Because there are many horror stories out there making people afraid of government-sponsored health care (even though we, human beings who need each other, have all joined ourselves to governments for our mutual protection!), I expect the following poem and my commeents to receive adverse attention and criticism, but I fele it is my duty to point out that well-financed insurance companies and drug companies are doing everything they can to make sure Americans will NOT choose government health care programs but will continue to be bankrupted and mistreated by private concerns.
Consider the concept of 'for profit' hospitals. Such hospitals should be against the law! In order to finction, such hospitals must provide the least possible health care for the greatest possible amount of money they are able to wrest from the victim. Yes--victim!
Health care should be a human right.
When a democractic government is responsible, limits result or the government is voted out. Nobody can 'vote out' all the health insurance companies who decide what procedures you will be able to get. Americans are suffering from overwork, lack of decent medical care, lack of security--anybody can lose their job. Lose their health care. Note that US government offcials LOVE their health care--- they aren't held hostage by insurance companies, the middle men who jack up prices.
I paid $7 a pill for thyroid medication when hospitalized in 2007. The same pill in the US cost 30 cents each (with my health insurance) ! But imagine my amazement when overseas i found out the pill cost me only 10 cents a pill! Without any health insurance! And to the average Swede, Dutch citizen, Norwegian, that pill is FREE! Thyroid medication for some people is necessary or death will result, yet in the hospital, I was forced to pay $7 per pill. I lost all my lifelong savings in three hos[ital stays despite 'health nsurance."
The following poem represents the cries of helpless Americans who cannot get health insurance. In a truly humane and human world, ALL people would receive free medical care.
Help! Murder! Police!
She stood beside her open door,
Trembling in her slippers.
They heard her scream, from time to time:
HELP! MURDER! POLICE!
She stood there all the gray day through,
turning the doorknob, looking into
her rented room ‘til the day was gone,
shouting out her simple song:
HELP! MURDER! POLICE!
Was she once loved? Who knows? Who cares?
For she’s outlived her usefulness!
Weak and bleak by her darkened door
--please turn your head -- her noise ignore --
HELP! MURDER! POLICE!
We’re all so busy, we’re hurrying on,
Averting our eyes, while the Clean-Up Squad
Comes to get some tidying done
With a government-issued gun.
And all around, a spreading flood:
Humanity’s epitaph writ in blood --
HELP! MURDER! POLICE!
Medical care for all human beings is a human right
that should not be denied, ignored or limited. The
greed and rapacity of for-profit hospitals, for-profit
drug companies, and for-profit health insurance companies
in the USA, which spends 15% of its GPA on 'health care' --what
a joke!-- those 'expenses' go to the middleman--the 'health insurance companies'
who decide what doctor you can have and what hospitakl you can go to.
This sad situation illustrates the capacity humans have to take advantage of
those who are vulnerable. The inevitable health needs of fellow human beings
has to be addressed humanely.
In sweden, 8% of the GPA goes to health care. My friend, George, had a major abdominal cancer operation. his cost? $11.50 a day. Yes, he paid taxes. So what?
We have proof the government sponsored system can work in Sweden. While taxes are high, nobody is without health insurance. While taxes are high, SAmericans actually pay more than the swedes because they have to pay health insurance companies that block their way to getting the same kind of medica; care that swedes get. rankly, the swedes live three to four years longer than Americans because they get excellent health care. Nobody loses their home over having a cancer operation. nobody has to decide whether they will eat or be able to afford their life-giving medicine.
I want my America back! The America where my doctor came to our house to help my mother. Where we got free shots at our school. Where after I spent almost a year and a half in the hospital, the hospital and doctors cancelled the bills after my dad had paid about 10%, because they were just glad they were able to save my life. My parents celebrated by going to the Bahaamas, and went on with their prosperous business in the TV industry. See if your doctors and hospitals will forgive a bill for 500 days in the hospial NOW! Today, they'd drive you to bankruptcy to get their pound of flesh.
