Nick Gillespie brings you his health care solution in this ReasonTV video.
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Nick Gillespie's Health Care Plan How to fix America’s Health Insurance Crisis? Nick: I’m not making a run of the White House. But I do have a plan to cover at least half of the 45 million Americans who need health insurance. Hi, I’m Nick Gillespie. The candidates won’t talk about my plan because they’re too scared to talk straight about one of the most emotional issues on the campaign trail. In this video, a family copes with the sudden illness of a little girl and is forced to sell the family home to pay the medical bills. Sometimes the mode is light heartache, like depicting insurance exacts as plundering pirates but the underlying message is always heavy. Old people and families are being abused by our health care system. The candidates have made reform a top priority. While the candidates duel who’s got the best plan, they ignore the easiest solution. My solution, call it the Gillespie Plan. If you want health insurance, get some. Male: I was going to get health insurance then I get drunk. Nick: His body doesn’t have insurance either. His employer offered it— Male: But they’re taking too much out of my pay check for it, so if they take the money out of my pay check for health insurance, I would have enough to make rent. Nick: We found these guys on LA famous sunset strip. Well more like a back alley near the strip. Don’t expect to see them featured in a campaign ad. They don’t quite pull it the hard strings like a sick little girl. But don’t young musicians deserve insurance too? Male: It would be nice to have health insurance once in a while. Nick: He says he has to choose between housing and health. Male: So well just be living in the streets so it’s like what do you want, you want a house or do you want to be healthy? Nick: This guy says he’s in the same boat because coverage’s simply out of reach. Male: That’s one luxury I can’t afford then because I have to eat and have rent and you know what I mean? Nick: Isn’t there some way they could get covered? It probably causes them around a hundred dollars per month to buy insurance way too much for someone on a verge of homelessness. Then again, how much does this guy spend on partying? Male: At least hundred a month. Female: A hundred yes. Male: Whatever I can get my hands on. Nick: Where does his money go? Male: I work out so supplements and stuff cost me like $300.00 a month. Vitamins, protein powder, you know what I mean. Dr. Glen Whitman: It’s very clear that that guy would be able to afford health insurance if you really want it to. Nick: Dr. Glen Whitman is an economist at California State Northridge. Dr. Glen Whitman: You might not get as much protein powder but he might get more of what he really needs. The medicines and treatments that he needs to help and live longer. Nick: But who wants to give up properly pump packs or a cool wardrobe? This guy doesn’t have insurance either. Male: I do spend a lot of money on like clothes stuff like that. I’m a black man, who spends a lot of money on clothes. Nick: If he spent less on clothes, could he buy insurance? Male: That’s not going to happen. I’m going to go to the free clinics and look good. That’s what I must do. I might be sick inside but I look good on the outside. Nick: How come politicians never talk about guys like him? President Obama: The reason people don’t have health insurance isn’t because they don’t want it. It’s because they can’t afford it. Senator John McCain: So healthcare must be made affordable. Dr. Glen Whitman: Affordable is very difficult thing to define. There are those who really can’t afford health insurance and there are those who can afford and simply chose not to buy it because they want to buy something else. Nick: People who could buy coverage but don’t? We’re used to hearing about the most sympathetic stories, children, families, single moms. President Obama: Everywhere I go, single moms trying to figure out how are they going to get healthcare fro their families. Nick: But come on, folk