Thursday, 01 June 2017 15:04

California must provide all Californians with a single payer health insurance

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji

There is something that bugs me about us, Americans; it is that we know the right thing and would not do it unless our backs are pushed to the wall and we have no choice but to do it.

Everybody who has any brains in his head understands that health care is really a right and not a privilege; all people ought to have access to health insurance; health is not what some people should have and others not have it.

A rational society must give its qualifying citizens publicly paid education through university and publicly paid health insurance for all its citizens.

May be Republicans will refute the need to do these things for the people. We understand that Republicans have minds possessed by the devil; the devil makes them see the world in an upside down manner while making them pretend to see things correctly.

For example, Jesus Christ taught his followers to love and care for one another (see the biblical story of the Good Samaritan to understand who is a Christian). But Republican so-called Christians perverted the teaching of the Jewish carpenter to mean that we should exploit one another and not care for our neighbors.

Republicans are either insane or mean spirited; I no longer bother listening to their warped logic asking us to not care for our fellow human beings.

The issue at hand is why do Democrats not just go ahead and do the right things, at least, in clearly liberal states and leave demon possessed Republicans in their hell fire.

Clearly, California is a liberal state. The Governor, Jerry Brown and most of the legislators are Democrats. I assume that as democrats they share my belief that certain things are the peoples right, such as education and health insurance.

As I see it, we must give all people health insurance (paid through payroll deductions, say, one to two percent of the individual's income deducted from his monthly payroll) and publicly paid education at all levels (elementary, secondary, university and technical schools...not every person can go to university so we ought to adopt the German education system of sending non-academically inclined high school students to vocational schools).

After providing the individual with these two public goods he is left to fend for himself. Clearly, our free enterprise economy is the most productive economy in the world but it works in such a way that there are winners and losers.

There will always be losers in a competitive society but we ought to tax the winners, as in progressive taxation, and use that money to help losers.  Helping losers does not mean feeding them; it means giving them health insurance and opportunity to go to school to acquire marketable job skills. That is to say we must inject aspects of socialism that do not kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, capitalism, into the US economy. We need a robust mixed capitalist and socialist economy.

California, a liberal state, ought to have understood these facts. As such, she ought to have ignored Satan possessed Republicans and simply went ahead and did the right things, such as provide all Californians with a single payer, publicly paid health insurance and publicly paid education at all levels.

These things must eventually be done so why wait for mean spirited Republicans to come around and support them before Californians did them?

If California is a nation state her GDP would be ranked number six in the world. Russia's less than $2 trillion dollars GDP is ranked 11th in the world.

"The latest figures for 2014 from the World Bank show that Brazil claimed seventh place with a gross domestic product of $2.346 trillion. California's gross state product, which is comparable to GDP, was $2.312 trillion, according to a report released last month by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis."

"Riding the latest high-tech boom and an overall statewide surge, California has leapfrogged France and Brazil to become the world's sixth-largest economy, according to figures released Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration. Using data from the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the state Department of Finance said California jumped ahead two spots in the annual rankings in 2015, up from No. 8 the year before.""

Yes, California has the resources to do the right things. So, what are Californians waiting for before they did the right things? Are they waiting for Republicans to become less devilish before they do the right things?

If you waited for Republicans to become decent people you would wait for ever and ever; Republicans are lost in their hellish life.

If you want to do the right thing you just go ahead and do it and forget about Republicans and their voodoo economics. Republican economists use statistics to befuddle gullible folks in public discourse; they tell us how the right thing is not good for us.

All advanced Western European economies have given their people publicly paid health insurance and the last time that I checked America is not doing better than them; therefore, the Republican argument against publicly paid health insurance must be ignored.

I say that it is about time that the state of California and other liberal controlled states ignored Republican controlled Washington and simply give all their people health insurance.

I believe that it is a shame that in a country as economically rich as America is, millions of Americans have no access to health insurance and when they become sick suffer and die unnecessary death.

I simply refuse to listen to the arguments made by the powerful lobbyists against doing the right thing and suggest that liberals in California and other progressive states for once stop using Republican obduracy as excuse for not doing the right thing; liberal controlled states should go ahead and do the right things.

Governor Jerry Brown work with your legislature and give all Californians a single payer, publicly paid health insurance. Do it and do it now.  If you refuse to do it then stop posturing as a man who cares for the people?

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

June 1, 2017

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PS: I benefitted from California's excellent university system (PhD from the University of California); it is now time that we gave all Californians health insurance benefits.

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176