As the last industrial nation in the world without a basic health coverage for all citizens I affirm it is a MORAL imperative to care for the least among us and I do NOT support repealing “Obamacare” but I do support tweaking it!
In NO WAY do I support a ‘welfare state’ but claim we must retain Personal Responsibility and regain Common Sense!
Education is the way to end the cycle of fast foods consumed by couch potatoes who are playing Russian roulette with their health and over burdening the health care system with preventable diseases.
Those who can pay for health care–must; but those with out funds facing catastrophic illness must be treated with compassion.
I also support outlawing advertisements by Pharmaceutical companies, Hospitals, Dr’s and Lawyers and I am in solidarity with The Common Good:
“Unreliable justice has a particularly pernicious affect in healthcare, where it chills communication between doctors and patients—lessening patient safety—and encourages the practice of defensive medicine, where doctors order tests and procedures to protect themselves from lawsuits. The cost of defensive medicine is estimated anywhere from $45 to over $200 billion dollars each year. Controlling healthcare costs is impossible without addressing the distrust that fuels this waste.
“To restore a foundation of trust we need health courts, aimed not at stopping lawsuits but at making lawsuits reliable to protect whoever is right. In health courts, expert judges with special training would resolve healthcare disputes. They would issue written rulings providing guidance on proper standards of care. These rulings would set precedents on which both patients and doctors could rely. As with existing administrative courts in other areas of law—for tax disputes, workers’ compensation, and vaccine liability, among others—there would be no juries. Each ruling could be appealed to a new medical appeals court.
“The transformative benefits of reliable medical justice will be far-reaching. Once trust is restored, doctors can emerge from their defensive cocoons, be more candid about decisions of care, and start focusing on what they think is right, not self-protection. And hospitals can acknowledge opportunities for improvement and institute systemic safety enhancements without fear of opening themselves to legal risk.” http://www.commongood.org/pages/establish-health-courts
Regarding Banking Reform and the Size of Government I am in solidarity with President Thomas Jefferson who said:
Never spend your money before you have it.
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.
When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.
I add corporations are NOT people –but as the Supreme Court and Mitt Romney believe they are-let’s bleed them because there is a lot of GREEN there!
I fully support President Barack Obama’s recent executive order allowing young undocumented immigrants to seek a path towards citizenship.
I add walls and fences are useless to prevent a desperate individual who wants to get to the other side.
We are living under many laws passed by people who have been dead a long time, thus I support term limits on laws for unless a law is in the best interests of the current generation, it should be repealed.
When Social Security was enacted, the average life span was mid 50’s.
Today it is between 75-80 and with an ever increasing elderly population and a decreasing youth pool, we need to comprehend the American life style we have grown accustomed to is unsustainable and only creative ideas will be able to fix the problems of today that we must face as a United Nation and increasing the age of retirement is just the beginning of what must be done;
And what must be done must be discussed and fully investigated with the utmost best for ALL the people of this homeland and future generations.
If we are ever to regain our prominence as a leader in technology we must seize the opportunities and blessings that are free to US:
SUN, WIND and WATER!
I add Nuclear energy is NOT cheap or safe and “Drill baby drill” rapes and destroys the environment and that is NOT in the best interests of future generations-and it our lives are to mean anything it should be that we leave this planet BETTER than it is NOW!
In regards to the Federal Government and Education:
Education is an Investment as well as a right.
I uphold the local community is the best vehicle to address the needs of their children.
I also believe children should NOT be subjected to ‘the test’ but teachers must be!
Children should be evaluated at the beginning of the school year to determine their grade level and tested at the end of the school year to determine if they are ready for the next level.
IF more are NOT ready-it is the TEACHER who should be fired and the child should receive summer tutoring and then reevaluated to determine if they are equipped to move on.
I also would encourage the ever-increasing pool of retired people to volunteer as reading pals and if they have expertise in art, music and physical education to donate their time to nurture the future of America.