Tuesday, July 18, 2017

There is a malignancy that needs to be cut out before it kills us

America has struggled over how to ensure affordable health care for it's people for decades. Long before Obama. It's not like this is all Obama's fault. At least he tried to do something. And it's not like he wasn't obstructed up the ying ying at every turn. The point is the ACA was only a band-aid. It couldn't have been more. Once Obama ripped the scab off, we knew going in that anything new would eventually have to be modified as required or on a schedule, if it was to accommodate the health care needs of the masses.

It's been eight years in an incubator in ICU fighting for it's life and the only doctor Republicans could find was Kavorkian? So much for pro life. What we desperately need is an expert emergency surgical team to come in and cut out the malignancy that's killing the patient. The for profit health insurance industry is that malignancy and they desperately need to have Kavorkian, the Republican's doctor, to save the life of it's business instead of letting that surgical team save the patient.

There are a plethora of problems with health care in America. Affordability, access, and the ability to pay are the biggest and that's mostly because of the way it was set up and run. We allowed a profit driven market to hold command over the life and death of people. The government can not continue to subsidize the for profit health insurance industry who's principle driver is profit over life. I would also add, physician heal thyself, before the effects are irreversible.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

H.R.676 Changes I'd like to see...This is just a start.

Changes I'd like to see made to H.R.676 (single payer)
These changes are not complete and only a start.

SEC. 101. ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTRATION.
STRIKE:(a) "In General"

(b) Registration
STRIKE: "at a health care provider"
INSERT: on line or by mail

(d) Residency Criteria
STRIKE: "residency for" and "purposes"
INSERT: undocumented individuals

SEC. 102. BENEFITS AND PORTABILITY.
STRIKE (a) "In General"

(11) The full scope of dental services,
NEEDS WORK AROUND FOR IMPLANTS, BRIDGES, AND CROWNS WHICH COULD BE CONSTRUED TO BE COSMETIC PURPOSES. MUST INCLUDE PREVENTIVE CARE/CHECK UPS.

(13) Chiropractic services
STRIKE: not including electrical stimulation.

(14) Basic vision care and vision correction
STRIKE: (other than laser vision correction for cosmetic purposes).
Let's face it, getting rid of glasses will be construed as cosmetic purposes.

INSERT:
(17) WOMEN'S CARE INCLUDING PREGNANCY, PRENATAL, CHILD BIRTH, BIRTH CONTROL, AND ABORTION.
IN CASES OF ABORTION, NO ABORTION SHALL BE PERFORMED FOR PURPOSES OF GENDER GUARANTEE. PATIENT'S PHYSICIAN MUST CONCUR ABORTION IS PREFERRED MEDICAL TREATMENT.

(b) Portability
STRIKE: qualified to provide the benefits.
INSERT: LICENSED AND QUALIFIED TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE.

SEC. 103. QUALIFICATION OF PARTICIPATING PROVIDERS.
(a) Requirement To Be Public Or Non-Profit.—

(1) IN GENERAL.
STRIKE: THE ENTIRE SECTION (a)
WE DON'T CARE WHO OWNS THEM. TO PARTICIPATE THEY MUST AGREE TO ACCEPT THE SCHEDULE OF RATES AS DEFINED AND NOT DIFFERENTIATE OR REDUCE THE LEVEL OF MEDICAL CARE/SERVICES FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS.

(b) Quality Standards.—
A MINIMUM FEDERAL STANDARD MUST BE CREATED AND ALL STATES MUST ADHERE TO MINIMUM FEDERAL STANDARDS.

(1) IN GENERAL...receive global budgets or capitation payments as specified in section 202.
WHY?

(2) EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS...
WE CAN ILL AFFORD TO EXCLUDE EXISTING, LICENSED, BONA FIDE HEALTH CARE SERVICE PROVIDERS. THIS NEEDS TO BE REWORKED.

