Health care cannot be left to “free”-market mechanisms and ideology. This is not in the public’s interest. Our health care industry has been proven to cause horrific waste and inefficiencies for the public while generating massive profits for shareholders and others who are invested in this industrial complex. It, in essence, destroys the quality of life for millions of Americans and costs us lives.
Please take a moment to watch the following interviews with Stephen Brill, the author of Time’s Bitter Pill article. Bitter Pill addresses one of the main foundations of the dysfunction within our health care system, namely, its exorbitant and unjustifiable cost. In the interview below, Stephen Brill highlights the long-term limitations of the relief that the Affordable Care Act will be able to provide due to our ignorance or lack of will power to take “bottom line” profit motives out of this industry.
Excerpts from Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show:
Stephen Brill Extended Interview, Part I
Stephen Brill Extended Interview, Part II
Health care should be a service…a public good…a right, not a commercial industry.
I am absolutely ecstatic about the release of The Shriver Report. I am equally ecstatic that (MS)NBC is giving the issues that are being raised in this report their just due and significant airtime. Here is an executive summary of the report to help familiarize yourself with it before you begin to explore the website and its resources.
Furthermore, please click here to find informative and important links to upcoming live events, documentaries, charts and graphs as well as essays from OUR FRIENDS addressing various perspectives on women and poverty.
In order to give you a little more insight into what to expect from this report, this essay denotes one of my greatest concerns in regards to a comprehensive approach on the war on poverty and the war on women. We cannot eradicate poverty as long as religious leaders espouse and promote false and archaic belief systems that marginalize women. Those who do not believe that women can and should lead are fooling themselves and their constituency, costing us all. I am particularly adamant on holding religious leaders accountable as they have the power to effect positive change en masse and to reverse the evil that certain beliefs and dogma have wrought on womankind. As Sister Chittister so aptly prescribes:
“It is time for religions to repent the acceptance of assumptions about the social place and roles of women—assumptions that spring from theological definitions of women as less fully rational, less fully human, and less fully essential to the public arena than men.
It is time for religions to repair this distortion of the will of God. Like Galileo, it is time for both women and men to contest such untenable conclusions. For all of our sakes and for the sake of all humanity, it is time.” – Sister Joan Chittister
Policies and teachings that promote anything less than full equality in word, deed and access are inhumane and can neither be taken seriously nor should they be followed. People who do not promote the full equality of women are not operating from divine principles. They are operating from a malicious power principle whose sole purpose is to control and dehumanize human beings in the name of the divine. The effect of which is ungodly.
Click here for the cross-platform schedule for The Shriver Report for this week.
We have withstood an onslaught on our beings by patriarchal systems and leaders for millennia. Our sense of self-worth has been defined by people who are either ignorant or afraid of womanhood. We have been programmed to turn this insidious hate on ourselves and other women through the validation of malicious rhetoric, policies and scripture and have allowed anti-female systems to perpetuate and flourish. We have, as a result, denied our own self-actualization by ceding control over our intellectual, emotional, physiological and spiritual well-being to people who want to keep us marginalized and disempowered.
In reading Vagina: Revised and Updated by Naomi Wolf, you will be given new and deep insights into yourself. An insight that will awaken you and lend you not only the tools and power to question patriarchal societies and systems but a foundation to realize who you are and who you are supposed to be. With no apologies…
I refuse to pass judgment on anyone, specifically Dennis Rodman and friends, who believes that they can make a positive contribution to any group or society by sharing their gifts and talents with them. It stands to reason that when diplomacy has broken down or is at a still stand, you never know what might break the ice…
D.C. Rappers Pacman and Peso Release Video Made During Trip to North Korea
Vermont Approves Single-Payer Health Care: “Everybody in, Nobody Out”
I am looking forward to watching Vermont take the lead on universal health care in this nation. I, like so many others, have long advocated that we have to take for-profit incentives out of health care in order to achieve a single-payer system. We have to make a conscious choice to de-privatize the industry in order to make health care a basic human right and, thus, a high-quality and effective public good. Here’s why (please click on the links in the article for additional information): The U.S. Health Care System is Terrible, In 1 Enraging Chart
Revisit A Drumbeat on Profit Takers for more on the necessity to take “for-profit” out of the health care and pharmaceutical industries.
Lakotas Throw Out TransCanada Reps Selling Tarsands Snake Oil
It is awe-inspiring to see the Lakota (women) take a stand against the greed that permeates our society.
Compassionate CONservatism to the rescue as heralded by Paul Ryan’s Poverty Plan… That can never be as the terms and policies associated with this ideology actually create and maintain our poverty paradigm. It is compassionate in name only. Here’s a response I posted a few days ago to the misleading rhetoric and plans of this particular demagogue:
What is divine about any of these proposed policies especially when the very people who uphold the system which marginalizes & impoverishes the masses do so for their own personal gain? In the name of Jesus? Eye to eye and soul to soul… Where is your soul if you can rationalize, DESIGN and inflict cruelties which take food & shelter from those who can’t help themselves, Paul Ryan? Those who ascribe to this and similar beliefs have lost their way and are very very very far away from the nurturing Spirit.