California Single Payer Is a No-Brainer – Jacobin

California Single Payer Is a No-Brainer – Jacobin

I have written and tweeted to stories about this very subject. A non-governmental observation with distinct clarity has proven to me that the most logical solutions are not the one’s that are implemented. Oligarchic influences and “special” interests outside the moneyed class have much to lose if this proposal follows through. Never mind that some of these same entities will benefit with a guaranteed income stream of new business. There are two existing successful models for what California is trying to do. Medicare and the VA. Virtually every other industrialized country has a version of universal healthcare as a right for its citizens. Medicare has issues regarding what they will and won’t pay for, and this is not always communicated properly to medical professionals and especially patients. As a personal example, my physician writes a prescription for Ondansetron, nausea and vomiting inhibitor that actually works, and is recommended for cancer patients all the way down the sickness chain. When it was first prescribed for me, Aetna, the Medicare Rx provider in my area, would pay for it. For what has been cited as cost reasons, they decided not to pay for it without notice to me (not that they are required to tell me…). It is their system, they write and can change the rules of the game without my consent; I get that. Despite this, it’s still better than not having the option at all or having to pay full retail for this, last time I checked, around $5 a pill. Any system has flaws, but they can be fixed if the parties are so inclined. Our job is to force their inclination.

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Photo Security and HIPAA

HIPAAThis was a story that I did on the subject of HIPAA, but was never published at the original time. As about a year has passed, the volume of data has increased significantly, which shows no sign of abating. With big data and artificial intelligence being current buzzwords, lest we do not forget the compliance issues that are involved. Both of the main cloud providers, Amazon Web Services (Manager & lowella@amazon.com, 2017, p. 5) and Azure (Stevan D. Vidich, 2014, p. 2), are both HIPAA compliant right out of the box. This is not to exclude other providers, but they are the main players in mindshare and marketshare. Amazon is the clear dominant leader  (Joe Panettieri, 2017, para. 4), but Microsoft can never be counted out.


Joe Panettieri. (2017, February 9). Cloud Market Share 2017: Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM, Google. Retrieved April 18, 2017, from https://www.channele2e.com/2017/02/09/cloud-market-share-2017-amazon-microsoft-ibm-google/

Manager, & lowella@amazon.com. (2017, March 25). HIPAA Compliance – Amazon Web Services (AWS). Retrieved April 18, 2017, from //aws.amazon.com/compliance/hipaa-compliance/

Stevan D. Vidich. (2014, April 22). Microsoft Trust Center | HIPAA and the HITECH Act. Retrieved April 18, 2017, from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/TrustCenter/Compliance/HIPAA