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Hullabaloo: California's supermajority: use it or lose it, by Robert Cruickshank
"Political reality, then, makes it absolutely clear that Democrats need to deliver meaningful improvements to people's daily lives if they are going to keep their supermajority. However, that doesn't mean they should just pass whatever they want. Legislators should assume any tax increase or substantial policy action will be put on the ballot for a referendum by wealthy conservatives. Democratic leaders will need to work hand-in-hand with California's progressive movement to determine and then implement a reform agenda over the next two years. Only by a coordinated effort will that reform agenda withstand the certain counterrevolution from the rich that would come at the November 2014 ballot.

What should that agenda look like? Here are just a few ideas:

Make it even easier to vote…
Bring even more revenue to the schools…
Make sure every Californian gets good health care…
Do something to create jobs…
Fix the Constitution…"
elections  referendums  legistlature  progressivism  democrats  mandate  texes  education  schools  singlepayerhealthsystem  singlepayer  healthcare  jobs  proposition13  government  supermajority  constitution  california  2012  robertcruickshank 
november 2012 by robertogreco
Canada’s Health Care: An Alternate Universe | Common Dreams
"…inequities in the system…shortage of physicians…can be long waits for elective procedures & non-urgent doctor visits. For most Canadians cost of drugs, dental care & some psychiatric services is not included in basic package…benefits vary somewhat by province.<br />
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But Canada’s medical outcomes are excellent; urgent needs get urgent care; Canadians live 2yrs longer…Problems like medical bankruptcy are virtually unknown…overwhelming majority of Canadians…prefer their system over ours…<br />
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We learned that doctors in Canada earn a good income not much different from most of those in the US. Although most have a good quality of life with adequate free time, some are overworked & a few can’t find positions due to lack of facilities in some specialties. But few Canadian physicians emigrate, &…each year since 2004 more physicians have returned to Canada than have moved abroad.<br />
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Canadians were totally perplexed as to why Americans have put up with our faulty & expensive system for so long."
canada  health  healthcare  singlepayerhealthsystem  singlepayer  2011  doctors  medicine  policy 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Vermont for Single Payer
"Statement of Principles: We support a universal health care system for the State of Vermont, one that includes all Vermonters, offers free choice of providers, is progressively financed, decoupled from employment, affordable for all, and pays for all necessary care out of public funds; a system which retains the private delivery of health care and has a publicly accountable budget process to ensure adequate capacity to meet the health care needs of all Vermonters.
vermont  singlepayerhealthsystem  healthcare  medicine  health  socialsafetynet  singlepayer  socialism 
april 2011 by robertogreco
ClubOrlov: America—The Grim Truth [A bit over the top, but there are some major truths in here, especially about the worry that results from the financial precariousness we feel as part of our system, lack of social safety net]
"Americans, I have some bad news for you:

You have the worst quality of life in the developed world—by a wide margin.

If you had any idea of how people really lived in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many parts of Asia, you’d be rioting in the streets calling for a better life. In fact, the average Australian or Singaporean taxi driver has a much better standard of living than the typical American white-collar worker.

I know this because I am an American, and I escaped from the prison you call home.

I have lived all around the world, in wealthy countries and poor ones, and there is only one country I would never consider living in again: The United States of America. The mere thought of it fills me with dread.

Consider this…"
politics  collapse  us  economics  health  healthcare  expats  2010  via:mathowie  finance  well-being  qualityoflife  food  pharmaceuticals  work  balance  australia  fragmentation  teaparty  immigration  emmigration  canada  newzealand  japan  europe  comparison  middleeast  guns  safety  society  fear  dystopia  unemployment  decline  oil  peakoil  grimfutures  change  policy  freedom  germany  finland  italy  france  scandinavia  singlepayerhealthsystem  government  socialsafetynet  bankruptcy 
december 2010 by robertogreco

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