We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Or $111,000 for placing a stent in my right coronary artery and one nights stay in the cardiac care center ten years ago.
The thing is, for routine doctor visits, I can see the pay as you go model working just fine. The problem starts with how and why doctors cover their butts against lawsuits. I know my daughter's practice has a ridiculous insurance bill her, the two PA's and the NP she has in her practice. I'm not sure she would want me to tell what it is, but lets' just say it's a fairly substantial sum of money.
Catostrophic care insurance. Medical savings accounts. Improved Internet access to the best Practitioners in specific categories; i.e. results for dollars/wellness involved.
I just spent three hours (since 4 am) talking a neighbor through the idiocy of being advised by e-mail that she had stage 4 cancer. This from a major medical center that had been mis-diagnosing her since December. This morning, I will try to help her wander through her choices, but, seriously, that provider is NOT going to be in the loop.
It wasn't enough that they stole 120,000 family farms a year for the twelve years between Reagan/Clinton, now they have to guaran-G-D-tee that the family farm will go under! They have to make absolutely certain that the farmer (white) must hire illegal mesicans! You know the ones that the unons registered at the border! What they really must have is total union control over every form of labor that used to generate wealth for the individual. What they are absolutely terrified of is this--white strength! They cannot tolerate farmers passing down farms to more white generations! Whatever family farms are left--they covet those also! Most particularly what they want this year is obedience from the congressional delegations from farm states! How clear can they make that? You know the states that probably will not vote for the little o again!
Don't worry, they are providing kids with an alternative pastime and trade.
In Canada, they are training 7th graders in oral skills. Notice, they are very explicit on the techniques and skills but a bit short on concepts. The exact opposite of the new reform math, which teaches concepts and not skills. I guess somethings it is more important you do right than understand the moral, psychological and sociological concepts.
Just this morning I was thinking about severely weakened our children in this wild mountain state have become during the last 20 years. The years since the liberals moved in from CA and WA and took over the schools. Watching the local news I saw that they were making an announcement: there is definitely a virus going around so we have closed schools today (Friday of course makes for a 3 day holiday for the unionistas). Of course, those of us who are asked to volunteer to tutor students during the rest of the school year have been coaxed into donating more and more hours of our time "because the teachers can't get through the coursework this year. We've had so many SNOW days". The problem being of course that this year we have hardly had any snow at all. There simply has been nothing that stayed on the ground! When I was kid we had much more snow (check with your global warming person) and also we never heard of a snow day. We slogged through the snow and got on the dang bus. . . But, of course our teachers did not have a union to lie for them. The bottom line of course is that walking through those cold days and dealing with the weather taught us many important lessons, today's children do not get.