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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...

Friday, February 17, 2017

Health care--- Another big lie

We are constantly being fed the big lie by the corporate media that when it comes to health care we have but two choices...

Just like we have been force fed the big lie we should be content having to choose between Republicans and Democrats.

With health care we are bombarded with two choices---

Obamacare, the "Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Industry Bailout and Profit Maximization Act of 2010;" sometimes, but not often referred to as the "Affordable Care Act" which is anything but "affordable."

And the Republican wet dream of the "free enterprise"--- private, for-profit--- solution to this health care mess.

Mentioned occasionally is a third alternative still mired in the for-profit system: single-payer universal health care which would make the government the collector of premiums which would be administered by a quasi-governmental body made up of insurance company managers and health care "professionals" like doctors setting their own fees for their services which would continue the private, for-profit delivery of health care.

But, what our great free media is not willing to bring into the public square for discussion, dialog and debate is the idea of a National Public Health Care System based on the model of public education:

Public funding.

Public administration.

Public delivery. 

Instead of paying for over 800 U.S. military bases dotting the globe protecting Wall Street's interests we could have a vast network of neighborhood and community health care centers stretching out all across the United States providing free health care for everyone which would create over twelve-million good paying jobs.

Health care just as Frances Perkins envisioned: pre-natal through burial; everyone in, nobody out; general medical, eyes, ears, dental, family planning and mental.

After over one-hundred years of dirty imperialist wars, isn't it time for the Peace Dividend?

It is bad enough we had to pick from among two choices shoved down our throats for president--- Clinton or Trump.

We shouldn't have to pick between two similar rotten choices nobody wants when it comes to health care.

A National Public Health Care System is the only real solution to this health care mess.

Quite frankly, I'm more concerned with having the right to health care than I am worried about losing my right to walk around with a gun.