published Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Rants

The VA is a perfect example of what a government-run single payer health plan would look like.

Kudos to TVA for moving away from coal as an energy resource.

Watts Bar Unit 2 is $2 billion over budget and two years behind schedule. Where does TVA cut staff? Everywhere but nuclear.

There were few Democratic candidates in the primary because there are few who want to identify with liberal policies.

Fred, you didn't lose because you were too independent. You lost because you weren't public about the public's business.

What type of parents are we when the schools have to feed the kids breakfast?

Congratulations to Cleveland City schools for finally dispelling the myth that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Texting drivers are worse than drunk drivers.

In what universe did you think you could get a couple of 18-wheelers up the W-Road? New in town?

Can we just sink the floating restaurant barge and add the former Pruett's on Cherokee Blvd.?

A recent letter writer infers that programs for the poor cause our national debt. What about the crushing burden of borrowed debt for our wars?

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mv said...

Perhaps Fred 'took one for the team' because Coppinger messed up.

May 18, 2014 at 8:36 a.m.
Plato said...

The Term "Single Payer" does not refer to the government providing the actual services like the VA, it simply means the government would provide the insurance - similar to Medicare.

Actually the health care provided by VA Hospitals is good quality and at a cost per unit somewhat less than municipal hospitals, the problem with the VA system is the overload of patients and the backlog. There are structural issues with the way the VA administrative staff functions that must be corrected but it will likely take some additional funding to get it where it needs to be, something congress is unlikely to approve of.

May 18, 2014 at 3:58 p.m.
Hunter_Bluff said...

Agree with Plato. Congress passes laws and makes regulations but they don't pass the funding necessary to implement them. Not suprisingly you (don't) get what you (don't) pay for.

May 18, 2014 at 9:32 p.m.
librul said...

But the oh so compassionate pols will always give the Pentagon more than it requests for things it doesn't need - gotta keep the war machine oiled up for the next war nobody needs.

May 19, 2014 at 6:51 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"The VA is a perfect example of what a government-run single payer health plan would look like."

The main thing wrong with the VA right now is a lack of funding. For decades it has done a good job of providing for veterans, and we would do well to model our entire health care system after it and Medicare, which has also performed well over the years. But the GOP has succeeded in "starving the beast" of government funded programs, including education, and what we are seeing now is the result of those severe cuts in funding. And all the while the GOP is trying to make it appear that the fault of those programs lies in the fact that the government is always inept and that privatization is always the answer. Of course they are full of sh#t. It's time we stop giving credence to their specious arguments and start investing heavily in things like education, infrastructure rebuilding, and all things that will serve the public interest and strengthen the middle class. It's time for a healthy dose of good old socialism. It's not a dirty word! It's the only thing that's going to save us.

May 23, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.
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