Friday, March 24, 2017

what to care about most...

Right now, for anyone paying attention to the news, there is so much 'information' out there that who can keep track of it all? Some of it very much involves our personal lives. Some is more abstract and about maybes.

Today the House will vote on the GOP 'health' care bill. It sounds likely that it won't pass. No democrats will vote to undo the bill that they consider their signature accomplishment (if you don't count a rising debt, more wars in the Middle East and the rise of ISIS as a worldwide terrorism network). Many Republicans won't support it since they feel the bill is Obama Care Lite or heavy-- depending on whether they are moderates or  conservatives. 

The irony is none of this is about health care. It's about insurance for health care. What the House is wrestling with (apparently) is who should pay for health care. Who should get it? What should it cover? This will not make finding doctors easier or dealing with those suffering from chronic conditions, where most of the high cost is found. It also won't do anything, from what I can tell to allow competition across state lines. With the current situation, there are those in one state paying $20,000 for a couple with a $6000 deductible. In other states, the purchaser gets their insurance cheaper than before the ACA. 

It will do nothing that I can tell to bring down prescription costs. Not a thing to train more doctors, which is how you actually get competition. I am not sure where the issue of a lifetime benefit limitation is but for someone born with epilepsy, this was a big deal. It also won't help with the elderly and the need for nursing home care-- not that ACA did either until someone loses everything and can go on Medicaid anyway. 

All of us, around the world, have to be impacted by the recent terrorist attacks where all it takes is a vehicle and a knife. You can NOT stop that before lives are lost. It's not anything that requires expertise. Where you can stop it is by what is considered very un-PC-- vetting our own citizens. As it stands, we could not arrest someone before they commit a crime. The most recent example of this problem was the radicalized British citizen, born there, who did have a violent record and the government had been aware of his being radicalized. Knowing did nothing to stop what happened this week. It can only be stopped by what currently most of the 'developed' world cannot do-- arrest and put someone in jail before they commit a crime. Lots of luck changing that. As it is, the rest of us have to hope for luck as anywhere in the world it only takes one radicalized person to kill and maim innocents, those who had had nothing to do with what angered that radical :(.

Then there is the accusation of rape in Maryland. A 14 year old girl has said she was brutalized by two youths, 18 and 17 years old, who were attending the high school as freshmen. Both had come from Central America, either as refugees or illegally. Leaving aside that, what I learned about that was that in states across this country, adults can stay in public schools until they are 21 or in the case of Texas-- 26. Now that isn't a big deal for a student who is having a hard time graduating and has been there all along, maybe one who had an illness that pulled them out of school for a period of time; but to me to take young men from a foreign culture and put them in with what amounts to children is insane. For their sake and that of the students, they should have been at a community college, providing their classes for free but where they are in school with those their age.  Apparently schools across this country are not willing or able to take into account cultural differences in their decisions? More PC gone amok.


Ingineer66 said...

My daughter Is an elementary teacher and has worked in some very rough and not as rough neighborhoods. The size and maturity difference among kids a couple of years apart can be amazing. This semester she has two kids that speak no English in her class, one Chinese, one Mexican and gets no help in the classroom to teach them. Last year she had a kid that acts out so violently that he has one or two aides that watch him. In the name of political correctness, we seem to make a lot of odd decisions.

Rain Trueax said...

We do and it's not fair to the teachers or students or even the ones coming in. To me we have excellent community colleges and it's where this belongs. In addition to learning English and our culture, they could maybe get help with a trade to actually get real work. Some of our students who drop out get their GEDs at community colleges and it lets them go onto college if they so wish.

T. Paine said...

In the 1970's, I was in sixth grade. A new boy moved with his family to the United States from South Korea and ended up being in my class that year. The boy spoke practically no English. I was a good student and my teacher, who won teacher of the year for the state of Oregon that year, asked me if I would take "Andy" under my wing and be his friend and help him by example with his school work. I was happy to do so. Andy and I became fast friends and he quickly learned English over the course of that year. He was motivated to become "American".

He is now a brilliant computer scientist and does very well for himself. I met up with him a few years ago at our 30th high school reunion and he told me how grateful he was for my friendship that helped him to assimilate into American culture and become so successful. I told him that I was thankful for his friendship and for the wisdom of a great teacher that figured out a creative way to help educate this young man rather than ignore him.

Rain Trueax said...

Good story. I think that is the big concern and the difference between possibly immigrants of the past and today-- wanting to be part of this culture, learning the language, figuring out how to succeed. We saw that with many Vietnamese after the war where they came here and started businesses. Some say that should be our criteria today-- do you want to be part of this culture? From wherever they came, that tells a lot about whether they will be part of making us better or a stumbling block.

T. Paine said...

Rain, you are absolutely correct. Nowadays the concept of the melting pot is no more. We have many immigrants, legal or otherwise, that come here and have no desire to learn the language or become an American and part of its culture. THIS is where many problems arise.
This is where political correctness begins tearing apart the fabric of American culture.

Case in point: a few years ago, an American student at a high school in California was chastised and sent home by the principal for having the temerity to wear a shirt that had the American flag on it during Cinco de Mayo day. It was said that it was insensitive and taunting towards the Hispanic students. This could have been used as a teachable moment for all of the students; instead it was used as another exercise in political correctness that only served to further push diverse students further from understanding each other and created more animosity for each group towards the other.

Rain Trueax said...

It's a crazy time for political correctedness is all I can say; and the desire of some on the left, especially in universities to eliminate the American flag is insane. What do they want to be? a bunch of people loosely connected or not... It's frustrating