Well, I guess we’ll find out come Monday if I will still be around or if my MH blows away which will mean I will be living on the beach. Gonna be an abbreviated missive as I’m not really up to doing much. Been getting bombarded about fucking Irma so much if I never hear the name again I’ll be glad.
Enough of my maudlin crap…Tweet’s is all I got.
Short and to the point thread
Hard fact on the whole "stop fighting 2016" argument: it'll end the second it's clear Bernie Sanders either isn't running, or isn't viable.
The Village News & Views September 6, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All
Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 230 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.
Nothing special today, mostly DACA with… oh… the banner?
Well, in case you hadn’t noticed, the stores are already putting out their seasonal candy and spooky merchandise even though it’s barely September. To tell you the truth, that’s okay with me. I love Halloween… Samhain… Dia de los Muertos… Whatever you choose. I’m not sure why October 31st became my favorite holiday, except perhaps that it wasn’t attached to so many conflicts some of the later in the year celebrations are heir to. Thanksgiving is problematic if you acknowledge that the arrival of the Pilgrims didn’t turn out so well ultimately for the Native Americans. Christmas has been a subject of contention for a number of reasons, not the least of which it has become a banner for the Right.
In any case, with a veritable living pumpkin inhabiting our nation’s highest office, the White House seems to have become a bit of a haunt.
February 1943: A real life Rosie the Riveter. Women were called on to do the work; the call is alive again.
Even though the calendar tells us that summer doesn’t end for another 17 days, for most of us, Labor Day is a key line of demarcation. It’s getting dark earlier; the evenings (in most places) are cooler; and here in Michigan, the kids are headed back to school. For me, August was a month of scaled-back Resistance. My calls were less frequent, and since my freshman rep refuses to hold town halls, there were a few days of picketing his office…but very few sightings of him were reported. (After Charlottesville, and after intense, vocal outrage expressed on his Facebook page, he did give a clear, unequivocal denunciation of white supremacists, but then disappeared again.)
Now recess is ending, and there’s a full plate for Congress coming up. Our Resistance is more important than ever: between funding for Harvey-hit regions; raising the debt limit; funding the government for the upcoming fiscal year; ensuring the ACA is strengthened, not gutted; and defending DACA through legislation, our legislators have a full plate…and lots of opportunity for making mischief. We’re not going to get quiet now. With so much at stake, we can’t get quiet now.
Kathy Griffin Is Doubling Down on Her Controversial Approach to Resisting Donald Trump
“I would be abandoning my principles as a comic and a human being if I backed off President Trump or any public person.”
Nicole Brodeur / Columnist: Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina on Trump, Putin: ‘I don’t think you want a future like this’
Activism begins at home for women resisting Trump
Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 01:53
Wine, politics and change – women resist the agenda of President Donald Trump with a new kind of political activism. Jane Ross reports.
Every month since President Donald Trump took office, Melanie Willett has filled her Los Angeles home with like-minded women to engage in a new type of political activism. SOUNDBITE: MELANIE WILLETT, MEETING HOST, (English) SAYING: “We have wine and we talk about politics and we talk about what we can do to change it. And we do it in my home.” The meetings are part of the Solidarity Sunday network of feminist activist groups, whose aim is to resist the policies of the Trump administration. SOUNDBITE: MELANIE WILLETT, MEETING HOST, (English) SAYING: “We write our members of Congress, we write postcards, we take real action. Not just Facebook action…….there’s a lot of people involved and because there’s so many people involved doing the same action it’s powerful. You know, it works.” Solidarity Sundays organizers say there are groups meeting in over 100 cities in the U.S. and over 17,000 online supporters. Although men are welcome at Solidarity Sunday meetings, organizers encourage women to take the lead. SOUNDBITE: DARREN JAMES WILLETT, MELANIE’S HUSBAND, (English) SAYING: “I coordinate the childcare with a lot of my friends, men friends, and Melanie facilitates the activism.” Since Trump’s inauguration on January 20, the number of women who have contacted an elected official has tripled to 20 percent, according to research by media company theSkimm. As Trump marks 100 days in office, the women gathered at Willett’s home recognize there is still a long road ahead. SOUNDBITE: CHRISTINE LAMBERTSON, (English) SAYING: “It’s not like you can send a few postcards and everything’s fixed and we can all go about our lives…. This will be kind of a long slog. So we have to be prepared to continue to call and email and protest and take action for a while.”
Run for Something https://medium.com/@runforsomething/strategic-plan-f428a35d9451
will recruit and support talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.
We’ll take a chance on people the usual “institutions” might never encounter. We’ll help people run for offices like state legislatures, mayorships, city council seats, and more. We’ll do whatever it takes to get more under-35 year-olds on the ballot.
1 We’re going to shout from the rooftops about running for office. Constantly. We won’t shut up about it. We’ll talk to reporters. We’ll talk to friends, strangers, the Starbucks barista — anyone. We’ll run online ads about it. We’ll be annoying. (You’ll love it.)
