A teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs to her class.
She came to the part of the story where first pig was trying to gather the building materials for his home. She read. 'And so the pig went up to the man with the wheelbarrow full of straw and said: 'Pardon me sir, but may I have some of that straw to build my house?' The teacher paused then asked the class: 'And what do you think the man said?' One little boy raised his hand and said very matter-of-factly...'I think the man would have said - 'I'll be a son of a bitch!! A talking Pig
1. Government run health care in Canada has led to long waiting lines, declining quality of care, maddening bureaucracies, shabby facilities, demoralized doctors and nurses, obsolete technology, province-mandated rationing, and ever-higher taxes. How will the proposed Vermont single payer system avoid these unhappy consequences?
2. The proposed single payer system would require tax revenues to replace $3 billion in private out of pocket spending and premium costs. What effect would $3 billion in new payroll taxes (at a total rate of 14.5%) have on our family budgets? On our businesses (even after subtracting their insurance premium costs)? On their ability to compete? On their capacity for job creation? On their willingness to stay in Vermont?
3. What happens when the state’s “global budget” allocation runs out of tax dollars while people are still in need of essential care? Will they have to wait until the next fiscal year?
4. Under the present State-run Medicaid program doctors and hospitals are significantly underpaid. To survive, they shift the cost of the underpayment to private premium payers. When the single payer plan abolishes private premiums, why won’t doctors and dentists be even more underpaid whenever the government runs short of tax dollars? Why will doctors and dentists want to come to or continue to practice in Vermont?
5. If Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Albany Medical Center and other out of state hospitals decline to accept Vermont patients at the reimbursement rates that the single payer system offers them, will Vermonters have to pay the difference out of pocket? Or buy additional private insurance to cover care provided in another state?
6. With the single payer global budget forces medical providers to ration or delay care, will aggrieved patients have any right to sue the state government for damages?
7. Will the single payer system take away the high-value insurance coverage enjoyed by teachers, state and municipal employees, and other organized workers? Or will this plan create a two-tiered system, with the taxpayers financing both the gold-plated health care benefits for government workers, and a poorer system for themselves?
8. How will the single payer system achieve its claimed efficiency benefits, when providers still have to bill Medicare, insurance carriers offering privately-paid supplementary coverage, the insurance plans of non-Vermonters, and perhaps carriers of high-value insurance for teachers and municipal employees?
9. Who will comprise the “independent board” created to make all key decisions about the proposed single payer system? How will this super government of powerful “stakeholders” be held accountable?
10. What will keep chronically sick people from flocking to Vermont to become "residents" to take advantage of our “free” health care? What would an influx of such individuals do to the quality of care and waiting lines here in Vermont, and to the already high tax burden on Vermont taxpayers?
Well there were 2 things that I wanted to do this winter, and of course they both happened on the same day. First was the chili cook off at Wilkins. I made the chili in the morning while I was having coffee. It was just a off the cuff recipe. It did taste pretty good but I didn't think that it would be a winner. Anyway I asked Georgie if she would take it up to the dealership for the judging. I guess that first place isn't bad, I happy that Georgie got the chance to be in the spot light. none of it would have happened if she hadn't gone up.
and while the judging was going on I was at the Lodge getting ready for the Fish Fry. being my first year, my job was to cut and bread the fish and put it in a waiting basket to be fried. Not a bad job but very tiring after 300 ponds of fish.
My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day. He has his food prepared for him. His meals are provided at no cost to him. He visits the Dr. once a year for his checkup, and again during the year if any medical needs arise. For this he pays nothing, and nothing is required of him. He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs, but he is not required to do any upkeep. If he makes a mess, someone else cleans it up. He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep. He receives these accommodations absolutely free. He is living like a king, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever. All of his costs are picked up by others who go out and earn a living every day. I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick in the head,
Snow Day. Enjoyed the day off today to stay home with Georgie and Cash cause of the snow storm. I only had to plow twice. It wasn't as bad as the warnings. Looks like we are going to top out with about 14 inches.
I finally finished trimming out the new window in the bed room. Now to get after the floor and the project will be finished.