My Two Penn’orth.

I have a much loved cousin in America who has spent a fair bit of time in hospital over the last few years and her recovery was touch and go. Her medications after hospital were/are not cheap. I have a Dear friend currently in hospital in America and I know that her consultations with her doctor prior to hospital cost a fortune. Not only that but she has a condition that requires medication every day of her life which can’t be missed.

I also hear that many Americans who take medication on a regular basis try to miss things from their prescriptions they think they can do without and also take to cutting tablets in half to make them go further. I know there will be some people who think them fools as obviously if a medication is prescribed it must be needed. But it needs to be acknowledged by everyone that there are some people in America with very limited incomes who must try and set priorities on just how to use that income.

I was pleased to hear that one of the election promises of Joe Biden was to legislate it so that Medicare could negotiate directly with Big Pharma on the price of prescription goods. Despite there being so many drug companies in America they set the prices which are MUCH greater than those charged to the rest of the World. As this was a Democrat proposal and the Democrats having the advantage of numbers with a deciding vote going to the Vice President, you would expect this bill to be a walkover. Especially as it has a high approval rating amongst the voters who have suffered these high charges for many years. And that approval is from both sides of the Political spectrum.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee however failed to adopt the Democrats plan. This is not as you might expect a Republican majority voting it down, this is primarily due to three Democrats, Reps. Kathleen Rice of New York, Kurt Schrader of Oregon, and Scott Peters of California—who all voted no. The reason for this is simple, on top of the generous salary they receive from the Government, which actually means you the people, they also receive thousands of dollars a year in ‘Contributions’ from none other than Big Pharma. So these three, along with any Republicans who voted No, are placing their own interests above those of their constituents. As I’ve said before. No-one can work for two masters as there will be clashes of interest. I wish these people could be recalled and dropped by the party but as it is there will be elections next year and my hope is that these politicians will be voted out and replaced by Democrats who will vote yes.

A number of years ago before President Obama won his first election I had a friend with whom I used to discuss things. He was not a Democrat so the discussions became quite heated over Obamacare. He told me the country would never accept communist ways. Despite my pointing out that the UK is not a communist country and that our NHS provides cradle to grave care for the population he opined that ‘his’ people don’t like things for free. The NHS is not free. We pay for it as part of our taxes. What is different is that it’s not for profit, so our medical care is not dictated by insurance companies who can say our policies don’t cover full care or money will end before treatment has finished. We don’t need to put money into shareholders hands. America these days is the kind of country that would benefit from being able to offer care to the population that doesn’t depend on income or providing shareholders profits. This is of course just my opinion based on the difficulties experienced by those I care about. But, the dark money accepted by politicians is spoiling so many things and should be stopped. If the people pay you, you work for them and to their benefit. If not, you should walk.

Keep your hugs handy, people need them. Jill Dennison could do with a few please.

About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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32 Responses to My Two Penn’orth.

  1. I believe we should throw out all the congress representatives followed by the senate. They are all a bunch of bandits. Oh, and while you are at it, ask Joe to take a walk as well.

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  2. inavukic says:

    Whether Democrats or Republicans in government in America it does not matter, they have all contributed to a health system that stinks and is almost not for human consumption so to speak – unless one has money and plenty of it. Without money Health cover and health services are pretty meagre and poor, at times less than what many countries consider basic. Hopefully one day there will be enough brave people in government to make things easier for the sick and needy Americans

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    • davidprosser says:

      Whatever they’ve done in the past Ina, Obama did try to make things better within the limits he was allowed. I think Joe Biden is also making an attempt to improve things but is meeting many barriers. I agree with your assessment of the system as it stands but it’s those with the money that are preventing any improvements that might affect their own wealth, like an increase in the minimum wage would reduce profits. Until there is a Government ready to make Dark Money payments illegal, the rich, via their companies, will always be ready to buy politicians to vote their way. The sick and needy can rot as they won’t vote to allow them a government Benefit cushion to help them.
      Huge Hugs

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  3. Suzassippi says:

    Here is what I had to say about health care in the US in 2012: http://suzassippi.blogspot.com/2012/08/whats-wrong-with-health-care-in-us.html
    I doubt I can add anything else, but thank you for staying the course.

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  4. I keep recommending we choose our Representatives by lottery. That could not turn out worse than what we get by elections and we would have much less noise about fraud and voter suppression.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I hadn’t thought of that way Geoff. How about having it like Jury duty. People get called up for 2 year stints though they can be removed and displaced for bad behaviour. Maybe 4 years for the Senate but governed by the same rule. The Superior Court should also be limited to 4 year terms. None of the above can serve if they have a criminal record and that is a definite rule for Presidents. First past the post wins at elections and the Electoral College can pack up and go home. How about all postal or online voting so no intimidation.
      Hugs

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  5. Unfortunately you hit the nail on the head. If they want to fix their system, they need to fix such that a lobby group is no more than that – a lobby group. No public official should be dependent on them for re-election.
    That is root and branch reform but it would solve the issue of new guns, too.
    Unfortunately, when I speak to Americans over this, we get about 6 words into the conversation before the wortd “can’t” crops up. They still live in the Wild West.

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    • davidprosser says:

      You’re spot on. No public official should be dependant upon money (bribes) from lobby groups. I usually get much worse than can’t, or at least the word is prefaced with some choice language, after about 6 words. I generally think the word they use most is won’t. The wild west is alive and well, unfortunately the gun laws (or lack of) mean that very often people get killed by people who shouldn’t be allowed within 5 miles of a gun normally.
      Hugs

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      • One vof my friends (and we basically agree on the substantive issues) will say, “ah, but the Supreme Court ruled…”, and I’m like, “do you want a better society or not?”

