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Showing posts with label Health Care. Show all posts

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Transform, Part II - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

Transform, Part II

It is much easier to point out a problem than it is to imagine a possible solution, and it is much easier to resolve a problem in your imagination than it is to formulate an actual plan to deal with it.

Even more difficult is implementation, and the difficulty increases by an order of magnitude as the number of people increases who have to be trained and oriented to the task at hand.

The most difficult thing of all is to evaluate your work and progress, this is made even more difficult when the goal is fluid, requiring a dynamic process of evaluation and change re-evaluation.

In order for us to come through the era of COVID-19 as a whole and functioning society, we are going to have to transform, we are going to have to have a plan, we are going to have to work together, and we are going to have to face the fact that the goal, more than being fluid is actually unknown.

We do not yet know where we are going, because we do not know the full scope of the problem, we are going to have to stay active, exercising our imagination in an ever changing present, forecasting our way to an ever changing end, evaluating and re-evaluating, imaging and re-imaging the path forward.

Nothing good will come from this experience so long as we are lying to ourselves about the scope of the problem, and deceiving one another to satisfy our petty egos and indominable IDs.

The first step we have to take is to admit to ourselves that we are all in this together, we need each other to make it through.

The next thing we have to do, and I mean WE the people of the United State of America, is to take control of our government, to make it work for us, not the political class, and the top 10% of money earners and wealth hoarders.

We have the power to demand the change we need to see happen, we can do it if we stick together, and over the next six months we have to focus on that task.

Many of us are out of work, we have more free time than we have had in a long time. Let’s get out there and win this election for the people.

Let’s pass Universal Health Care, let’s pass a Green New Deal, let’s pass Universal Education, let’s rebuild America, wipe out debt, repurpose empty office buildings to house the homeless, get our fellow American’s off the streets.

We can do it, we can return America to the people, we don’t have to put the top 10% of the money hoarders in the poor house, but we do need them to pay.         

Our government is meant to represent the will of the people, by the people, for the people, of the people. We have to stand up as the majority and demand that the government exercise its mandate, to defend us from this virus and all the nasty things that will flow from this era of economic collapse and uncertainty, to promote the general welfare, and to ensure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Health Care - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

Health Care

Yesterday a federal judge declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. His judgement is stayed pending appeals.

It will go to the Supreme Court where the new conservative majority will have the opportunity to rule on it again.

He used the legislation passed last session in grounds, the legislation that repealed the individual mandate as his justification for ruling the entire law unconstitutional. The Supreme Court had previously upheld the law on the grounds that the congress was within its authority to tax the people to fund the bill, through the individual mandate.

Now, having removed the mandate, which the Supreme Court ruled was a tax, Congress lacks the authority to organize our healthcare system and the insurance marketplace in the way that the Affordable Care Act proscribes.

A lot of people depend on this law to provide them with access to care; the elderly and children and the poorest of the poor, especially.

I hate to see it taken away from them, even for a day.

I am not poor.

I do not qualify for financial assistance.

Make no mistake, I am not rich either. I am squarely in the lower middle class.

I am a Veteran, honorably discharged.

I co-own a small 750 square foot condominium, our mortgage and association fees are reasonable.

I lease a vehicle, it costs me $13 a day to drive it.

I have a mountain of student debt. I cannot afford that all, but it is all being managed in the right programs, it is not too much of a burden.

I went to enroll in a health care plan today, and there are no good option. Somewhere in the middle of things I found plans that would cost me, $5,000 a year in premiums. I would have to spend another $4,000 years in deductibles before my plan would start cost sharing with me, and at that point I would only have to pay 15% of the bill for most things.

I am turning 50 in 2019, and there are a lot of tests I would like to take.

I see my therapists once a month, which costs me $150 per visit. In twelve months of visits I would not enough reach the half way mark on my deductible

I might get there quickly if I had an emergency, but then who knows what that would be.

I find it ridiculous, and I am not grateful that I will not have to pay a fine because I am choosing not to enroll in a plan. That does not make me happy at all.

It makes me terribly sad for our broken system.

In the last election cycle the most powerful message the Democratic Party had was centered on health care. They need to drive that message home.

They need to drive it hard.

Medicare for all, single payer, get the insurance industry out of the system, get them out of it all together.

Those rich companies will find other things to insure, other places to invest their dollars, other ways to make money.

They don’t have a right to keep the rest of us poor just in order to protect their profits.

Nothing is more important.

The Trump administration wants to get rid of the ACA, and the courts might just give them what they want.

They will not go to court to defend it.

Republicans all over the country swore up and down that they will protect people’s access to health care, even while they were doing everything they could to dismantle the system and throw everyone onto the mercy of the private market.

Access to health care is not just a good political issue, it is a moral imperative and a vehicle for economic stability for everyone; rich and poor, small businesses and large, entrepreneurs and wage earners, and everyone in between.