27 MARCH 2017 WASHINGTON – Months ago I wrote what appeared to be a defense of Donald Trump, as it was it was a offense against the mainstream media which has so disappointed me that I rarely read the New York Times, my hometown paper and satisfy myself with doing its crossword puzzle daily.
This week, however, President Trump may have proved he is not an alt-right kind of guy, nor is he even that conservative save for business which has not truly been addressed in the past two months – so we shall see.
Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!
The fact that the President went on a Twitter frenzy against the most conservative wing of the Republican Party might have angered Steve Bannon, or did it? Bannon who began as a fan of the Russian Revolution is hard to label. To most liberals and the majority of intellectual writing essays that no one reads at one university or another Bannon is see as the perfect to display the evils of Nazism. I yet hold back my opinion on him. I don’t think running the idiot web site Breitbart proves much, nor do the few times he exploded in anti-minority rants.
So, why hasn’t the President realized that all the losing GOP offense in the past presidential ballot stuffer are now coming back at him? And why hasn’t he realized that he should, in fact, use the Art of Deal for himself.
Again, I suggest a summit the White House where the top 15 health insurance bigwigs attend a three day meeting where a single payer system – Run by those same companies in partnership with the government – take on that responsibility.
That responsibility meaning: Insuring every American soul and those who happen to be here on business or vacation, a full blown insurance policy without the need to pick and choose which makes little difference to insurance bottom lines. Of course Americans could also buy premium policies which offer anything from free blood transfusions to private rooms at the Ritz Carlton or better hotel-like hospitals complete with theaters and massage.
Employers would contribute directly to the insurance companies at some predetermined amount per person. The government – because it must protect the health and wellbeing of its citizens would also contribute – But I tell President Trump that the cost per policy would be lower – perhaps as much as 23% lower than today. The new health insurance would be run by directors and staff that reflect the current share or this market – free from the non-mandatory believe we are supposed to have in the “markets” fixing every problem. The free market does not do this in all cases – especially in the case of problems that impact every soul in the nation.
Yes, Barack Obama might get the prize for starting the Beta Test of a national health insurance system, but President Trump be remain beloved for offering people peace as they approach serious illness or old age. Better Congresses than we have today knew this. No one took care of retirees until the Social Security laws were passed is one example but almost every program issued from government should be meant to help the entire population – not just those with “special interests” like making more money than ever conceived for themselves and their families. Making more money seems to be the only special interest of most unthinking people all too often these days.
So President Trump – you can now make insurance company executives proud to walk the streets without armed guards and make sure you don’t forget the docs, nurses, and all the people it takes to keep us alive by reminding them why they became professionals in medicine and pharma in the first place.
This most complex and confusing acrobatics in American Health must be offered to every American, but this does not mean sporting the dreaded single-payer robe, but instead, an ermine cape worn by numerous private sector business sources, etc.
BY JEFF KOOPERSMITH, Editor Emeritus – American Politics Journal
WASHINGTON 16 MARCH 2017 I’ve written about Steve Bannon, the Trump White House go-to man for almost everything, yet I am more than surprised at his purposeful, or not, abandonment of the new Health Care bill now dying in Congress when it seems that he might have a far more interesting plan that would, in fact, give every American not only the access , but actual health care as enjoyed, for instance, by the United States Congress – and Steve Bannon.
NOTE: We all have access to most things – But to look, not buy…
In short, Bannon should have shot for the moon on Healthcare – not because almost every nation on earth, not now insolvent, offers care – good, poor, or mediocre to its entire population, with few exceptions.
Steve Bannon says his philosophy is less Republican or Democrat. He is about the middle class set against elite nationalists as opposed to globalists. He believes this explains his opposition to open borders, political corruption and what he views as political correctness.
Bannon tells us his philosophy is less Republican or Democrat. He is about the middle class set against elite nationalists as opposed to globalists. He believes this explains his opposition to open borders, political corruption and what he views as political correctness according this week to the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal.
Yet Bannon, in this instance, not providing the unhappiest in America with cheap healthcare, is – not enough. “Giving access” to healthcare is a fraudulent promise because the poorest, including many Black and Hispanic minorities have no way to shop around for a cheaper policy because they haven’t the funds – and these cheap policies are almost useless because these come together with such high deductibles that most cannot afford them.
