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Microscopic plastic particles contaminate drinking water

Drinking tap water around the world is likely to contain tiny plastic particles according to research conducted at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the State University of New York. The research was sponsored by nonprofit Orb Media.

Of 33 tap water samples from across the United States, 94 percent tested positive for the presence of plastic fibers. 1

India came in second with 82 percent of samples tested positive followed by Uganda 82 percent, Indonesia 76 percent and Europe at 72 percent.

No country was without a plastic-positive sample. 2

The forbidden fruit: Single-payer health care

Single-payer health care systems are used by the highest health care ranked countries in the world (World Health Organization).  So which of those great health care systems did the US Congress model “Trumpcare and Obamacare” after?
Answer: None

Fools rush in.  And Congress reinvents the wheel.  Obamacare, at a dismal #37 on the world ranking of health care systems, is now going to become “Trumpcare”?  Will that be a better system?

The Gig Harbor Times believes that a study of the worlds best healthcare systems would be the first priority.  Followed by an American Model developed by an administration and congress working in partnership to give us world’s best health care system.  (Or at least in the top ten best health care systems.)

We’re #1 ?  No. We’re #37 and sinking.


Interested in reading more about the relationship between single-payer systems and President Trump?
Read: The Washington Post’s “Trump’s Secret Love”

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