Obsolete Electoral College
The electoral college made sense in the 1700s when you had to collect election results by horseback. Today, if you live in a battleground state, your vote matters. If you live in a red or blue state, your vote gets lost. Further, the electoral college only roughly matches the population of the state. Sometimes your vote counts more than others sometimes less. Politicians unfairly, politically, favour battleground states. If instead, you decided the president by popular vote, everyone’s vote would count, and would count equally, no matter where you lived.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
|Conservative Trash-the-Environment Bill C-38||The outrageous Omnibus bill that seeks to destroy Canada in at least a dozen ways. 2017-06-09|
|Anyone But Harper||Why I wanted the Conservatives defeated in the Canadian 2008 federal election and why I think a coalition should replace them now. 2017-11-14|
|Lowell Green||Lowell Green, right wing talk host puts out a fatwah on Roedy for composing a letter to a ghost. 2017-11-14|
|Canada||Quotes about Canada, mostly politics. 2017-11-19|
|Politics||Quotes about politics, war and government. 2017-11-20|
|Speakers’ Corner||Scripts of Roedy’s soap box TV public service announcements on Speakers' Corner on A-Channel (formerly the newVI) TV Station. 2017-01-02|
|BC Politics||In the Maritimes, politics is a disease, in Québec a religion, in Ontario a business, on the Prairies a protest and in British Columbia entertainment. 2017-09-01|
|Remembrance Day||Remembrance Day: cutting the crap 2017-11-12|
|Feedback||Read feedback from readers of the politics section. If you don’t want your message and my reply publicly posted, please let me know. 2017-11-20|
|Paul Martin||Paul Martin became Prime Minister of Canada in the first coup of a sitting Prime Minister in Canadian history. 2017-05-21|
|Quotations||Quotations on Canada and Canadian politics. 2017-11-19|
What Ills US Health Care
Health care costs in the USA are going through the roof. The Ryan plan that just changes the scheme by which the bills are paid merely rearranges the deck chairs. It does not do anything to bring the total expenditures under control. It actually makes them worse by making the entire population a captive customer for the insurance industry to easily exploit. The problem is:
- The Health care industry is obscenely profitable. They are permitted to keep jacking up prices even when costs have not risen. They are permitted to dump non-profitable patients. There are all manner of laws to favour monopolies include patent law and laws preventing the government from doing bulk bids on drugs and supplies.
- You spend most of your lifetime healthcare budget in your last year of life, most of that is the last months, weeks and days. There is no point is painful heroic measures that can give only a few extra weeks of misery. What’s worse, his treatment is forced on those who don’t even want to live any longer. Let people die with help and dignity, if they want to. Let us encourage people who will die soon to accept palliative care to make their final days as comfortable as possible, rather than radical surgery with almost no chance of significant benefit.
Every developed country has for all practical purposes solved the health care problem. They spend half or less of what the US does. They get much better outcomes. They have their problems, e.g. long waiting lists for hip surgery in Canada, but they are popcorn to what Americans face. All the US need do is copy any of the other developed countries (even Cuba does better on a minute fraction of the budget.) The main roadblocks are:
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- The health care industry that has a vested interest in raising their billings ever higher. The Republicans act as their agents since the health care industry spends so much in campaign donations and under the table perks to Republicans.
- The Republican ideology that government involvement in health care is inherently wicked. They never explain why. It is matter of religious faith. Most American swallow this without thinking. They think there is something honourable about going without health care. When I lived in San Francisco in 1985, almost none of my friends had health care, even though they were employed. They all had untreated health problems. This is irresponsible. Your bad health hurts the health of others.
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