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Conservative Think Tank: 10 Countries With Universal Health Care Have Freer Economies Than The U.S.

Conservative Think Tank: 10 Countries With Universal Health Care Have Freer Economies Than The U.S.

Many American conservatives oppose universal health insurance because they see it as fundamentally antithetical to a free society. “If we persevere in our quixotic quest for a fetishized medical equality we will sacrifice personal freedom as its price,” wrote a guest editorialist in the ]Wall Street Journal in 2009. But according to the Heritage Foundation, a leading conservative think tank, ten nations freer than the United States have achieved universal health coverage. It turns out that the right kind of health reform could cover more Americans while increasing economic freedom.

Today, Heritage published its 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, an annual look at economic liberty around the world. The United States stayed put at #12, just below Ireland, Mauritius, and Denmark.

What’s striking about the list is that of the eleven countries ahead of the U.S. in economic freedom, ten have achieved universal coverage. Many Americans on both the right on the left subscribe to the myth that the U.S. has a free-market health care system. It doesn’t. U.S. government entities spend more per-capita on health care than all but two other countries in the world.

Tellingly, on the Heritage Index of Economic Freedom, both Switzerland (#5) and Singapore (#2) rank far higher than the U.S. on overall economic freedom. Both countries serve as models for my health reform plan, Transcending Obamacare, which would adapt features of the Swiss and Singaporean health care systems to liberate U.S. health care from onerous regulations and wasteful spending. We’ve modeled the plan as reducing federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 30 years, while increasing the number of people with health insurance by 12 million.


Bernie Sanders: Top 10 Corporate Tax Cheats

General Electric
From 2008 to 2013, while GE made over $33.9 billion in United States profits, it received a total tax refund of more than $2.9 billion from the Internal Revenue Service.

From 2008 to 2013, while Boeing made over $26.4 billion in U.S. profits, it received a total tax refund of $401 million from the IRS. Boeing’s effective U.S. corporate income tax rate over this six-year period was -2 percent.

From 2008 to 2013, while Verizon made over $42.4 billion in U.S. profits, it received a total tax refund of $732 million from the IRS.

Bank of America
Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS in 2010, even though it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of more than $1.3 trillion


These Corps are raiding the wealth of America's Working Class just to stash profits made in America in offshore bank accounts. What is even worse most of the $MultiMillion dollar CEOs want to see the eligibility age for social security and Medicare raised to 70.

Got to admit "Bernie gets it"

Effects of a Fifteen Dollar an Hour Minimum Wage in the City of Los Angeles

Effects of a Fifteen Dollar an Hour Minimum Wage in the City of Los Angeles

America has lost ground on the intent declared by Congress when the Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted in 1938, that workers will receive wages sufficient to maintain “the minimum standard of living necessary for health, efficiency, and general well-being.” The federal minimum wage had the greatest value in 1968. Set at $1.60 an hour, it had a value of $10.51 in 2012 dollars. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 is worth 31 percent less. This wage attrition is part of most people’s every day experience:

◾Three-quarters of the full-time labor force residing in the City of Los Angeles earn less than comparable workers 30 years ago.
◾Wage erosion was greatest for workers in the bottom half of the wage scale. From 1979 to 2011, annual pay dropped 14 percent for workers in the 50th percentile – the median or typical worker, and 26 percent for workers in the 25th percentile – the working poor.
◾The average hourly wage for all workers residing in the City of Los Angeles in 2013 is estimated to be $27.85, yielding estimated annual pay of $58,244 for the average wage and salary worker.
◾Forty-six percent of LA’s wage and salary workers are paid less than $15 an hour. This includes 41 percent of the 1,097,000 full-time employees and 54 percent of the 665,000 part-time employees who live in the City of Los Angeles.

Economic Stimulus

When workers’ households receive additional income, their increased spending stimulates growth in the local economy. Their increased purchases of groceries, clothes, meals out, health care, car repair services, and rental housing stimulates added purchases in the local supply chain. Jobs would be created in the same industries where workers would receive wage increases, including restaurants and retail stores. The increased buying power of workers would make these industries direct beneficiaries of the higher wages they would be paying.

The increased spending translates into added sales for local businesses and their suppliers, as well as added jobs at those businesses and their suppliers, and increased tax revenue for local, state and federal government.


Here’s Every City in America Getting a $15 Minimum Wage

Here’s Every City in America Getting a $15 Minimum Wage

As New York is set to raise fast food workers' pay

When dozens of New York fast food workers walked off the job in 2013 demanding minimum pay of $15 per hour, their campaign seemed like a longshot. But two years, several nationwide strikes and new rules laws later, a $15 minimum wage is becoming a reality for millions of workers across the United States.

The workers’ campaign, known as Fast Food Forward and backed by the Service Employees International Union, has slowly gained momentum through a series of increasingly large one-day strikes targeting fast food chains like McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King. At first, the effects of the strikes seemed small, with individual restaurant owners conceding to minuscule wage increases for some of their workers. But even as businesspeople were doing their best to ignore the movement, politicians were paying close attention.

Over the last two years, several cities and now the entire state of New York either have or are in the process of enacting a $15 minimum wage for various workers. Here’s a look at the cities that have enacted huge pay increases, and the ones that could still be to come.


Woman charged with killing toddler son, husband

Woman charged with killing toddler son, husband

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Whatcom County woman accused of killing her husband and toddler son faces two first-degree murder charges.

The Bellingham Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1MmjebK ) that a real estate agent found 43-year-old Erin Lee Jordan injured with a gunshot wound in the shoulder in her home north of Bellingham.