The insurance copanies are big and powerful with YOUR moneyand they will make sure they will KEEP GETTING YOUR MONEY. What kind of spineless, corrupt, selfish congressmen and leaders do we have, anyway? How stupid can people get, to want to KEEP insurance companies that have shut out 46,000,000 Americans? This is NOT a 'welfare' or 'tax' problem. This is a SURVIVAL problem. Fix it, and people will have inheritances to pass on to their children. Don't fix it, and more suffering and hardhsip and evil in America is guaranteed, because homelessness, drug use, despair, anger and hatred of each other has its roots in the callous neglect and exploitation of our own.
I DO NOT KNOW OF HARDER-WORKING PEOPLE THAN AMERICANS.
I DO NOT KNOW OF ANY PEOPLE ON EARTH WHO HAVE BEEN EXPLOITED AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF MORE THAN HARD-WORKING AMERICANS.
I DO NOT KNOW OF ANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN BETRAYED, USED, SEDUCED AND LIED TO AS MUCH AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LIED TO, USED, BETRAYED AND SEDUCED -- BY A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT THAT HAS FAILED THEM, WHILE ENRICHING THEIR FRIENDS THE BANKERS, THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, THE DRUG COMPANIES, AND THEIR OWN FAT, GOVERNMENT-HEALTH-CARE-COVERED ASSES.
True humane action means provision of medical care to all,
regardless of ability to pay.
The argument that ‘government’ shouldn’t be responsible for our
health care needs is absurd, for our government represents us, and it is through our government that we derive all our other protections. Through good laws, and voting, we can protect the population from being exploited, voting in good men and voting out the bad.
Will Americans be fooled forever by their leaders?
Good God, they told you Oswald killed Kennedy.
They told you we had to win the war in Vietnam.
They told you we had to 'liberate' Iraq and fight the war on terror there.
Now it's Afghanistan, that money and blood trap that bankrupted the USSR.
Of course, companies (especially from Texas) will continue to get richer as they are paid to service the war effort. And bodies in boxes will keep quietly being returned to the weeping mothers and fathers and wives and children.
They will tell you anything, and they HAVE told you anything you'll swallow.
Americans love to rll over and take it.
Again and again.
The powers running your lives and destroying your future will tell you anything to quiet you...after all, they want your life's savings, one way or another (or do you think that YOU will avoid bankruptcy in your final illness and death? How? By cmmitting sicide? By jumping off a cliff?). yes, you wll be told anything that means more money in t-h-e-i-r pockets and more power over Y-o-u.
I never felt so moved to rouse you, o my people, since the early 60's when I marched against the Vietnam War, marched for civil rights, and fought for clean government at the local level. I did what I could with five young children. Since then I have lived in several technologically advanced foreign countries where citizens get five or six weeks of vacation, great health care, have almost no poor or homeless, where the air is clean and the food fresh and the people have hope for tomorrow. The countries I've lived in aren't violent like America.
But they don't have nearly as many desperate people.
There are more people in prison in my country, the United states, per capita, than in any other country on earth. Is that the America I once knew? NO! But WHY, WHY, WHY?
We are being drowned in drugs, subverted with porn, forced to work ourselves to death, unable to buy really fresh food without paying a fortune for nit, unable to afford dental care, let alone health insurance, and they changed the laws so you cannot even afford to file for bankruptcy! God in heaven!
BUT we stll have the VOTE--so long as we can make sure no computerized voting machines are being used. Do not think for a minute that paper ballots are safe, unless you watchdog the boxes (but at least, then you have a paper record).
Do not think for an instant that the same government who every November trots out new, fancy programs 'proving' Oswald killed Kennedy -- when the government was involved in the cover-up of who really did it -- don;t think that same government that inherited power by making sure Kennedy died will count the ballots correctly from electronic sources. You know better: look at how president Al Gore was removed from office simply by his rival having a brother in the key state. Thes epeople have the resources and the means and the motive to corrupt electronic voting machines, judges and states.
