Friday, July 31, 2009


I've been talking about health care for a while now, mostly bitching and moaning about the roadblocks that the health care industry and republican members of congress have been putting up. Also, don't forget the half-truths, distortions, and outright falsehoods being put out there about a public health care option.

So, it is time for a solution, and I have one. I can solve the health care problem with a one page bill. It doesn't even have to be that long. All it needs to say it that every American from the day they are born to the day the die are eligible for Medicare.

Medicare is already set up. Our seniors have been using it for years. It is a voluntary program. You don't have to join it. You can get private insurance if you want to. If it is such a bad program why do most seniors belong? Supplemental private insurance would still be available for those that want and can afford it.

Congress -- all you have to do is pass a bill that says everyone gets Medicare. If you have no other insurance, Medicare will cover you.

It seems like a very simple solution to me. Problem over.

Now I can get on with other things happening in my life, like my eyes, more dogs this weekend, and another Hollywood Bowl tonight.


  1. This my idea too, Jerry. And yes, it's simple enough.

    Actually, it's THE idea of the majority of Americans. Deep shame we don't have a functioning democracy to let the idea become the law.

    Speaking of which, you'll appreciate this, I think:

  2. It is too simple of a solution for the "great minds" in the congress to comprehend. If such programs are good enough for our Seniors (Medicare) and good enough for our soldiers (VA), why aren't they good enough for the rest of us?

    What are we, chopped liver?

    I think the best line in the article that you reference is:

    Because when tyranny mixes with legalized bribery, constituents' economic concerns stop mattering.

    That is exactly what is happening.