johntmay

Member of the forgotten working class.

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  1. Hyperbole aside (0 Replies)

    Few would agree that “Everyone” should get “anything” in any sort of legislation. Yes, health care is rationed in the UK. Health care is rationed in the USA. Here we do so with money. In the UK and other nations in the developed world, they do it with queues.

    So what about the irresponsible driver who exceeds the speed limit, ignore the warnings on the radio, and flashing signs on the Mass Pike and drives off the road, through the guardrails and into a ravine? Does the state have the responsibility to commit massive amounts of manpower, equipment, and other related expense to save the life of the driver?

    Medical care, and the delivery of it, will always be rationed. I think we ought to agree that this rationing would be best controlled by the medical community, on a triage basis and quality of life protocol.

    In the USA, insurance companies are the gate keepers, with their accountants deciding who gets what treatment, based on how it will affect the profits of the shareholders. Tell me why this is a better plan than allowing the medical community to decide on its own.

  2. Yes, of course (0 Replies)

    It’s part of the economy, but so is police protection, the Mass Pike, and the NIH. As far as I can understand them, when people argue against single payer because “it gives government control over 16% of the economy!” (or whatever), it assumes that the government has no right to do so or would be inept at doing so because “the private sector” needs to be the lion of the economy.

    Of course Partners is afraid of this, and ought to be. Last time I checked, their CEO raked in $3.1 Million Dollars in one year. (That’s just shy of $1,500 an hour for you working class people).

    We have public police departments but they patrol in vehicles made by private companies and run on fuel from other private companies. All of the aforementioned, including the police officer’s pay, are part of the economy.

    So allow me to edit: We need to push for the financing and delivery (the Economy) of health care to citizens into the public sector and away from the private sector.

  3. Current health care costs are just too damn high (1 Reply)

    Because they are driven by companies that need to increase profit and market share. We push tests and drugs because one buys drugs and pays for tests. A doctor recommending a life style change with followup, like a gym membership, a dietitian, is not a big ticket item. Preventative care does not bill as much as catastrophic care and as long as we allow Republicans and some Democrats to define health care as part of our economy, we’ll never turn this ship around.

  4. Who financed the high risk research? (0 Replies)

    Hint: NOT the private sector.

    Mariana Mazzucato is a MUST READ and must watch for all Democrats.

  5. So that means what? (0 Replies)

    If the poor do not pay into health care, but they do pay into the funds that allow the ambulance to travel (roads) and so on? What are you getting at?

    For that matter, if a newborn child’s mother dies at birth, if the father cannot be found and there is no next of kin, is your attitude “the baby has not paid a cent and therefore is due nothing from the state!”….”

    Where are you going with this?

  6. Markets (1 Reply)

    I ask those in favor of market based solutions for health care this question: What is a human life worth in your market? The actual answer is simple: All human lives are worth the same. The same. Any other reply is repulsive. How does a “market” figure into a product or service where all the prices are (our ought to be) identical?

  7. cruel and unusual (0 Replies)

    Exactly.

    I use this example often. To the Founders, an electric chair or lethal injection would be seen as unusual and probably cruel.

  8. No one in either party has a plan (0 Replies)

    As you and I have discussed many times, we are facing a serious oversupply of labor, because of current labor laws and tax codes, and neither party has the guts to say what we will have to do about it, eventually.

  9. Frozen Trucker (1 Reply)

    I had not heard of this one. Wow. It hits home. I was a truck driver for Kraft Foods. My fuel lines froze and my truck stalled on Route 2 in Lexington. I was stranded there for about three hours. The temperature in the cab got down to about 30 degrees. The maintenance/service/tow company that Kraft had contracted for this blew it. Their dispatcher had my truck/location confused with another and no one ever came. I knew I was in deep crap when the dispatcher called me and told me they picked up my truck, the same truck I was in!

    My cell phone was dying so I made one last call to my wife to come and get me. She, instead, made the right move and called the state police. A trooper arrived within minutes and drove me to a convenience store where I warmed up, charged my phone, and hired a taxi to take me from Lexington to the Kraft freight terminal in Raynham.

    I got a call that evening from Kraft’s regional manager and the tow company’s owner, making sure I was okay. They made a lot of changes after that.

    And to think that Gorsuch would have wanted me to stay with the truck?

    Golly gee, screw him.

  10. Typo (0 Replies)

    the little guy who will, no matter what

  11. This is a opportunity falling into our lap, and we are passing on it. (1 Reply)

    We can become the party of the fair deal, the honest neighbor, the party of the little guy who will not, no matter what, stand up and fight for what’s right.

