The ACA provided states with federal funds to institute a Medicaid expansion. The states chose to expand the program also were able to set up their own state exchanges, which were relatively free from the problems the federal site had. Vermont decided to take it a step further by setting up their very own single payer system.
The slogan of the program: Everybody in, nobody out.
The program will be fully operational by 2017, and will be funded through Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont, and a slight increase in taxes. In exchange, there will be no more premiums, deductibles, copay’s, hospital bills or anything else aimed at making insurance companies a profit. Further, all hospitals and healthcare providers will now be nonprofit.
They estimate this will end up saving Vermont 25% per capita over the current system, in addition to preventing some proportion of the 45,000 preventable deaths that occur annually in the US due to the inability to afford treatment.
I never know how to start these kinds of things. These things always make me feel awkward and vapid… but maybe that’s ok. That’s probably how you like it anyway. I didn’t know what to think going into Friday’s (November 22) festivities. This – as I made you well aware – was my first time. My very first convention of any kind. I had no frame of reference; not a single notion or experience from which to draw. For years I let my nerdiness lay dormant, fearing that if I let my intellect or love of “geeky things” show through I’d be an outcast. You’d need a golden calculator to divide. Thankfully our culture not only accepts nerd culture now, but praises it, even if it’s disingenious and fraudulent at times. (You know who you are.) No longer do I need to be ashamed of what I like and enjoy. Why it matters to receive the approval of other people, be they friends or complete strangers, is something I should probably talk to a therapist about…but it’s easier to write about it and actively seek out that approval. Anyway, where was I? Ah, yes… Friday.
This week grumpyhawk and Benjamin Combs talk about Batkid and the City of San Francisco, the World’s Coolest Dad, DRM’d cars, a product that makes no sense, and the RIAA is now trying to brainwash children. All in this weeks episode Restored Faith in Humanity.
Hey folks, grumpyhawk here. As some of you may know, almost a year ago, I started the grumpyhawk collective with my friend Benjamin Combs.
I’m writing this post now because we need your help.
First off, while Benjamin and I give it a valiant effort, there’s no way we can read the whole internet every week before we record an episode of What Had Happened Was. This is where you come in; if you come across an article or topic you think we should be discussing, feel free to pass it along to Benjamin or myself. You can always email gh at grumpyhawk dot com, or hit either of us up at any of the accounts listed on our about.me profiles; about.me/BenjaminCombs or about.me/grumpyhawk. I can’t promise we’ll use every topic we’re sent, but we’d love to hear from you folks that listen about what interests you or what you’d like us to pontificate about.
Secondly, while we haven’t been as active with This Is Why lately, we’re looking to have that podcast come out on the regular as well. Got something you want Nate and I to argue about? Curious about our feelings on Doctor Who and/or any other TV show? Hit us up at the email listed about, Nate on Twitter or grumpyhawk on Twitter.
Finally, I was very intentional when I called this a collective. We’re always on the lookout for new folks that are looking to start up a podcast and aren’t sure what to do or where to go. We’re looking for fellow nerds that want to write about their passions, and giving them a platform to do so.
Are you a huge Hannibal fan and want to get your analysis of the show out there? Come talk to us! Are you an avid comics fan, and you need to write about what’s been happening with your favorite comics lately? BAM, we’ll post your stuff. Are you a WWE fan that’s pissed off or loves the current storylines? We want your wrasslin knowledge! Concerned about the NSA spying on us and want to let people know just how fucked up that situation is? We’re the place for that! Are you a hacker that wants to show of the cool new interface you’ve created using a Kinect camera and Raspberry pi? We’d LOVE to share that far and wide!
**please note: this is by no means an exhaustive list of what we’re looking for. If there’s something you’re into and want to share it, let us know!**
Basically our goal has always been and always will be to create a network of folks that are as passionate about their hobbies/obsessions as we are. We want to give folks a wider audience or place to connect with other fans/nerds.
So, to summarize, we want to hear from you, collaborate with you, and create amazing stuff with you. I basically live on twitter and tumblr so come say hi, and let’s get something started.