But just pretend you have the guts, America, to adequately protect your vote on a paper ballot that is unable to be 'lost' or 'cancelled.'
What then? You can vote out your corrupt and greedy politicans who vote against health care reforms and frighten you with their dire tales, while making sure you hear nothing but bad news about government health care programs overseas. Lies!
What do they deserve? They, who use government health care for themselves! Yes, that's what they enjoy! They do not have to worry about insurance companies!
The news programs, the media, will keep on blabbing about how horrible universal health care is. Billions of dollars are at stake. The media is bought-and-sold.
Kick the senator or representative out, if they vote against your health and your future.
Yes, vote 'em out of office!
You cannot vote out an insurance company board.
You cannot vote out the CEO’s of a drug company charging a fortune for
You cannot vote out your local hospital for overcharging everyone shamelessly.
I learned, living overseas, that health care CAN be supplied to all at a level of excellence.
People are being systematically terrified to not allow the government –THEIR government – to protect them.
Listen. Americans: if the government health bill has flaws, through votes and pressure you can make it better.
You can press for improvements to any bill that’s passed. Unless you let the insurance companies handle everything, once again.
We already know that they will charge you more for health care than anybody else on earth has to pay. And if you can't pay for it--too bad, too sad.
Greedy insurance companies and for-profit hospitals in America have made a business out of a human right -- the right for every hman to have ther best helath care possible.
Instead, greedy companies, hospitals and doctors have bankrupted millions of innocent people who paid them to protect and serve them.
I have lived in many countries, and shake my head at the fear-mongering going on. Powerful arguments, terrifying people that “Grandma will be euthanized” ignore the horrible fact that Grandma today is in desperate need of medical care and her families go bankrupt trying to provide it. I have lived overseas long enough to know that government health care programs can work. What America has now does not work, and is destroying family after family. My own mother refused to go to the hospital during her dying last days because she knew it would wipe out the inheritance she wished her children and loved ones to receive. Had she lived in Sweden or Canada, she would have received the care she should have had.
My mother suffered, and died, because of private health care’s excessive greed.
The following human rights should be universally recognized:
1) the right to free water and free food, to the level ensuring excellent health & cleanliness
2) the right to a free education to the degree desired
3) free medical care as a right for all
4) the right to own your own home …in other words, that
the government cannot tax your primary residence: it is always yours,
and cannot be taken from you for nonpayment of taxes; if the government can take away your home for non-payment of taxes, you are the serf of the government and you are not free
5) the right to accept or reject untested or controversial vaccines and medical treatments
6) the right to refuse to participate in war
7) all the freedoms listed in The Bill of Rights
I'm sure I'll get flack from this, but I'm horrified at the heartless neglect of American citizens, people who have worked hard all their lives, who cannot pass anything on to their children because it all went to pay $7 a pill for a pill that overseas costs 10 cents to foreigners and is FREE to those who have government-sponsored health care -- government, I repeat, can be voted out. God help us to move forward to provide health care security for all human beings. We once had dreams of freedom for all, homesteads for all, social security and health care for all. Health care should NEVER be a business! Wew're supposed to be human beings, not for-profit-take-advantage-of-your-neighbor-dark-animals. JVB
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Global Peace Index RankingsThe table below provides the GPI rankings for the 144 countries analysed in 2009. Rankings for the 140 countries analysed in 2008 and the 121 countries analysed in 2007 are also included. Countries most at peace are ranked first. A lower score indicates a more peaceful country. You can click on a country to see the detail of its peace indicators and drivers.
IT'S TWICE AS SAFE TO LIVE IN VIETNAM AS IT IS IN AMERICA!
AMERICA RANKS #83.OUR COUNTRY WAS TAKEN FROM US IN THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION - A COUP D'ETAT (SEE THE FILM "JFK" AND GO TO http://www.judythvarybaker.com, http://www.doctormarysmonkey.com, http://www.deanhartwell.com, http://www.jimmarrs.com, and http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com, where you should view "JFK II."