Universal Health Care/Single Payer - It's not politics, it's common sense.

If we seriously want to cut the budget then we must deescalate military conflicts, rewrite the tax code, then surround Capitol Hill, and lock up everyone for dereliction of sanity. Then start all over again from scratch. Notify SCOTUS and every member of Congress, that from 1 year after the current fiscal year they may remain on the bench or in office for eight years. Hey, cutting the budget requires some drastic changes. We spend more on a military budget than the entire world combined and we can't ensure Americans get the health care they need without paying an arm and a leg? It has to stop. We must transition our health care system to a single payer/medicare for all type system. It must be a national system that includes every state and territory of the United States. It is for the good of the county and has nothing to do with if you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, Green Party (oh by the way they already know), Berniecrat, Clintonite, Reaganite, Trumpster, or any other political persuasion. It's not politics it's just common sense. Instead of trying to figure out how to assist the for profit health insurance industry in extorting skyrocketing health insurance premiums from Americans, we should be figuring out how to just pay for the health care they need and forget about the middle man.

There's a lot to worry about in America right now. The current administration may fall quicker than Paris Hilton's panties, and the Republicans want to place 24 million people in peril of being without health care. Mostly because they want a tax break for the rich. The middle class is taking it from all sides. But people, we can chew gum and walk at the same time. Our path is clear. Affordable, universal health care for all Americans. Anytime, anyplace in America. All you'll need is a medicare type ID card. Show them your card and your taxes take care of the rest. You'll pay a bit more in taxes but much less than you'd be paying for your current insurance premiums and deductibles. Being a national medical plan, every state must participate or lose all federal funding. There's is no playing around here anymore. Additionally, states must require in writing, an acknowledgment and consent of all physicians seeking a licence to practice medicine in the United States, that they will participate and accept national health care patients. This includes dentists as well. If you want to practice medicine in America it's going to be a part of your license requirement. We all must make sacrifices if we are to finally have affordable health care and we're not going to get there with the for profit insurance industry at the helm.

It makes sense because everyone is in. There are no risk pools for this or that. It's one big pool. The combined buying power of every American is the only negotiating tool to lower costs. That is our power and we must use it. It's time to tell the gougers to lower their prices or find another profession. That $20 aspirin, that's going to be 20 cents now so get over it. Couldn't negotiate for lower drug pricing before? Well now they'll be negotiating against everyone in American. Let's see how that works out for them. Oh and those of you who don't want to pay for someone else's health care or procedure. Smile, they won't be paying for yours either. But you'll both be paying taxes and saving money. Stay focused America. The Republicans in this country may be taking away your health care and no one cares but you. That's not something I'm willing to let them do, you shouldn't either. Single Payer Now!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

ObamaCare is a failure. No, Republicans killed it. Now there's really only one solution.

I'd like to preface this by first saying that after decades of destroying bank accounts, defrauding government and tax payers, disregarding the well being of patients, and the advice of physicians, I think America has had enough of health care being doled out by the for profit health insurance industry. It's profit-over-life risk management, it's insurance, it's skyrocketing premiums, but don't call it health care.

Now on to why you may be reading this. Some say the Obama administration passed the most comprehensive health care legislation since Medicare and Medicaid. Some have quite a different story. For many, it all boils down to their ability to see a doctor when they need to without going broke or bankrupt. I have personal knowledge on this issue.

ObamaCare was an attempt to slow the out of control costs of health care in America. Since insurance companies were calling the shots, his logical step was to engage them. In his pocket if he could put it off, was a deal whereby every American would be required buy a health insurance policy if one wasn't provided by their employer.

The Republicans saw this as an attempt of a government take over of health care. They totally missed that it was really the for profit health insurance industry that was doing the taking over. That mattered not to Republicans as their mouthpiece blurted out over national television that their sole purpose would be to make Obama a one term president. Then began to obstruct in any manner possible any advancements and implementation of the legislation in every state in America. The thing is, there was so much in it that according to Nancy Pelosi, "we won't know what's in it until we pass it." Now that slogan has become the Republican's theme as they attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare without killing anyone and oh by the way, "the money they save" will go to the rich as a tax break.

