Why Is It Government’s Job to Pay for Hospital Supplies?

Our Industrial Medical Complex is out-of-control, and we know this by looking at the cost of healthcare, medicines, health insurance, and hospital stays. We are getting reamed by the system, and there is nothing we can do about it. Adam Smith warned us about the risks of big business and industry cozying up to the government in an incestuous relationship, and well, that’s exactly what has happened.

All these problems did not happen overnight, call it a comedy of errors, or rather a comedy of corruption that has brought us to where we are today. And, let’s not shoot the messenger here, rather let’s spend a few minutes to discuss all this.

We watched the growth of HMOs thanks to favorable laws created to help bigtime campaign contributors. We then watched the consolidation of the industry. We saw HIPPA laws put smaller systems and hospitals out of business unable to comply with the new mandates, or afford huge computer systems. Why? Well, Silicon Valley donors wanted to sell more enterprise software and hardware, and the hospital sector’s top players loved the idea, as it would provide more barriers to entry as the big boys grew bigger and gained more political power.

The Industrial Medical Complex continued to grow when Bush II signed into law the coverage of medicines to seniors. The Pharmaceutical Industry never had it better, the government became their best customer, one with unlimited funds.

The Obama Administration put forth a plan “ObamaCare” that would essentially guarantee anyone who couldn’t afford health insurance to have any medical services or medicines they needed, FREE. Well, it wasn’t free, remember that nearly all private insurance plans had a 200% increase in cost to pay for all the free people. It turned out to be amazing the number of doctor’s visits, medical services, and pharma drugs that doctors and their patients could come up with as ‘needed’.

Okay so, these are merely a few of the things that made the industrial medical complex so powerful. Today, as the Corona Virus is causing havoc, we see hospitals complaining they might be overrun, and collapse because they don’t have enough protective gear, medical staff, or ventilators. It is claimed that they were not prepared for this Corona Virus or such a run on the need for ICU beds or ventilators. But, why not?

These health care organizations have been overcharging us for decades, they have plenty of money to buy what they need, and global supply chains. All of a sudden, they can’t handle a pandemic? Why do we need the industrial medical complex if it cannot perform? Instead, they need help from the government. They want monetary support, and for the government to pay for their equipment and supplies? WTH? Why?

Because they supposedly could have never anticipated such a worldwide pandemic? Really, I mean over the years I’ve read lots of reports stating that ‘it’s not if, but when’ a pandemic will hit us. Why didn’t they prepare, why didn’t they have supplies in storage? Think how much money they’ve taken from clients, patients, and customers? How much money they’ve gotten from the government for taking care of people’s health, or how much they’ve soaked from health care insurance companies that have passed that cost, plus more onto all of us?

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The Path to Ninety-Six

Study a map of South Carolina to find a town in the western part of that state that is called “Ninety-Six.” I was raised in the state, and heard that the town was named for being ninety-six miles from the state capital (Columbia). This was not true. Search online for a variety of explanations. One of them is that the topography of that area supported nine creeks that ran East – West and six creeks that ran North – South. I think this explanation is suspect too.

There seems to be some elevation to Ninety-Six, but no indication that the topography is high enough to support the flow of water in different directions, plus I can find no indication that Ninety-Six has so many individual natural springs that spawn these creeks. Allegedly, the name stuck in the early 1700s, so a frontiersman would have named it. A trading post is mentioned, and it seems that whoever put the first trading post there might have given the name.

Web search “Cherokee Path,” to learn that the Cherokee Natives had a society that stretched across several southern U.S. states, that they had towns, and these towns supported communication and trade by an array of foot paths. One such footpath radiated south from the upland South Carolina Cherokee town of Keowee. Guess what? Keowee is ninety-six miles to the Northwest. The footpath was well-traveled by Cherokees who brought fur pelts to trade for mostly metal tools and guns.

Likely, one, or several of today’s rural state roads between Ninety-Six and Keowee lay upon the footpath. It is known that part of State Highway 11 near Seneca, SC, is built on another such path out of Keowee. The Cherokee could not have imagined how forgotten their once-thriving nation could be; how lost their names and accomplishments are among the people of the future who live in the region. This bothers me, for some reason, to wonder if these people mattered, or that their history has been maligned. Yet, I am grateful to be alive to have that opinion.

In the Christian Bible, web search 1 Thessalonians 5:18. The Apostle Paul wrote the verse in a letter to the members of the early Christian Church in Thessalonica, on or about the year 52 AD (52 years after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ). I take comfort in this verse, because it supports the foundation of Christianity, that God has a plan for each of us and wants us to know him. The only question is: Do we recognize him to be our God, pray to him, and seek his grace to help us understand our footpath through human life. I believe that he knows our history, takes great interest in our journey, and that he walks with us at every step, ever wanting us to perceive that he is there.

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