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Healthcare: USA ranked 37th in world. Time for a revolution.

According to Steve Hilton “it’s time for a revolution, to take on the corruption in the healthcare industry” and I agree.

Take the time to watch these three videos on the corruption in the healthcare industry, pharmaceutical and hospitals and how politics, politicians and government have an effect on it. It’ll make your stomach turn.

It’s time to get the lobbyists politicians and campaign contributions out of the healthcare industry and let the free market truly work.

Following the videos are sum stats and good articles.

“The real reason we’re in this mess on health care is because it costs too much.” Swamp Watch: Health care and pharmaceuticals 

“Health care is not a fair market, it’s a rigged market” Swamp Watch: Hospitals 

“Americans are being poorly served by health insurers” Swamp Watch: Health insurance companies 

The 16 countries with the world’s best healthcare systems

“World Health Organization Assesses the World’s Health Systems

The World Health Organization has carried out the first ever analysis of the world’s health systems. Using five performance indicators to measure health systems in 191 member states, it finds that France provides the best overall health care followed among major countries by Italy, Spain, Oman, Austria and Japan.

The findings are published today, 21 June, in The World Health Report 2000 – Health systems: Improving performance*.

*Copies of the Report can be ordered from bookorders@who.ch.

The U.S. health system spends a higher portion of its gross domestic product than any other country but ranks 37 out of 191 countries according to its performance, the report finds. The United Kingdom, which spends just six percent of GDP on health services, ranks 18 th . Several small countries – San Marino, Andorra, Malta and Singapore are rated close behind second- placed Italy.” More here.> World Health Organization Assesses the World’s Health Systems

“Neither Canada nor Japan cracked the top 10, and the United States finished a dismal 35th, according to a much anticipated ranking of healthcare quality in 195 countries, released Friday.

Among nations with more than a million souls, top honours for 2015 went to Switzerland, followed by Sweden and Norway, though the  gold standard remains tiny Andorra, a postage stamp of a country nestled between Spain (No. 8) and France (No. 15).

Iceland (No. 2), Australia (No. 6), Finland (No. 7), the Netherlands (No. 9) and financial and banking centre Luxembourg rounded out the first 10 finishers, according to a comprehensive study published in the medical journal The Lancet.

Of the 20 countries heading up the list, all but Australia and Japan (No. 11) are in western Europe, where virtually every nation boasts some form of .

The United States—where a Republican Congress wants to peel back reforms that gave millions of people access to health insurance for the first time—ranked below Britain, which placed 30th.” More here.> Which countries have the best healthcare?

“A comparison of health systems in 11 wealthy nations has found the US falling short by multiple measures, while the UK’s National Health Service leads in several categories.

“We measured performance quality across five domains, and the USA fell short in all five,” says Eric Schneider of the Commonwealth Fund think tank in Washington DC. The domains were ease of access to healthcare, how equal access is to people of different incomes, administrative efficiency, how well the care process works for people who use it, and how good the health outcomes are.” More here.> US ranked worst healthcare system, while the NHS is the best

Excerpts from a excellent article, link to full article follows. An Interview With Medical Historian James Mohr

Q. Is government involvement in health care un-American?

“A. There is a long American tradition of public responsibility for health. In the 19th century, for instance, states devoted as much as 30 percent of their budgets to public mental health care. And when it became clear that vaccination actually worked against smallpox, state after state created labs to provide vaccines free of charge to citizens. So to say it’s un-American is profoundly wrongheaded.

Is the current system broken?

It can’t be sustained as it is right now if we care about the public’s overall health. We can’t afford it. The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. 38th in health-care quality, below Dominica and Costa Rica and above Slovenia and Cuba. Meanwhile, per capita we’re spending half again as much as our nearest competitor.

What’s the key problem?

Nowhere else are doctors paid the way they are here, or allowed to have such absolute autonomy. Decisions made in the 19th century created an occupation that almost guarantees a handsome income and high status, but offered few incentives to be rigorous about internal discipline: It’s still almost impossible to lose a medical license. As a result, medical mistake rates are stupefying: Hundreds of thousands of Americans die annually from medical errors.”

How do we fix it?

“Doctors have a vested interest in you getting sick. They are paid to get you better—and generally the more that costs the more they make. We need to change that incentive. If doctors were salaried—and we can afford handsome salaries—to maintain people’s health in the most effective, not most expensive, manner, we would have a far better structure. Around the country there are plenty of small practices and some big ones that do that and work very well indeed.

What’s the biggest worry?

No change. Making no progress. We won’t revolutionize the system overnight. Change will be incremental on myriad fronts. But we have to be world leaders instead of lagging. We have to find ways to combine what is positive and unique about our system while eliminating the historical anomalies that make it unsustainable.” More here.> What’s Wrong With American Healthcare?