Added to Bannon’s ideology is Donald Trump’s own. He has repeatedly told the American people and his most adamant supporters that he will not forget those who do not qualify, or cannot afford, health insurance in this nation almost controlled today by pharmaceutical companies who spend far less on drug development than the mouthpiece lobbyists (PhRMA) claim.
Thus, Bannon seemingly protects the center middle class, as his father was a proud member before the last Wall Street spectacle.
Now, a decade later – not a single responsible soul has gone to a Federal or State country club prison for stealing the futures of millions of American families.
President Trump sews the mantle of the neediest in many of his speeches – but thus far has not made a move to help them directly unless whatever Health Care bill passes and is signed provides such relief via Medicare or more apropos Medicaid.
Both the Travel-Ban bill now held unconstitutional by at least three high court judges and the ObamaCare burning now going on in Congress do not help, but instead hinder those most in need in the USA – nearly 100 million Americans who are either Aged, minorities (including the White American poor, and most non-working immigrants for sure.
Companies involved in medical care charge a genuinely brazen fortune for hospital services, nursing, and of course for newer branded medications while at the same time trying to stop the manufacture of the same drugs with far-less Generics. One need only refer to recent pricing scandals over the EpiPen for one example.
What today’s pharmaceutical industry dreams of, openly and without humiliation, o is super-quick approval from the FDA or any drug that’s put before it, even as the drug makers advertise, almost continually, how perilous many of these medications can be.
Added to this of course is Grande Lobby Group PhRMA that also wants no interference in pricing. Already the drug industry has such arrangements with the United States in part, and it in many instances around the world due to what I would label blackmail of the highest order.
Here is a set for a congressional dinner – and this one was in Australia
“We will spend whatever it takes to unseat you next election” is the message to elected officials from lobbyists who rep corporations who are real “people” says the Supreme Court.
Steve Bannon knows very well that the United States is not run nor managed by the voters, but by the permitted power of elected and appointed officials who give up trying to beat the health care industry and take big or little “contributions” for their turning backs on the neediest.
It is funny, naming political cash that cannot be traced if one so chooses as “contributions” — as if government officials are a sort of charity.
Ask the FBI or CIA about elected officials at all levels of government “just how honest politicians are” – you will be more than stunned or shaken by the answers, especially when you know how very many public servant arrests, indictments, and convictions for breaking federal, state and local criminal law occur day by day.
(I mention here that I am working on an essay that clearly and factually demonstrates that local and state governments are far more corrupt than our federal elected or appointed officials who tend to like their cash in Caribbean banks, not campaigns for re-election.)
I think Mr. Bannon’s ideas have a flaw, and that is that he focuses on the middle class and rarely mentions the alleged-by-conservatives “lower middle class” – another way of putting miserably underprivileged in “their place”. This may be an unintended oversight on Bannon’s part and President Trump has always underscored his own commitment to the poorest of Americans as well as the wealthiest.
Let us focus on all Americans, not particular class.
The most frightening possibility for American Elites is now labeled, poorly, as “single payer” – because there are almost always more than one or several non- government payers when is comes to all healthcare.
Even the example I set forward below has no “single payer” save for those who can afford what England Calls “Harley Street” doctors and hospitals – in short – only the very well well-off can afford it. They don’t count in this formula. (Many of the mega rich are investing in medical care with a single goal – eternal life.) That’s the truth.
Although I believe the current legislation on healthcare will fail – the White House is attempting, quite fumbling, to quell the outcries coming from those in the underclass that might lose their healthcare as a result.
There was such a better way to do this rewrite of what we called ObamaCare.
Let me lay out a few of today’s facts before we continue:
DATA –THERE ARE 314 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES AND APPROXIMATELY 29 MILLION UNINSURED OR 9%
THERE ARE ALSO:
6,422,300 from OTHER PUBLIC MED INSURANCE OR 2%
43,308,000 from MEDICARE OR 14%
62,384,500 from MEDICAID 20%
Thus 36% of all those insured plus the uninsured represent 45% of our citizens from age 8-85, while the above three groups receive government aid. All this could be truly unimportant if we put all Americans on the same level – of excellent healthcare.
Today the average expenditure on healthcare in the United States is nearing $10,500 dollar per person.
My question – So where is all this money coming from and going to?