Then visit http://freedocumentaries.org/index.php?ct=41 and click on THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY: EPISODES 7-8-9.
LEE HARVEY OSWALD WAS AN INNOCENT MAN. WHEN THIS IS UNDERSTOOD, THEN WE MUST FACE THE FACT THAT A COVER-UP AND A TAKEOVER OF AMERICA'S GOVERNMENT OCCURRED. FOR THE INVESTIGATION BY THE WARREN COMMISSION WAS A CASE OF THE GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATING ITSELF, AND THIS IS WHY SUCH VIGOROUS EFFORTS ARE MADE EVERY NOVEMBER TO 'PROVE' OSWALD KILLED KENNEDY.
BUT HE DIDN'T. NEW WITNESSES SUCH AS MYSELF HAVE STEPPED FORWARD. OF COURSE, THE MEDIA DOESN;T WANT TO HEAR FROM US: THE HISTORY CHANNEL QUICKLY HAD TO BAN, APPARENTLY FOREVER, THE THREE DOCUMENTARIES MADE BY NIGEL TURNER (THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY SERIES, EPISODES 7,8,9: THESMOKING GUNS, THE LOVE AFFAIR-BAKER, ANND THE GUILTY MEN),
THE MEDIA IS OWNED BY ORECIOUS FEW TODAY: THE FREE PRESS IS ALMOST DEAD. ONLY THE INTERNET IS STILL FREE--AND WE-ARE-BEING-WATCHED. FOR SECURITY REASONS. BUT ALSO, EVERYBODY IS BEING TRACKED, TRACED, AND TAILORED TO BE SHEEPLE, NOT PEOPLE. BECAUSE BIG BUCKS QUENCH THE CONSCIENCE OF MEDIA, TRUTHFUL MEDIA IS LIMITED IN AMERICA. DON'T WE ALREADY KNOW THAT? SURE, WE DO! HOW MUCH OUNISHMENT DID GEORGE BUSH RECEIVE FOR TELLING US LIES? LAST I KNEW, HE HAD A VERY NICE HOUSE IN TEXAS.
PEACE IN AMERICA MEANS MUCH MORE PEACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD. BUT PEACE IN YOUR LIFETIME WILL ONLY COME WHEN AMERICANS STOP ROLLING OVER AND LETTING THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT WALK ALL OVER THEM. AND THE FAT-CAT BANKERS. AND THE FAT-CAT CEO'S WHO TAKE HUGE GOLDEN PARACHUTES TO LAND OF AN EARTH CRAMMED WITH SUFFERING AMERICANS OUT OF JOBS AND SUFFEING FROM MANY DISEASES THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO GET TREATED. THEY GET ONLY TWO WEEKS (MAYBE JUST ONE!) OF VACATION, WORK LONGER HOURS, GET LESS REST, AND EAT WORSE FOOD THAN THE FIVE TOP COUNTRIES LISTED BELOW ON THE PEACE INDEX. SOME PARTS OF 'SOCIALISM' ARE REALLY VERY CHRISTIAN--TAKING CARE OF YOUR NEIGHBOR. IN THE EARLY CHURCH, ORPHANS AND WIDOWS WERE TAKEN CARE OF, AND A MINISTERY WAS SET UP USING DEACONS AND DEACONESSES. IT'S NOT WRONG TO HAVE THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDE HEALTH CARE, BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE OTE THE GOVERNMENT IN OR OUT. YOU CANNOT VOTE OUT INSURANCE COMPANY EXECUTIVES IN THE SAME MANNER.
