Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the cloudy, breezy, seasonally cool island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Friday afternoon, the 27th day of September, 2013, a beautiful day on Cape, Hyannis to be specific, visiting Truro and Provincetown yesterday, with similar weather–cool clouds, an ocean breeze with bursts of that New England autumn sunshine illuminating the still green leaved maples, oaks and beech trees as they await their turn to shine in a month or so, when the leaves turn bright red, yellow and orange…quite the sight indeed. How’s it going? Well, if you are in the top one percent of ye ‘ole income bracket, I imagine you are doing quite well indeed. As the crumbling middle class and ever growing number of working poor, who have not seen their or the middle class’ income go up in at least three decades, toil and spin to make ends meet, no ends so paramount as feeding themselves and their kids (as the GOP far right cuts billions from food stamp programs nationwide) may have some light at the end of a very dark tunnel–i.e. the implementation of the “Affordable Care Act” turned into law in 2010 by the great President Barack Obama, coming soon to an insurance exchange near your computer soon…October 1st to be exact. It is an empirical FACT that 56 percent of the uninsured and under-insured people, citizens of this great land, will pay less than $100 dollars a month for life saving insurance that is yours personally. Insurance that no longer is the kind that tethers people to a dead end job, all for the sake of the “benefits”. Insurance that brings the Peace of Mind that said insurance companies cannot deny care due to a pre-existing condition (the major factor many in this nation go bankrupt, because they could simply not afford the whims of the underwriting department at say Cigna, Aetna, Prudential or many others guilty of this immoral practice of denying coverage whenever possible to boost profits. Insurance that will allow parents to keep their kids on his or her plan until they are age 26. Among many other benefits to the public at large, this will HELP our fragile economy, not hurt it. 50 percent of our gross national product is wrapped up in health care, formally for profit at the expense of everyone else. This new kind of model, brings about incentives for providers to create better results, not more tests, a real win/win for both the doc and the patient. Before this law and indeed today, there are approximately 30-40 million people without any access to real health insurance. Either because of the exorbitant costs with individual insurance today, just ask anybody, or because they are denied due to a previous ‘condition’, their only avenue for medical care is the emergency room, a sad fact of life for many of our brothers and sisters out there in the dark and cold. Shame on US. This model and indeed philosophy of the modern day American Insurance carrier has been sewn into the fabric of said industry and their underwriting practices prove it. Where, like so many other greedy corporations out there, the modus operandi is and always will be, presumably, “profit over people”. This IS the fundamental reason why the likes of a Ted Cruz, lizard like Senator from the great state of Texas (please Google the film “Monster’s Inc.”, starring the greats Billy Crystal and John Goodman and the villainous lizard who enjoyed scaring little children). Of course in Cruz’s case, he likes to scare the “little people of America” by attempting to dupe and put fear into those citizens minds by showing sick ads–like the one served up recently by the good ‘ole Koch brothers–while simultaneously poisoning the well with a constant parade of falsehoods on Fox News, where the content is always skewed to the wealthy and republican view of the world, a world that only the rich need apply. The reason for this holding the country hostage for their insane demands is simple, they Know that if “Obamacare” is understood and utilized by the American people, those people will embrace it and grow to love it. And as that program blossoms ten years from now it will be as popular as either Social Security or Medicare. This IS the FACT. Moreover, “Obamacare” is a program that is already paid for by it’s own design, as we take the whole of the country, all of the people and mandate that we must all have insurance, creating pools of risk, with the onset of many younger folks joining in dispersing risk with the older folks all while creating a premium that most if not all people’s can afford, with subsidies for those in need. This LAW is unlike George W. Bush’s prescription drug benefit bill that added a trillion dollars to our national debt, yet another tab placed on the American people. This program will work if you just try it. Like our friend Dr. Seuss once said in the book “Green Eggs and Ham”–”I like them, I like them, Sam I am, I like Green Eggs and Ham”. To wit Sam probably simply smiled and said to himself… “I told you so.” I can’t for the life of me figure out why these so called “Christian” tea party, dangerous far right wing nut jobs are so hell bent on hurting the American people when a solution is at hand for a unaffordable system of “health” that is unsustainable in the future. Why are they holding the country hostage by threatening to shut the government down in a few hours if their demands are not met, hurting our economy and world markets, not to mention our reputation as a nation that pays it’s bills. Sounds like extortion to me. Why do they act this way? Oh yeah, I almost forgot, they’re assh%les. The plutocrats I referred to at the top of the blog are calling the shots in the House and much of the Senate. This fake astroturf grass roots ‘tea party’ is (not popular amongst many established and well respected republicans who have the future of the party in mind) nothing more than an ego driven stunt by a power hungry Senator doing the will of his puppet masters. These are, for the most part, bought men, bought by billionaires like the ‘Brother’s Koch’ who clearly do not believe in a nation built on the founding father’s principal of “Of the people, By the people and For the people.” Stay tuned folks and more importantly stay informed, educated to the FACTS that are so easily attained in the ‘Age of Google’. Have a nice week end! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
September 27, 2013
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