Can We Have a Civil Dialogue?

I have not made a post for several days as I was traveling around the country a bit talking to people about the current health care debate.  Ran into more than a few people who are on the Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Lyndon LaRoche bandwagons.  I listened to the well developed themes on both sides of the issue.  I will say, unlike either side, that I found the people themselves as very concerned and while a few might fit into the retard category on the right and the the fanatic on the left, for the most part all sides are reasonable, well educated Americans who love their country.

For those who wish to inject images and vitrole such as invoking Nazi symbolism or racists incitements, I say we simply just ignore these idiots.  However, those politicians who should know better and are using these fools to their political advantage, we should send a simple message.  You have a responsibility to the protection and safety of this great nation and you are flagrantly violating that oath.  Enjoy your last term in office.  We must, as a nation, hold above all things that we are ALL Americans and we should conduct ourselves in a manner that once again elevates our image in the world as the best and freest place to live.

As to where I stand on health care?  Well for me it is very simple.  I am for universal health care for these reasons:

1).  We are the ONLY developed nation without it.  I have lived in England, France, Kuwait, and Malaysia, all with universal care.  Do they have their issues and problems, yes.  However, everyone understands the need, no the right, to have access the health care.

2). I cannot, as an intelligent (some might debate that) human being ever tolerate a reality that allows my fellow citizens to suffer and die because of a lack of access to health care.  How could any other intelligent compassionate human being think otherwise?  This is a potential reality for 50 Million people in this country and those roles are expanding at the rate of 17,000 EACH DAY!  The question should not be that how can we afford it.  It should be how do we correct this problem!  How can we label ourselves civilized until we do solve this problem.  BTW, 50% of this group is age 55-65 and 25% is under the age of 12.  Really think about that for a moment.

3). No one should have to make a decision between bankruptcy and health care.  So many of our best citizens who have contributed the most to the well being of the country are the very people who are faced with this reality.

OK, that’s my position.  How, you ask, are we going to accomplish this goal without breaking the bank?  First, if you haven’t noticed, the bank is already smashed to smitherines, so this is the BEST time to do it.  Secondly, we do have the best health care system in the world, but it is being dismantled by greed that we all know intuitively exists.  WE ALL KNOW THIS.  So let’s address it.

The three major health care industries (insurance, medical products and devices, and the pharmaceuticals) need to be regulated.  The three major ways to accomplish this is simple.  First, eliminate the concepts of pre-existing conditions, policy $ caps, and policy cancellations. Period, verboten.  Secondly, cap price increases to COLA (cost of living) same as social security.  Lastly, institute meaningful tort laws and eliminate all of this defensive medicine that is being practiced in this country.  If we really did those things, we would reduce our overall costs by at least 40%.

The best systems in the world operate as both public and private health care delivery (France, Sweden, Netherlands, for example).  We do not need to have to choose between public or private.  We do, however, have a moral imperative to insure access to universal care.  we could also make great strides forward by simple acts, such as extending Medicare to 62, limiting total out of pocket expenses and adding those who have met that obligation to Medicare.  How hard is that?

To those on both sides of the issues, stop using politics and examine honestly the issues.  This is NOT a political issue, it is an issue of humanity and we all should approach this issue in that manner.  Think about this.  I am absolutely certain that any man or woman out there would be close to suicidal if they had to watch their wives, husbands, children or parents die because they could not provide health care.  Not a single one!  Time to get real.

Anyway, here is Uncle Willie’s thoughts for the day:

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Some Plain Talk Now

We hear all kinds of confusing messages coming out of MSM and the government right now on the real state of the economy.  This index or that is rising slightly or at least decreasing at a slow pace.  Unemployment rates have stabilized at about 300,000 net jobs lost per month.  Blah.. Blah..Blah.

Here is the real situation and how it really does affect you directly.  The National Combined Debt now stands at about $11.7 Trillion dollars.  We will be lucky to have $13 Trillion in total GDP this year.  To make this personal, every Tom, Dick, and Harry, along with every member of their families, including even baby Jake owes $38,380 right now.  And BTW, you each have spent $8,670 so far this year.  So the next time you are doing your family budget don’t forget to add your federal burden, based on a family of four, of $188,200.  Bet it wasn’t in the budget before hey? How crazy is this?

Well, try this on.  The US “unfunded” liabilities (read Medicare, Social Security, and Prescription Drugs) is $58 TRILLION!  So, the same Tom, Dick and Harry Clan members are on the hook for $191,941, or using the “family of four” model, $767,764!! Yikes!

OK, let’s re-look  the family budget. On average, we have about $100,000 in real debt, most in our mortgage, we got about $25,000 in credit card debt, $188,200 in federal burdens, and we are the hook for $767,764 in unfunded liabilities.  That means, on average, every family in America is $1,080,964 in DEBT!!  That means what exactly, you so cleverly ask?  It means that in the last two years over $12 Trillion has been lost in HOUSEHOLD wealth.  That I think we all can understand.  Who took our money?  It didn’t disappear, it just well uh got re-allocated, that’s it.

To give more perspective to this discussion, in 2009 alone so far, 590,170 families have had their homes foreclosed by the banks.  That means banks have created, keeping consistent with our “family of four” model, 2,360,680 homeless people.  Is it really starting to sink in now?

No? OK, there have been so far in 2009, 962,727 personal bankruptcies.  Using our model, that means an additional 3,850,920 lives that have been affected by this financial debacle.  Then you add the 18,000,000 unemployed to these numbers and the 50 million folks without health insurance and we are talking a large segment of our population is in severe financial distress.

But hey, business will turn around and when things start booming, we won’t be talking like this, right?  You better sit down for this one.  The current Currency and Credit Derivatives (you remember derivatives. the mortgage derivatives cost us $7.6 Trillion) is $645 TRILLION!  If 15 % of that puppy goes south, we are looking at $97 Trillion or 13 times the size of the mortgage fiasco.  The more research I do, the more I am starting to get pissed.  How about you?

We can start ending this madness, I believe, by stopping these political “auctions” and start holding real elections in this country.  We need a Public Funded Campaign law right now!  Only then can we have competent people run for office and once elected they would faithfully uphold the constitution and represent their electorate.

Here’s Uncle Willie’s thoughts for today’s post:

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