2 We’ll talk to every single person who expresses interest in running. Maybe over email, or gchat, or on the phone, or (gasp) in real life. This will take some time – but if this is what it takes to find new candidates, this is what we’ll do.
3 We’ll connect people to training organizations. Places like Wellstone, EMILY’s List, Latino Victory Project, She Should Run, Emerge, Higher Heights, and more are already off to the races with incredible conferences and curriculum. We’ll help feed people into these programs.
4 For some of those candidates, we’ll take our support to the next level: $$$ and staff. We’ll raise funds, donate to campaigns directly through state-level PACs, and help these folks hire professional staff who can keep the momentum going.
Musings On The Vagina Grabber In Chief:
National Day of Prayer from the Ant-Christ, Vagina Grabber, Pathological liar, morally bankrupt, all about him, adulterer, sexual pervert and white supremacy, bigot with Nazi DNA Klan loving failed business man and Traitor.
Photo Ops in Houston and Louisiana with People Of color that he would deport in a heart beat.
Texas and Louisiana State Legislatures should be made to pay for damage first before a federal cent is spent since their legislative behavior has led to catastrophic climate change or required to state legislatures to create policies to address climate change.
With all this talk about healthcare I thought I’d delve into it a little..
There are a few ways that single-payer can work, but at its core it is the government paying for healthcare services through revenue generated via taxation.
Put another way, people who live in a country pay into a pot of money through their taxes. The government then takes this pot of money and pays drugmakers, healthcare facilities, and doctors.
One of the hallmarks of a single-payer system is the ability for the government to have more control over prices.
For instance, in many single-payer systems, the government can negotiate prices for prescriptions drugs since it controls the purse for much of the spending. This makes sense because in the case of the UK, nearly 80% of the healthcare spending comes from the government. So if a drug is not bought by the government, it almost totally closes off the market to a pharmaceutical company. This gives the government a lot of bargaining power.
Payments to healthcare providers, prescription drugs, and other aspects of the system are all subject to price negotiation with the government in single-payer systems.
Across different countries, however, it can take different forms.
Canada’s single-payer system is mostly run by provincial and territorial governments, but is funded heavily by the federal government. The federal government also sets baselines of standards for care at the provincial level.
Healthcare spending per capita (2014): $4,728
Out-of-pocket spending per capita (2014): $644
Percent of GDP spent on healthcare (2015): 10.1% (11th-highest among OECD)
Percent of healthcare costs from the government: 69.8%
The UK technically has four different national healthcare systems, one for each country that makes up the union, but the general construct is known as the National Health System.
Within the NHS, there is a system of smaller community health boards that help ensure that national standards for care, cost, and efficiency are maintained.
For patients, the NHS is generally “free at the point of use,” meaning that when you go to a hospital or doctor’s office there are no bills or co-pays.
The UK pays for all this using both a specific national insurance tax on people making more than £157 per week and general tax funds to provide 98.8% of the funding for the NHS. The other 1.2% is paid for by out-of-pocket costs for things like prescriptions and dental care. The cost of co-payments for the out of pocket procedures are set by the NHS.
Healthcare spending per capita (2014): $4,094
Out-of-pocket spending per capita (2014): $586
Percent of GDP spent on healthcare (2015): 9.8% (13th-highest among OECD)
Percent of healthcare costs from the government: 79.5%
Taiwan’s healthcare system is run through the National Health Insurance Administration and features a premium-based system different from Canada and the UK.
Instead of money taken out of annual taxes, Taiwanese make monthly premium payments based on their payroll income and nonpayroll income. There are also taxes on tobacco and lottery winnings that add money to the system. Premium payments are split between employers, the government, and individuals with adjusted rates based on income levels.
Put another way, instead of taking a chunk of money from overall taxes into the system, the Taiwanese pay a monthly fee from their paychecks that goes directly into the pot.
There is some co-payment and co-insurance that fall on citizens, but these levels are capped based on criteria like the type of sickness or the length of stay in a hospital.
There are two types of coverage in Germany: statutory health insurance (SHI), aka sickness funds, and private health insurance (PHI).
As a way to think of it, the SHIs are more like the single-payer government-funded plans like the UK and Canada, while the PHIs operate like the US system. Since there are two groups, this means the country does not qualify as single payer.
SHIs are made up of nonprofit firms that compete to sign up Germans, funded through a premium-based payroll tax split between the worker and their employer and taxes in the German Health Care Fund. SHI insurers are then reimbursed by the government on a risk-adjusted basis (meaning those that have sicker customers get more, while those with a healthier pool get less). There are some co-payments for care under an SHI, but these are fairly low. For instance, co-pays for prescriptions range from five to 10 euros.
