Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

My experience with for-profit capitalist dental care.

I went to the dentist today.

I am "covered" by an insurance outfit called, "Health Partners" which operates a Health and Dental Clinic in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

After having a bunch of teeth pulled; now they tell me I need something called a "deep cleaning and planing." The cost: $1,200.00. And they say this isn't covered under my plan.

And they told me they won't even fill my three cavities until I have this done. What a neat way to get out of providing the care needed... thus saving them a lot of money at my expense and at the expense of my health.

And then these bastards wonder why people are getting angry.

I told them I couldn't afford that so they told me to call the University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry.

The School of dentistry told me they would do it for about $900.00.

I told them that I couldn't afford that.

Their response--- and I quote exactly word for word:

"Too bad; you will just have to wait until you can come up with the money."

So much for health care under capitalism...

Just wait until you can come up with the money... it is all about money, money, money... or, to put it more succinctly: Profits! Profits! Profits!

Everything under this rotten capitalist system is driven by sheer greed in quest of the almighty dollar.

Here is the solution and it is very simple:

A National Public Health Care System.

General health, eyes, ears, dental, family planning and mental health... pre-natal to death. Everyone in; nobody left out. Health care provided based on need not how much you can pay.

Put all of the doctors and dentists and optometrists on the public payroll just like teachers and pay them the same thing. Provide them with a free education so they don't have to cry for forty years about how much they spent for college in spite of becoming multi-millionaires.

Public funding and financing instead of paying for these dirty rotten imperialist wars.

Public administration of the entire system.

Public delivery.

A public health care center in every neighborhood and community instead of wasting our tax-dollars on over 800 military bases on foreign soil protecting Wall Street's interests and investments with profits derived from exploiting cheap labor and raping Mother Nature.

The hell with wasting any more time on this single-payer crap... even the Canadian health care system doesn't cover dental work.

We need to work up a national struggle for socialized health care... a National Public Health Care System that is no more controversial than public education.

The for-profit health care system has failed miserably... except for those who profit.