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  • perpetuallyphil 6:18 am on January 31, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , health care, norway, , prisons   

    no more prisons…. 

    suuuup-er cuoul!

    • deadindenver 12:07 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink

      id raise a fam-dam there

    • untamedyawp 9:11 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink


    • thedarkcleft 12:26 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink


  • perpetuallyphil 1:06 am on October 25, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: health care, ,   


  • perpetuallyphil 2:55 am on October 23, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: al frankin, health care,   

    the number is zero 

  • perpetuallyphil 6:53 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , farmers market, health care,   

    farmers marketing 

    • untamedyawp 2:47 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink

      if this was facebook i’d give this video a thumbs up fo sho.

  • perpetuallyphil 6:03 pm on August 28, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , health care, , single payer, sketch   

    care about health care? 

    “The current health care debate in Congress has nothing to do with death panels or public options or socialized medicine. The real debate, the only one that counts, is how much money our blood-sucking insurance, pharmaceutical and for-profit health services are going to be able to siphon off from new health care legislation. The proposed plans rattling around Congress all ensure that the profits for these corporations will increase and the misery for ordinary Americans will be compounded. The corporate state, enabled by both Democrats and Republicans, is yet again cannibalizing the Treasury. It is yet again pushing Americans, especially the poor and the working class, into levels of despair and rage that will continue to fuel the violent, proto-fascist movements leaping up around the edges of American society. And the traditional watchdogs—those in public office, the press and citizens groups—are as useless as the perfumed fops of another era who busied their days with court intrigue at Versailles. Canada never looked so good.

    The Democrats are collaborating with lobbyists for the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry and for-profit health care providers to craft the current health care reform legislation. “Corporate and industry players are inside the tent this time,” says David Merritt, project director at Newt Gingrich’s Center for Health Transformation, “so there is a vacuum on the outside.” And these lobbyists have already killed a viable public option and made sure nothing in the bills will impede their growing profits and capacity for abuse.

    “It will basically be a government law that says you have to buy their defective product,” says Dr. David Himmelstein, a professor at Harvard Medical School and a founder of Physicians for a National Health Plan. “Next the government will tell us a Pinto in every garage, a lead-coated toy to every child and melamine-laced puppy chow for every dog.”


    Obama and the congressional leadership have shut out advocates of single-payer. The press, including papers such as The New York Times, treats single-payer as a fringe movement. The television networks rarely mention it. And yet between 45 and 60 percent of doctors favor single-payer. Between 40 and 62 percent of the American people, including 80 percent of registered Democrats, want universal, single-payer not-for-profit health care for all Americans. The ability of the corporations to discredit and silence voices that represent at least half of the population is another sad testament to the power of our corporate state.

    “We are considering a variety of striking efforts for early in the fall,” Dr. Himmelstein said, “including protests outside state capitals by doctors around the country, video links of conferences in 70 or 80 cities around the country, with protests and potential doctors chaining themselves to the fence of the White House.”

    Make sure you join them”

    —— full article here

    hijacking is awesome. the lobby power is sooooo strong on this one. we need to have a voice. dollars make sense, but people lead movements.

  • untamedyawp 4:11 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , health care, HR 3200, HR676   



    The masquerade is over!

    The “public option” is dead.

    Health care reform is now a private option: WHICH FOR PROFIT INSURANCE COMPANY DO YOU WANT? You have to choose. And you have to pay. If you have a low income, under HR3200 government will subsidize the private insurance companies and you will still have to pay premiums, co-pays and deductibles.

    The Administration plan requires that everyone must have health insurance, so it is delivering tens of millions of new “customers” to the insurance companies. Health care? Not really. Insurance care! Absolutely. Cost controls? No chance.

    You will next hear talk about “co-ops.” The truth is that insurance company campaign contributions have co-opted the public interest.

    I need your help to spread the word and rally the nation around true health care reform which covers everyone and maintains fiscal integrity without breaking our nation’s bank! Your contribution will empower our efforts to continue to fight for the single-payer, not-for-profit health care bill, HR676 “Medicare for All,” which I co-authored with Rep. John Conyers. The bill now has 85 sponsors in the House.

