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 - 10:11am

jamblessedthree wrote:
. Or are you so removed from this to not know this exists?

That was completely uncalled for.  How rude.

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

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p><a href="http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130314/NEWS/303140038/IN-DEPTH-Study-County-s-poorer-kids-hit-hard-by-asthma" rel="nofollow">http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130314/NEWS/303140038/IN-DEPTH-Study-County-s-poorer-kids-hit-hard-by-asthma</a></p><p> </p><p>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? </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. 

So it's no surprise to me that substandard housing would tend to lead to conditions that create and encourage mold growth. 

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.

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.

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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 10:06am
The reality is not all families fall into the income brackets that can afford better care so No, I'm not asking how we eliminate poverty! But to what extent would you go to provide better care for children and for families that are poor... Or are you so removed from this to not know this exists?

 

 

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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 9:51am

I'm not sure I understand the question.  How should we help eliminate poverty?  Or are you interested in the asthma poverty connection?

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