Dry Heat: It’s Time America

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Is it time?

  It’s time America, yes, it’s time to do what 22 other industrialized countries have done for their citizens, provide universal health care.

  Medicare for all with a single payer is the best option.

  Before you naysayers start crying that it is unsustainable, remember it is working in these countries and has been for many years. It has also been available in some of our states including Massachusetts, Vermont and Hawaii. What is not sustainable is continually funding the war machine we know as the Military Industrial Complex. We cannot continue to finance imperialistic wars around the world and the war on drugs. A small decrease in the military budget wouldn’t hurt them much. We already spend more than the next seven countries combined which includes Russia and China.

  Let’s do something for the good of the people, like universal health care and putting people to work rebuilding our infrastructure. We can find creative ways to help finance health care. Some ideas would be to legalize marijuana nationwide and place a federal health tax on it. A small increase on tobacco and alcohol taxes to be used exclusively for health care. Then let’s add a large health tax to all sales of guns and ammunition. A 25¢ charge on each bullet would be a nice start. A national health lottery. Let’s bring back President Reagan’s income tax rate levels for the rich. Yes, we probably would have to raise Medicare contributions but I believe people would go along with it, if it meant they had the security of guaranteed health care for their family from birth to death. 

Author’s Note:

  I have been given the opportunity to express my opinion and viewpoints on politics, national, state, and local issues as well as life in general. I hope to inform you as well as entertain you, make you smile or make you mad. I will use humor, sarcasm and occasionally anger to express my views. My intention is to hold politicians accountable sometimes bringing some heat on them and if my views make you angry or hot, remember that like my humor, it is a dry heat. These opinions are entirely my own and do not reflect the views of Copper Area News Publishers.

John Hernandez (710 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.


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