    The hotly-debated HR3200, the so-called “health care reform” bill, is nothing less than corporate welfare in the guise of social welfare and reform. It is a convoluted mess. The real debate which we should be having is not occurring.

    Removing the “public option” from a public bill paid for by public money is not in the public interest. What is left is a “private option” paid for with public money. Why should public money be spent on a private option which does not guarantee 100% coverage nor have any cost controls? A true public option would provide 30% savings immediately which would then cover the 1/3rd of the population who presently have no health care.

    Unfortunately, under HR3200, the Government is choosing winners and losers in the private sector; proposing to spend public funds on subsidizing insurance companies who make money not providing health care. This process will insure only the expansion of profits. Gone is the debate over cost.

    As a result of current negotiations, the Medicare Part D rip-off will continue for another decade, further fleecing senior citizens. Drug importation has been dropped, so no inexpensive drugs can be accessed from other nations.

    Instead we are told the pharmaceutical companies will accept a 2% cut in the growth rate of their profits – they call this cost control!

    If the matter were not so serious, it would be farcical: The executive branch pretends that the proposed health care reforms are something they are not. The legislation is being attacked for something it is not. Congressional leadership and the White House defend the legislation, pretending it actually is the very proposal that is being attacked. But it is not.

    A commonsense government health care reform policy would insure that every single American has full access to health care by expanding Medicare to cover everyone under a Single Payer System. We are already paying for a universal standard of care, it is just we are not getting it.

    I need your help to spread the word and rally the nation around true health care reform which covers everyone and maintains fiscal integrity without subsidizing insurance and pharmaceutical companies and breaking our nation’s bank!

    My voice in Congress will continue to challenge the special interests who do not want “single-payer” to succeed. I need you to join me in combating the special and corporate interests who spend millions to try to win this Congressional seat. With your help WE will win again. With your help I will continue to represent your concerns, be YOUR VOICE in the United States Congress, and be the voice for health care for all Americans!

    With your help, we can accomplish ANYTHING in America. Persistence, dedication, truth and courage will lead the way and win out in the end.

    Thank you,
    Dennis Kucinich

    • untamedyawp 4:38 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink

      1. obama halfheartedly proposes the public option, letting it be known that it is not his top reform priority.
      2. obama suggests town hall meeting to discuss, fully knowing the protest and outrage that will ensue.
      3. media covers violent hateful meetings
      4. public opinion vetos public option because of over the top hate seen in response to reform.
      5. public option dead, private option alive
      6. insurance companies get exactly what they want-more control, more customers
      7. obama reneges on health care campaign promise while keeping the spotlight off himself and leaving the decision making up to woman yelling heil hitler.

    • tallbridge 8:14 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink

      From Douglas Rushkoff:

      National Healthcare: Socialism vs. Corporatism
      The healthcare debate has gotten so weird, I think it’s time someone (I guess me) says what’s actually going on. I do not presume to have the answers to all of these problems (well, actually I think I have most of it figured out) but all I mean to do is share what appears to be happening. It is bizarre. Let’s start simple.
      Obama said he wanted national healthcare, and presented Congress with a bill that would create a public health insurance option for people who can’t or won’t afford the ones offered by the private sector. It’s like having public school for people who can’t/won’t afford private, or even public libraries for people who don’t want to buy and own books. The idea was that it would save so much money by preventing poor people from showing up at the emergency room in crisis (or just being sick at all), it would pay for itself. The insurance companies got really upset, and got Republicans to argue that this would hurt competition, and upset the free market.
      Obama understands this perspective: that the sanctity of the free market is in some ways more important than the health of the nation’s people, and has begun to back down. What is being ignored is that health insurance is not a free market. It is part of a monopoly of corporations currently controlling what we call healthcare in America – a healthcare system that promotes the use of costsly patented pharmaceuticals over preventative care, nutrition, and basic health education. If we had a truly free healthcare market… well, don’t get me started.
      But all that aside, when Obama suggests he is open to removing the national healthcare part of the national healthcare act, he is turning it from social spending to straight corporatism. Now, instead of requiring everyone have insurance, and then subsidizing a person’s participation in a government health plan, the act will still require everyone have insurance, and then subsidize a person’s participation in a private health plan. So the net effect of the law is to use public funds to subsidize a private, highly inefficient healthcare insurance industry which has been documented to care much more about profit than anyone’s health.
      This is corporatism.
      And it is not even a step in the right direction, not a step towards getting America healthier or more people properly insured. It promises only to exacerbate the very features of private-sector healthcare that already puts America fiftieth in the list for life expectancy and general health (Canada is 8th, UK is 36th).
      But the weird part is that Republicans – in the thrall of the insurance companies – are now still making a show of arguing against the bill on grounds that it’s socialism, when in fact it’s really just corporatism or corporate welfare. This is the bill they actually want passed. But in addition to making sure it passes (all they need is enough Democrats to stupidly vote for it) they want to earn political points by arguing against the steamroller of socialism that Obama is supposedly driving over us all. Get it? It’s all backwards.