World Health Statistics

WHO’s annual World Health Statistics reports present the most recent health statistics for the WHO Member States.

All reports are available for download in Adobe PDF and excel when applicable.> DOWNLOAD THE REPORTS

AS always God bless America and you.

Life lesson’s. It ain’t easy, life is tough.

Any person with any life experience at all should know “It ain’t easy, life is tough”. Some just can’t figure it out though and are going to be in for a very rude awaking when life get’s real for them,( youth of today, College students and “snowflakes” in mind here s9549_LifeIsTough_BLK_CRM__38446.1373400142.380.500 ).

I got my first job at around, honestly I can’t remember but it was young. My parent’s got divorced when I was 10 I believe. My Mom loaded us kids, all 4 of us into a little VW bug and drove from Connecticut to California. It was quite a shock and no doubt a learning experience to go from the Connecticut school system at the time to California’s.

We landed in Norwalk California. I went to school dressed like we did in Connecticut, nice tie and well dressed. You can imagine how that went off, not well. To add to that I had almost reached my full height of 6’2 and had a mustache. Everyone thought I was a narc and acted accordingly, lots of fun./s

After I couldn’t play football or basketball anymore do to knee and ankle problems from Nogales High school I talked my Mom into signing papers so I could join the Army at 17. Spend my whole tour in Neckarsulm Germany as a Pershing Missile crewman, another learning opportunity. At the time for the most part the people were very nice to soldiers, had a lot of racial stuff going on though on all the post’s. Germany is very beautiful and would really like to go back one day and show my wife but Europe not the safest place in the world right now, especially for Americans.

When I got out of the service I went to work for Sunny Delight, met and married my first wife there. After quitting moved on to Coca Cola, left there on not so good terms. Still can’t kick that rebellious rage against the system and I’m doing things my way, party hard nature, UPDATE: ( Forgot to mention, the memory is not so good any more. After spending almost a year in a hospital, a direct result of the hard partying I finally gave up the partying in my late twenties early thirties’. I learn the hard way, the only way, LOL.) cost me in the Army too BTW. Had a few other jobs after that and tried my hand at my own business twice. Finally got into transportation in the early 90’s working for Laidlaw for about 2 years, became a born again Christian during that time then moved on and settled into driving a city bus in Riverside California for about 17 years with a total career in transportation of 19 years.

In 2009 I had to retire early do to medical problems. Man, wasn’t expecting or planning on that,( That party hard stuff in my early years had caught up with me among other medical issues). I had planned to work there my full 20 years and then take a serious look at retirement. My plan included having all my bills paid, retirement pay and hopefully a little income from stocks I had, seling my house and moving out of California and may be getting a little part time job. It wasn’t to be though.

In 2008 I met my second and current wife, still married and happy.

Obama was president, my income was now cut more than half then what it was, the economy was was in the tank to say the least. Those Government plans Obama invented that were supposed to help struggling homeowners didn’t. I lost my house of 12 years, had to file for bankruptcy like a lot of other Americans at the time. Had to sell all my stocks and drain my savings. Hooah!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention during this time I got tagged by the IRS and the State of California about the time Conservative were being targeted by the IRS. I blogged about a couple of times back then, “Last year I stopped using HR Block because their software moved a number to the California State income tax that cost me $564 plus interest and fines on my 2008 tax return.

Of course HR Block says they are not responsible for their software.

I have just started making payments.

I used Turbotax for 2011 got a return then on March 22nd 2013 the IRS informed me a owe them $2100 and change for 2011 do on April 17th, nothing like last minute notice.” If you’re interested you can check it out here.> I am absolutely sure Obumer and the Progressive Liberal machine will fix everything. And Here.> I hate California, liberal land USA.

When I had retired my wife suggested I file for disability. I was brought up we don’t take handouts, we work. Being the proud, Christian, Conservative, Blue Collar Working American I am I refused to do it telling her the way I was raised. I tried to go back to work part time in 2012 I think it was. Thought I was feeling good enough to give it a shot but it only lasted about 3 months and the medical stuff decided to interfere again.

So, in 2015 or last year I can’t remember I decide to try and file for disability,( $1,300 and change just doesn’t get it ). I filled out all the paperwork went to their doctor’s and did everything I was supposed to do. Their doctor even agreed I couldn’t work if I remember right. I was told I didn’t qualify and was denied. I thought how can this be? I thought about appealing it then as per their suggestion talked to a lawyer, a couple of them who said they would take my case. then I finally got to get a sit down with a good lawyer I heard about and was supposed to be really good. He told me I had been out of the workforce to long so no matter what you won’t qualify. If I had listen to my wife and done it when I first retired there wouldn’t have been a problem as she reminded me the other day.

