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Archive for August 2nd, 2012

Good morning, Widdershins.  I have massive sinus congestion which I am assiduously treating with various decongestants.  If i seem punchy, it;s probably med-related.

I’ve read a number of articles regarding the dead and injured in Aurora, and one of the overarching themes appears to be that many of these folks didn’t have so much as a drop of insurance of any kind whatsoever.  No health insurance, no burial insurance, no nothing whatsoever insurance.  Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado has set up the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, and more than two million dollars has been collected thus far.

While two million dollars sounds like a lot, I assure you that the average trauma case can run up to 25% of that figure, and many can cruise past the million dollar mark when it’s all added up.  Therefore, unless millions upon millions more dollars come in, some victims will be stuck with some medical bills as well as figuring out how to provide ongoing care in the future.  While I will never tell you not to donate to some worthy purpose, I will tell you that this fund will likely not keep up with the past, present and future expenses of the Aurora victims, and that a more far-reaching plan should be enacted.

When the Level 1 Trauma Centers were enacted, Dade and Broward Counties (FL) enacted a penny sales tax on gasoline, guns, bullets and knives to pay for the trauma centers.  I’m going to suggest that we use this as a template, and build on it, state by state, so that we can provide care or decent burial to those affected by gun violence.  Since we refuse to look into the causes of these all too frequent events, and we won’t do the easy things such as close the gun show exemptions, then perhaps what we should do is to collect the costs of care from those who employ the aforementioned implements of destruction.  While it may not seem like a whole lot, adding a few cents per dollar can really add up, and at least the funds will be earmarked and readily available to the collaterally damaged.  If we can’t keep ourselves from being shot, at least we can offer some hope of being able to pay for your care.

This is an open thread.


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