News: RAP ON HEALTH: "They Should Legalize Weed & Use That To Pay For Health Care" -Lil Boosie
Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009 10:30AM
With the rising cost for families to have health care coverage, rapper Lil Boosie suggested legalizing marijuana and using the profits to provide a universal health plan for all Americans.
Boosie did not decide to get health care until he started making a steady income.
"Yeah I got diabetes," Boosie explained to SOHH. "Everybody should have health care. They should legalize the weed and use that to pay for health care. The label don't pay for it, I pay for it with my money. I didn't have it before. [I] just got it when I got money." (SOHH)
West Coast rap veteran B-Real has also vouched for the legalization of marijuana.
''Legalizing marijuana could bring a lot of American jobs back,'' B-Real said in a past interview. ''We wouldn't have to buy sh*t from Hong Kong. We could use hemp for paper so we wouldn't have to chop down trees. Let's see weed get taxed. This is not a fad -- it's a cause!'' (Entertainment Weekly)
Reports show a majority of citizens not realizing the growing cost of health care.
For many, it's among the largest investments we'll make, on par, even, with the money we spend on a house or tuck away for retirement. But while it's easy to track our stock portfolios as they tank along with the market, our outlay for health care is less obvious. Employers pay some, and so do individuals, and taxpayers. And some even hides behind the deficit. As such, few of us see the full picture. But to make sense of the proposals for reform, getting a grasp of the cost is critical. The average health-care coverage for the average family now costs $13,375, according to Kaiser. Over the past decade, premiums have increased by 138 percent. And if the trend continues, by 2019 the average family plan will cost $30,083. (The Washington Post)
Although President Barack Obama has faced criticism as of late, he has also begun to gain support in Americans' trust over health care reform.
Forty-eight percent (48%) of U.S. voters now rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 19% rate it as poor. These figures reflect a significant increase in support for the health care system over the past few months. In May, just 35% of adults nationwide rated the system as good or excellent. A year ago, just 29% of Likely Voters rated the system in such positive terms. (Rasmussen Reports)
Be sure to stay tuned as SOHH Presents: Hip-Hop & Health Care is featured this month.