Department Of Why This And Not That
Sub Department Of How To Solve The Health Care Debate
Perhaps a little re-framing of the situation is in order.
Something I’ve been wondering about for the past week. Why is it so many of we – as in We The People – object to the so-called ”socialization” of some vital services, and not others?
* When your house is on fire, you call the fire department and the firefighters arrive, put out the fire, assesses you for smoke inhalation, etc. And they don’t send you a bill.
* I have had the misfortune to have needed the services of the police a few times in my life, including incidents such as being the victim of car-break-in-theft, to assault.  Each time the police officers provided the necessary life-enhancing and/or protecting services, for which I was not billed.
* My parents called 911 numerous times in their elder years, due to causes ranging from my father accidentally setting a fire in their oven to the many falls my mother had. Each time, fire/paramedics responded quickly and professionally, never once saying, “BTW, this is your third fall in two years; you have a preexisting condition and we’re not going to cover this….” And my parents never received a bill for any of those visits. 
My parents of course “paid” for those vital services through taxes. As did their neighbors, whether or not said neighbors ever utilized those same services. I don’t recall hearing that the neighbors were complaining about subsidizing my parents’ blunders and/or misfortunes, nor have I ever passed a police car or fire truck responding to a call and thought, It’s been decades since *I* had to call the fire department, yet I still keep paying for them to help *other* people….I want to set up my own private fire and police service.
No one ever questions whether police officers/firefighters are less committed and/or professional in their duties because they are salaried and not paid per incident response – a fear-mongering charge often levied against the idea of paying doctors a salary (as they would receive under some kind of single payer system) rather than having them charge per procedure.
Health care is a vital service, to both individuals and the community, as are fire and police (and education, and utility service and maintenance….). Why can’t we view it as such, and transfer the premiums we currently pay, as individuals and businesses, to some kind of nationalized/community/single payer health care system?
We build roads better by working collectively rather than by us individually cobbling together a bit of asphalt here and there.
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Department Of And One More Thing
The cons listed on this chart aren’t really cons; as in, they are not things that will suddenly come into being with some kind of single payer healthcare system.
They. Already. Exist.
* “Forces healthy people to pay for others medical care.”
Yep. And your point would be? And my auto and homeowner’s insurance are designed and prorated just for me…oh wait, they’re not – that’s not how insurance works. Healthy (and insured) people are already paying for coverage for the sick (and uninsured) via a variety of ways, including VA and county medical hospital ER services.
* ”Without financial incentive, people may not be as careful with their health.”
Oh yes, and we ‘re doing such a good job of that now, because every working day when Joe Bro wants to join his buddies for their Monster Burger and fries lunch he thinks, “Ah, but wait, this isn’t good for me and I don’t want my health care premiums to rise,” and instead Joe opts for a walk around the park while eating a kale quinoa salad.
Look around, y’all, at our rates of obesity, diabetes 2, heart disease, and a plethora of other dietary and lifestyle-related ailments. Americans have not been “as careful with their health” for decades.
* “Most universal health systems report long wait times for elective procedures.”
Again, hello? Do you know and/or have you talked to anyone who has had an elective (or even urgent, if not emergency) procedure, even and especially those with good health care coverage? The answer for moiself is yes on both questions, and those I know and those I’ve talked to have *never* gotten in right away nor got the dates and times they desired. They had to (gasp) wait.
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This Day In Stupid History ®
* 1521: Emperor Charles V bans wooden buildings in Amsterdam (ostensibly because of fire dangers, but Emperor Chuckie also liked the Roman’s use of stone and thought if Amsterdam used the same they would be as cool as the ancient Roman Empire).
* 1616: A Dutch East India Company ship “discovers” Dirk-Hartog Island, Australia (while Australia’s aboriginal inhabitants said, “Well, yeah, it’s been right here all along….”)
* 1854: Charge of the Light Brigade. Commemorated by Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem, the ill-fated Crimean war charge was led by the Seventh Earl of Cardigan, who, stupidly, did not die himself, but led at least 107  (of his 600 men) to their deaths.
* 1938: The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces Swing music as “a degenerated musical system… turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people”, warning that it leads down a “primrose path to hell”. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
* 1952: Publication of the first Dutch edition of children’s magazine “Donald Duck. ” (I’m guessing the French ministry of culture only approved publication because thought it was a cookbook.)
* 1964: “The Wrong Way Run” occurred when Minnesota Viking player Jim Marshall runs 66 yards in the wrong direction for a safety.
* 1983: U.S. Invades Grenada. The Reagan administration claimed U.S. medical students were suddenly in mortal danger – (They were not. I had a friend in medical school in Grenada at that time, who told me the only danger they faced were from the gung-ho American soldiers trying to evacuate them) – and that the invasion had *nothing* to do with Reagan’s need to kick some little Marxist-leaning country’s butt to shore up his shriveling, Commander-in-Chief-with-nothing-to-command ballsack.
* 2005: U.S. military deaths in Iraq reached 2,000.
Also, just in case you were wondering, October 25 has been proclaimed as National Greasy Food Day Oh yeah, and Sourest Day .
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Department of Epicurean Excursion 
Featuring this week’s cookbook, author and recipe:
Mediterranean Harvest, by Martha Rose Shulman
Recipe: Balkans White Bean Soup
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Recipe Rating Refresher 
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May whatever vital services you need always respond when you dial 911;
May you agree with me on health care, or this baby sloth dies;
May your exploits never end up on a This Day In Stupid History ® list;
…and may the hijinks ensue.
Thanks for stopping by. Au Vendredi!
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 A drunk/high and disgruntled neighbor threw a large rock at me when I was in my apartment kitchen. The rock broke the dining area window and hit me, bruising my leg.
 Nor did they seem concerned that they did not get to “choose” their firefighters and EMTs…who got pretty up close and personal with my mother when she broke her pelvis and vertebrae when she fell getting out of the bathtub.
 Final death count unknown; others died later, off the battlefield, of their wounds.
 A recurring feature of this blog, since week 2 of April 2019, wherein moiself decided that moiself would go through my cookbooks alphabetically and, one day a week, cook (at least) one recipe from one book.
* Two Thumbs up: Liked it
* Two Hamster Thumbs Up : Loved it
* Thumbs Down – Not even Kevin, a character from The Office who would eat anything, would like this.
* Twiddling Thumbs: I was, in due course, bored by this recipe.
* Thumbscrew: It was torture to make this recipe.
* All Thumbs: Good recipe, but I somehow mucked it up .
* Thumby McThumb Face: This recipe was fun to make.
* Thumbing my nose: Yeah, I made this recipe, but I did not respect it.