The answer is – profit to the medical professional complex Pharmaceutical and medical instrument companies, hospitals, doctors and nurses et al. If you want to study the most ridiculous public and private mess of employees in the medical field – believe me – they are scattered all over the public and private sectors at surprisingly shadowy stations.
But what do I mean “where the money going” is a ruse; It is far more important to see who earns and spends 3.2 trillion on healthcare?
The Kaiser Foundation tells us that we pay between $6,251 per year on average for single coverage and $17,500 per “family” (which appears to mean there are only three individual people in each family.)
The employer pays the family plan $12.6 thousand. The employee pays over $5 thousand or an average of 29% or the total $17.5 thousand as his or her contribution. This can continue as is.
For the purposes of this writing let’s take the $10,880 as average cost for all individuals -no matter what the age.
The total bill for all people is 10,880 per person for total 320 million Americans or $3.2 trillion – the same as the total paid for medical care in 2016.
Now single with jobs earn an average of 70% paid by the employer or $2.42 trillion each year for their workers. Let’s assume the employers will continue to pay that 70% percentage of the total US expense for the year:
ERGO – 3.2 Trillion in 2016 dollars less $2.42 trillion from business funds (70%). This leaves the cost of for total non-employed or self-employed individuals $800 billion to be found.
The answer is simpleno matter the situation today.
A question arises right away – Why is the $11,000 per person average premium almost exactly what Americans pay for healthcare in total today on a yearly basis?
That’s a good number to use for all people who on average have someone working among “the family” and the same for all non-working, uninsured, insured by other public med insurance, Medicaid and Medicare. A human body, no matter how idle or old, is still a human being.
An Interesting Comparison: The average daily cost of a in-patient for one day in American Hospitals.
Under the current system only 141 Million Americans with jobs are working with businesses and share the premium costs 70/30%This leaves another 80 million poor, older, or other to be funded in whole at a cost of $880 Million.
Where does that money come from if we smartly choose the same policy for all – with most bells and whistles as have the workers? It comes from the United States Governments – either directly or payed to insurer(s).
Thus, the final formula for all to have a great policy might be as high as $2.4 trillion from the budget (the same as it was in 2016) and an additional $800 million from either the workers and the aged, poor etc. or from some place else.
But then, wait a minute – we and the government already spend that $3.2 Trillion! Ah but the government does not spend it all– and here lies the biggest lie of them all – Is the US government paying overblown premiums to the health insurance companies at $11,000 per person – or are the states, or both?
I bet on the states taking money from Washington – and spreading it around for healthcare – or maybe some other perks.
To my mind – let’s have the states pay the other 880 million? That would cost each state $17,600,000 dollars on average – and could be figured per capita with the most populous states paying the most.
So, we have. The US treasury now will pay only $2.4 Trillion and the states will pay the other $800 billion – or a tax rummy of about 208 dollars a month per person.
We can work all this out with a series of smaller non-injurious taxes or decrease in all the gimmees we gift business and the states already? I know Steve Bannon will figure a way, along with President Trump.. My recommendation? Steve Bannon should machete banking and finance elites for the funds needed to provide for those scraping at the bottom of the healthcare civil war – nationally and in Congress.
Oh, there is one more way – let’s have the 54 Health Insurance Companies pay $2500, or maybe even $3,000 a year to help the poor and aging.
Take your choice, but without everyone getting the same USA HEALTH-GO-card we will find tens of millions with no coverage – only access to care which is sort of like access to your Rolls Royce dealer showroom.
[Watch for a piece on Harley Street doctors and hospitals in England – it will demonstrate that the elites have no worries about the care they receive]
UNITED STATES HUD SECRETARY BEN CARSON: VAGUELY AWARE OF HISTORY
Ben Carson is the man responsible for housing and urban development for many of America’s most disadvantaged cities and towns.
BY: Jeffrey Koopersmith, American Politics Journal – Editor Emeritus
10 March 2017
BEN CARSON-LISH, THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT REGARDING SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES
(“…as part of a 40-minute address to the employees and guests of HUD, and on the theme of America as “a land of dreams and opportunity,” was met with swift outrage online.” – The New York Times, 7 march 2017)
“There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
– Ben Carson, M.D.
