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Healthcare in the US and what’s wrong with it

The current US healthcare system is a patchwork of clinics, hospitals and independent practitioners linked by a maze of insurance programs.  Obamacare managed to patch the patchwork maze of healthcare choices and throw it to the American public to make their own choices.

The World Health Organization ranks the US Obamacare system  at #37 out of 191 countries.  Countries better than the US are Chile, Columbia, Spain, Malta, Belgium, Cyprus, Morocco, France, Spain, Japan and many others.

The US, at #37 is ahead of Cuba at #39 position.

So how does the US improve?  Ditch Obamacare and move to a Single Payer Healthcare plan.

France, rated as #1, has a national health insurance scheme similar to our Medicare.  And France does it for less money.  Lower cost, better healthcare!

So how do we get there from here?  Riot in the street?  Curse President Trump?  Republicans?  Curse Congress?  Probably none of the above.  Education is key.  The American public must be given choices – but the right choices – not an overhaul of a patchwork healthcare system.

This means prohibiting the insurance companies and their lobbyists from influencing Congress.  Congress must act in the best interests of the American people – and resist the big money insurance companies.

The US needs to move to a Single Payer Healthcare system.  Streamline the paperwork process and weed out the parasitic insurance plans.

Tell your congressperson that you want a Single Payer Healthcare system.


World Health Organization – Paper on MEASURING OVERALL HEALTH SYSTEM PERFORMANCE FOR 191 COUNTRIES

Decline in Gig Harbor bat population predicted

batsIn 2013, the Gig Harbor Times.com posted an article questioning the disappearance of the bat population.  Prior to 2013 we observed many bats during summer months.  At dusk, just after sunset, bats were seen swooping and fliting about as they fed on insects.

The US Forest service seems to answer that question in a confirmation of the  bat “white nose syndrome” fungus presence is Western Washington as of October 2016.

The Gig Harbor Times suspects that recently discovered evidence of “white nose syndrome” in Western Washington has been present for many years.  The decline of our local bat population is scientifically undocumented and only observationally reported in the Gig Harbor Times.com

What does that mean for Gig Harbor and Western Washington?  Bats consume thousands of pounds of insects including mosquitoes.  The Zika virus and West Nile fever are two emergent diseases that first arrived on the east coast.   In 2012 the east coast, coincidentally, experienced a massive die-off of bats  (5.7 million bat deaths) due to the white nose fungus.

Mosquitoes breed in small standing water sources.   Breeding grounds can include gutters, plant pots, blue tarps, old tires or anywhere water can accumulate.   The Gig Harbor Times.com recommends that one should inspect their surrounding environment for sources of standing water.  Both renters and homeowners need to be  responsible for their personal health protection in this coming fight against emergent diseases.

 

 

The national TV news disgrace

“The Russian government is responsible for attacks on the US election parties.  This is well know because the IP address of the attackers are in Russia.”

So claims the national TV news.  And that is totally garbage!
And it illustrates the stupid ignorance of our national TV news authorities.

A Russian government attack would use US hosting company servers and the attack would be extremely difficult to trace.  What the “TV News” is reporting is/are the many amateur hackers based in Russia, India, China, the US and everywhere around the world.

Hacking is a game and many ruskies love it.  Google for black hat hackers websites just to see.   The IP (internet protocol) address is the location of the server.  If you use Comcast, Yahoo, AOL, Google or any other hosting company, your IP address will be involved.

Interested in your IP address.  Go to ipaddress.com and click the My IP tab on the top of the page.  You can see where your server is located.  Try entering a website address such as amazon.com, gigharbortimes.com or yahoo.com, etc to see where their servers are located.

This is simple child’s play.  The Russian government would not use Russian servers.  They would either route through a US server or simply hire a US server.  Or perhaps they might use a United Kingdom server to make the attack look like it was from Britain.

The distasteful display of ignorance by our national TV news is disgusting.  Beware of what you see on TV, even from the “news”.