ObamaCare relied on the expansion of the proven health care provisions of Medicare and Medicaid and expanded "health insurance markets". Insurance reneged. They couldn't create new or sustain existing markets without losing profits because now they were actually were forced to provide comprehensive health care. Something they should have already been doing.

So yes, in some places, ObamaCare is failing. Just ask states where Medicare and Medicaid were not expanded. Just ask the state who allowed insurance companies not to service their state and who did not file a federal class action suit on behalf of the people of their state, against the insurance industry. There was plenty of wrong doing and blame to go around. But the obstruction by Republicans allowed insurance to close markets and engage purposely in supply and demand manipulation of health care costs. As insurance profits skyrocketed, more Americans were getting insurance because of ObamaCare but for many, the costs became too prohibitive. And worse, they were fined if they didn't comply.

Nothing really changed. People aren't getting health care and going broke trying. It's why insurance premiums have been skyrocketing for decades, long before Obama was in office. Tragically Obama's misguided solution to lower health care costs was to trust the for profit health insurance industry when they were largely responsible for rising costs in the first place. President Obama was more successful helping the less fortunate receive critically needed health care than any President since LBJ. Tragically his other choice was single payer. It was a good idea. It was a great idea, it was the best idea for a national health care system. Affordable health care for every American in every state, and yet here we are. Being threatened with a vote that will deny 24 million Americans health care to support a tax break for the rich is unconscionable.

There were some good things about ObamaCare. No preexisting conditions, kids stayed on parent's policies and some expanded actual health care. But in their zeal to repeal and replace ObamaCare simply because it was a campaign promise of a disgraced party, it will place millions of Americans in peril.  Some may actually die because of it. There is a solution. But Congress on both sides of the aisle remain willfully blind. It will take the strength of conviction and the common sense of right and wrong to break the chains of the profit-over-life drivers of the health insurance industry. Those drivers should never have control over health care in America. Health insurance companies are paying handsomely to make sure it remains in control.

Our Constitution guarantees the right to life. That should include the health care required to sustain that life. Universal health care, Single Payer, Medicare for All, call it what you will, but it's the only solution we have left unless we want to keep getting killed by health insurance premiums.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Where the hell have they been?

I just witnessed on cable news a report that included a story about someone losing their security clearance for not paying a cell phone bill. What I want to know is who gave the order to yank that clearance and where the hell have they been for the last 3 or 4 years?

I'll have the Blue Plate Special

Fact: The 2 party system doesn't need us anymore. They have the electoral college. The DNC and GOP have evolved. Oh and by the way, thank you SCOTUS for allowing inanimate, lifeless objects a vote in democracy. The 2 party system now operates on big money from special interests and corporate "sponsor ships" on a global level. All kinds of money from everywhere. Congress gets their marching orders from those with the most money. Democracy by proxy, as a sea of strife and destitution swallows up the working class, the true backbone of America..
I guess the good news is that dollar in your hand. That's politics. That will buy you all the democracy you want. The bad news is, chances are if you're in the middle class, you can't afford it and it's pretty much all been bought up anyway. There's not much left to go around. We're too busy trying to spread it all around the world. America's Blue Plate Special is all out of democracy today, you'll have to settle for corrupt politics.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

None but the voter has the right

Political parties are not government. That's just the excuse they use. They are a private membership of people, who may or may not work for the government. If we're serious about fair elections, elections free of manipulation and fraud, elections whose candidates are worthy of the people's vote, and where the most worthiest wins, perhaps we shouldn't allow private political parties running them. Free and open elections are the basis of democracy. None but the voter, has the right to choose a candidate or influence the outcome of elections except by their vote.