Charging papers show that Erin Jordan confessed to a Whatcom County sheriff's detective that she shot her husband and their child while they slept. Her husband Michael David Jordan and their 1-year-old son Miles were found with gunshot wounds. Deputies believe they had been dead for at least two days before they were found.


S.F. deputies union ties pier killing to sheriff’s order

The union representing San Francisco sheriff’s deputies filed a formal complaint against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, linking the Pier 14 killing of Kathryn Steinle to a March order that barred them from communicating with federal immigration agents, according to documents obtained by The Chronicle.

The murder arrest of a man whom deputies had freed from jail despite a felony record and a history of deportations showed that Mirkarimi’s policy “recklessly compromises the safety of sworn personnel, citizens, and those who merely come to visit the San Francisco area,” the deputies wrote in the grievance.

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association called for Mirkarimi to correct his “flawed philosophy” and rescind the March 13 memo prohibiting his staff from giving immigration agents information about detainees — including their citizenship status, their booking and arrest documents, and their release dates.


Here in the Philippines - in way over my head

I 'm on the island of Cebu and while traveling by bus to Moalboal this little kid started following me.

I think he snuck on the bus in Cebu City because I remember seeing one of his crutches as it slid under my seat.

When me and my wife got off in Moalboal she remembers seeing him trying to crawl down the isle of the over crowded bus. At the bus stop he showed me an obviouly botched amputation of one of his feet just below the ankle and motioned asking for a hand out.

I only had 1.5 pesos in coins and gave him that but my wife had 20 pesos that she gave and he seemed to satisfied. She reminded me of a few chocolates we had in camera bag and I gave him those too.

He was so hungery he couldn't even wait to unwrap the Hershey's Kisses - instead just squeezing the foil until the half melted chocolate oozed out and sucking them clean.

We immediately took him across the street to a traditional Filipino eatery and got him a proper meal of rice fish and vegtables topped off with an orange fanta. Now this is small boy perhaps 9 or 10 but he did his best to finish the entire meal. What he couldn't finish the cook helped put it in a plastic bag to save for later.

By now me and my wife like this little guy so now we have a local carpenter building him some properly sized crutches. The ones he had must have been from the original accident and were so short I was afraid he might become permenetly hunched over from trying to use them.

I'm going to try and take him back to Cebu and see about getting him into a doctor to look at that leg. I'm no doctor - but even I can tell the amputation of his foot was badly botched if performed by a doctor at all

God I wish they had a Shriner's Hospital here

Sorry for spelling - I'm on my phone

America will never see a Dime of the Corp profits from TPP

All those MultiNational Corporations keep those profits Offshore to avoid paying Taxes so the whole thing only equates to a HUGE Net Loss for the USA

And any shill who wants to deny that ought to try spouting their tripe some where else

If fact Bernie Sanders is the only candidate even talking about Corps offshoring profits

I'm off to the Philippines --yea

My wife is Filipino and her family is having a family reunion so me and her are traveling there for the next 3 weeks

I've traveled all over Asia and how I wish MORE Americans would get out and see what the world is all about.

Life in the Philippines, as beautiful as the place is and people are, absolutely speaks volumes of the hazards of corruption and crony capitalism. But even as corrupt as the Philippines can be THEY outlawed the use of ESS Voting Machines - truly a proud day in annals of the Philippine Supreme Court.

Sadly thou - the corruption is so extensive normal folks are expected to pay "Grease Money" - (Bribe) to government officials just to obtain documents we take for granted. ie: Birth Certificate, Driver's License, Marriage Certificate.

And never have I been so afraid of following down that rabbit hole as when Bush was in office

But looking on the bright side - I get 1 week of Reef Diving with my wife all to myself during this ordeal

What an embarrassment this Open Bigotry must be for normal white folks

What kind of Back Woods Corn Fed Pre-Neanderthal frontal cranium equipped High Functioning Moron can honestly buy into this crap. I mean Hell – I’m only half white and I’m completely embarrassed by all of it.

From the Mass Shootings to the Fucking Thugs with Guns using the “I thought he was Reaching for a Gun”, Goon Platoon to the Jack Ass GOP Clowns blocking every possible piece of legislation and nomination the President of the United States makes because Oh Gawd – don’t ya know he’s black.

And mark my words you Bone Headed Want-a-Be Man of God holding up the Bible that you have re-interpreted, Dumpster Dived through picking out the pieces you WANT to keep and throwing out the REST – Heritic, Nobody believes you that its “All right there in the Good Book” all the while endorsing, preaching HATE. Believe me God has a Special Place for You.

And ALL These Fuckers have Come Out of the Wood Work because a Black Man got Elected to the Highest Office in the Country


You can’t handle it so you want to take it out on Kids, 12 yr old girls going to the pool, 12 year old little boys playing with a toy gun in the park, Religious folks having prayer meeting, hard working Dads just driving home from work, a guy standing on the side walk - you want to take it out on them ??

If you stupid Fuckers hadn’t elected such a stupid, “can’t walk and chew bubble gum at the same time” Illiterate High Functioning Moron to hand out blank checks to his crony corporations, and tank the economy crating the Worst Global Recession EVER – We wouldn’t have had to elect Black Man to the Highest Office in the land to try and fix the economy you fuckers wrecked.

So Man the Fuck Up

Grow a Pair

Get a Clue

Quit taking it out on folks who ARE NOT responsible for your fucking mistakes and blunders, “I am the Decider” stupid shit crap

If this gets me banned from DU – so be it
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