Healthcare for all Americans and it is NOT Called Socialism
Healthcare for all Americans is capitalism, not socialism. There are Repugnicans who are fixated on calling healthcare for all socialism and attacking Democrats for suggesting healthcare for all. They are so fixated on this belief, I had one tell me, “if I don’t like healthcare and big pharma, then leave this nation.” Telling ME, an American PATRIOT whose ancestors go back before many of those who come from immigrant families of the 19th and 20th Century? Ancestors who helped build this nation with INFRASTRUCTURE projects which helped stimulate the economy (as President Biden’s infrastructure proposals are doing right now!).
Let me set the record straight about this notion that healthcare for all is socialism.
I grew up in the rural town where I am now living. Growing up, we had three country doctors here. Two lived within walking distance of my home in the more densely populated village. One of them was always in a wheelchair, sitting in a wheelchair in his private practice office he ran from his home.
We had an ambulance service in this rural area, consisting of VOLUNTEERS, which could arrive within a matter of a few minutes. Today in this rural area, with PRIVATIZED healthcare, it can take up to 45 minutes to an hour to get an ambulance to a residence. Someone could die in that length of time.
In this town, we once had Wither’s Drug Store. I was a classmate of the pharmacist’s son. One day, he closed the doors and moved out, leaving the town without a pharmacist. My doctor in the wheelchair (was the wheelchair due to polio? I have no idea). would dispense meds from his office. No need for a pharmacy, I suppose. But people in the community came together and did something. They found a pharmacist who wished to open a business in town. So, he built a new building next to the Hollenbecks Grocery store, which had recently built in that section of the town. Valley Pharmacy was born with Don Jordan as the pharmacist. Today, that building is one used by Walgreens for their chain store pharmacy.
One by one, the country doctors died off. Naturally. Two things which we can be sure of. Death and taxes. Even Jesus Christ advised us to render the government its due.
Today, the memories of those doctors are honored in the historical society museum here, as well as streets and roads named after the three doctors.
These are the good old days, don’t you know? We might rarely have access to a doctor in town. But at least it is better than the days following the death of the last doctor when this town, in the 1970s or so, went with no doctor at all in town.
Why did this happen as it did during that era? If we take a historical look at these events and lack of a doctor, we see the coming of doctor love of money over patient. Doctors wanted to be specialists and be located in the cities, not in the rural areas.
What people don’t understand is, during the Nixon years (1968-1974), this nation was subjected to “healthcare for all.” Specialist doctors not giving a damn about people, but about money. Plus. Nixon creating a centralized insurance underwriter for healthcare. Centralized. Government involved, but thinking it is so good because it is “private.” OOOOh so GOOOOD!
People have written about this and there is facts and evidence to support what I say.
Health insurance and specialist MDs have grown exponentially over the years. The old doctor – patient relationship like country doctors or urban doctors who made house calls, has faded away, in the name of materialism and a love of money over human beings. I observed it happening, so this is an observation, not a complaint. I don’t complain but make observations, with the HOPE that people will pick up on the observations and learn from them, ultimately helping to fix the problems. Excuse me for living if you don’t like my observations.
Why was that socialism negating capitalism? Because TRUE capitalism as defined with moral sentiment by Adam Smith is not a central based oligarchy based on the evil love of money.
To the GODDAMN Repugnicans who took over the House, your fixation that healthcare for all is socialism is a figment of the imagination some wealthy idiots have created in your mind. You have a right to your opinion, but you DON’T have the right to declare you have a mandate so you ignore any sense of reasoning and learning which might actually include ideas from the other side.
Medicare was designed as a means for investing long-term (capitalism) in PREMIUMS not taxes. LONG TERM. INVESTMENT. And this means RETURN ON INVESTMENT. The IRS is allowed to have a ROI in the form of interest, should an American default on taxes. But Americans are not allowed to have a ROI from long-term CAPITALIST investment in PREMIUMS for healthcare into a lower risk POOL of money in America. What is good for the goose is good for the gander and vice versa, especially when considering true capitalism with its BALANCE between SUPPLY AND DEMAND, not tilted only to the supply side which then has fat pigs to line th e pockets of Repugnicans to bolster the power of the fat pig oligarchy only. Bolster the power of the 1% in America while the 98% can eat manure.
