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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cuba looks to the future, while marking its past: What Cuba could have in the future



Cuba is a beautiful somewhat small Caribbean Island Nation of around 11M people and even though its been a Communist State for over fifty years now. With an Authoritarian Government and a Socialist Economy but with the passing of President Fedel Castro and his brother Raul now the President, a man who's recognized the need for Progressive Reform. Something the Cuban People both still in Cuba but in America recognize as well. Cuba actually does some things well especially for a Third World Nation, like in education where their kids are educated are educated well. But the problem is, you can have the best education in the World but if their aren't good jobs available for you. Which is largely the case in Cuba with its Centralized Classical Socialist Economy. With the State owning the Means and Production of Society. Even though they've started to reform that in the areas of Small Business, Agriculture and now are establishing Property Rights under President Raul Castro. The best education possible won't get you a good job if you have an economy thats dominated by inefficient State Owned Industry's. Cuba also has a very good State Run Health Care System but they could make it even better by allowing Private Competition to its Health Care System. So the Cuban People could have the Freedom of Choice to decide for themselves where to get their Health Insurance and Health Care. But regulate it properly, perhaps not allow private For Profit Hospitals and Health Clinics and Health Insurers. To give their State Owned Health Care System more incentive to provide the best service as possible. Because now cubans will know that if they don't like the Health Insurance and Health Care from one provider, they can go to another. I believe Cuba will move in the direction of China instead of Russia, start off with Economic Reform meaning privatization and regulation. Hopefully their economy will move more like China then Russia and they are able to cut back on the amount of corruption in the economy. And most of the Economic Resources to going to a Small Percentage of people. And then moving to Social Freedom later in the process. Communism I believe is not popular in Cuba any longer but I believe Socialism is popular in Cuba and hopefully they'll move in the direction of Democratic Socialism instead of Communist Socialism.

Socialism is popular in Cuba and I could see a Socialist, hopefully a Democratic Socialist Party merging in Cuba in the future. If the Cuban Government ever moved in the direction of allowing Opposition Parties. Perhaps the Communist Party will reform into the Socialist Party to stay in power if nothing else. Because socialism is popular in Cuba, I believe the direction that Cuba should head into the future, is to look more like Europe thats filled with Democratic Socialist States. Instead of America thats more of a Liberal Democracy. And hopefully they'll allow for Social Freedom as well. Reforming the Constitution or writing a new one, Bill of Rights those sorta things.

Click on the link of the blog to see a video about Cuba from Euro News

Christopher West: President Richard Nixon- The Inventor of the U.S. Health Care System?

Whether you're a fan of HMO's (Health Maintenance Organizations) or not, there's one person as well as the Democratic Congress of 1971-73 or 92nd Congress, that you can thank. The people who brought employer based health insurance to America. Which basically means anyone with a good job, whether they work in the private or public sector, has health insurance partially paid for by your employer. And of course you pay the other part which is taken out of your paycheck. Apparently before we had HMO's we had a fairly efficient health care system as far as our costs. But not enough people were covered with health insurance. Which makes health care and health insurance more expensive for everyone else.

Which is one reason that Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965. To provide government-run health insurance for senior citizens and low-income people who haven't retired yet. However you feel about President Nixon, he did make a contribution to health care reform in America. Whether you believe it's a positive contribution or not. I don't have a problem with HMO's as long as they are regulated properly, which they weren't before the 2010 Affordable Care Act. That included a Patient Bill of Rights in it, which essentially means that HMO's and health insurers, can't turn down people who need health insurance when get sick, or put lifetime caps on the amount that people can consume in their health care.

Basically as long as people pay for their share of their health insurance, they can't get dropped from their health coverage. If this was done back in 1971-72, maybe we don't have the most expensive health care system in the developed world right now. President Nixon, took a stab at health care reform, President Carter the same thing, President Clinton as well with his famous debacle. President George W. Bush and it took President Obama and a Democratic Congress with large majority's in both chambers to get it passed. All of this work and debates could've been avoided if HMO's were regulated properly from the start and we could've saved our health care system forty years of inefficiency.

If we had a Patient Bill of Rights from the start, we could have saved trillions on health care the last forty years. But perhaps President Nixon and the Democratic Congress then, couldn't predict the abuses that would've come in the future. Whether you're a fan of President Nixon or not and yes his main contribution and focus he gave to America was in foreign policy with Russia, China and ending the Vietnam War, he also made a contribution in environmental policy and in health care as well. And he may of had a good idea at the time, but didn't put the right regulations in place. To prevent the abuses and the costs that came in the future.