THE BANKING CONSORTIUMS OF THE WORLD -- THE FEDERAL RESERVE FOR AMERICA-- MEANS THAT WE MUST BORROW MONEY FROM BANKERS TO RUN OUR COUNTRY, SO WE WILL ALWAYS BE IN DEBT. RUNNING WARS KEEPS THE MONEY FLOWING. WAR WILL BE OUR EMPLOYMENT IN THE WORLD UNTIL WE'RE WIPED OUT BY DEBT. TAKING BACK OUR COUNTRY MEANS SUPPORTING GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE SO WE DON'T GET WIPED OUT FINANCIALLY BY END-OF-LIFE HEALTH PROBLEMS, AND STOPPING THE TAXATION OF OUR HOMES. AN AMERICAN'S HOME SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES. THAT MEANS THE GOVERNMENT, NOT THE CITIZEN, OWNS THE HOME. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROTECT US, NOT TAKE OUR POSSESSIONS FROM US. INCOME TAX SHOULD BE THE SAME -- A SOLID 10%--FOR EVERYONE, RICH OR POOR, COMPANIES, ORGANIZATIONS, ETC. ALL HOSPITALS SHOULD BE NON-PROFIT, AND ALL MEDICAL RESEARCH SHOULD BE GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED, BECAUSE ADVANCES COME QUICKLY WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO SAVE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE. MEDICAL CARE SHOULD BE PATTERNED AFTER SWEDEN, WHO DOES IT RIGHT. MY FRIEND GEORGE RCENTLY HAD AN IMPORTANT CANCER OPERATION AND WAS IN THE HOSPITAL 8 DAYS. THE COST WAS $11.50 A DAY. YES, HE HAS PAID TAXES ALL HIS LIFE, BUT IN AMERICA, THAT SAME OPERATION, AFTER PAYING 'TAXES' TO THE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY, WOULD HAVE COST HIM, ON TOP OF THAT, OVER $120,000.
BUT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE SO POWERFUL, THEY'LL MAKE SURE THEY CORRUPT EVERYONE ON CAPITOL HILL, SO WE'LL STAY THE MOST EXPENSIVE COUNTRY ON EARTH FOR HEALTH CARE, THOUGH OUR STANDING IN ACTUAL QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE IS JUST ABOVE SLOVENIA--WHICH, BY THE WAY, IS ALSO A MORE 'PEACEFUL' COUNTRY THAN AMERICA-- RANKED 24, WHEREAS AMERICA IS RANKED 83. PEACE AND PROSPERITY GO HAND-IN-HAND. IF AMERICA IS TO PROSPER, WE HAVE TO GET OUR COUNTRY BACK. I DOUBT THAT WILL HAPPEN. WE'VE FALLEN, AS A BEAUTIFUL ANGEL OF HOPE HAS FALLEN, INTO DARKNESS. JUST GO LOOK AT THE CHART, BELOW:
Global Peace Index 20092007 2008 2009 Country Rank Score
New Zealand1 1.202
Czech Republic11 1.328
Costa Rica29 1.578
United Kingdom35 1.647
Vietnam 39 1.664
United Arab Emirates40 1.667
Bosnia and Herzegovina50 1.755
Equatorial Guinea61 1.801
Dominican Republic70 1.890
Burkina Faso71 1.905
United States of America rank 83 2.015
Trinidad and Tobago87 2.035
Papua New Guinea93 2.059
El Salvador94 2.068
Saudi Arabia104 2.167
Congo (Brazzaville)106 2.202
Cote d'Ivoire117 2.342
South Africa123 2.437
Sri Lanka125 2.485
North Korea131 2.717
Central African Republic133 2.733
Democratic Republic of the Congo139 2.888
Iraq 144 3.341
I'LL BE POSTING IDEAS AND THOUGHTS ABOUT PEACE ON THIS BLOG. CHECK OUT "POETS FOR PEACE," TOO. THOUGH ART AND POETRY CANNOT BRING TRUE FREEDOM BACK TO AMERICA, IT CAN CREATE VISIONS SO AMERICANS WILL REMEMBER JUST WHAT TRUE FREEDOM IS, AND WHY WE SHOULD'T LET IT SLIP FROM OUR GRASP UNDER THE GUISE OF 'PATRIOT ACT' OR ANY OTHER ORWELLIAN NEWPEAK DOUBLESPEAK JARGON.
