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April 2, 2011

Where Does The Money Come From?

Filed under: economics, Medicare, Social Security — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:53 am

This page from the National Priorities Project stresses some important facts.  There is a clear distinction between FICA (Social Security and Medicare) and income tax [though both show up on your pay stub].  Enemies of Social Security like to cloud this difference.   And there’s a difference between debt and deficit.  A quick and valuable read.

March 7, 2011

The Boomers Are Coming

Filed under: economics, Medicare — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:52 am

Dave Lindorf’s article suggests that if social security was the third rail of American politics in the past, the arrival of the baby boomers at 65 is going to up the voltage considerably.  And what we’ve seen in Madison of public employees demanding their rights will become even more heavily populated as boomers demonstrate for not just a social security system defended from the banksters, but a system greatly improved and including expanded Medicare coverage for boomers’ children and grandchildren.  Look out for that walker!

March 5, 2011

Health Costs + Life Expectancy: US vs. The World

Filed under: Medicare — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:04 am

The Economist graphs annual health care costs against life expectancy and finds the US way out in right field.  Why? A profit driven health industry built on high insurance premiums, outrageous overhead, pricey drugs, unnecessary tests. There are people who like to brag about our flagship operating rooms – Cleveland and Mayo Clinics, Johns Hopkins, Mass General – to which all the Saudi shieks go.  Try running the  shieks through your local emergency room with no money in their accounts.

March 1, 2011

Single Payer In Pennsylvania!

Filed under: Medicare — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:43 am

Talking with the nation’s governors, yesterday, President Obama said “if you can do a better job with healthcare, go to it.”  He offered to move the possible date for state waivers from 2017 to 2014.  That means Chuck Pennacchio and could get single payer – Medicare for all – rolling in Pennsylvania in a couple of years.  This is big.

January 30, 2011

Ron Paul, Ralph Nader, and FOX News!

What a combination!  The leading Congressional Libertarian and a leading progressive discuss (and agree about!) the Fed, the military, corporatism, and health care!  You have to see it.

January 22, 2011

John Adams And Socialized Medicine

Filed under: Medicare — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 9:31 am

Some people say the Constitution doesn’t authorize requiring healthcare policies.  The 5th US Congress did it in the 18th century and John Adams signed it [Thomas Jefferson was Vice President and chaired the Senate].  They thought it was fine.

January 7, 2011

Healthcare Reform In Vermont

Filed under: Medicare, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:54 am

Don’t you wish we had a governor like this?

Here is an excerpt from Governor Shumlin’s Inaugural address – January 6, 2011:

The rising cost of healthcare for Vermont’s middle class and small businesses provides an equally daunting threat to economic prosperity. Just ten years ago our little state was spending $2.5 billion a year to stay healthy. Today we spend over $5 billion. That increase represents an enormous hidden tax on families and small businesses across our state. If left untethered, the rising cost of health insurance will cripple us.

That’s why we must create a single-payer healthcare system that provides universal, affordable health insurance for all Vermonters that brings these skyrocketing costs under control. Let Vermont be the first state in the nation to treat healthcare as a right and not a privilege; removing the burden of coverage from our business community and using technology and outcomes-based medicine to contain costs. By doing so, we will save money and improve the quality of our care.

Some will say it can’t be done. The special interests; insurance companies, pharmaceutical industry, medical equipment makers; the same lobbyists that spent hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure that real reform withered in Washington can be expected to exercise their will to protect their enormous profits.

Others will say reform will destroy our existing healthcare system. But logic suggests – and our experience shows – that our current system is unsustainable; that underfunded reimbursements starve our doctors and hospitals; that duplication, waste, inefficiencies and rising costs will drive more rural providers into bankruptcy and destroy our quality of care, which is the very best in the land. I ask the defenders of the current system to explain how small businesses, municipalities and taxpayers can sustain double digit premium increases year after year.

Shortly we will receive plans from Dr. William Hsiao to help us design a health care system that Vermonters can afford. I’ve assembled a healthcare team that will invite providers, consumers, businesses, municipalities, insurers, and our congressional delegation to the table to help Vermont build a sensible healthcare system. I call upon single payer supporters to resist the temptation to oversimplify the challenge. I call upon skeptics to challenge us, but to join us at the table. I call upon Vermonters to join together with the common purpose of our state once again leading where others dare not go; universal, affordable, quality healthcare that follows the individual and is not tied to employment.

January 3, 2011

Vermont Leads The Way

Filed under: Medicare — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:18 am

The Boston Globe editorializes that Vermont should be granted the necessary waivers from the new “health care reform law” to permit it to set up a state-wide single-payer healthcare system.  That makes sense from an economic point of view, and it makes sense if you believe in states’ rights.

November 26, 2010

Will Vermont Be The Next Saskatchewan?

Filed under: Medicare — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 8:51 am

Vermont is moving with incredible speed toward instituting a single payer universal health care system  Details in the link.  If the states are the great “laboratories of democracy” where new ideas and programs are tried out before going national, this could be the beginning of something huge.  You might start eyeballing Green Mountain real estate.  Citizens and businesses will flock to Vermont if single payer becomes the law there.!-Must-Read-(Update-1

November 24, 2010

Forward Single Payer!

This important meeting of the World Health Organization went right over the heads of the US media, but our Canadian friends wrote it up.  The important thing is that the WHO is calling for universal health care everywhere, including the USA.  Single Payer fans should not give up hope.  Colleagues in Vermont and California are very near to enacting a single payer law in their states and asking the Congress to grant a  waiver to permit them to ditch the recently passed “Health Reform Act” and put in a system that will work.  If you want to know more about this movement and steps being taken in Pennsylvania to get us single payer, go to

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