I have read the latest twist on Medicare. It is a prescription for doubling costs and reducing benefits. The system is fatally flawed because life vs. profits is criminal. If there is any sanctity to life, the health care system has to be operated and staffed by dedicated, altruistic humanitarian types who will be content with an adequate income and a simple, rational, humane lifestyle.
We do exist.
The answer to the problem rests with the FCC.
Mass media generates mass money. The FCC erased the public from the money part of the equation in the 40s. The landmark Communications Act of 1934 began with good intentions. The latest Telecommunications Act of 1996 destroyed the last hope of equity and is heading to a monolith of propaganda for corporate oligarchs and political criminals.
Cash is the key to the problems; cash is the key to the solutions. It is inherent in the system as it is today that a few privileged groups become super-rich while “normal” people lose ground. It creates envy, greed and a lust for gold. The disparity between the income of hard working people is so great is discounts vital professions and injures the soul. Its effects on the political system alone are enough to want radical change BACK to original thinking. During WWII, the FCC froze everything and rewrote the rules. The commercial and propaganda value was apparent and too hard to resist. The public got sold out.
The mass-money mass-media produces could, and should, fund health and education. It may seem commie, but what we have now is worse. The revolutionary measure would solve several problems and cure our bodies and souls in the process. It is not commie, it is the ORIGINAL intent. What we have now is just plain criminal.
There really is no alternative. The present medical system is so corrupt, and causes so much horror and grief; the Marquis De Sade would wince.
Reagan’s FCC chairman, Mark Fowler, said, ”TV is just a toaster with pictures. It doesn’t need much regulation”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Since then it has been a giant trough for mega-media monopolies that threaten our democracy.
The Internet, or E-grapevine, is a force that hasn’t been appreciated for its potential to do what every government and tyrant fears most. Providing the masses, in real time, with information that exposes every horror and dirty trick since 1066. With pictures, sound, and interactive capabilities.
It is the revelation tyrants have always feared. They are the only ones with anything to lose. The poor already live in hell. The five billion wretched souls on this planet better get some hope for themselves or they will swarm like ants over the honey-pot the super-rich want all to themselves. A race to see who will be the first trillionaire had better not be won.
Radical times require radical change. Change will come anyway. This would be good change. The new model Bush spoke of in Britain will have to recognize realities like the ones above.
This is not "communism" as frauds would call it.
It is a return to the equity that was in the original communications act.
It will not happen because we are a lost cause - a flawed system that has gone too far already.
If any of the "sanctified" candidates running for president suggested anything this sensible they would be treated worse then Dean or Sharpton.
What a country of losers.
All civilized countries have health care for their citizens - all of them - except this barbarian empire of criminals.