Thursday, February 23, 2017



ARKANSAS US REPUBLICAN SENATOR COTTON SHOUTED DOWN BY CONSTITUENTS AT TOWN HALL

In the first video Senator Cotton is shouted down and told to do his job after he dismissed a question on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Here is a hard core reality, it was the Republicans and Conservative Think Tanks during the Clinton Administration demanding a mandate, a requirement they then opposed when Obama agreed to their demands. The number one issue the Republicans cite for repealing the ACA is costs.  Well newsflash for all of you factually challenged Republicans, the insurance companies are raising the costs of the insurance not the government.  The only way to stop this is through federal regulations and the Republicans will never do that.

The only solution when it comes to costs is to allow people to chose between buying their own insurance or entering a one payer system.  It has been proven time and time again the cost of managing medicare is significantly less than the cost of managing an insurance company.  Medicare does not have to pay stock holders dividends or worry about stock holders replacing the Board of Directors because profits are not high enough.  There is no other solution.  It is that simple.

And I do not want to hear the stupid Republican mantra, "keep the government out of my healthcare." The government and insurance companies decide everything about your healthcare.  ERISA federal law has been around for decades and regulates your healthcare.  Paper pushers at insurance companies decided if you live or die.  So please get an education, or just shut up and sit down.

The insurance companies help push to define when certain procedures are defined by protocol.  Then they cite the protocols they pushed for to deny you the procedure.  Unfortunately, medicare, medicaid, Tricare, and the VA follow the same protocols lobbied for by the insurance companies, and patients die every day because the insurance companies and their lobbied for protocols are deciding if you live or die and not your doctor.

The BV is open to anyone willing to write a piece explaining so long as insurance companies are in control how it is possible to hold down rates.  Universal coverage by its nature forces higher rates.  So unless you want to deny coverage to the sickest of the sick you have no solution.  Even a right wing economist understands it is a numbers game.  The more people you have buying the insurance the more the cost for the sick is spread out among the many.  A system where based on your income you buy into a one payer system, will allow for the costs to be spread out a lot more than if you have it being done piece meal one insurance company at a time.  This is all fact, and your alternative fact approach because you have no solution will not change reality.

THE SECOND VIDEO IS MY FAVORITE - A LITTLE BOY DEFENDS HIS MEXICAN FRIENDS AND THEIR FAMILIES

This little boy reminds me of Grisham's book "The Painted House" which takes place in Arkansas. It is a short book which basically shows the issue is not new. It also shows children sometimes are the one who can show us the proper path.


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