method" and some of the numbers used for their study were estimated. In fact some of the data was from 1999.(Read the footnotes)
The actual number of the uninsured in the US, ebbs and flows depending on certain factors. With that said a recent study, commissioned by the bi-partisan consumer health advocacy group; Families USA, found 86.7 million Americans were uninsured at one point during the past 2 years.So basically 1 out of 3 Americans under 65 were without health insurance at some point during 2007 and 2008,that fact alone is worse than an epidemic. Almost double the 47 million usually cited.
I myself had no insurance for several years and was unable to walk due to a collasped knee joint and the need for a knee replacement I could not afford. If you have never been without health insurance you honestly don't know what it is like.
I will be the first to admit there are many aspects of the proposed healthcare reform that must be tweaked but we must start somewhere now rather than later to rein in on the sky-rocketing medical costs. My heart goes out to Rhonda Robinson and all others who find themselves in the same position. We must look past the propaganda and reform healthcare now.
Actually the Indy article isn't misleading concerning Kathryn Spann at all.It stated "Durham native and small dairy farmer Kathryn Spann",and "who currently serves as associate supervisor to the five-member board, a volunteer, non-voting position. She has been the boards representative to the Farmland Protection Board since January.I believe given the fact Spann is "currently" a associate supervisor actively involved with policy and current district issues she is acutely aware of "our" local concerns.One look at her responses to the Candidate Questionnaire at http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A266574 you will surmise she has a complete, well rounded understanding and is familiar with the issues that are facing Durham and North Carolina. Moreover, she has the integrity,the passion and the resolve for the office.
Clearly in the days leading up to the scoping hearing in Sept. 07 the consortium did NO outreach to the local community despite their assertions to the contrary. One could argue they did no more than offer up a community without the community's knowledge or acceptance for the project. Hence the sitution they find themselves in now,licking their wounds and broken. The report states:
"The consortium garnered strong political support from local, state, and national leaders and governments at all levels. Also, its public relations, stakeholder outreach and media strategies have been active, broad, and largely successful".
This statement is puffery at its utmost deceptive best. Indeed North Carolina's proposal is attractive who would pass up pristine acreage for 1$. Funny thing is however that offer was never reviewed by anyone but the consortium, apparently. The actual dollar amounts this facility would cost the average NC taxpayer has yet to be disclosed. Those figures have been guarded by the consortium and DHS as if to say to the citizens do not have a stake in this proposal, while expecting the citizens to foot the bill for hosting the facility for the next fifty years. These actions demonstrate the secrective nature that has always been at issue with the NBAF and its lack of actual transparency. The consortium has not given up on this bid, anyone who truly believes that is as naive as the community was before we learned of the NBAF. Now we just wait and see if DHS and the consortium takes the citizens warning seriously or not.That's when the show really begins.
Geez is that hard to fiqure out? Low-income families use relatively little electricity because they are the least likely to afford a high utility bill as well as the least likely to afford energy-efficient refrigerators and appliances as well as other improvements to their homes to make them more energy-efficient. Duke's program will target these customers as well as the elderly and those on fixed incomes. As for Duke's water usage, we are no longer living in an age where industry should not be held accountable for its abuse's of a natural resource.Thank god we have orgs. like Clean Water NC and others who think about somneone other that themselves,ah hem.
So the Golden Leaf Foundation wanted to ensure the consortium provide "a sufficiently full and fair exposition of pertinent facts to enable the public or an individual to form an independent opinion or conclusion." and the consortium and NC BioTech rejected the money because of this? Does anyone but me see an issue with this. Why didn't the consortium just come out and say facts what facts why would we tell the public the facts? If that's your terms we can't accept your public money. We never intended on telling the true about the NBAF. We haven't so far so why should we start now. Silly Golden Leaf trying to set up boundaries'.
You know I couldn't help but see JohnD is from Raleigh. I'm sure you don't worry about any aspect of the NBAF since you are in Raleigh. However, not everyone opposing this lab is afraid of the possible outbreak scenario or anything associated with select agents. Some of us believe we shouldn't have to pay for the associated infrastructure and the subsequent maintenance required for this vanity lab in our town of Butner. Not to mention it is an evironmental behemoth using masssive amounts of water, generating massive amounts of infected waste via its carcasses and animal feces (tens of thousands of pounds daily), and the NBAF will use a tissue digester or an incinerator both of which affect air quality. Also the prospect of Aerial Spraying of Pesticides to prevent Rift Valley Fever in the mosquito population in the Upper Neuse River Basin, for God's sake isn't exactly hitting a homerun either. So my point is there are many,many reasons to oppose this lab and it has nothing to do with the risk although there is a basis for concern there also. The funny thing is NC State has plenty of land available in Raleigh. I wonder why they didn't choose their 900 free acres since it's so safe and all? I mean wouldn't that be closer to the resources and colleges. Oh but thats right then it would be in the Consortium backyard and we don't want the NBAF that bad now do we? Spend those $262,000 dollars of public funds wisely your time is running OUT.
Once again Lisa you tell a story on it's merit. Thank you. At 4:49pm on 7/16/08 the NCC-NBAF Consortium has no GAO reports listed on their site. Moreover,the consortium hasn't responded to the release of the DEIS. Clearly, many issues in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement do not fiqure into their PR campaign. How do you rebut something that appears in black in white from the source of the project? For instance "DHS proposes Aerial spraying of pesticides in the Upper Neuse River Watershed to prevent Rift Valley Fever from becoming established in the environment, Ouch. Good luck in getting the public to agree to that.
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