Last year after finally getting tired of paying more each year for my health care coverage since Obamacare took effect through the place I retired from. Quite by accident really, I found out I was eligible for IEHP which I guess is some sort of government health care coverage. Don’t really care, It’s not costing me anything. I also found out I’m eligible for the infamous “Obama Phone”. My 100 year old flip phone finally quit working and I was paying, actually my wife was paying a little over thirty a month for it, (sad to say $30 a month right now means a lot ). Why was she paying  for my phone? Because I pay all the other bills except for groceries. Anyways, got my “Obama Phone” which got me started on this post. I’m having some problems with the two companies involved or responsible for the program, like any government run program it doesn’t work well. I called one company and explained the situation and they told me to call the other company, I did and they directed me back to the other and they did the same thing and then I got transferred 3 times and hung up on twice not to mention having a very hard time understanding people that don’t speak english. I finally gave up. Life-is-toughMostly because of that party hard attitude when I was younger my body is falling apart at the ripe old ages of 58, most times I feel a lot older then that. I have friends and know of people that got it a lot worse then I do. I really don’t think I got it that bad at all actually, just struggle a little but the bills are paid, have a roof over my head and food on the table. No biggy really just wanted to share some life lessons in case some youngsters comes across this post. “It ain’t easy, life is tough”, not always fair get over it, 668c4be78624c1720adeb05b1c790c22 do the best you can and get on with it.

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My plane now is to make it to be able to collect my Social Security and enjoy a little more income and be able do a little more, will probably take it early. I’ve read some pretty good articles making a good case for taking it early. So hopefully “Life” doesn’t decide to mess with this plan. BTW, it irks me like you wouldn’t imagine when I hear Social Security referred to as a “Entitlement”. I’ve paid into that for my whole working life like millions of Americans. It’ so supposed to be a supplement and be there for us, it’s NOT a Entitlement, we worked for it and paid for it! We shouldn’t be penalised for the government’s mismanagement and raids on the system.

Well, that’s it. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time, feel free to comment, like and share. God bless America and you.life-is-beautiful-quote-1

A sad Anniversary this weekend. LA Riots 25 years ago, April 29th 1992.

It’s a sad reminder this weekend 1992 Los Angeles riots and not much has changed unfortunately. Last night I watched THE LOST TAPES LA Riots . I hated watching it, I have such bad memories of it. Nothing I’m sure compared to the people that were actually down there. I had been driving a bus for about two or three years at the time and if I remember right we were the only company that drove down there. It was the only time I carried in my 17 year career of driving city buses. I remember driving down Spring street in L.A. and seeing looters pulling up the the steel bars of a liquor store and looting it. I remember some started looking at me and I thought if they come after me I’m shooting. I had just watched the night before the Reginald Denny beating. Attack on Reginald Denny  .

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Reginald Denny (didn’t) “Step On the Gas”

A rare interview with Reginald Denny

“Twenty-five years after Reginald Denny was dragged out of his big rig and viciously beaten on live TV during the L.A. riots, the former trucker apparently wants nothing to do with the anniversary of the violence.” More here. Where Is Reginald Denny? Trucker Who Became Key Figure in L.A. Riots Nowhere to Be Found

L.A. Riots Attacker Tells Shocking Story 20 Years Later

Sadly after 8 years of the first African American president things have only gotten worse. In my opinion he did nothing but add to the problem and did more harm than good. In the last years of his presidency even some in the black community were angry calling him out on it. But I digress, that’s my opinion.

They say “Those Who Do Not Learn History Are Doomed To Repeat It.”  No doubt we’ve been seeing it repeated throughout the country the last few years. And some say they’re about to happen again. “Twenty-five years after dozens of people died in the Los Angeles riots, nearly 60% of residents there believe more unrest is likely soon.

The six days of riots marked a low in race relations for Southern California after the white officers on trial for the beating of black driver Rodney King were acquitted.

Surveys taken in the years since have seen a recovery in residents’ belief that different races can get along, though this year’s poll shows Angelenos believe the events of 1992 will repeat.”  Read more here. Majority of L.A. residents believe riots like 1992 likely soon, study finds

There will be some TV shows this weekend showing some specials on the Riots. A great article and rundown of the shows.  “To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the riot or uprising or “incident” that torched Los Angeles in the wake of the 1992 Rodney King trial, National Geographic, A&E, Netflix, Showtime, ABC and the Smithsonian Channel have all produced films on the subject, and I recommend that you watch more than one, though it will be painful. Actually, do it because it will be painful. Seriously. Each of them has its own methodology for contending with the “why.” All of them together make it clear that what we need to be asking now is, “What will it take for human beings to wake the hell up and start actually learning from our own history?”  More here. Under Color of Authority: TV Takes on the 1992 L.A. Riots, 25 Years Later

