Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bernie Sanders channeling FDR ?

FDR knew to build infrastructure, like schools and hospitals.

Thats what FDR did back in the day. You've all heard about the WPA and the CCC, building this and that. Well what good is a hospital without doctors and nurses? And FDR understood that too, so he had folks go to college to become doctors and nurses, so they could staff those hospitals. FDR knew it wasn't good enough just to build infrastructure, if you built a school, you had to supply the teachers, if you built a hospital you had to supply the doctors and nurses.

Now please take a look at the Healthcare bill in the US Senate and lets take a look at Senator Bernie Sanders channeling FDR:

Senator Sanders Press Release:

The provision would also provide loan repayments and scholarships through the National Health Service Corps to create an additional 20,000 primary care doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and mental health professionals..

20,000 jobs. Not too shabby, especially with that level of financial assistance. It just might be a good time to start medical school.

The Community Healthcare Centers were spearheaded in the 1960s through legislation authored by the late Senator Edward Kennedy.

-- Sanders is also working with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to improve language already in the bill to provide waivers for states that want to provide comprehensive, affordable health care and curb rapidly-rising costs for money-making private health insurance companies. The waivers could clear the way for a state-run, single-payer system.

10,000 Community Healthcare Centers means lots of folks won't be using Hospital Emergency Rooms, to the tune of saving 23 billion over 5 years according to a study done at George Washington University.

Sanders also says the insurance reforms--banning denials based on preexisting conditions, lifetime benefit caps, and dumping people because they ran up a high healthcare bill--are significant.

This could be the Shiznit, Brothers and Sisters.

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