More of the same or is it?


As we watch these pitiful town hall meetings unfold, we are witnessing the best and worst of what we call the American landscape.  On one hand we are watching people, especially the elder and well let’s be kind and say the most susceptible among us being methodically victimized by special interest groups on one hand, and we are watching Democrats on the other hand capitulating when they pose a clear majority.

As we watch this not so pretty melodrama play out, I am wondering if we as the collective America are really catching on here.  In one instance our elected officials on both sides of the aisle are demonstrating to us all that in America we have the best government money can buy as we watch senior senators actually say the government is planning to pull the plug on Grandma.  How sad is it that we watch people who should above all assure the public of the truth of the process and the debate, not whore themselves on stage in front of us all.

In the second instance, we have 40% of declared Republicans stating they believe these shock jocks and paid prostitutes!!  Oh yeah, sorry North Carolina, but 12% of you didn’t know that Hawaii is a state!!  C’mon people.  We get the government we deserve, but can’t we be a little better informed?

Let’s tone the rhetoric down a few notches and get serious about universal health care.  You know, jump two centuries and get back in the 21st century with the rest of the world!  By the way, we don’t need 1100 pages of legislation either.  Here is the plan in 4 bullets.

1). Health Care is a universal basic human right, and no profit shall be derived from the delivery of health care.

2). Both public and private payers shall have the right to compete for subscribers in an open market.

3). The estimated cost of universal care has been estimated at $1.2 trillion over 10 years or $120 billion per year.  The elimination of administrative burden covers $40 billion per year, the reduction of profits covers another $20 billion per year, and finally focusing the health care delivery system on wellness versus crisis care could account for about $30 billion per year in additional cost savings.  So without any additional sources, we have reduced the annual unfunded cost to about $30 billion per year.  Let’s see. Hmmmmmm what did we spend in Iraq and Afghanistan last year??? It is about priorities!

4). We shall focus on recruiting our brightest young people into the field of Health Care delivery.  We will subsidize their education and assure them rewarding futures. In addition, as a part of this effort, we will establish federal accreditations and audits of all health care systems and operations and reward those that demonstrate that their patient body is as healthy as it can be, given the demographics.  This will be measured by the incidence of chronic diseases such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease within the group being measured.

That’s it.  It is as simple as that.  Of course, these are thoughts stripped of all political bu**sh*t and focused on the issue of quality health care delivery. Yes, we could have just that. I also believe that if we gave such a system a five year run, we would find we would really have a quality health care system ( not ranked 37th globally), and I believe  the total cost would be less than today’s 14% of GDP.

Please really, get yourself informed and get involved in the dialogue. Those who are constructing the barriers to a truly quality health care system are counting on us remaining uninformed and non-involved.  They really have no defense for a total citizen involvement.

P.S. a note to all you fatcats of the “health care industry” that have raked in all the dough on Grandma’s cancer and Uncle Roy’s diabetes over the years, you had a good run, but it is over! Remember the next time you are flying from New York to LA in your private jet and eating that gourmet meal that was so meticulously prepared for you, you too could be fired, run out of unemployment, lose all your stash to the IRS, and be homeless.  Do the right thing Man/Woman Up!

A new feature is added to my blog starting today.  “The Whole Universal Truth by Uncle Willy”  Daily tidbits of thought food.  I hope you enjoy it.  Let me know what you think.

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Author: redhawk500

International business consultant, author, blogger, and student of life. After 35 years in business, trying to wake the world to a new reality. One of prosperity, abundance, and most importantly equal opportunity. it's time to redistribute wealth and power.

2 thoughts on “More of the same or is it?”

  1. I am not all that educated so please bear with me. We don’t really need a national run health care. The present system needs to be fixed. I have a few ideas like:
    1) Hire an outside firm (like the one the credit card companies use to weed out the fraud in Medicare, Food Stamps, Social Security) for this would save our government alot of money.
    2) Take all illegal aleins off those programs mentioned in #1.
    3) Put a Federal Cap on what the Drug Companies can charge for each of their products.
    4) Put a Federal Cap on how much a health care provider can charge for each office visit, each procedure, how much hospitals can charge on these procedures and rates for rooms. These businesses don’t need to be getting filthy rich on the sick.
    5) Put a Federal Cap on Health Insurance companies as well…they shouldn’t be getting filthy rich on the sick either.
    6) And the last one is a BIG one: No more “PORK” (earmarks) of any kind being attached to any bill our government passes. If these little pet projects of these congressman and these senators are so worthy…let them pay for it out of their own pockets…not ours !!!
    I hope that I was clear on all of this….It really would help bring the deficit down, make afforable health care for everyone, get the illegals out of here, and it would save our government a bunch.

    1. Lilli:

      I can certainly see the logic in your thinking, but unfortunately that is why your suggestions would never be given any consideration; they are logical. I have lived all over the world and have accessed health care systems in the UK, France, Canada, Kuwait, and even the PRC! All were public health care systems. all were government mandated. That is the key, they must be mandated by the government. That is the key here as well. We need a National Health Care system, because without the government mandating the system it would never happen.

      All the rhetoric in the world would never force the Pharmcos, Insurers, and Delivery System conglomerates from doing anything that would disturb their current profit oriented system. So in fact we do need a National Health Care system. While I share you concern about the government running anything, I also know what it would mean if you could rest assured that anytime you needed care, you would seek care, because you wouldn’t have to worry how you are going to pay for it.

      We need to view this issue as it should be viewed, that is that health care should be considered a universal right. It is viewed just like that most anywhere else in the world.

      May you always travel in peace

      Redhawk

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