How Single Payer Works

Healthcare for all. I’m gonna try to explain how it works, okay? Here it goes.

You work for a company, and while you’re healthy and working, your company is paying premiums for your healthcare insurance. And so are you.

You are both paying for this, whether you get sick or not. It comes out of your paycheck, and it comes out of your company’s expenses.

And what you are paying for, is insurance.

You are not paying for actual medical costs, you are both paying monthly payments to an insurance company.

Now, let’s say you get sick. You need care. So you go to the doctor, with your company-paid insurance card, and the doctor tells you to do some tests. You do the tests, and they find something is wrong.

They tell you, you need something done. A procedure, surgery…you think it’s okay because you have insurance. Right?

But you have to meet a deductible. You’ve already had the money taken out of your paycheck, week after week….and your company that you work for has already paid, week after week, for the insurance group that covers you.

But you have to meet this deductible anyway. And you realize that a pain in your leg, or shoulder, might not be worth having to pay $1000 out of your own pocket to fix.

This is what we have, for those of us who have medical benefits at work.

And most of us, lately, don’t have full time jobs, but are working two part time jobs, some of them under the table.

This is what we have.

This is what we have to stop.

Under single-payer, medicare for all, there IS no insurance premium that has to be paid. You will continue to get the same pay but you will no longer have that medical insurance money taken out of your pay. Instead, it will go towards your taxes.

Your company? Same thing. They won’t have to pay that medical insurance premium either. Instead, they will have to pay a tax.

Both of you will get the same money in your pockets…but you will be able to get your shoulder, or your leg, fixed.

That’s how it works, folks.

Why Do The Rich Hate Taxes ?

I’m not talking about the really wealthy but those who make a couple hundred grand or more. Greed is part of it but I think it’s also they don’t handle what they have for beans. There were some articles a while back about how The Rich don’t Feel Rich.  A story about a Univ. Professor who was making 250k a year who was upset about his taxes going up. Well it turns out that this self same professor’s life style was way over what it should have been for some one who made this kind of money. And according to this article in Slate, this is not uncommon.
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Yesterday as the angry silent majority began speaking up, one of our Democratic Senators (I believe could have been Assemblyperson) from the State of Wisconsin coined the new name of our state, officially for sale:  Fitzwalkerstan.  I find it rather witty and relevant.  Amongst the various Twitter feeds I was reading for the day, I noticed Fitzwalkerstan was top trending and I have to say, never before have I laughed but sat in awe of the irony at the same time.

Some of the posts were humorous yet absurd, others were humorous but true, some more were dead on, and a few were complaining that we scored something for our team that the MSM cannot hide away (and it is on Wisconsin public record, yus!).  I feel this term for our state (used to be Packerstan which I was perfectly happy with) completely encompasses the political reality of the situation.

We have the two Fitzgerald brothers the heads of both the State Assembly and Senate, their father the head of the State Troopers and then good old Scott Walker, our King Governor in Chief and well “stan” although incorrectly attributed to only fascist Muslim regimes, just means land.  The State Troopers also have a new name, “The Palace Guard” as attempts to force out and prevent protesters from coming into OUR building, the people’s house, the State Capitol have been highlighted in the press.

Illegal meetings aside, raping workers and the State of 50 years of precedence for “budget issues”, dividing the middle class making them all hate each other and wish low wages and bad benefits on each other while the rich who are benefiting from the tax breaks on the backs of those same middle class are sipping champagne and dancing giddy all the way to the bank (that one in the Bahamas btw).

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Okay, I Just Need to Bitch For a Moment

For the past, oh, I dunno….several years?  I was making good money.  I had one steady job after another and was able to pay my rent and bills and still have money left over.  In fact, I actually had EXTRA money taken out of my paychecks every pay cycle, by both the Fed and State, in order to get a little cushion each April.  A little bonus, if you will.

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