The Lost Tapes: LA Riots (Full Episode)

If you wish to understand the present, study the past … L.A. Riots – 1992

“In a new documentary, previously unseen footage collected by the Los Angeles Police Department reveals how the narrative of the riots has changed in 25 years.” More here. What Was Lost in the Fires of the L.A. Riots

“Twenty-five years ago this week, four Los Angeles policemen — three of them white — were acquitted of the savage beating of Rodney King, an African-American man. Caught on camera by a bystander, graphic video of the attack was broadcast into homes across the nation and worldwide.” More here. When LA Erupted In Anger: A Look Back At The Rodney King Riots

“This weekend marks 100 days of the Trump administration. This milestone also coincides with a very important anniversary. Twenty-five years ago, April 29, 1992, riots exploded in Los Angeles after four policemen were acquitted after being charged with the violent beating of Rodney King, caught on video for the entire nation to see.

According to The Los Angeles Times, 63 lives were lost in the riots, with the estimated total economic cost pegged at $1 billion, with $735 million in property damage and 1,550 buildings destroyed or damaged.

But this is more than a fact of national history for me. It is personal history. I was there.” More here. Lessons Unlearned From the ’92 LA Riots 

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One thing I really don’t understand is why the black community terns on it’s own and goes after blacks who have “Made it” done well accomplished a lot and call them “Uncle Toms” like Star Parker, Ben Carson, Condoleezza Rice, Clarence Thomas, I can remember them going after Colin Powell at least up until he started going after Republicans, then it seemed to be none existent.

Pushing 60 now I’d like to think I’m not a racist, I try not to be and I always used to try to give people the benefit of the doubt. But, after time in Army in the seventies seeing the racial divide and how people acted, after 17 years dealing with the public, driving a city bus. Seeing what’s going on in the country now “BLM”, Baltimore , Ferguson to name a few it’s tough. I’ve worked with and known some great black people over my lifetime and come across the very opposite. I’m very sure the same can be said on the other side. There’s bad people in all races no doubt. I do my best not to associate with out right racist in real live and on social media. I ask God to forgive me and ask for His help when I have problems with racism. I guess that’s all any of us can do. It’s a sad situation for sure.

One side of the Riots that doesn’t get much attention I think is what happened in Korea Town. La Riots store owners protect store with guns(Original recording)

L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later – Gun Store Manager David Joo Looks Back | A&E

“The National Guard and Police wouldn’t come to Korea Town. South Central Koreans understand the 2nd Amendment.” We had to bear arms

God bless America and you.

Are alleged Rockville rapists Unaccompanied Alien Children?

Good question.
“Were the pair (one from Guatemala and the other from El Salvador), who are behind bars in Maryland for dragging a 14-year-old girl into a boys bathroom and raping her considered ‘refugees’ by the Obama Administration that would have been in charge of them if they turned themselves in at the border as part of the flood of ‘children’ that invaded our border for years during the Obama presidency, so-called UACs?”

Refugee Resettlement Watch

That is the question I have about the story you can’t possibly have missed over the last day or two.

Were the pair (one from Guatemala and the other from El Salvador), who are behind bars in Maryland for dragging a 14-year-old girl into a boys bathroom and raping her considered ‘refugees’ by the Obama Administration that would have been in charge of them if they turned themselves in at the border as part of the flood of ‘children’ that invaded our border for years during the Obama presidency, so-called UACs?

Questions abound! Is he older than 18? Did he arrive among the waves of so-called ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children? Was he in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement or one of its contractors? And, of course, why had he not been deported? Did MoCo, MD sheriff protect him?

Keep an eye out for any news about whether they…

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Maxine Waters Implicates Barack Obama in the Spying Scandal

No doubt.
“Maxine Waters is the gift that keeps on giving. At the same time, Waters once again reminds of just how confident Progressives are that neither they or Barack Obama will be brought up on charges of treason resulting from their conspiring against the Republic and a sitting president.”

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Maxine Waters is the gift that keeps on giving.  At the same time, Waters once again reminds of just how confident Progressives are that neither they or Barack Obama will be brought up on charges of treason resulting from their conspiring against the Republic and a sitting president.

Independent Sentinel by S. Noble

Maxine Waters just implicated Barack Obama in the spying scandal. The media won’t report it that way, but listen to what she says.

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Maxine Waters just implicated Barack Obama in the spying scandal. The media won’t report it that way, but listen to what she says.

Along these lines, what did she mean in 2013 when she said Obama has a secret database with “information about everything…

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