Under Bush, Medicare privatization was given a boost and Medicare became even worse. Yes. Under Bush, the “government was the problem.” Spoken like a Hitler type thinking only money makes the world go ’round, Shrub told us, “what’s good for [centralized oligarchic supply side] business, is good for America. That was like saying, “what is good for the Kremlin’s politburo is good for Russia.”
How many years have I invested in Medicare PREMIUMS? Let me count the days. Gee. I began to work full time in 1977. That would be an estimate of almost 50 years. But add to that my part-time work for my father who paid me while putting money into Medicare, too. Yes, my father did believe in this nation, as a REPUBLICAN, too! Small business person paying taxes. Rendering unto Caesar his due. But then, I have said that Medicare is not a TAX but an insurance premium.
America has also abandoned the idea, as pushed by Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner, Erasmus Wright in the 19th Century, to pay a dividend or interest on insurance. Big insurance now has been allowed any way possible to skirt around paying dividends of money INVESTED by consumers in the insurance. If that is not socialism or communism, I don’t know what is. For it is large centrally controlled companies, as it is like in a communist state or nationalized industries in socialist states, The difference is that it is private business being the bull manure artists like those in a dictatorial communist or socialist GOVERNMENT. You can complain about taxes in a socialist democracy But with these examples, they also do business as capitalist nations with Volvo, Gevalia, and other companies.
So what does the tax rate have to do with whether a socialist democracy, in and of itself, is a good or bad thing? That is one example. I can name other examples which are not the same. So to hell with cherry-picking what one wishes to use to validate their stupidity about all the facts.
Fact. Over the years, driven by saboteurs of Medicare and Social Security, have stolen the money we Americans invested and tried to work every way possible that the wealthy pay as little into these funds as possible. They have validated their thievery with the notion our PREMIUMS are taxes.
For our Social Security, we have a FICA deduction from paychecks. FICA is an acronym (but try to find the words behind the ACRONYM by using a Google search engine; eventually it is found, but it takes forever to find it when it should be easier to find; even using advanced search options to include ONLY the words we want in the search does nothing). FICA. Federal Insurance Contributions Act. No where is the word, “tax” in the words which give us FICA. Do stupid lainbrained Repugnicans tell the American people this? No. They pretend it is a tax from which the wealthy can destroy the funds in it by stealing. The old fashioned way to make money was once “to earn it,” not to take it. Even in America there was once a hard work ethic so as to EARN money, not steal it like bank robbers similar to Rick the Prick, Donnie the nutso, and others.
Medicare (and FICA Social Security) are low-risk POOLED funds for the long term use for healthcare over age 65 (Medicare) and Social Security retirement. Period. No dipping into those funds. Put Congress on these programs and then watch how quickly changes for the better will be made. They have their own lucrative programs, so why should they care about the American people, as they can also maintain their seat in Congress from the money they get from big corporate PACs. I am speaking primarily about the money Repugnicans get. There are Democrats who try to win election WITHOUT corporate PAC money. God bless them for their efforts.
The inventor of 401(K)s, in a documentary and interview of their executives, admitted that 401(K)s and 403(B)s were not meant to replace pension plans. So why do such executives allow them to be used this way? Answer. For their own piggish benefit only.
We could have healthcare for all in the form of one pooled insurance premium for all and destroy the insurance underwriting system invented by Nixon and his goons who also thought thievery in the Watergate Hotel was justifiable. Tell a lie enough times and it becomes the truth. Such a pooled resource needs to pay dividends over the long term. It needs to be managed by intelligent folk who are not bent on sabotage and destruction, as directed by Repugnicans. The use of actuary tables, invented by the first insurance commissioner in 19th Century Massachusetts, Erasmus Wright, could maintain such a system.
Such a system is already privatized (big insurance underwriter created by Nixon and goons). Add to that the Rick the Prick destruction of public health so HE could make all the money, and one can observe how specialists are much more prevalent with this system and the young ones predominate with a love of money, not patient. So then we call in the lawyers to defend the “victims” but also to defend this lousy privatized healthcare system.
And these folk also work to make public education look bad by defunding it, so they can come in as “white knights” with their privatized education system.
