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.
Healthcare Costs in America & the Developed World
“The U. S. health care sector is massive. In 2020, it amounted to 19.7 percent of GDP. In the previous (pre-pandemic) year, that number was 17.6 percent. The United States spends more on health care than any other developed country, and not by a small amount: $12,318 per capita in 2021. In the rest of the developed world the average is under $6,000. What do we get for all this money? Lower life expectancy and higher infant mortality than almost all other developed nations. Despite the huge deployment of resources, the system is, by almost every metric, a dismal failure.”
“Easy Chair” [The Social Body] Hari Kunzru. Harper’s. March 2023
What is the capitalist return on investment (ROI)? Can it be determined from these numbers? How does that ROI compare to ROI in other developed nations? We don’t have those figures. I suppose they could be found.
How do these numbers compare before the privatization efforts of hospitals, begun by lousy perverted Reagan and carried out by lousy perverted Rick Scott who now sits in the US Senate with a conflict of interest regarding healthcare because he has HCA where he makes a profit?
How do these numbers compare to the days pre-big pharma and Bush / Republican era of creation of the donut hole in Medicare which gives free reign and no regulation of big pharma?
How do these numbers compare to pre-big insurance underwriting established by Watergate burglar Haldeman, under Tricky Dick?
Historically, how do these numbers compare?
Everything I mention here has nothing to do with socialism, but with capitalism. That is the reason I mention it because those who shoot holes in universal healthcare always bring up the emotional issue of socialism. Another example of Machiavellian perverts (ends justifies the means, so they don’t give a damn about the truth or ethics) who grab control and power with their love of money over human beings.
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