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    valkyrry, NonnyO, offgrid
    From the president on down, very nearly all Congress Critters adamantly refused to discuss a not-for-profit single-payer option for medical insurance.
    There is nothing that has bothered me more over the years than the failure of this country to follow Britain's example and embrace truly socialized medicine, taking the profit motive out of the health care industry entirely.

    Perhaps if a growing number of elected Democrats were able to conceptualize the superiority of a solidly progressive Democratic Economic Agenda over the embarrassing foolishness of Republican nostrums, they would be less likely to buy into all of that crap that Insurance Company lobbyists have been telling them at every opportunity.

    That is my hope, anyway...

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      James Kroeger

      That one particularly pissed me off, too!  I was so angry I couldn't speak about this stuff for months without flying into a rant.  I still can barely restrain my rants to something coherent.  Our Congress Critters and the President were nucking futz idiots for voting for the corporate plans!!!

      I want to adopt the health insurance/care versions adopted by the three Scandinavian countries.  Paid parental leave, in particular, which is over a year long for BOTH parents to bond with their child(ren).  Jobs waiting for them when they go back to work (from parental leave or paid sick leave).  No one goes bankrupt from catastrophic illnesses.  If someone has to stay home to take care of a sick relative, the leave is paid.  In all cases, their jobs are waiting for them when they can return to work.  Childcare for working parents is provided.

      Sweden: Land of the Stay-At-Home Dad
      Note: In the video, the fathers are "expected" to take their parental leave!  If they don't, it's a mark of shame.  How much better are the hands-on skills of fathers who bond with their kids early?

      Gloria Riviera embarrassed all women by being stupid enough to ask a father what baby items she was holding.  Sheesh.  Since she hadn't had her baby at that point, I'm quite sure the father knew a heckuva lot more than she did about it all.

      Another old video:
      Sweden's Health Care System [w/Lou Dobbs]

      I'm a senior citizen.  The monthly cost of Medicare that started when I was in the working world continues when on Social Security because it's deducted before Soc Sec is deposited in my account (just as it is for all senior citizens or those who are disabled and receiving Soc Sec)..., but at least I don't have to be concerned about paying for corporate insurance executive bonuses or shareholders for the Medicare deduction.  Medicare is actually working efficiently, believe it or not.  That's why I advocate everyone buying into Medicare and caps put on the medical costs that doctors can charge..., and I further advocate no additional charges..., mandated by law.  The hospitals and clinics used to "justify" their increases to 'new machinery' - but those new high tech machines must be paid for ten or twenty times over by now.

      The US is a backward country compared to the civilized countries in the world who have excellent - and "free" - medical care and educational systems.  [Not free, high taxes, but everyone benefits and no one has to fork over money, by law, to pay for corporate executive bonuses and shareholder profits, the other part that grates on my last shredded nerve.]  Heck, we're even behind some third world countries in other surveys!  How humiliating!

      The three Scandinavian countries also have free education from kindergarten through high school and/or college, and they start their kids learning English as a second language in grade school through whatever highest grade of school they complete.  If they attend college away from their home, they get a living stipend so they can devote their time to their studies.  [No tuition debt upon leaving college.  Education, like medical care, is considered a right.  Everyone pays into the system; everyone from king to commoner, benefits.]

      Corporations who sell medical supplies are not allowed to gouge the system for additional money, and what they can charge is set by the government (fair, but not extravagant).  If they do any price gouging to patients, they're in violation of the law and they are prosecuted. [What a novel idea: prosecuting a corporation to the fullest extent of the law....]

      Not surprisingly, all three Scandinavian countries made the top five in list of best places to live again:
      Best Places to Be Born in 2013 | Healthy Living
      The top ten best places to be born in 2013:
      1. Switzerland
      2. Australia
      3. Norway
      4. Sweden
      5. Denmark
      6. Singapore
      7. New Zealand
      8. Netherlands
      9. Canada
      10. Hong Kong
      [US & Germany tied for 16th place.]

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 02:05:21 PM PST

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