U.S. health care crisis and reform

Our health care crisis is twofold.  Primarily, the rampant cost of both critical and excessive services is totally out of control due to the largely unregulated third-party payer system that has evolved. All the players (hospitals, labs, insurance companies, doctors)  are trying to maximize profits, and free market principles don’t lead to efficiencies or economies when the consumer is not paying the bills.  You cannot argue with this; just compare U.S. health care pricing with any other industrialized nation.   It is flat out ridiculous.

Secondly, access to those third-party payer privileges is not available to a large segment of  Americans, and the majority of us are subject to financial ruin in the event of a health care crisis.  The Affordable Care act really only addresses this second issue, by making access to (our overpriced) care more equitable.  There is a minority who will be penalized or disadvantaged by the specifics of this act, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t sound public policy based upon the presumption that health care is a legitimate human right.

But IMO, the more critical of these problems is the out of control costs and that can only be addressed by dismantling the current powerful health care insurance industry.  Obama was not able to do this.  Just my 2 cents.

Bob R.

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Medicaid reform

visit Linda Solash-Reed on facebook.

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Linda Solash-Reed, an attorney affiliated with the Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys criticized the new law because she said there is no data to prove it would save money. Worse, she said, the state has no evidence that the new program would work for senior citizens because they were not included in the original pilot project.

character

Gainesville’s ‘pastor’ Terry Jones was on CNN this week regarding his visit by Central Florida Imam Muhammad Musri.  When Jones was asked to clarify which Imam he referred to in a comment, he dismissively replied, “I don’t know his name.”  You really don’t need to hear any more about the man to get an idea of his character.

Al Queda vs. The Taliban

I was confused about these two radical organizations, so I did some reading on http://en.wikipedia.org

The Taliban was the 1996-2001 governing party of Afghanistan that was unseated in the first gulf war.  They persist today as an alternative government (courts, militia) in parts of Afghanistan and are the
identity of the Afgan insurgents.

Al Queda is a stateless radical movement founded in the 1980s by Bin Laden.  Al Queda found refuge in Afghanistan under the Taliban when they were kicked out of Sudan in the late 90’s.   They now are mostly situated in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In 1995 Bin Laden/Al Queda took over terrorist operations in Bosnia and began organizing a global jihad.  Bin Laden declared Fatwa on America in 1996 and again in 1998.    The rest is history.

jinx

Bob Sr recently wrote a commentary regarding a recent excursion to a University of Central Florida football game. Fun was had by all.

At the time, his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes were 9-0. The day before the UCF game, the Hawks had just overcome a large 4th quarter deficit to defeat Indiana in a Halloween thriller. The magical season was still alive. In 110 years of Iowa college football, they have never had this much success. They have never played for the ‘National Championship’. Then . . .

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On one play, Northwestern popped the balloon. They sacked the Hawk’s star quarterback, causing a fumble in the end zone. Touchdown Northwestern. In addition, Ricky Stanzi was knocked out of the game with a severely sprained ankle. The Hawks would lose the game and Stanzi will not play this week versus Ohio State.

The Sports Illustrated jinx lives. Ouch.

Here is a link to a (this week) Wall Street Journal article titled – WHY IOWA IS GOOD FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704402404574526090426644888.html

from brother Rick R, Alameda, CA.

the health care issue, explained

This is pretty damn good.   It starts by saying its misnamed…its not really health care reform, its an insurance reform initiative. FB readers: go here http://www.slideshare.net/danroam/healthcare-napkins-all