Sadly, those personal moral and ethical qualities “we” want to see in our leaders” are not valued by those at or near the top any longer. I have had to immensely lower my expectations of most in politics. Massive sea change is needed, and not likely to occur.
I think the best we can do now is personally live and lead by example and bring others along by our practice.
The Exchanges are far too expensive, particularly since premiums for older folks are 3x cost of younger folks. Only people who are desperate, have more than an adequate income can afford to purchase these policies that have exorbitant premiums, copays, and deductibles.
That there have to be subsidies demonstrates that the policies are too expensive. Mostly a transfer of regular peoples’ resources to already-rich corporations/execs.
Single payer, with adequate compensation to practitioners.
I think functionality depends on who the “system” is to benefit. As so many have noted, the US’s current and past way of doing health care benefits insurance and pharmacy corporations, not people. Take a look at Taiwan also for a people-oriented actual system.
bluevistas commented on the diary post Iron Kay — Insurance Companies Pick Fight With Wrong Family by Consumer Watchdog.
my thoughts exactly!
It’s a rigged game in all types of insurance.
Might be an unpopular view on FDL, however…. The thing is, I don’t believe there is a “safe” amount or quality of heroin. If one goes down that road, more than likely it will end in death or diminished quality of life for the person and those close to him/her, or institutionalization. Aaron Sorkin wrote [...]
bluevistas commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman
as 12 Steppers say, addiction is “cunning, baffling, and powerful”. Terribly sad that Hoffman was in the throes of addiction and didn’t find his way out. Guessing here, that there was some deep emptiness that he wasn’t addressing.
Some folks have said to me that the experience of opiates is “the best mother in the world”, a warm, “all is great” feeling. Hard to counter that, but possible.
If there’s a buck to be made in previously service-oriented activities, then privatization people will worm their way in and then provide the least amount of service required, hence little to no treatment/improvement.
absolutely correct Jon. And then add the 3x cost of a premium for an older person who is trying to save for retirement! It makes no sense to try to earn more to save more, the person just gets
screwedpenalized many times over from many directions.
Insanity… Who can accurately predict if one will need lower deductibles or lower copays or who knows what the costs will be for prescriptions without doing massive amounts of research. Comparing policies is madness.
Single payer. So much simpler for all humans concerns. Get rid of the voracious insurance and pharm corporation subsidies.
bluevistas commented on the blog post President Obama Says Kindness Covers All His Political Beliefs
If Obama really believes the”kindness” bit, he is dangerously unconscious.
bluevistas commented on the blog post Obamacare Can Handle the “Keep Your Health Plan” Bill
Yep. Clusterfuck in the making. Particularly for practitioners. More policies to become familiar with their provisions/deductibles, more out of pocket for patients, practitoners having to check monthly whether client x paid for that month. Having to keep track of their deductible totals. Unfuckingbelievably horrible, worsening what already was.
bluevistas commented on the blog post Older People Are the Ones Signing Up for Obamacare
US is exceptionally dense. See Taiwan for a truly workable actual system.
Percentage GDP spent on health care: 6.3
Average family premium: $650 per year for a family for four.
Co-payments: 20 percent of the cost of drugs, up to $6.50; up to $7 for outpatient care; $1.80 for dental and traditional Chinese medicine. There are exemptions for major diseases, childbirth, preventive services, and for the poor, veterans, and children.”
great ideas all, and there’s some talk that the gut is the second “brain”. So, for prevention–a main source of immunity is in the type of gut bacteria. Seems to work for me. Yogurt, probiotics, leafy greens, adequate hydration, and great attention to stress levels and interventions there too. Hope that those who are under [...]
bluevistas commented on the blog post The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight
probably yes. It seems to be in his nature. He is a New Democrat, not a real Democrat. That’s what they value.
bluevistas commented on the blog post The Crisis is Finally Ripe Enough for the Cowardly Boehner to Act
Boehner is an active alcoholic, along with others in Congress. The dysfunction and chaos that results from having people in power who have an active addiction is devastating.
Someone needs to be brave enough to do an intervention, and make treatment mandatory.
bluevistas commented on the diary post We Speak Your Name: Photos and report from Herman Wallace’s Memorial Service by Angola 3 News.
thank you, through tears…
bluevistas commented on the diary post 865K Gallons of Fracked Oil Spill in ND During Government Shutdown by Steve Horn.
gosh… that’s working out very well for Tesoro, huh?
bluevistas commented on the blog post Speaker Boehner Accuses Democrats Of Playing Games While Playing Games
pretty typical alcoholic behavior…
bluevistas commented on the blog post United States Blocks German Author, Critical of NSA Surveillance, from Entering the Country
The US falls so short, and is getting worse. And has the temerity to tell other countries what to do!
bluevistas commented on the diary post ObamaCare’s Shameful and Lethal Three-year History — and Future by letsgetitdone.
thanks lgid. Good compilation of the terrible social, economic, psychological costs of this very unimaginative Republican health insurance transfer of our funds.
Let’s not be fooled that the un-ACA moves health CARE ahead very far. It doesn’t and won’t. As intended? I have mostly disgust for Obama and the other gutless fake Democrats.
The outer dysfunction (Congress and WH) mirrors their inner dysfunction. Expect chaos.
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