Its been almost a year and we still have millions of people without health care. I mean the bill said 2014 will be the year where we will see the details of the bill finally come through, but aren't we supposed to blow up, be eaten by aliens, and move to the moon by then ? WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG. I'll tell you, nobody sitting in the House or the Senate wants to give us the same health care plan that they have because apparently we are different. Don't we all deserve to be fixed if we so happened to accidentally engage ourselves in Final Destination movie scenarios? They rather have us all look like Humpty Dumpty (after the fall or-- the push), and tell us everything will be o.k. because we made falling to your death without any funds to fix yourself seem cute by making it a child's nursery rhyme. What if the clumsy egg was your 80 year old grandma, I think you would want all the king's horses and all the king's men to put grandma who needs treatment for her diabetes and funds for her Hover Chair to be put back together again. As of now, the bill is in the midst of being repealed because its unconstitutional. It is labeled unconstitutional because Obama wants "everyone" to have health care and not just some people. It is said to create death panels, raise taxes, and create nuclear waste and transform us all into New York pigeons. Republicans say it will cripple job growth and ruin the economy, they want to cut spending and by repealing this bill they think it will do that. I wouldn't call it spending, I would call it helping. People, now or in the future, are going to need health care. There may be a consensus between the parties of what may have to happen first before health care can be truly reformed and that's Immigration Reform. But as of now, total concentration within the government is to watch Sarah Palin's "Alaska" TV show and to repeal the "Obama-care" instead of finding ways to be Canada-like. Because over there, overseas from what Brittney Spears thinks it is, they have free health care and the only problem they have are the long lines. Canada's heath care system does not effect job growth at all. You sign up for the same health care everyone else gets. For Canada to be so close, how far away we have become. We make long lines seem like a problem, but the drive-thrus at McDonald's seem to be a line more appetising. We propose that if everyone in America had free health care then everyone would just run to the doctor for everything and the doctors wouldn't get paid their half a million dollar salaries, but mind you the teachers motivating little Bobby to become that doctor get little to nothing. 70% of Canada's health care is paid by their government in comparison to less than 50% in America, and in France, the government pays for nearly 80%. Did you know in Canada you can call your family physician to come by and check up on you, and here calling the doctors office sends you to a robot and a reason not to call. Why is it so hard. Still to this day, I find it amazing how we can go to the moon, plant probes on Mars, build faster computers, faster cars, but cant figure simple things out like heath care. Its not unmarked territory, but it may be unwanted territory. See America has always wanted to be the first to do things, I guess we would feel dumb following in the footsteps of other countries. We have lost so much time in not wanting heath care reform instead of finding ways to make it better. We can bailout car companies, oil companies, and all of Wall Street, but we cant fix our own people. Its time for our government to take all of the king's horses and all of the king's men and put America together again.
America is the only country without a government ran health care system. For decades we have been a country that wants to lead instead of follow, but consequently, we are behind in health care advancement, education, and employment. We think that any other system other than ours is wrong, so we attach the socialism label to anyone with an idea of reform. It is time for America to follow Canada, Australia, France, and Japan on twitter. Some of their twitter updates would read: "Government ran health care and doing fine," "We don't have a black guy to blame," "For the past decade we decided to help our people instead of creating fictional wars (Just to name a few). In other countries such as Japan, people visit the doctor 10-20 times a year, not because of life threatening illnesses, but for checkups. To catch cancer before it spreads, to acknowledge the symptoms of the flu and treat it before it inflames, these are reasons to be checked up, these are reasons for health care reform. In France, Australia, Japan, and Canada no one is denied health insurance for pre-existing conditions. Here, in America, if you had cancer before you better believe if it comes back your health care won't. They have lower infant mortality rates and healthier lifestyles which strengthens the health care system. There are some set backs though; the long lines. In all of my research I have found and concluded that the most important issue proposed about a free health care system would be the waiting period to be helped also known as the 'crowding out effect'. I honestly cannot imagine if America had a stable health care system no one would complain about the lines, as if they are not long as it is. Going to the