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Archive for December, 2011
In a week that saw the death of the Dear Leader and the end of the Iraq War as we knew it, Gorilla thought it appropriate to remember how we got here via one of his most famous songs:
What happens when the gene pool gets overchlorinated?
What happens when two worthless Congressmen, one from each party, decide to unite on a Medicare “reform” proposal?
They destroy Medicare!
Anything relating to “reforming Medicare” that includes vouchers and the private sector will: a) cost far more than traditional Medicare and b) reduce the benefits available under traditional Medicare.
What would a serious Medicare reform entail?
A single payer system: if everyone’s covered, from birth to death, at the current minimum Medicare level, with the option to buy supplemental coverage from the private sector, then costs will be reduced substantially. We do not need insurance middlemen at all.
A national health care system with both public and private sector inputs that spends 50% less on health care and provides better outcomes: this would be the health care system that is available everywhere else in the developed world.
A national health care system that allows beneficiaries to shop for coverage from other countries and lifts the protectionist barriers erected by the doctors’ lobby and Big Pharma. Paying doctors what they’re paid in other rich countries, publicly funding all pharma research, and reducing patent grant periods to 5 years maximum will reduce costs dramatically with no impact on the quality of services provided.
A rigorous national effectiveness testing board to determine whether treatments justify costs.
All of these reforms would make a dramatic contribution to deficit reduction, provide better quality medicine at lower cost, and enable all Americans, for the first time ever, to enjoy lifetime health security.
What Wyden and Ryan propose is nothing more and nothing less than shifting the cost of Medicare onto the backs of senior citizens. This is what complete amorality on the part of corporate America’s Congressional shills looks like.
Gorilla says: “A serious reform of Medicare has yet to be proposed by anyone, Wyden-Ryan is simply the latest non-serious disaster!”
Clown #1: “Know Nothings are an invented people, endowed by their creator Roger Ailes with as little truth and as much racism and misogyny as still fits in with 21st century America”.
Clown #2: “C’mon, I’m running for office, so I’ll bet you $10,000 there’s absolutely nothing about me that wasn’t invented by someone, maybe even by me”.
Euroland: finished, until and unless the ECB brings out the bazooka!
All the nonsense about fiscal consolidation changes nothing.
All the lying by Merkozy amounts to nothing.
All the austerity leads to disaster.
The Fed will soon have to decide (yet again) to do the job Europeans refuse to do.
The Europeans will have to decide whether they wish to do anything about the trade imbalances, ridiculously low inflation, and utterly failed leaders that are destroying their currency.
Gorilla says: “Yet another Nuremburg show trial, this time put on by the Germans!”
Gorilla’s been away from the contagion for 4 weeks, and yet nothing at all has changed:
The Germans and French remain deeply unserious about solving the sovereign debt problem.
What’s needed is a simple statement: “The ECB will be the lender of last resort and will buy sovereign debt in unlimited amounts until an acceptable interest rate floor is achieved”.
Instead, we get more austerity nonsense, more puritans v. sinners, and the kind of stupidity only previously achieved at international level by various authoritarian states and the Know Nothing Party.
Gorilla says: “KozyMer’s a dozy mare!”