I Want Vermont's Health Care and Scotland's Power Grid
by Oly Mike
It can be done. The world we want is available. Vermont has enacted a single payer medical care system. Right here in the US, a state has established the medical system that would fix so much that is wrong with our health care system. I think we can count on the free market medical care and corporate insurance interests to do everything in their power to make this system fail. There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Is this the time? I hope so.
Some links to read more about this experiment:
- Stephen Lendman piece at South Bay Indy Media
- Green Mountain care piece in American Medical News
- The push back will look like this WSJ piece or worse, I will let you find the worse, it's out there
This experiment and push toward socialized medicine is a david and goliath battle. Enacting legislation like this is radical. What does it mean to be radical? A couple of bits to consider:
- (esp. of change or action) Relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough
- A person who advocates thorough or complete political or social reform; a member of a political party or part of a party pursuing such aims
- Of or relating to the root of something, in particular
Maintaining the roots of health care in the free market capitalism of health insurance profits, flattened tax rates, and annual CEO bonuses is not a reasonable formula for improving the health care system of the United States. The change that is needed is radical.
Talking about commitment to a robust public option and failing to actually enact any public option is a capitulation to a health care system rooted in free market capitalism, a system that arguably profits from misery. I want radical change. I want a health care system rooted in an idea like Medicare for All. Pose it as a pro-life scheme if you like. I want fetuses to have Medicare coverage.
Is that radical? I hope it is. I am feeling a little radical these days.
On to power generation:
Earth Times reports that Scotland has committed to 100% renewable energy grid by 2020. That's daring, courageous, and radical. I am down with that.
The Beeb is covering the story that Angela Merkel has decided that nuclear power is not the future for Germany. There is a strong environmental movement in Germany that has opposed nuclear energy. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster gave that movement a lot of energy. The recent failure of planning and engineering at Fukushima has turned up the heat. Merkel's party lost recent elections and I think Merkel is making a politically wise and calculated decision. The position that Merkel has staked out is radical.
What are the chances that the US could make these kind of radical decisions regarding power generation? I make them slim to none. American radicals live in the heart of the beast.
Che said he envied our position: "I envy you. You North Americans are very lucky. You are fighting the most important fight of all – you live in the heart of the beast." - Che Guevara
The fight does not have to be violent, unlawful, but it will be radical if it has any chance of producing meaningful change. Thank you, Che, for reminding us why the struggle for radical politics is important.
One more quote from one of my heroes:
I. F. Stone- “The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. In order for somebody to win an important major fight 100 years hence, a lot of other people have got to be willing—for the sheer fun and joy of it—to go right ahead and fight, knowing you’re going to lose. You mustn’t feel like a martyr. You’ve got to enjoy it.”