Healthcare spending per capita (2014): $5,119
Out-of-pocket spending per capita (2014): $664
Percent of GDP spent on healthcare (2015): 11.1% (4th-highest among OECD)
Percent of healthcare costs from the government: 74%
On cost, here’s an article I found. Most of the articles I have found read a lot like this though some seem to think that single payer will drive down the overall quality of care. Some seem to think it will never happen because of the pressure doctors,for profit hospitals, drug companies and insurance companies that have a vested interest will fight to keep it the same as it is now.
Thanks to a landmark study in 2013 by Gerald Friedman, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, we have a solid financial analysis of the costs and benefits of a single-payer national health plan. With NHI, $592 billion would be saved annually by cutting the administrative waste of some 1,300 private health insurers ($476 billion) and reducing pharmaceutical prices to European levels ($116 billion). These savings would be enough to cover all of the 44 million uninsured (at the time of his study) and upgrade benefits for all other Americans, even including dental and long-term care. A single-payer public financing system would be established, similar to traditional (not privatized) Medicare, coupled with a private delivery system. Instead of having to pay the increasing costs of private health insurance, so often with unaffordable deductibles and other cost-sharing, patients would present their NHI cards at the point of service without cost-sharing or other out-of-pocket costs. Care would be based on medical need, not ability to pay.
They’re kidding right…What qualifies Nikki Haley as Sec State…Of course I could ask what qualifies anyone in the WH circus.
The Village News & Views August 30, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All
Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 223 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.
Due to circumstances, today’s post is going to be a shell of its former self, but please enjoy your morning beverage, chat with your friends, discuss politics if it suits you, and keep the survivors of Hurricane Harvey in your thoughts.
By NASA/International Space Station () [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
I’ve only experienced one hurricane in my life; Hurricane Gloria in 1985, when I was living in Portsmouth, RI on Aquidneck Island. As a native Midwesterner, I had no idea what to expect, and so I hunkered down with my dogs gathered round me and waited. I distinctly remember my reaction when we were in the eye. I found myself breathing again, even when I knew there was more to come. (We were lucky. Gloria hit during low tide, and the island did not sustain much damage as compared to other areas of Rhode Island and New England.)
Today I want to celebrate the good we see around us. I do not want to minimize what is happening in TX and LA; nor am I suggesting that 45*s idiocy can be ignored. But August recess is almost over, and the need for daily/weekly calls to our reps will be essential once again. We are more aware than ever of the need to confront racism and sexism in all its forms, and there will be ongoing calls for support as Harvey moves on and the rebuilding begins. We’re far from out of the storm, but today, let’s create and enjoy a brief breathing space.
Good to be back again folks, purchase new desktop today and needed a much break for a little traveling.
In the latest arguments over President Trump’s travel ban, a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court in Seattle indicated on Monday that it would continue allowing grandparents and other relatives of United States residents to travel here from six predominantly Muslim countries.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing President Trump over his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
President Donald Trump declined Monday to tag Russia as a security threat, saying he would put “many countries” in that category instead.By Charles P. Pierce
Aug 25, 2017(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog’s Favourite Living Canadian)
This will be shorter than the usual shuttering of the shebeen, but I wanted to make note that the Democratic Unity Commission is meeting in Chicago and people are being silly in the face of the ongoing catastrophe that is the current administration. There is an actual fight going on over whether the Democratic Party should change entirely to a system of open primaries or, even more horribly worse, a system of caucuses, to pick its presidential nominee.
Point The First: Who cares in 2017? The house is burning down and you’re vetting the firemen.
Point The Second: Don’t do this. A political party that conducts open primaries is a political party just begging to be hijacked by the loudest voice in the room and/or ratfcked by any half-witted operative on the other side. Your party’s nominating process should be kept within your party. And caucuses are completely worthless, both in terms of practical politics and in terms of the basic function of finding a nominee.
The Republicans Are Their Own Worst Enemies Point The Thirdand Final: To go to open primaries and caucuses will work in many states to dilute the influence of minority voters, which is the true Democratic base and has been for several cycles now. I realize that the Sanders campaign was a transformative experience for a lot of people. But there is nothing in its history or its outcome that would lead anyone to believe that it was successful at anything except pushing the platform to the left, which was a very good thing. The 2016 Democratic platform was the most progressive of my lifetime.
But times and circumstances are different now. There is an existential threat to the Republic unfolding in Washington. Mass marches are fine; everybody should go to one. But the only actual vehicle with which to confront this political disaster is the battered old Democratic Party, which needs to consolidate itself as a force, and not spend all its time handing out participation ribbons to angry people.
Musings On The Vagina Grabber In Chief:
Since I left on a short break:
North Korea showing how incompetent He is as a leader
Spencer, Bannon, Gorka, Priebus and Scaramouche White privilege flight
The Nazis KKK lovefest he blessed in Charlottesville
Transgender Military Ban
Military Weaponizing the Police again
Trump reversed regulations to protect infrastructure against flooding just days before Hurricane Harvey
29 Republican Reps plus the two Texas Senators voted against Sandy Relief Funds.