Health care needs one-payer system
The individual is responsible for his or her own well-being, and rightfully so. Take health care for example, now unaffordable for the majority of Americans and over-priced for all.
Just as in the case of our soaring national debt, the soaring cost of health care is forcing the issue. These problems, obvious for decades, now reaching critical mass, are monuments to the incompetence of our governments. Patchwork half-measures are not the answer. They merely complicate the situation, and this includes the Affordable Care Act.
Regardless of all the propaganda to the contrary, governments, employers and insurance companies do not pay your medical bills. All three groups had their motives for getting into the health care game. Politicians were interested in making themselves indispensable and in taking care of their establishment buddies. Employers were simply protecting their vulnerable backsides and bottom lines. Insurance companies wanted their percentage of the take.
Now that it is evident the system is failing, all three groups are writhing and wiggling. Isn’t this a pitiful state of affairs? How are you going to pay for health care?
Let’s create a state-of-the-art “single-payer” health care system with these characteristics: every American citizen included, free choice of medical provider, negotiated prices for services, negotiated prices for pharmaceuticals, limits on court-awarded damages, tiered rate structures from basic preventive care, built-in incentives to lower costs, monetary rewards for staying healthy, with the individual paying at the rate proportional to the goods and services he or she requests and receives above the basic care-minimum rate everyone pays.
Combine Medicare, Medicaid and Affordable Care Act into a single-payer system, getting rid of the impractical employer-based health care debacle and eliminating the insurance industry participation that provides no health care.
Michael Myers, Ashland
Health care needs one-payer system
PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution
News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.
Primary election sends messages
The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.
Click it or Ticket
"Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.
Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.
Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction
The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.
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