OUR FOREFATHERS SHED THEIR BLOOD FOR THIS COUNTRY. WE SHOULD FIGHT TO PROTECT OURSELVES, OF COURSE: WE WERE LIED TO ABOUT IRAQ. WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION? WE WERE THE WMD MACHINE, DESTROYING THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF IRAQIS. I KNOW, I TALKED PERSONALLY TO DOZENS OF THEM WHO SOUGHT POLITICL ASYLUM IN SWEDEN. HORROR STORIES THAT WOULD MAKE YOUR BLOOD BOIL IN OUTRAGE, ESPECIALLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WENT INTO PRIVATE POCKETS--OUR AMERICAN DOLLARS. TEXAS MILLIONAIRES MADE RICH BY KENNEDY'S DEATH GOT RICHER IN VIETNAM, AND THEN IN IRAQ. LOOK AT THE HISTORY, MY FELLOW AMERICANS, AND WAKE UP! NO MORE WARS! GET RID OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE THAT LOANS US OUR OWN MONEY AND LET US PRINT OUR OWN MONEY AGAIN, AS WE DID AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY! WE ALSO NEED UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE, SO WE HAVE SOMETHING LEFT FOR OUR CHILDREN TO INHERIT, AND AN ALL-OUT REAL WAR ON CANCER, A DISEASE WE COULD HAVE WIPED OUT IN THE 1970'S! BUT THEN, ALL THOSE BIG DRUG AND INSURANCE COMPANIES COULDN'T HAVE MADE THEIR BILLIONS WITHOUT OUR HELP. DID YOU KNOW NEW ZEALAND GIVES FREE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL BIRTHS?
A MULTI-PARTY SYSTEM WOULD HELP--AND NEVER ALLOWING THE USE OF VOTING MACHINES, WHICH CAN BE RIGGED. AT LKEAST YOU CAN LOOK FOR HANGING CHADS ON A PAPER BALLOT, AND YOU KNOW WHAT YOU MARKED ON IT.
IF YOU THINK I'M TOO FAR OUT IN LEFT FIELD, LOOK AT THE TOP PEACEFUL COUNTRIES. THEY ALL HAVE GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. THEY ALL HAVE VERY HIGH STANDARDS OF LIVING. THEY ALL PAY HIGHER TAXES THAN AMERICANS DO, BUT THEY HAVE ALMOST NO HOMELESS, ALMOST NO POVERTY. WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF NORWAY, SWEDEN, ICELAND, AND THE OTHER TOP COUNTRIES. FIND OUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING RIGHT.
ONE CLUE: THEY ARE SOCIALIST-LEANIGN COUTNRIES WITH STRONG CAPITALISM AT THE ROOTS, AND THEY LIVE IN COLD CLIMATES WHERE THEY WERE FORCED TO THINK AHEAD, OR STARVE, IN THOSE LONG WINTERS. PERHAPS THE FOOLISH WERE CULLED IN A NATURAL SELECTION PROCESS. TODAY, THE WORLD'S POPULATION IS BEING CULLED BY FAMINES, BIOLOGICAL MEANS, ABORTIONS, AND, ESPECIALLY, BY WARS. THERE HAVE TO BE BETTER ANSWERS TO THE POPULATION PROBLEMS THAN 'START ANOTHER WAR' OR 'RELEASE ANOTHER VIRUS INTO THE POPULATION.' WE MUST CHOOSE TO LIVE IN PEACE ON THIS PLANET, CHERISHING ALL LIFE FORMS ON ITS SURFACE AND BELOW ITS WAVES. AS KENNEDY SAID, "WE ALL BREATHE THE SAME AIR...." AND "WE ARE ALL MORTAL."
JUDYTH VARY BAKER