        But by the same token, I am aware that 50% of America, even a few months ago, voted for Trump. And, while he was full of “America First” rhetoric, we actually saw that selfishness firast hand just a few weeks ago in Afghanistan – by Biden. So I am nort at all convinced that Americans, in general, *want* to make America better.

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      • davidprosser says:

        Maybe we can make it nicer if they think it can’t be bettered. That nearly 50% could vote for Trump a second time after the first mistake was shocking. But there are two problems that have to change. 1. Voting for the person and not the policy. 2. Putting party before Country. I was fed up of hearing “But we always vote this way” because I hear that too often in our Country too. Above all what’s needed is an honest politician who puts forward policies that benefits the people , who keeps his/her word and doesn’t lie. The term ‘as rare as hen’s teeth’ comes to mind.
        Hugs

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      • i’s a sad fact that politics attracts tjhose people least worthy of any kind of responsibility.
        That, in itself says something. That politics, of itself, it too lucrative.

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  6. yvettecarol says:

    I think our public health system is fairly good here, but I have heard complaints about America’s healthcare system for years. It is the people who suffer. I just wish they would sort it out.

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  7. merrildsmith says:

    I’m so sorry about your friends, David. Our healthcare system is definitely a mess. Even with Medicare, there are the haves and have-nots with health plans. I can’t see this changing in the near future. Right now, we need to get the Voting Rights Act and Infrastructure Bills passed, and make certain Democrats keep control at mid-term. This is a scary time here for democracy.

    Sending hugs.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I must confess, the fate of the Voting Rights Act is a worry .I think the Infrastructure Bill is OK as the Republicans want the voters to think it’s a bipartisan thing that they had a lot to do with. I have my fingers crossed for the mid-term and maybe an increased majority so Manchin and Sinema no longer matter. It would be great if some Republicans showed their disdain for Trump and added their votes to some Democrat policies to defeat Moscow Mitch’s plans.
      Massive Hugs Merril

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  8. Keith says:

    David, thanks for your shout out for Jill. I hope she sees your well wishes. I sent her a note, so hopefully she can respond. Take care, Keith

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  9. noelleg44 says:

    THIS is one of the reasons I firmly believe in term limits – it just might obviate the ability for politicians on both sides to get in bed with companies to do their bidding.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’d like to think that was true Noelle, but even with term limits big companies would still offer bribes when a big vote is due. Or just as bad, the politician could offer themselves to the highest bidder. You have to get sneaky. On the day of a vote, select the names at random of those who will take part. Put them in a chamber which they can’t leave, with no mobile phones allowed and let them get on with it. Even then I bet some would circumvent it.
      Huge Hugs

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  10. Clive says:

    As one who was born in the early days of the NHS I grew up with it, and believe it to be a much fairer system than that in the US, which comes bottom of healthcare comparison tables for that very reason: profit has no place in healthcare. Sadly, politicians are easily bought elsewhere, too, and it is no coincidence than some in the current governing party, who are moving by stealth to privatise the NHS, receive ‘donations’ from the private healthcare companies. Money talks, politicians listen, and the plebs are nowhere in the pecking order.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I agree with you Clive. The only money going into healthcare here is that which the people pay via the Government. I agree too that there’s a plot afoot to convert us to the U.S. system but during all the talks that would take the people would take to the streets. I’m pretty sure there would be opposition from many MP’s and hopefully from the Lords too. The Tories wanting to be sure of winning a future election would have to give Boris the well deserved heave-ho.
      Hugs

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      • Clive says:

        There is already a lot of government money going via the NHS into private companies, and it has been going on for years. They just try to keep quiet about it but occasionally it crops up: remember Branson trying to sue the NHS for not awarding his company a huge contract? The Tories are the worst offenders but Labour aren’t blameless, they have quietly gone down the privatisation path a bit too. I just hope that if Johnson was open about it he would lose the next election!

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  11. DutchIl says:

    Thank you for sharing!!… having dealt with health issues in the past, not only for myself but my late wife (cancer), I am quite familiar with the cost of health care, be it medications or insurance in some form… it will be difficult to provide affordable health care in a country where capitalism and profit reigns and I believe that only the people can make any changes happen…. 🙂

    (how is Jill, by the way??.. )

    Hope all is well in your part of the universe and life is all that you wish for it to be…. 🙂

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    • davidprosser says:

      I had the greatest of hopes that major changes were in the making when Presideny Obama was in aqnd

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    • davidprosser says:

      I was sure that great changes were afoot when President Obama was in power and I think he was doing it for all the right reasons. Insurance companies are not committed to good health, just to profits. I think had he not been black more people would have been on board. With what people pay in Insurance I think running a ‘Free’ health service would be possible.
      Jill is very scared and very frustrated in equal measures. She wants to do something but feels she’s not yet ready. She’ll get there.
      All is well with me, thank you, but I wish I could manage the Universe to see more kindness and much less starvation except maybe amongst arms dealers.

      Huge Hugs

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      • DutchIl says:

        Most people here are waiting for one person to step forward and change things but it will take a unified, peaceful effort with wisdom by everyone to accomplish change.. without that it will not happen….a good example is present day circumstances in this country… 🙂

        If you talk to Jill, tell her I said Hello and perhaps deliver this message; “No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.” (Jean de La Bruyere)…

        Take care and by for now…. 🙂

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  12. davidprosser says:

    I’ll pass the message to Jill with pleasure. Please take care of yourself and have a good Weekend,
    Huge Hugs

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