Universal healthcare coverage in the civilized world. Why not in America?

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Universal Health Insurance as a Diversion

Does anyone really believe that insurance providers, or other massive corporations (monopolies) care about anything but their own bottom line profits?

Giving them more autonomy, freedom, and power to exploit people has not, and never will, create jobs - or equality.

We must all realize that the political party that vehemently fights against any restrictions at all - IS OWNED BY THEM.

Let's take a brief walk on the wild side!!!!!

A few facts

> There are 195 countries recognized by the united nations

> 8.2% (16) countries have single payer health care systems.

> 26.6% (51) countries provide universal coverage through other means

> The US. is the only industrialized (civilized?) country that does not guarantee adequate health care coverage to all its citizens.

The first law of its kind in this country that addresses this problem: the Obamacare law (Affordable Health Care Act) was passed in 2003, and it is vehemently being opposed by the corporate party on an ongoing basis. They (the GOP) have vowed to destroy the economy in order to reverse this law. Not because it is a bad law, but because it puts 'regulations' , and 'restrictions', on one of their own - the insurance giants.

Socialized medicine

While there are many factors that influence the type of health care systems (economic strength, population, political opinions) there is no reason to think that the U.S. cannot combine those that are working well in other countries to create a system unique to the U.S.A. to guarantee decent health care coverage for "every" citizen.

Universal health care coverage does not have to be "socialized medicine".

That is only a name used by opponents of universal medical coverage to protect the interests of big business, who will fight to the death for their right to exploit and legally rob the American people blind.

''There is no honor amongst thieves, no humanity amongst money mongers, and no compassion amongst monopolies who look at the 'free market' as a free ride to the bank, at any individual's expense.'' quote by d.william

Learning from the past

When we speak about "... learning from mistakes we made in the past..." - that comment is a double edged sword. For most of us when we see the mistakes we made in the past, it is a clue to NOT make the same mistakes again in the future.

For Corporate America it has an entirely different meaning. When they see how easy it is to exploit people for profit it only emboldens them to innovate bigger ways of doing the same thing in perpetuity.

The greatest mistake made during the past 2-3 years was 'bailing out' those big business that were 'too big to fail'. That was the greatest tragedy of all time for the American people and the economy.

And without regulations it remains business as usual with the only losers around the globe being the taxpayers, who actually do legitimately 'work' for a living.

The great American "mythical mafia" concept has taken hold of this government and is robbing us blind. They will not rest until this country is 'destroyed' and 'fragmented' as the USSR once was.

JFK speech on separation of church and state 1960

Inspirations

I just finished listening to one of the greatest and most inspiring speeches of all time.

It was the address of John F. Kennedy to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, on September 12, 1960.

JFK was the first roman catholic to run for president of the USA and was immediately questioned by the protestant population as to whether, as a catholic, he would be able to make important decisions without being influenced by his church.

(I have provided a link at the end of this article so you can visit the JFK library and museum and hear for yourselves - well worth the time, and will give you greater insight as to why we are where we are today).

This was one of the best speeches ever made in deference to the U.S. policy of the total separation of church and state, adopted by our forefathers.

Over the past 50+ years our constitution has been twisted so far out of proportion we are no longer able to "see the forest for the trees", so to speak. (For those who do not understand this quote: It simply means that if you are too busy looking at one tree you will not be unable to see the whole forest).

When the religious sector called the 'moral majority' were allowed voice, and influence political decisions, the destruction began. The beginning of the end of pure politics as we knew it 50+ years ago.

When religious proponents argue that, the lack of religion in U.S. politics, is the reason for the corruption, they are in total opposition to the truth. But this kind of fear mongering has always been a mainstay of organized religion to keep things at status quo.

Religion has always been a corrupting factor in every aspect of life in a society that is supposed to be providing equality for every citizen that lives within that country.

Knowing this fact, the corrupt politicians and money whores use this knowledge to their very best advantages. When governments waste time, money and resources arguing over 'moral issues' it gives easy and invisible access for corruption to simply walk in through the back door, unnoticed, to blatantly sodomize the government coffers. Then every step toward further corruption, by these thieves, became easier than the one before it.

"Inspiration'' in itself has also become a two headed serpent in a corrupt world.

