This is another example of Third Way corporate politicians openingly lying to you and I about policy issues they support. Health Care Reform was never about insuring the most as Third Way Democrats said, it was about a massive consolidation of health institutions just like the bank consolidations of the 1980s. To paraphrase a leading opponent of charter school privatization of public education said 'if this is such a good model for education, why is the US the only first world nation making this kind of reform to its education system'? The answer of course is that the US is no longer a first world country.....it is second world with a large third world component. What is happening with health care is happening with education and other public institutions. The good news is that academics are not the only people knowing this trend......and the majority of people will now be fighting against this corporate takeover. It is not too late.....the party is just starting!
AS A POPULAR JUSTICE CHANT GOES.......'AIN'T NO POWER LIKE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE CAUSE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE DON'T STOP'!
I think there is a lot to that chant!
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT!!!!
SARBANES, CARDIN, AND CUMMING-----NO, WRITE-IN -----YES.
MY COMMENT TO NPR'S COMMENTATOR:
I want to thank you for a perfect analogy of the future of health care if these mega-health systems are allowed to become global institutions. I have been shouting out for two years that this was the intention of health care reform at 'progressive' think tank public meetings, always with a threat to end public comments. The analogy is true because: The Cheesecake Factory has for years been the focus of civil liberties/labor/immigrant protests for fraudulent practices in workplace management regarding timecards and wages as well as workplace safety and benefits. It hires a large percentage of undocumented so as to keep these abuses quiet. This extends to the industrial farms where the Cheesecake buying power pushes farm labor wages ever lower and productivity and demand expose them to third world working conditions. This is how the Cheesecake gives low cost meals. The servers and kitchen workers are plagued with repetitive motion injuries and lose their jobs when they can't work. The buying in bulk fuels the industrial sized farms that gobble-up small farmers, giving us scorched earth agriculture.
That is exactly what global, mega-health systems will do with health care.
The commentator prefaced this new model for health care as needing strong government oversight and transparency in order to serve the people rather than shareholders. That makes all of us laugh out loud. We have lost hundreds of billions/trillions of dollars to health care fraud and waste, we see citizens used for research more and more as clinical trials are deemed too costly, and doctors have more secrecy than police officers regarding malpractice and abuse. That is with the system as it is now. Place that on steroids with global institutions and you have the system these people want to put in place.
He made another point that is important; that the left opposes this trend. Let's be clear about who the left are. With 50 million baby boomers heading to retirement, minorities seeing themselves routed to compound public health facilities, and youth seeing themselves as falling into a lower class than their parents.......these are the growing left that will fight to stop this move towards global health systems.
The Cheesecake Factory, A Recipe For Health Care?
August 7, 2012 NPR
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August 7, 2012 Renee Montagne talks Dr. Atul Gawande about his article in the upcoming issue of The New Yorker, about whether the health care industry can learn something about service delivery and controlling costs from a restaurant chain.
I'M SORRY TO SAY THAT MARYLAND IS GROUND ZERO FOR THIS CORPORATE TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE WITH JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICAL DRIVING THIS THIRD WORLD PUSH TOWARDS EXPANDED ABUSES IN AN ALREADY CORRUPT SYSTEM. THE UK'S VERSION OF GEORGE W BUSH HAS HIS EYE ON DISMANTLING THE BRITISH SYSTEM AND GIVING IT TO CORPORATIONS.....BUT SINCE UK CITIZENS ARE SAYING 'OVER OUR DEAD BODIES', AND THAT IS LITERAL BECAUSE CORPORATE CONTROL WILL MEAN LOTS AND LOTS OF DEAD BODIES, CAMERON HAS BEEN AFRAID TO TACKLE UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE. CANADIANS ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIRS.
IF UNIVERSAL PUBLIC HEALTH CARE IS AS BAD AS THESE CORPORATE POLITICIANS SAY, WHY DO PEOPLE FIGHT FOR IT? THEY KNOW THAT MOST PEOPLE WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM A PRIVATE MEGA-HEALTH INDUSTRY!
In British Emergency Room, 'There's No Card To Show; There Are No Bills'
by Jessica Camille Aguirre August 6, 2012 NPR
The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games included a paean to the National Health Service, the U.K.'s socialized healthcare system.
Gallo/Getty Images The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games included a paean to the National Health Service, the U.K.'s socialized healthcare system.
If any of the 700 athletes in London for the Olympic Games are unlucky enough to get injured, they'll get treated at a state-of-the-art polyclinic situated inside the park. But for the half-million tourists, it's straight to a British hospital for serious ailments requiring medical attention.
For most Americans in London to see the games, though, a visit to the emergency room would be a truly foreign affair.