It took from 1618 until 1865 to be granted freedom in American law. That is 248 years, or 13 generations of African-Americans just to find some freedom while many remained in slavery for decades after. It took another 100 years for the Congress to pass a law that laid out, in not enough detail, to make the promises of the Civil War to come partially true. It is now 2017, 404 years after the first slave ship hit American shores – 20 generations. Yet, even today only the most fortunate Blacks live in some modicum of freedom, prosperity, and contentment, while 200 Thousand American Black WOMEN are in prison, and 750,000 Black MEN are in prison – many for non-violent crimes.
“According to the Federal census, in 1790, approximately 650,000 slaves worked with rice, tobacco, and indigo. By 1850 the country had 3.2 million slaves, 1.8 million of whom worked in cotton.”
– Henry Louis Gates, for PBS
HERE ARE THE FACTS DR. CARSON which you should remind us and yourself of – WITH NO WORDS TO CONFUSE OR ADDLE OR with ignorant references to only 60 years or three generations of slaves who soon rose to 11,000,000 (eleven million) in the Americans with as many as 3.5-4.0 million in the United States.
CHANGES TO SECRETARY CARSON’S REMARKS, recommended by Jeffrey Koopersmith, Editor Emeritus – American Politics Journal appear IN CAPITALS BELOW [www.americanspolitics.com)
“There were other CAPTIVES who came here, STARTING IN 1619 – THREE HUNDRED AND NINETY-EIGHT YEARS AGO — in the BOTTOMOST deck of slave ships WITH SCRAPS OF CLOTHING OR NAKED, CHAINED OR WORSE ON THAT NETHERMOST WOOD FLOOR CONFUSED, HORRIFIED, DISMAYED, BATTERED, AILING, LIFELESS, RAPED, TORTURED and TOILING ON THOSE SLAVER SHIPS WITH THEM UNDER WHIPS for nothing, ZILCH; AND they had NIGHTTERRORS and PERHAPS a dream – that one day, hundreds of years from then, their FAMILIES might DISCOVER FREEDOM, SOME prosperity, and AT LEAST A SLIGHT OF CONTENTMENT in THE FORTHCOMING land, or AT MINIMUM, SOMEWHERE WITH LIBERTY.”
How the slaves were “packed”:
There are two ways for the captains to load their boats with slaves. One system is called loose packing to deliver slaves. Under that system, captains transported fewer slaves than their ships could carry in order to reduce the disease and deaths among them. The other system is the cruelest one and is called tight packing. This system was based on the fact that the more slaves they had, the more profit they could make. They carried as many slaves as their ship could carry, and often more. In the ship’s hold, the slaves were chained ankle to wrist, with barely any place to move.
In the worst case, the captains did not provide any kinds of hygiene. In other boats, the captains placed buckets for the slaves’ excrements, but there was never one bucket per slave. Slaves who were close to the buckets used it but those who were farther away often tumbled and fell on others while trying to reach it. Severely hindered by the shackles that were tightly secured around their ankles, most slaves preferred to ease themselves where they were rather than to bruise themselves in the process of trying to reach it. Also, some sailors would be ordered to go below deck to wash the slaves briefly. Although the crew avoided the slaves, they often would call a woman on deck to satisfy their desires. When weather conditions were bad, the conditions of the quarters dramatically worsened. The slaves’ holding quarters were so hot and humid that the floor of their rooms was covered with layers of filth during most of the voyage
Suicide attempts occurred daily and in painfully cruel ways. Slaves tried jumping overboard and even asked others to strangle them. One of the most common ways to avoid further punishment on the journey was to avoid eating. Starvation suicide attempts became so common that a device was introduced to forcefully open the mouths of slaves who refused to eat. Slaves believed that their death would return them to their homeland and to their friends and relatives. To prevent slaves from killing themselves, sailors began chopping the heads off of corpses, implying that when they died, they would return to their homes headless. Even with precautions taken to avoid suicide attempts like drowning and starvation, many healthy and well-fed slaves died from what was known as “fixed melancholy.”
Food and water:
Food was a very big problem for the slaves and the captains. The captains often thought that food was too expensive, and tried to buy as little food as they could. Some captains chose to take a sufficient amount of food, believing that healthy slaves would be worth the cost of the food. Many captains simply decided to buy as less food as possible, even if much of their “cargo” died of starvation. The feeding of the slaves was on deck. The slaves were taken out cautiously, with sailors to feed them and many to guard them with loaded guns in order to prevent a slave rebellion. On other boats, the slaves were fed in the hold, by sailors.