Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NATO does not include killing allies such as the Kurds.

October 24, 2016
By the NY Times Editorial Board

...Even before this latest demand, (click here) Turkey had angered Baghdad by keeping 600 to 800 troops at a base in Bashiqa in northern Iraq. Ankara’s real priority is defeating Kurdish separatists who straddle the border regions of Turkey and Iraq and have engaged in a rebellion against the Turkish government for decades. Mr. Erdogan is also eager to check Iran’s growing influence in the region and to be seen as a defender of Sunni Arabs and Turkmen, who live in Mosul and the surrounding area....

The Kurds need to move before the UN Security Council for a resolution to end their deaths. What percentage of the Kurds are dying at the will of Turkey?

Turkey is not working with it's allies. The Peshmerga have been a vital ally in Iraq. There is absolutely no reason for targeting the Kurds. 

Perhaps we need a death count of the Kurds, including women, children and the elderly.
The decision trees of the health care companies have to be evaluated. The decision makers are not physicians, often it is a Licensed Practical Nurse supervised by a Registered Nurse.

"Case Managers" should be found in hospitals and possibly physician offices, not health care insurers.

Health care insurers should be reporting suspected fraud (which happens in the millions of dollars, not the cost of an x-ray) to the government, not building it into their policies.

There are a couple of interesting graphs from Gallup that portrays the incidence of disease in the American lifestyle.

Among Americans with varying types of medical coverage (including no coverage), uninsured Americans are still the most likely to report having put off medical treatment because of cost. More than half of the uninsured (57%) have put off treatment, compared with 34% with private insurance and 22% with Medicare or Medicaid. However, the percentage of Americans with private health insurance who report putting off medical treatment because of cost has increased from 25% in 2013 to 34% in 2014.

When Americans do not have the money for healthcare they postpone it, possibly permanently.

The question as to the availability to health care by Americans should never be a matter of economics. Healthcare should be affordable and easily accessed.

This is a quality of life issue and directly relates to longevity.

...Thirty-five percent of lower-income Americans -- those with annual household incomes under $30,000 -- report putting off medical treatment in the past 12 months, down from 43% in 2013. More upper-income Americans, on the other hand, report delaying treatment, with percentages rising from 17% in 2013 to 28% this year. The percentage of middle-income Americans who have put off medical treatment remains roughly the same as last year, at 38%....

Where the impoverished have been able to access the Medicaid Expansion, it works.

Where the Medicaid Expansion is implemented, the percentage of income impacted by health care is far, far less. The Medicaid Expansion contributes to quality of life and longevity. For that reason alone it should be a national mandate. The ACA is a highly moral measure by the American people.

The idea health care can be postponed needs to be mitigated to bring timely attention to all Americans. In the question above the largest demographic postponing health care (Annual physicals and preventive measures are free.) lies in the private insurance market. It needs to be evaluated more closely.

If an American is postponing health care is it because of the commercial market initiatives of propaganda. How many Americans are listening to or questioning their doctors recommendations? There exists marketing strategies within the private sector of the health care industry to ? empower ? Americans to make 'educated decisions' that postpone health care. It is ruthless, but, then refusing care, as in the past, is just as ruthless causing unnecessary deaths.


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It is designed to question doctor/surgeon's recommendations.

The ACA allows and almost insists Americans be educated about their health and options. That education component is abused by the health care industry to justify the increase in costs. 

The ACA was written primarily for physicians/nurses to educate their patients, not to hand the education to the very insurance carriers that at one time handed out death sentences of by refusing payment of costs.

The ACA cost is effected by the number of participants, but, also by the infrastructure the health insurance companies have built to justify increases in costs.

The number of people in a health care exchange in Red States is politically oppressed.

Given the fact the Medicaid Expansion was not accepted by the Red States, of course, health care is too expensive.

The highest uninsured are the Red States resulting in an upward pressure on health care costs because the companies offering coverage in these states have a limited offering.

The number of people participating in health care costs are far less in these Red States. It is most notable the Red States often have oppressive voting regulations as well.

...Not all workers have access to coverage through their job. (click here) In 2016, 73% of nonelderly uninsured workers worked at a firm that did not offer health benefits to the worker. The main reason uninsured workers give for not taking up an offer of coverage is that the coverage is unaffordable. From 2006 to 2016, total premiums for family coverage has increased by 58%, and the worker’s share has increased by 78%, outpacing wage growth....

When examining national statistics the graph from Gallup show a drastic change in the uninsured.

Often, when adverse reporting makes the media the Blue States are the first to attempt to fix the problems. However, it may be only the Red States that are the cause of the adverse reports. Before a Blue State legislature changes the laws or funding for it's population there should be a clear designation as to what extent there is a problem for the states that react significantly to adverse reporting of the ACA.

The Red States, especially the southeast, maintain a high percentage of uninsured.

There is a direct relationship between health care and longevity. The shortest longevity at birth are seen in the African American populations of the Red States. The lowest longevity is primarily in the southeast USA.

October 4, 2016
By John S. Kieman

...Much to the credit (click here) of the Affordable Care Act — popularly dubbed “Obamacare” — the uninsured rate for all Americans dropped earlier this year to a historic low of 8.6 percent, according to the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the rates continue to vary dramatically across states....

The uninsured and shortest longevity in the USA is definitely racist in nature.

The time frame of the chart regarding longevity per state is a bit dated in 2009, but, given the continued uninsured population in Red States I doubt the averages have changed. 

Sources (click here)

Measure of America calculations using mortality counts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Mortality – All County Micro-Data File, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Population counts are from the CDC WONDER Database.

In examining the chart at this website not the high number of NSF (Not Sufficient Data). The states that do not report by state rights and legislative state law; also have the shorter longevity rates. It is called corruption and the reason "to much government invasion into private lives." That is a strategy and not simply the privacy rights of Americans. The real standard for invasion into privacy is the US Patriot Act. These same states do not have a problem with invasion of privacy when it means white folks might be killed by terrorists.

In the time frame of 2014, (click here) the Red States rank highest in death rates of Americans per 100,000.

This phenomena of lack of health care insurance, shorter longevity rates and higher death rates per 100,000 of population is most noted in the southeast USA. It is a quality of life issue.

There is no quality of life in the southeast USA. The income demographics are startling as well. There are TWO classes of persons in the Red States, the wealthy and the poor. There is very little in between. That means the Republican paradigm of economics is grossly skewed to protect the wealthy while sacrificing the poor.