Speaking of Poverty

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Speaking of Poverty
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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 9:18am

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130314/NEWS/303140038/IN-DEPTH-Study-County-s-poorer-kids-hit-hard-by-asthma

 

Poor kids have greater chances of asthma, Substandard housing being a contributing factor.  What would you change/add if money was no object?  What are your thoughts and experiences? 

 


 


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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 10:26am

puss_boo_kay wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">jamblessedthree</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130314/NEWS/303140038/IN-DEPTH-Study-County-s-poorer-kids-hit-hard-by-asthma" rel="nofollow"&gt;http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130314/NEWS/303140038/IN-DEPTH-Study-County-s-poorer-kids-hit-hard-by-asthma&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Poor kids have greater chances of asthma, Substandard housing being a contributing factor.  What would you change/add if money was no object?  What are your thoughts and experiences? &lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>As an asthmatic, I know that mold, particularly household mold, is a huge trigger.  After the massive Christmas flood of 2008 in the condo building, even with the immediate amelioration efforts, I had problems with my asthma for months afterwards.  And I suspect the repair company didn't get it all, because once I moved to the "new" house (which is 40 years older than the condo), my asthma has cleared to the point that full days go by that I never need my rescue inhaler and I was using it daily at the condo. </p><p>So it's no surprise to me that substandard housing would tend to lead to conditions that create and encourage mold growth. </p><p>What would I change?  I would make albuterol an OTC drug, rather than prescription.  It's insane that albuterol requires a prescription. And I would lower the boom on drug companies who cranked up the price of albuterol in the new dispensers, like it was a brand new drug and not something that's been on the market for DECADES.</p><p>And I would make landlords overhaul their properties.  And I would tax ALL real properties of these slum lords at 3 times the rate, such increased revenues to go towards the increased medical costs of their tenants, until such time as their housing maintains a minimum standard.</p>

DH has asthma, and we were both kind of shocked when his $5 inhalers started costing $50!

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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 10:28am
General. And how would you rehaul what's already in place?

 


 


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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 10:28am

jamblessedthree wrote:
I'll reply... Schools are title I here, More kids than not live in filth, They come to school dirty, unkept and underfed. If it's really bad hotline numbers are called and social work and HHS is big here, Thank God! I think we need to look more at the children during admissions, If preschool, as example, becomes a mandatory thing then let's make sure these kids are living in environments that enable growth and leanring potential too.. Social work could be a serious contender against more sophisticated professions tagged for tomorrow.

My elementary school and the elementary school where my mom taught were both Title 1 schools.  Most of the kids were clean and well-fed.  Sure, there were always a few kids who were grubby and ate everything in sight at lunchtime, but they were few and far between.

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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 10:30am

geschichtsgal wrote:
DH has asthma, and we were both kind of shocked when his $5 inhalers started costing $50!</p>

Inorite?  It's insane that because they changed the propellant system, suddenly the drug becomes "new" and subject to jacked up prices.  At least my Singulair is finally available in generic.

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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 10:34am

Inspections are already in place, How would you change that or make them more effective? The link compared poverty to incomes at or greater than $80K, Are you saying that all families deserve to be in that latter+ category?

 


 


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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 10:34am

jamblessedthree wrote:
General. And how would you rehaul what's already in place?

Well, first of all, I already answered the 2nd question. 

And as to the first?  Do you really not know who the slumlords are?  Because if you don't, you REALLY had no business getting all snarky with Geschichtsgal when she just asked you for clarification.  But if you truly don't know, slumlords would be those who own the substandard housing that the poor live in.

So a thought occurs to me.....are you about to claim that most people in substandard housing actually OWN the housing?  As in, there are millions upon millions--enough to equal the 47% that Mr. Romney felt were beneath his dignity to acknowledge as relevant--of people living in poverty and owning their own, substandard homes?  Because if THAT'S the argument you're about to rain down, there's no need to continue.  I don't see any point in debating fairy tales.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Thu, 03-14-2013 - 10:35am
Let me get this straight. The game is to eliminate the effects of poverty without tackling poverty. Can I call a friend? "Hello, Jim? I need your help. I seem to have been handed a Kobayashi-Maru."
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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 10:37am

puss_boo_kay wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">geschichtsgal</em> wrote:</div>DH has asthma, and we were both kind of shocked when his $5 inhalers started costing $50!&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>Inorite?  It's insane that because they changed the propellant system, suddenly the drug becomes "new" and subject to jacked up prices.  At least my Singulair is finally available in generic.</p>

We kind of lucked out, because his asthma has really improved over the last year or so.  He went from going through one inhaler a month to three per year.  

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Thu, 03-14-2013 - 10:38am
Well, The reality is that poverty isn't only an economic conditon but also a culture. No, I really don't mean to bring Romney into this but you just did!

 


 


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Thu, 03-14-2013 - 10:40am
Perhaps you have ideas for those without educations and money then.

 


 


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