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Reefer madness in the Trump White House

Get ready for an old-time “marijuana is linked to violent crime” story line from the old politicos in the White House.  The Hill reports that “The Trump administration is readying for a crackdown on marijuana users under Attorney General Jeff Sessions” in a report expected to be released next week.

However,  the Tacoma News Tribune reports that:

But those statements run contrary to the experience in Washington state, which became one of the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults in 2012.

Since voters approved Initiative 502, FBI crime statistics show lower rates of violent crime in Washington than before legalization.

The Gig Harbor Times prefers to point out that in general, crime is related to employment.  Higher employment leads to lower crime.  Employment has long been observed to be a correlate of criminal behavior. according to criminal studies.

The Gig Harbor Times notes that employment is UP and crime is DOWN since the legalization of marijuana and the increase in employment.  Perhaps Jeff Sessions should report that there is a link between marijuana and employment.  Smoke more, work more?  One thing for certain is that there’s a lot of smoke coming from the White House.

 

Expand Medicare to include all Americans

Instead of re-inventing the wheel, Congress should expand Medicare to include healthy young adults ages 18 to 29 (18 to 29 is an arbitrary numbered group to start).

The best part of this idea is taken from the Obamacare playbook.  Young healthy adults contribute to the funding of Medicare and are not as great a health burden as older adults.

As the 18 to 29-year-olds age,  the Medicare age bracket advances to accommodate the aging population.

Example: You become eligible for Medicare while in your pre-30-years.  And you stay eligible for Medicare as you age.

This plan would squeeze out the in-efficient and expensive patchwork insurance plans currently in existence.

What about existing 30 to 64-year-olds?  Most mature adults already have healthcare and would continue on their plan until reaching age 65.

In essence, this is a self-growing Single Payer Healthcare plan.  Best of all, it already exists.

 


See:  US ranked #37 out of 191 countries by the World Health Organization

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