    • perpetuallyphil 5:21 am on August 20, 2009 Permalink

      ya, its gotten pretty crazy. and the debate does not discuss the real ideas that are viable choices for a positive future. to me, it seems like less of scheme than just politics as usual. there is one idea, then when it weighs for support it gets changed so that everyone’s favorite lobbiest is happy, some people are pissed, most senators don’t read the bill, people grab for the spotlight, the pundits spin to confuse everyone and eventuality the vote goes along party lines, the bill gets passed and does little to change whats happening…. watered down and worded up packed with attachments/amendments. i honestly dont think any of these people actually know whats going on. they have all the raw data in front of them, yet dont know how, or dont care to extrapolate it correctly.

      the US health care system is ranked 37th in the world just ahead of Slovenia, Cuba and Brunei. thats madness and Humana and the other conglomerated heath insurance agencies are raking it in killing people. obviously something needs to change.

      single payer would be nice, but there is no way anyone has the balls or power to make that happen right now. too bad kucinich’s vegan alien visited brain isnt in the white house, or at least the senate… he is the smartest person on the hill. his amendment to the bill that allows for all states to independently instigate single-payer is the best part. we should be regionalizing right now anyways….
      hopefully by the end we will at least take a baby step in the right direction. hard to say tho.

    • perpetuallyphil 5:33 am on August 20, 2009 Permalink

      “One of the lowest-cost markets in the country is Grand Junction, Colorado, a community of a hundred and twenty thousand that nonetheless has achieved some of Medicare’s highest quality-of-care scores. Michael Pramenko is a family physician and a local medical leader there. Unlike doctors at the Mayo Clinic, he told me, those in Grand Junction get piecework fees from insurers. But years ago the doctors agreed among themselves to a system that paid them a similar fee whether they saw Medicare, Medicaid, or private-insurance patients, so that there would be little incentive to cherry-pick patients. They also agreed, at the behest of the main health plan in town, an H.M.O., to meet regularly on small peer-review committees to go over their patient charts together. They focussed on rooting out problems like poor prevention practices, unnecessary back operations, and unusual hospital-complication rates. Problems went down. Quality went up. Then, in 2004, the doctors’ group and the local H.M.O. jointly created a regional information network—a community-wide electronic-record system that shared office notes, test results, and hospital data for patients across the area. Again, problems went down. Quality went up. And costs ended up lower than just about anywhere else in the United States.

      Grand Junction’s medical community was not following anyone else’s recipe. ”
      innovation, local solutions, money removal.

      from the new yorker:

    • tallbridge 11:59 pm on August 21, 2009 Permalink

      Thanks for the posts phil, i like where you’re coming from

      its interesting that obama made the first mention of dropping the public option when he was in grand junction…i think agree tho, sounds a lot like politics as usual

      its weird hearing all this talk about depopulation in the mainstream tho eh?

      Peace 🙂

    • perpetuallyphil 3:22 am on August 22, 2009 Permalink

      taka, do you mean death panels?

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