You may be familiar with the National Health Service — Britain's tax-funded public health care system. It fell prey to rhetorical vitriol during the Affordable Care Act debate stateside, when the shortcomings of British-style socialized health care were lambasted by U.S. politicians keen on avoiding a similar system.
That may have partially inspired Danny Boyle's none-too-subtle paean to the NHS during the Olympic opening ceremonies, which some said were a retroactive jab at the American political cacophony of 2009 and 2010.
And whether he intended to make a comparison or not, U.S. health care is pretty different from its British counterpart.
Take the American tourist. A visit to a U.K. hospital after an emergency or accident would be free of charge. A trip to the doctor? The same.
So while the Affordable Care Act will expand Medicaid for some in the U.S. and make it possible for more people to buy private insurance, it's got nothing on Britain's single-payer system.
A tourist visiting an emergency room in the U.S. would encounter questions about insurance, as well as a mountain of paperwork. And they might just leave with a bill. In the U.K., the system is funded by taxpayers — it costs about $5.85 per day for someone making the equivalent of $30,000 a year.
As Anna Walnycki, a Ph.D. candidate in London (and, full disclosure, an old friend of mine), puts it, payment is not part of a visit to the emergency room — for anyone.
"My mum ran an accident and emergency department for 35 years, and they never questioned the people that came in ..." she writes. "They have duty of care. We don't have an ID system in the U.K., and it's not the place of medical staff to ask; they are there to provide emergency health care to everyone. There's no card to show; there are no bills."
And while the National Health Service and its overseer, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, has faced criticism over their handling of long-term care, overall health outcomes for Britain outrank the U.S., according to the World Health Organization
Whether it is the Farm Bill, Health Care Reform, or ending the Bush Tax cuts for the wealthy, Third Way corporate politicians are lying to you and killing the middle/lower-class.
THIS IS HOW UNDERHANDED YOUR THIRD WAY DEMOCRAT CAN BE. RATHER THAN JUST LETTING THE BUSH TAX CUTS EXPIRE AND COME BACK TO FIX THE MIDDLE-CLASS RATES, THE SENATE THIRD WAY LEADERS PUSHED A TAX PACKAGE THAT ACTUALLY CUTS THE TAXES ON THE 1%. ON TOP OF THAT, THESE GRISLY POLITICIANS ARE ON TRACK TO LEAVING THE ESTATE TAX PROTECTED IN FAVOR OF THE RICH. REMEMBER, TO REVERSE INCOME INEQUITY WE NEED STRONG TAXES ON THE TOP....THAT INCLUDES TAXES ON DIVIDENDS, CAPITAL GAINS, AND ESTATE TAXES. SO THESE GUYS KEEP PRETENDING THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE THESE FAT CATS PAY AND THEN THEY LEGISLATE SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
Wonkbook: The Senate’s unusual vote on the Bush tax cuts
Posted by Ezra Klein on July 26, 2012 at 8:01 am New York Times
Something amazing happened yesterday: The Senate passed a piece of legislation. An important piece of legislation. And it did so by 51 votes. There was no filibuster.
Sadly, the more I reveal about this shocking turn of events, the less amazing it will become. The legislation was the Democrats’ proposal to extend the Bush tax cut for income up to $250,000. And tax laws have to originate in the House. “The only reason we won’t block [the bill] today is that we know it doesn’t pass constitutional muster and won’t become law,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “What today’s votes are all about,” he continued, is “showing the people who sent us here where we stand.”
Charming. Meanwhile, there’s very little chance that the House will pass the Democrats’ bill, so that’s that for our exciting tale of Congress seeming, for a brief moment, to actually get its act together and do something constructive to avert the fiscal cliff.
Just one more data point behind the case that the 112th Congress is one of the worst congresses of all time.
But insofar as McConnell wanted to show Americans where the two sides stood, it’s worth making a point that often gets overlooked: Compared to the law as it’s currently written, both Republicans and Democrats want to cut taxes on the rich. Remember: The Democrats’ extension cuts taxes on all income between $1 and $250,000. If you make a million dollars, you still get a a tax cut on that first quarter-million. For that reason, the Tax Policy Center estimates that the Senate Democrats’ bill, if you assume it’s later followed by an AMT patch and an extension of the 2009 estate tax rates (which everyone does assume), would cut taxes on the top one percent by more than $17,000. And even if you don’t assume the AMT and estate fixes, it’s a tax cut of $15,000. The Republican bill, by contrast, would cut taxes on the top one percent by more than $75,000.
So compared to letting the Bush tax cuts expire, both sides are offering a broad-based tax cut. Republicans are just offering a larger one for folks making more than $250,000.