hospital now to schedule an appointment can take 2 weeks to a month here and you would still have to pay if you don't have insurance. Long lines at McDonalds waiting for a greasy Quarter Pounder with cheese seems more time allocated than waiting in line to get a checkup. It seems that waiting in line to detriment your health seems to be more important than waiting in line to become better. A stable health care system is needed or we can be stuck in the mindset of George Bush whom once said, "I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room." In France, social security funds 80% of the population, the financing is supported by employers, employee contributions, and personal income taxes. In France, Medicare is the universal health insurance and it is for everyone not just for the elderly. The government picks up the tab for the unemployed who cannot gain coverage through a family member. Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, and critical surgeries, such as a coronary bypass, are reimbursed at 100%. Cancer patients are treated free of charge. To make sure there is never a shortage of doctors, French doctors don't have to pay back their student loans because medical school is paid for by the state, and in its 2000 assessment of world health care systems, the World Health Organization found that France provided the "best overall health care" in the world". In Australia, all legal permanent residents are entitled to free public hospital care. In Canada, basic services are provided by private doctors with the entire fee paid for by the government, but in America we still have over 50 million citizens without basic health insurance. Rhianna might be "The Only Girl in the World," but America is "The Only Country in the World" that still has an inadequate health care system. With our many advancements in science and technology, we are somehow trumped by other countries. It is sad that our current health care system had to be reformed so much that it is taking years to get a basic concept through the door. We still have politicians repealing the idea of health care reform instead of finding conceptual ways to fix it. We are a country compartmentalized into making drastic choices like whether or not to go to Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts, or whether or not purchase a Mac or a PC, but when will we be able to perform the cognitive decision to choose from health care incentives and benefits. I guess we are in competition with the red-winged blackbirds, the fish, and the cows for health care seeming how nearly 2000 birds dropped from the sky, thousands of fish washed up on the shore, and 200 cows died; are humans next? Its sad that the older you get the more money you have to spend to stay alive, and the younger you are the higher the chances you wont be able to afford health care. We've had price tags attached to us since we were born, I wonder how much I am worth, I guess we will find out when the proper, justified, and constitutional bill comes to pass. Until then, don't get hit by a falling bird which will cause you to go to the hospital to realize your insurance wont cover your head injury because random acts of birds is not insured under your health insurance (Thanks).
Yesterday I recieved my Art for Obama book. This book was put together by Shepard Fairy and Jennifer Gross. It features a ton of artists's work including the my Colored Fountain Illustration. It's available online at amazon.com
The American Dream...interesting concept. Sometimes American patriotism gets all wrapped up ignorance. It's as if the extreme war mongers, right wing groups or white supremacists are the only one allowed to be Americans and everyone else has to be hyphenated (Native-Americans, African-Americans, etc.) or scrutinized about their patriotism. That's why it was so awesome when Obama became president. He's a sign of changing times. Usually when I hear 'The American Dream' phrase I take an outsiders perspective (think Robert Frank's "The Americans" book). Lately I've been trying to look at it from an insider's perspective and focus on my experience in The U.S. compared to my parent's and grandparent's. My mom's parents immigrated to the U.S. with her from Belize and my father's parents have a few more mutted generations of U.S./Canadian life under their belts, but ultimately both seem to have many shared experiences and have helped shape this place I call home. The American Dream is the opportunity to make individual choices without the restrictions of class, caste, religion, race, or ethnic group. So I guess we're the American Dream (in progress), living life, seeking liberty and in pursuit of happiness, but the product of a bitter sweet nomadic past.
So Ya'll know about this lil polital thing called the Democratic Convention. You know, it's taking place in Denver and feakin' Shepard Fairey (Andre the Giant, OBEY) and a whole lot of other really amazing artists are gonna be in this show at Manifest Hope Gallery, in Denver. Here comes the dope part. I'M GONNA BE IN THE SHOW TOO (well my work will)! I was selected to participate and I am thrilled. If yer in Denver stop by for the opening, I'll be there grinning like a fool. The gallery’s going to have an amazing party with live performances by Death Cab For Cutie, Moby, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. To find out more go to www.manifesthope.com