The road to corruption is paved with gold

these are the chain of events that led to this corruption:

  • STEP ONE: Allowing lobbyists to be admitted into Washington, at all, was the first and worst mistake. You might say 'the mother of all future mistakes'. It was the foundation needed to grow corruption to its present state. The very seed of corruption.
  • STEP TWO: was using greed as the manure to grow this planted seed. Easily done. Bribe the politicians. Buy their votes. Buy their loyalty. Very simple. Very easy. No-one even noticed.
  • STEP THREE: Changing rules to favor business. Very simple. Easily accomplished. The more money they poured into buying politicians, the easier it got.
  • STEP FOUR: The supreme court. That is a well known recent purchase by Corporate Greed. I was going to say 'American greed', but now we are on a global scale of corruption.
  • STEP FIVE: Discredit and declaim (disguised as 'reclaim') any false attempts, and empty rhetoric, to 'take back power' of the people, at any expense.
  • STEP SIX: Purchase a party as the "strong arm" for that reclamation. And we all know which party that has come to be.

The tools of war:

falsely naming, labeling and 'riling up the basis' as they call it.

Using religion, demonizing such concepts as social welfare programs by calling them socialistic (communistic), making "progression" an evil idea, etc.., etc.. I think you get the picture. And using "moral" issues as a distraction away from their corruption.

the saddest part of it all: The GOP does not even know it is being 'had'.

If it does know - we are in for some big, big and bigger problems... I am trying to convince myself they are unwilling (or rather they are "unwitting") participants. To think they might be willing participants is too frightening to contemplate.

What does all this have to do with health care coverage reform?

Health care coverage reform issues are only a smoke screen. Although, this reform is an important issue, it will mark the way to the future of this government, by taking some control away from the conservative party, and Corporate America.

If the GOP wins their fight to reverse this law it will only mean one thing: the American people lose and the greedy take a firmer foot hold in this government, the economy, and over all of our lives and destinies.

With eyes wide shut

With eyes wide shut

Prepare yourselves for another onslaught by that 'beyond right wing' mentality. They have openly vowed to get rid of Obamacare at any cost to the country, or to the millions of individuals who will lose their insurance coverage.

We will also be seeing more laws being enacted like the recent one in Florida, making it illegal for Pediatricians to ask about guns in the household in order to give pertinent advice about safety of the children. Recently passed, it is now a Felony for a physician to even ask. If they dare to ask, they will be charged with a felony.

Penalty: 5 years in prison, loss of license, and a 5 million dollars fine. ---Just for asking that question!!!

But there is still an upside to all of this:

The 'crazies' can still stage a protest at funerals of people they don't like, disrupting, carrying signs of hatred, shouting obscenities, and calling names at the mourners. THAT IS THEIR RIGHT to FREEDOM OF SPEECH!! And even further: the freedom of 'religious beliefs acts' being implemented in red states across America give a renewed hope for discrimination for those who declare that it is all in the name of their religion.

FREE speech for the crazies, but not for the physicians.

Way to go, right wing America. Our great savior party.

by: d.william

© 2011 d.william

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

d.william - Another very interesting presentation. To set this straight before I comment, I pretty much walk the middle ground, and favor neither the left or the right. I am not a member of the Tea Party, and vote for the person, not the party at election time. I am pretty much fed up with all of them regardless of which side of the isle they choose to sit on. I suspect you may lean slightly to the left, but find it interesting that we share many of the same complaints regarding current politics and government.

The single biggest thing we could do to begin to straighten out this mess is completely outlaw lobbyists. You are ever so correct on this issue. Lobbyists are possibly the worst thing that has ever been allowed to happen in our government. I can't believe the long term effects of allowing them to operate was not seen when this decision was made. Giving them a license to buy votes from our politicians could only result in a very negative outcome. They freely sow the seeds of corruption and there are plenty of takers. This needs to be stopped.

On Medical Care - I object to Obama Care because of the way it was rushed through with many not even reading the bill before they voted. It was strictly a Party Line vote and power struggle, and genuine concern for the citizens of this country was the least of their concerns. Do we need to reform this monster? Hell yes. Do we need to slam through some bill based on nothing but a power struggle? Hell no. I have two insurance providers, one is Medicare, the other is insurance I was able to keep when I retired. But even with two insurances they NEVER cover the entire cost of a visit to the doctor. I end up writing a check to cover the balance. Does this tell you something is wrong with our current system? It does me. Is Obama Care the answer? I doubt it, but it doesn't mean reform is not needed and long overdue.

The single biggest mistakes I see are decisions being made with no real thought about the long term ramifications. We throw out the baby with the bath water so someone can declare a political victory.

I just find it really interesting that we agree on so many of the issues, but probably not 100%, even though our political views are slightly different. I think the key word here is "issues," not left or right or party. It is time for an overhaul and the more we stick with issues alone, the sooner we can start bringing about needed change. Keeping voters fighting over party affiliation just hides the real issues and lets them continue in a "business as usual" format with very little protest from "we the people." We all need to keep in mind our elected representatives work for us, we don't work for them.

The more of your hubs I read, the more you make me think. I find that we agree much more than we disagree, and that would probably be true of most readers if they could temporarily forget which party they supposedly support.