All in all, privatized healthcare and education cost people far more than by utilizing, efficiently and wisely, pooled money from the public.
The Repugnicans follow the practice of seeking power with lies and love of money, with bigotry and hatefulness of portions of the population. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Castro, Mao Tse-tung, Tojo, Putin, the contemporary Hungarian butte head, and others are examples of power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Why do we human beings have to constantly fight these people so they don’t control our lives, while putting up a smoke screen with a smile that they support freedom and liberty. They do not support freedom and liberty, except freedom and liberty which benefits only those people and their cronies. Live long and prosper by seeking opportunities (such as what I propose here), not handouts.
How Did We Get to Where We Are Today?
I will keep this as short as possible. After all, I am not good enough to have an article the length of a columnist in a newspaper. I am only one of the “others” who writes letters to editors and restricted to a certain length. If more people would read newspapers and the columnists which ONCE were part of the newspapers, this nation might be doing better than it is. Only hope will tell.
The PBS documentary series about Pioneers of Television, like all other PBS documentaries, has been great. A learning tool to enhance the brain cells in our skull! Mom always said, use the brain God gave you. Or. Mind over matter is what Dr. Peale’s message about power of positive thinking was about, not about wishful thinking.
The Pioneers series is on every Monday night. Here in the Binghamton area, it is broadcast on WSKG. Oh, that’s right. Don’t talk about broadcast television because the captains of industry have defined streaming television as what the “in” crowd should like. I don’t follow the “in” crowd, so there. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Each week it is a different topic. The comedy. The drama. The variety show (now there is an antiquated thing) which we need today rather than the manure piled in our faces with violence, violence, and more violence. Guns and bombs, too. No wonder we have a violent society. Blame the guns, but ignore this prevalent manure in the faces of Americans. I don’t blame the guns, except the automatic weapons which should not be available. I blame the captains of industry over the media who find they can make more money from violence and lies on television. Is it that the ones watching are sickos or the ones at the top, with money, are sickos? You might guess my answer.
At any rate, my messages are long because, as with this last part, I diverged into the topic of variety shows on television. Sorry. My apologies.
What I have INTENDED to focus on is the episode in the Pioneers of Television series on evening soap operas. Those old enough to remember may recall the ones about the elitist fat pigs, or Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest (I loved Falcon Crest because it starred Ronald Reagan’s first wife, Jane Wyman; I loved watching her more than her one-time husband). Middle class (upper) was one titled Knot’s Landing. In these pioneers, I would take a nighttime soap opera out of Australia (ran from 2008-2013), Packed to the Rafters, because it demonstrates the TRUE struggles of the financially strapped Middle Class, not the upper Middle Class. It demonstrated the fighting which can occur within a family, but how ultimately a family CAN pull together. It represents a model of reality which DOES exist in some families. So this program is not an example of “pioneers” of evening soap opera, but mention it as a later edition of evening soap opera, after the 1980s and 1990s.
On this Pioneers documentary, Mary Martin’s son and star of Dallas, Larry Hagman, was interviewed (as were Patrick Duffy who played little brother, Bobby Ewing, and other members of the Dallas cast, during years long after their “pioneering effort”).
Hagman’s comments pretty much go along with the egomaniac character he portrayed, JR Ewing. He bragged that the series Dallas was more responsible for “tear down that wall, Mr. Gorbachev” than the credit given to Ronald Reagan for making that statement.
Perhaps Hagman is correct? Well, by saying this, he identifies one of the problems of America today. One-minded thinking, whether correct or not. Many examples of this exist today Hochul is terrible due to ONE THING. Yet, all the nasty crap Trump, Rick the Prick, McConnell, DeSatan, and others do and we look the other way. With Repugnicans, we look the other way. With Democrats, one-track minds zero in on ONE THING, ignoring all the good things. Hagman may be correct, but there are other examples which validate that wall falling, besides JR Ewing and Ronald Reagan.
1. The Coca-Cola company began to extend itself worldwide. It expanded its sales in communist Soviet Union. The common folk loved it and drank it up, while, according to Hagman, the wealthy at that time (and yes, in spite of claims that there are no classes in a communist system, that is liar, liar, pants on fire).
