BTW, selling off the VA health system hospitals would instantly rid the wait list problem they encounter as all veterans would instantly be offered Medicare and could choose any doctor they wish.
As an addendum to the above comment, the USA would be better served if Medicare replaced Medicaid, CHIP, the VA health system, and private insurance would then become a supplemental and optional purchase for more "cadillac" health services as it has often been described.
Medicare expansion and reform could be implemented over a 10 year period. Start by abolishing Medicaid, CHIP, VA, etc. then redirect those funds to Medicare. Increase the Medicare tax and implement a law that forbids doctors to deny patient care and must, by law, accept Medicare payments for services rendered.
You could start by allowing all aged 0-25 to become Medicare beneficiaries. Then continue implementation by lowering the Medicare age to 55 the next year, then 45 the next, then 35, then 25. This would be a 5 year implementation plan.
Once its fully implemented, Medicare would be the standard insurance for everyone - with zero co-pay, co-insurance, and no premium that is portable and to be used for any doctor or any hospital nationwide as doctors and hospitals would no longer be able to legally deny patients care.
Any services not provided under Medicare would then be served by purchasing supplemental private insurance.
This would control costs, allow for choice, and be the only true universal coverage option.
It works for people ages 65+ already, why are the rest of us discriminated against?
I usually am skeptical of people who want to determine the definition of the constitution on my behalf. "Constitutionalists" probably can't interpret half of what is in the document to begin with.
With that being said, Insure Tennessee is a half-baked effort to hand over public tax dollars to private insurance industry, have beneficiaries deal with the excessive co-pays, co-insurance, and premiums that the voucher may not cover. Remind you these are people who cannot afford insurance to begin with, they are the working class and unemployed poor.
However, American style health care is such a miserable and unending nightmare of excessive debt that something is better than nothing. So of course even liberal groups in Tennessee, brow beaten and denied anything for years, will support even the few pennies and dollars that go toward some resemblance of health care.
Sad story really, Haslam gets to parade as some governing moderate while he's socking the working poor with extra costs than other states like Kentucky or New York that provided full Medicaid at no cost.
Tennesseans still get short-changed, and until America gets it that health care should be a right, where all have guaranteed public insurance that covers basically everything, health care will always be a mess here.
And yes, its constitutional. Medicare for aged 65+ is public insurance that covers the most costly beneficiary: elderly adults. It works well and isn't bankrupt. Its only bankrupt if politicians WANT it to be bankrupt.
Politics is the art of the possible.
There are no political forces seeking to implement your plan.
Therefore, its lack of a formidable advocate make it impossible.
It has only taken Memphis a decade to join where the rest of the country was in 2004.
What's next on the horizon? A reliable public transportation system in 2080? A minimum wage increase in 2200? Desegregation by the year 2800?
It is funny that there is any gnashing of teeth in Nashville over this. If life is so great in Middle Tennessee and Nashville has advanced so far past the likes of Memphis, why would they even be reporting on this development?
For our dear friends in Nashville, never fear- the Memphis Business Journal is reporting that "The Ikea would be the first in Tennessee, although sources say a second could be announced in Nashville in the near future". Memphis is apparently just the beachhead for an all-out Swedish invasion.
So not only is EDGE willing to give PILOTs for companies to simply maintain the same number of employees in an existing location, but EDGE is now going to start giving PILOTs to individual retailers? So are we going to start giving PILOTs to Dillards, JCPenney and Macy’s? What about Wal-Mart, Target and Kroger? How about Mimi’s Nails or Walgreens? Just think off all the jobs and sales taxes those businesses generate, and talk about quality of life- kind of hard to attract young graduates if you lack a grocery store.
It’s not much of a win if you have to shell out wads of cash just to get any Tom, Dick or IKEA to talk to you.
If IKEA is the future then we better stock up on survival crap at Bass Pro.
Well what is so important about IKEA versus The Bass Pro Shop is that IKEA is a nod towards modernity. In a region deeply tied to it's agrarian roots (Bass Pro) IKEA represents the promise of urbanity often lacking the the region. It marries us to Stockholm not Springfield, Mo. As we move into the knowledge economy, thinking of ourselves in those terms is a positive.
What is so important about IKEA versus The Bass Pro Shop is that IKEA is a nod towards modernity. In a region deeply tied to it's agrarian roots (Bass Pro) IKEA represents the promise of urbanity often lacking the the region. It marries us to Stockholm not Springfield, Mo. As we move into the knowledge economy, thinking of ourselves in those terms is a positive.
The Ikea will not only generate their own sales but also boost sales at surrounding retail and restaurants. It will also help Memphis attract other new retailers.
It's going to be at Gtown parkway and I-40 - within the city limits.
How to Twerk is 1 & 6? Folks wanna dance, I guess.
Charlie, there would have to be $100 million addition sales annually for the city to rake in $2 million new revenue. There isn't any new money, and Memphis is surrounded by shocking poverty for a hundred plus miles in every direction. Ikea will draw some new revenue from visitors to the city, but not $100 million. Most of their sales will be harvested from existing retailers, for a small net gain for the city. Basically, it's another mouth to feed.
What Ikea does is provide another draw for the city. Nobody is going to move here because there's an Ikea, but fewer people will choose not to move here because there isn't an Ikea.
I'll be surprised if Ikea actually locates within the city limits.
Cool it Bruce,
The rest of us enjoy ignoring CHG any chance we get.
The flyer should cover the fact that Nashville is about to bust a gut over IKEA opening in Memphis and not Nashville. It's really rather amusing.
CHG, if you start repeating all your verbiage "in case it was not read," that's all you'll be doing all day.
It's a big city store. Thats why this is so important.
This is repeated here due to the same topic mentioned earlier. In case my first argument was not read.
This article also applies to the Tennessee State Constitution, whereas, healthcare is not a function of the Federal and State Governments. None of you seem to realize what the U.S. Constitution has to say about it. In Art.1, Sec.8, under the category of General Welfare, we have a list of particular functions of the Federal Government, i.e. post office, roads, coin money, military and court systems and a few other duties. If it isn't mentioned there, then it is a jurisdiction of 'We the People' according to the Tenth Amendment. Health care nor any welfare program is listed there. The Conclusion is that health care is not the function of the Federal Government nor State Governments. This makes it theft of taxpayer funds for the Federal Government/State Governments to have jurisdiction over this area, and a violation against one's oath of office to uphold the tenets of the U.S. and State Constitution. There is no easy answer to this dilemma of the high cost of health care. It originates with medical device companies charging exorbitant rates, medical implants and suppliers charging a lot and high salaries due to malpractice insurance. Tons of government red-tape also cause the high cost. The best solution is the '3-C' system: C is for 'cash' for minor care, i.e. flu's, shots, etc. C is also for 'catastrophic insurance' for major surgeries or malignant diseases with high deductibles, and lastly, C is for 'charity, i.e. churches, families, charities in general.
Where does the Tennessee and Federal U.S. Constitutions allow our tax dollars to go to amusement parks and singers' estates? Given that; it is a form of theft.
Give it rest.
The Constitution means exactly what the Courts determine it to mean, not what you interpret it to mean.
If you want to get elected or appointed to a judgeship, by all means do so and we can all isten to your views on the Constitution.
But right now, you are pissing into the wind with those arguments.
By Louis Goggans
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