    This is our moment to fight for justice. This is our time to call for impeachment, to stop all conformations until the Russian connections are uncovered, verified, and all those connected are in the least, removed from office if not imprisoned.

    Or we can wait until 2018 and run on our usual list of issues and keep our ties to big money intact, run a campaign void of values and keep losing elections.

  12. So why? (0 Replies)

    Why are Democrats not calling for impeachment? Crap, there are enough violations of the foreign emoluments clause and the domestic emoluments clause to call for impeachment. Now this.

    What are our Democrats in office waiting for? A formal invitation?

  13. I've been losing a lot of respect for Matthews over the years (0 Replies)

    and this chips away at what’s left. He’s a sell out. He has no principles.

  14. Start here: (0 Replies)

    I urge everyone to write their representative in congress and ask WHY they are not defending the Constitution, as they were sworn to do, and impeach Trump for his clear and numerous violations of the foreign emoluments clause and the domestic emoluments clause.
    If they are a Democrat and their response is that they do not have the votes, remind them that Republicans voted over 50 times to overturn the ACA, despite not having enough votes. We all mocked them for their futile efforts and denigrated it as showmanship.
    Today, Trump is president and the Republicans are on their way to repealing the ACA.

  15. Mobilizing their base while appealing to swing voters. (0 Replies)

    How about expanding their base? As for swing voters, it appears to me that these individuals vote on values, not so much brand names or issues. NRA members will never, ever vote for a Democrat. Planned Parenthood donors will never ever vote for a Republican. So tossing them, their ilk, and the bases of both parties aside, who remains? What are their concerns?

    It sure does appear that the Republicans are being anything but honest, fair, honorable. Democrats might do well if we start by being fair, honest, and honorable to attract swing voters.

    What does that require? Limited funding from Wall Street, lowering the volume of celebrity endorsements, eating hot dogs at county fairs, being totally transparent with the financial profiles of our candidates, ending the vacations on Martha’s Vineyard and opting for Camp David (looking ahead), addressing us as citizens, not hyphenated citizens, admitting that its going to be hard work to turn things around and that we need each other to do so.

  16. Trump exposes one key fault with American capitalism and CEO's. (1 Reply)

    As you may recall, I have a guilty pleasure of sorts watching “Undercover Boss”.

    What strikes me about Donald Trump and his most recent allegations about how President Obama ordered wiretaps and how things really do happen in Washington D.C. is how how similar this is in episodes of Undercover Boss where The Boss begins to understand how things really, really are.

    American corporations have a habit of appointing CEO’s for companies in which the individual as NO experience whatsoever in the actual nuts and bolts of the operation. Does anyone think that Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin Donuts ever worked at a drive thru or baked a donut?

    Trump has no idea where he is, and I get a guilty pleasure from that as well.

  17. Money (1 Reply)

    I’ve never met Donald Trump, but I’ve known guys like him. I’ve for guys like him. They measure themselves by money. Trump loves to brag about how wealthy he is. He gold plates things. He’s after the status. That’s his Achilles Heel. My hunch is that Putin saw that a while ago. Putin is most likely the wealthiest person on the planet. My hunch is that at a time when Trump was going though one of his bankruptcies, Putin reached out and offered a favor. Trump is now paying the vig. is the amount charged by a bookmaker, or bookie, for taking a bet from a gambler. In the United States, it also means the interest on a shark’s loan. The term originates from the Russian word for winnings, выигрыш vyigrysh.

    Perhaps Trump thinks that as US President, he hoped to force Putin to forgive the vig, only to discover that the price of that vig just went up.

  18. woops (0 Replies)

    Need to read before I post “send”

    Robert Gallo, working at the National Cancer Institute, one part of the National Institute of Health, was one of the co-discoverers of HIV. Trivia time, he’s married to my cousin and I attended their wedding when I was six years old.

    Trump wants to cut funding to this department.

  19. NIH funding cuts (1 Reply)

    Robert Gallo, working at the National Cancer Institute, one part of the National Institute of Health, was one of the co-discoverers of the co-discoverer of HIV. Trivia time, he’s married to my cousin and attended their wedding when I was six years old.

    Trump wants to cut funding to this department.

  20. ACA as "job killer"? (0 Replies)

    Unemployment is under 5% nationally and under 3% in Massachusetts.Prior to Obamacare, unemployment was over 8%. In Massachusetts, where the forced mandate was implemented years before Obamacare, unemployment is well below the national average and yet, Republicans call the forced mandate a “job killer”.
    Why journalists or prominent Democratic office holders do not shout this over and over and over again is a mystery to me.