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.
A spectacular electrical storms light up the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle range after the massive 8.8-magnitude Puyehue volcano erupted in Chile which had laid dormant for over half a century. The eruption belched an ash cloud more than six miles high over the Andes and cause a flurry of earth quakes. Photos by: Francisco Negroni|Flickr| 500px
I had trouble sleeping before working my grave shift (which happens every week). And I was reading thru my old notes for my travel journal from last winters’ trip to Japan.
There was this tiny コロッケ (korokke) shop near the residence I was staying in and I volunteered to walk the dog every morning just so I could stop by it and get some. While reading my discovery of this shop I got the biggest craving and one of the biggest pines of nostalgia/sentimentality and loneliness so I had to make some. Here’s the recipe below. Boy do I really miss Japan.
1 cup of flour
2 medium potatoes
1 tablespoon of minced garlic.
1 1/2 cups of Planko breading
2 cups of vegetable oil
First cut up and boil the potatoes and carrot until reasonably soft, then mash while adding the garlic. Feel free to season further with a little bit of salt and pepper (I did). Form potatoes in small patties and cover in flour, then eggs, then Planko. Make sure to cover completely. Slowly place the Planko covered patties in oil and cook until golden brown,