COVID-19: FLORIDA 5,500 NEW INFECTIONS–FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP

Here in Florida we have a weak Governor DeSantis who is willing to sacrifice the health of residents to business interests, rather than opening the state slowly with enough testing and contact tracing to control the infection rate.

Mayor Gimenez of Miami-Dade County, the state leader in COVID-19 has weakly followed the lead of the state and federal government.

The University of Miami is opening its campus in the City of Coral Gables, which will surely add to local community Covid infections.

Our Brutal Capitalism

  • No universal healthcare–growing millions of people with no access to healthcare and worse during the pandemic and the high unemployment of those depending on employer-based healthcare.
  • Concentrated wealth and income in the upper 10 to 1 percent of people.
  • Concentration of political power in corporations and high wealth groups.
  • Broken presidential voting favoring small, rural, poor states with undemocratic local voting and the electoral college.
  • Low minimum wages and declining value of median incomes.
  • Racially segregated education, healthcare, employment, housing and public services like clean water, internet access, clean air, equity justice.
  • Socialism (meaning government benefits and subsidies) for big corporations and the wealthy, and the free market competition and harsh capitalism for the workers, poor and underprivileged.
  • Unchecked monopoly power of large, powerful corporations.
  • Exploitation of undocumented immigrants in low-wage dangerous work.
  • “Great wealth flows from great power; great power depends on great wealth. Wealth and power have become one and the same.” (p. 10. Robert B. Reich. The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It. 2020)
  • Economic growth now mostly favors the rich.
  • Weakening social safety net of social security, medicare, medicaid, unemployment insurance, SNAP (food stamp) benefits…

COVID-19 CONVERSATION: Not Wearing a Mask is Anti- Social

Friend (with social distancing) if you don’t wear a mask in public you are threatening me and others with sickness and possible death. You are not protecting yourself, because that depends on me and others using our masks. Also, you are forcing threatened groups with pre-existing conditions and older populations, i.e. vulnerable populations, to stay at home. (More than 20% of the community in the City of Coral Gables.)

If you don’t use a mask at all times in public YOU ARE ANTI-SOCIAL.

You may take off the mask, perhaps, after almost all of us effectively have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Covid-19 Conversation: Florida Bad News?

Today’s data (thanks to the Miami Herald) show a there is clear recent rising/reversing trends in the number of infections (hugely underestimated) in FL and the number of deaths in FL.

This is the wrong time to open. Better to tighten down, stay at home, face masks, distancing for the coming weeks or we will get hit again in two or three weeks.

COVID-19 CONVERSATION: ACA (Obamacare)

Healthcare, which benefits millions of people during the COVID-19 pandemic, is not needed, according to the President of the United States. Totally irrational and crazy at the least.

The Ryan Budget Is Health Care Fiction, Not Reform

Nothing like cutting back on health care spending of the government this way.

…the Congressional Budget Office looked at Ryan’s plan, they said it would make Medicare more expensive for seniors, not less. The reason the deficit goes down is because seniors are paying 70 percent of the cost of their insurance out-of-pocket rather than 30 percent. But that’s not sustainable: We’ve just taken the government’s medical-costs problem and pushed it onto families.

via The Democrats have a plan for controlling health-care costs. Paul Ryan doesn’t. – Ezra Klein – The Washington Post.