Class Warfare Blog

September 14, 2017

How Will We Pay for It?

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 10:58 am
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Now that healthcare as a right of citizens is becoming viable, there is much public hand wringing along the lines of the question “How will we pay for it?”

Hello? This is a stupid question.

Currently, people’s health insurance is provided by:
Employer  49%
Medicaid  20%
Medicare  20%, and
Other Public  2%.
Add all of those up and you get 91%

The 49% provided by employers (actually almost always a negotiated fringe benefit, so this is part of their employee’s compensation, so it is the employee’s money being spent by the employers) is provided through insurance companies which extract profits from the system. In a national system, the monies currently going to profits, can go to cover the 9% not currently covered. The only political problem is the redistribution of those monies.

The money formerly paid out as a employee fringe benefit to insurance companies, will be paid instead to the employees who will, in turn, pay taxes sufficient for their coverage. Considering the amount of waste, fraud, abuse, and profit taking in the private health insurance business, after their taxes are paid, there will be money left over in their household budgets. The only people who do not benefit in this are the insurance companies currently making too much money for processing too little paper. The people actually delivering the medical services will not change. (It’s called cutting out the middle man, people.)

To those who argue that this gives government too much control over people’s healthcare, tell that to the people getting Medicare and Medicaid, who are all happier with their coverage than other folks. And if you are going to make that argument, then you have to agree that the militaries of this country are socialist and we give too much control over the military to the government, and….

The government is “us,” people, just “us.” It is as good as us, as corrupt as us, as well-meaning as us.

6 Comments »

  1. “How will we pay for healthcare?”
    Oh, oh! I know this one. I’m old enough to remember usury laws. You know, the ones to prevent price gouging and unfair financial practices. I’m old enough to remember the caps placed on utilities who, having a sanctioned monopoly on a particular good or service, weren’t allowed to raise prices on a whim. Those were the good old days before we NAFTA’d all our manufacturing base overseas and the few things remaining to “monetize” was healthcare. It was a good pick. It can’t be exported and it’s a must have service. Now our lawmakers are paid to have amnesia about consumer protections. Their bottom line requires it or they won’t get to play in the bags of hidden cash any more. BernieCare is easily paid for. Cap the prices. Any remaining deficit can be paid for by a modest means tested increase in FICA, and closing corporate loopholes and tax exemptions permanently.
    Oh, and a 25% reduction in “defense spending” wouldn’t be amiss either.

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    Comment by liquidheliumblog — September 14, 2017 @ 11:26 am | Reply

    • Can’t agree more. This country spends double what any other country spends on healthcare (We’re #1, We’re #1!) but we are not #1 in health outcomes, not even in the top ten.

      You are known by your enemies is an old saying. The enemies of “socialized medicine” have always been the AMA, Big Pharma, and the insurance companies. Gosh, these are the people making the most money out of the current corrupt system? Imagine that!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 14, 2017 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

  2. One easy way to pay for a real national health care system, or if you wish, Medicare for ALL. Stop all the damn fool useless wars of choice and cut the war budget (aka the “National Defense Budget”) by a minimum of 50% and stop making new nukes.

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    Comment by davidambrose66 — September 15, 2017 @ 2:22 am | Reply

    • D’accord!

      On Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 2:22 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 15, 2017 @ 9:22 am | Reply

  3. But…but…Socialism! Communism! Ismism!

    Heads at Faux News may explode! Republicans will tell us the sky is falling! It’s the end of the world, run! Hide! It’s Obamas fault!

    It can be done. It has been done. There is no reason we can’t do it here except for the previous paragraphs.

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    Comment by shelldigger — September 17, 2017 @ 7:42 am | Reply

    • Yep, it is amazing that conservatives are claiming that ‘Merica can’t do something other countries have done, instead of saying sure we could do it, but we don’t want to.

      Here’s why we want to do it (any why the conservatives don’t want to do it … all the money their paymasters are milking from the system):

      *Per capita spending health care 2015* United States: $9451 Canada: $4608 France: $4407 Japan: $4150 United Kingdom: $4003 Miraculous Finland: $3984

      On Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 7:42 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 17, 2017 @ 7:53 am | Reply


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