2. The Coca-Cola company put forth advertisements with the Hillside Singers about the world singing in harmony. If the Soviet common folk viewed the ads, it could have been more from Voice of America, not JR Ewing or Soviet television. Perhaps?
3. It was written that Soviet dictators like Breshnev, like JR Ewing, owned vacation homes. The common folk, or “comrades,” did not because they could not afford them. Do I believe that the common folk of Russia, today, own the same type of vacation home which dictator Putin likely owns? No. Has it improved since the days of JR Ewing? Maybe. But by how much?
4. There were secretive lousy wealthy ones from the Soviet Union infiltrating Western society, long before JR Ewing. So JR Ewing did not create them. They already existed. They were considered better than their “comrades.”
With these four examples (and there could be more), I have to conclude that it is possible Larry Hagman’s remarks are not quite accurate. That historical evidence over time can prove he was not accurate in his statement.
Interestingly enough, the documentary also mentions that brother Bobby Ewing was so popular on the series that when they tried to “kill him off,” fans around the world objected. So, they made the “death scene” a dream, at the beginning of the following series. The documentary goes on to say that Bobby Ewing was the alternative to the greed of JR Ewing. In fact, that Bobby Ewing proved that business could be run WITHOUT greed and selfishness. I was one of the fans of Bobby Ewing, plus his wife (played by Victoria Principal???). I also felt sorry for the way JR’s wife, Suellen was treated by the greedy bastard, JR.
If many fans around the world loved Bobby, the one who proved it does not take greed to run a business, then why do we have so much greed from money-worshipers today who are attempting to dictate our lives? If today’s world and the crumbling of the iron curtain was done because of a love of JR Ewing, who really were the ones who loved him and why do they have so much power, as does Putin and other former communists who run Russia today and work to destroy Ukraine? Greed. Selfishness. Egomaniacs. Sure. Likely modeled after JR Ewing.
But what about the fan base, primarily common folk, who loved Bobby Ewing? They don’t worship money and don’t have as much money, so they evidently don’t have the right to control the lives of the world with a Bobby Ewing attitude. Perhaps Larry Hagman’s statement is correct, but only in the sense that those like JR Ewing and their money worship are controlling society. The influence of Putin over America might be part of it. But what about the wealthy moles in the USA an Western civilization who are lethal to our Western society, out of love for and worship of money? What about the Russian Orthodox and other churches who put more emphasis on money and don’t help those in the world whom Jesus Christ wanted to help, but help the wealthy greedy selfish egomaniac money worshipers/lovers like Putin and others, such as Trump, DeSantis, Rick the Prick, the Bush family… other Repugnicans. They don’t give one damn about the human race, only about their definition of being human. Actually they don’t know what it means to be a civilized human being.
Once again. Perhaps Larry Hagman was somewhat correct in his statement on Pioneers of Television. But he does not have a comment which is the end-all.
Side note. Larry Hagman’s mom, Mary Martin, played the role of BOY, not a girl. Peter Pan. She also was the original Maria Von Trapp in the Broadway production of The Sound of Music. We know about Julie Andrews as Maria in the film version. And Julie Andrews also played a role in Victor/Victoria, too. Stuff that up your rear, DeSatan of Florida.
I am not backing down on pointing out the trash of egomaniacs like DeSatan of Florida. To Jebbie. I insist on standing my ground on this issue, except for one thing. I don’t carry a gun. You perverted ones who work to destroy America and its democracy and replace it with an authoritarian regime similar to the Hitler and Stalin regimes.
You bastard, Tucker Carlson, can invent all the crap you wish to invent about Pete Buttigieg, and then sit behind a smoke screen of hatred for gay folk and homosexuality. That way, you can validate what you say in the form of lies, with that smoke screen present. Also, I have evidence that same-sex couples do a great job of raising their adopted children and those children are NOT always gay. That is because God is the Creator, not humans. I can prove that, in many cases, gay couples do a better job in raising kids than many heterosexual couples, especially those who fear their child is gay and want to ban anything in the schools and in books which might help young kids come to grips with who they are. Fear drives these bastard heterosexuals. Or are some of them doing this because they are actually REPRESSED homosexuals? They are the worst ones.
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