On 08/17/2017 The Defuniak Springs Herald Breeze (DFSHB) published a letter to the editor signed by Dave Mordo, Legislative Council Chair of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). The following rebuttal was published in the 08/24/2017 issue:1
"This is in response to Dave Mordo's letter [August 17 issue] trashing single-payer healthcare systems. Mr. Mordo is especially concerned that 40% of Americans now recognize the very real benefits of single-payer systems and the reality is that such a system will significantly upend Mr. Mordo's rice bowl. His well-crafted letter deals with complex issues using minimal, cherry-picked information and skewed presentation in order to scare readers into opposing much needed change. For example U.S. leadership in new drug development has far less to do with the absence of price controls than with the considerable yet unmentioned presence of government [taxpayer] investment in research."
"A number of entities including the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) rank healthcare costs by country. The OECD consistently ranks the U.S. number one in costs because this nation spends about 1.5 times the nearest competitor on a per capita basis and about twice the OECD average as a percent of GDP."
"Using a variety of factors The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks the quality of healthcare worldwide. America consistently ranks around #37 in overall healthcare quality which is well behind the two countries Mr. Mordo cites as having seriously defective systems. Canada is #30 and the UK is #18. Whatever their real shortcomings might be, theirs are less substantial than shortcomings within the U.S. system according to WHO. America ranks #1 in cost by a very wide margin while only #37 in overall quality of care. This is not especially impressive."
"Interestingly Cuba, one of the poorest countries in the hemisphere very successfully provides free healthcare AND free education to all its citizens. Despite spending 30 times less per capita, that country is ranked #39 by WHO, just two slots behind the land of the free spenders. Incidentally Cuba is a world leader in cancer research. Nowadays for the first time a relatively inexpensive Cuban cancer drug is undergoing clinical trials in New York, a reality heretofore precluded by red tape cut briefly by a previous U.S. administration. Also Cuba is renowned for supplying medical teams worldwide into distressed areas especially in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. America constantly sends armed combat troops."
"France and Japan typically are ranked #1 and #10 respectively by WHO. In the past both countries have been touted as exemplary by OECD and by PBS Newshour mainly because of successful cost-containment programs employing effective oversight without requiring acts of congress to lower prices when such action is deemed in the public interest. Everyone knows there are few methods for controlling rising medical and private insurance costs in America and no methods are palatable to legislators beholden to powerful lobbyists like the American Medical Association (AMA) and the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU)."
"To properly care for her disparate citizenry the United States desperately needs accommodating healthcare similar to what other developed nations enjoy. Unfortunately U.S. collective mindsets have not yet evolved beyond traditional myths of free enterprise and traditional narratives about evils of socialism. Single-payer and Medicare-for-all might be first steps toward genuine healthcare solutions but even those relatively modest goals will be hard fought if attainable at all. Already Mr. Mordo's NAHU and others are flooding media outlets with anti-single-payer propaganda."
"Too bad we don't have Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., reminding us daily that the United States is 'the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today' and that 'A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.' "
Maybe Mr. Mordo's letter was published in your area too. In any case we hope that everyone will reflect on the above information. Also viewing Michael Moore's 2007 documentary "Sicko" is highly recommended.
1This paragraph was edited 08/23/2017 to announce upcoming newsprint publication scheduled for 08/24/2017..
President Trump is seeking a renewed approach to Afghanistan and reportedly is considering increased troop deployments as well as using paid mercenaries as first line troops. In light of history and moral conscience both approaches seem ludicrous.
Apparently troop withdrawal is also being considered and yesterday, toward that end, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan—the Taliban—provided an open letter to President Trump. The letter was acknowledged by a number of media outlets and makes many very reasonable points which are typically ignored in western mainstream press. Among them are:
- 1. "Your previous officials decided to invade Afghanistan without weighing its consequences. They occupied Afghanistan under irrational arguments which had nothing to do with the Afghans. The Afghans who rose against your forces in defense of their land, creed and people did so as a legitimate struggle ... The Afghans have no ill-intention towards the Americans or any other nation around the world but if anyone violates their sanctums then they are mighty proficient at beating and defeating the transgressors"
- 2. "Everyone now understands that the main driver of war in Afghanistan is foreign occupation ... Previous experiences have shown that sending more troops to Afghanistan will not result in anything other than further destruction of American military and economical might therefore it would be wise if you adopt the strategy of a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan instead of a troops increase. On the one hand, this strategy will truly deliver American troops from harm's way and on the other, it will bring to an end an inherited war by rectifying the mistakes of former American officials."
There is no cause for argument with any of those words. The letter also mentions that "everyone is utilizing these war conditions for their self-interests" and many Americans understand how Congress and the military-industrial-surveillance complex are conjoined at the head through the cohesive power of public plunder and how that relationship precludes troop withdrawals.
It would take enormous public outcries—like those of the 1960's—to bring an end to America's ongoing Middle East
misbehavior. Since the end of the Vietnam War the pugilistic powers-that-be have invested heavily in ensuring
that won't happen again.
We need a Martin Luther King to remind us that
the United States is "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" and that "A nation that continues year after year
to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
Many—nowadays including Tony Blair's second-in-command Lord Prescott—believe that the UK's Chilcot Report well-documents regime change to be the primary goal of the US-led invasion of Iraq—which makes that invasion an illegal crime of aggression under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.1
However in 2006—presumably to protect U.K. officials sanctioning illegal Middle East activites—the U.K. House of Lords ruled that "there is no such crime as the crime of aggression under the law of England and Wales". Therefore Tony Blair cannot be prosecuted in private court for colluding in activities which ultimately produced the greatest European refugee crisis in the history of the world as a byproduct of unnecessarily killing over two million2 innocent individuals and consequently fueling exponential growths in worldwide extremism.
Nothing herein is new. Around 1850 Frederick Bastiat showed us that the class with purview over law characteristically dispenses justice in its own interests.
1Less well-documented are the same motivations for U.S. presence in Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria. See more HERE