Great hub and I will get off my soapbox now.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for reading and your comments are right on. I am more to the left, in that, i favor reform, progressive thinking, social welfare issues, and keeping religion out of the equation all together. I am highly dis-satisfied with the Republic party. I am still a registered republican, although i really don't know why. They have changed so much over the years and have become so radical with their obsessions with the rich way of life, it is nauseating. They have absolutely no interest in the average american. Their only goal is to see how far they can stick their noses up the asses of those rich conglomerates that should have been broken up years ago. I don't know if you remember, or not, when this government actually was opposed (by law) to monopolies, because of the obvious tendencies to abuse, but the republicans kicked that out the window too. And yes, there is definately a need to put the brakes on the greed that is running rampant in this world. Obama care as you call it, would not have been partisan if he were white and/or some big ass republican had had the balls to tackle it first. I know that the reality of this whole thing is that a smarter, ballsier black democrat did something that no-one else was able or willing to do. Sort of putting the "shame" on all those intelligent white old farts that are still sitting in congress collecting their money, benefits, free health care, excessive retirement pensions and doing nothing to earn it. Their intent is so rabid when it comes to destroying anything this current administration is trying to do, they have totally lost sight of the real goals of this government: to serve the people, not the fat ass rich.

OK, now, these remarks will probably piss off a lot more people, but i am really sick of this bullshit of the republicans whining about being picked on all the time, while they are serving only their wealthy benefactors.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

You makes some valid points. Extremism on either side is a good deal of the problem. On most issues, there would be a "happy place" somewhere near the middle that would benefit the most people. No single decision will ever please everyone, or benefit everyone for that matter.

To even identify that reform is overdue is a huge step in the right direction. My approach to any large problem, such as Medical Care, is to break it down into pieces and tackle the worst issues first, not just throw it away and start over. We all agree, it is broken and needs to be fixed, the question is how to do that. Understanding that few things are really free is the big issue. Somebody is going to have to pay for this Medical Care. We have those that can't work due to many reasons. Should they get free Medical Care? Yes they should. We have those that won't work for many reasons. Should they get free Medical care? No they should not. The difference here is in the interpretation of can't and won't. Should I give a portion of my paycheck to someone who won't work? No way would this be fair. Should I contribute a portion of my paycheck to someone who can't work? Absolutely. That is pure human decency and concern for our fellow man.

Our system is broken and will remain that way until we do something about it. Eliminate the lobbyists and put term limits into effect would be a good starting place. The corruption cancer has spread so widely the only cure is to remove those affected and replace them with healthy non-corrupt individuals.

I am a firm believer that there is corruption on both sides of the political isle, and race, creed, or color have little or nothing to do with it. Politics just prove the most everyone has their price. Dangle the right carrot and they will take a bite out of it. Favors are done everyday, and new laws are written to benefit certain companies and organizations by both sides. If you take the time to compare politicians actual voting records with what some say they believe in, you will find a great disparity.

When I view these problems, I try to leave Party, Race, and Religion out of the equation. Just look at the issues and it becomes clear what is really going on regardless of what they are telling us.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Very interesting hub , thank you for sharing it.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Ahhhhhhh only American royalty, namely those in D.C. and those controlling 90% of America's wealth, are 'entitle' sorry, the elite club just does not include us, WE just get to PAY for theirs. Aren't we fortunate?


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Why is it, when we stand up for President Obama, we are called 'The elite progressives'? The Republican party owns this country, and the poor dumb people follow like a lost goat. The people who worked to get President Obama elected, ( I am one of them and proud to proclaim it. )wanted change from the most corrupt administration that ever stole an election, The President has tried to help this country, if a person cannot see that, he is blind and probably a Republican. We will never have national health care until the people demand it. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub. Your comments are always welcome. Happy to have you with us on hubpages.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Hi. thanks for stopping by and reading. Your comments are always appreciated. you are almost as cynical as i am. LOL.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for reading and commenting. I certainly agree with your sentiments. Hopefull, over the next two years the republicans will prove themselves to be even more useless than they were during the Bush era and they will again get their asses kicked out of washington.


Tristan 5 years ago

go universal!! here is a funny joke I saw about employee medical benefits and dating, http://ponderingstuff.com/2011/04/02/employee-medi...


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Hi, Tristan. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Your attachment is comical, but not too far from the truth to be irritating. LOL. Especially if you are the single employee.

Vermont is currently putting a single payer insurance policy into place in their state. This is one of the best options i have seen so far, and hopefully it will start a new trend that will put those G.D. insurance companies totally out of business. Insurance entities are the top evil entity in this world, in my humble opinion.

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