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If Medicare and Medicaid were just the starting point and we could arrive at a more fair price for every procedure that everyone would pay whether insured or not, could a cash hospital work? What are the things that we, as consumers, don't see and that cash can't account for?
To a lay person, it frequently sounds like Medicaid and Medicare are blamed in substantial part for contributing to our current healthcare malaise. Is that true or are they being scapegoated to divert our attention from more pressing problems? Could Medicaid and/or Medicare play a role in the formation of a single payer solution?
To many, it feels like the equation, in which “do no harm” was the primary principle guiding the delivery of healthcare placing the patient at the top of the priority ladder, is now reversed. Patients are forced out by a system they cannot afford, a system which caters instead to corporations and shareholders, a system in which the patient’s voice is supplanted by politicians, executives and accountants.
Put your fingers in your ears and slowly close your eyes. What do you hear? Listen closely and you might hear your own heartbeat. Without that rhythmic miracle, nothing else matters. For most of us, the maddening din of daily existence only comes to a halt when something goes wrong. A bloody nose, a broken bone, a heart attack, or something worse and we are yanked off the speeding train of life and into the often bewildering world of health care.
One week before the special election on Tuesday, Jan. 16, to fill the Wisconsin Senate District 10 seat vacated by Sheila Harsdorf, contenders Patty Schachtner, Brian Corriea and Adam Jarchow squared off at a forum hosted by the New Richmond/St. Croix County VFW Memorial Post 10818 Auxiliary.
So aside from the obvious, the Twin Cities and surrounding airports, who else in the region is likely to benefit from Super Bowl LII? The consensus at a recent meeting in Hudson of chambers of commerce from western Wisconsin municipalities was, not too many people.
Twenty-one schools from Wisconsin and Minnesota sent robotics teams to compete in the Western Wisconsin VRC Challenge sponsored by Somerset High School and SMC Ltd. last Saturday, Jan.6. Teams competed for more than eight hours in qualifying, elimination and final rounds for the right to move onto the state competition to be held March 2 & 3 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Teams from Somerset High School took second, third and fourth in the Skills competition while two of the Somerset teams earned Tournament Champion Awards.
Noah Wiedenfeld made good on his promise to the St. Croix Valley Chapter of the Salvation Army Friday, Dec. 15 shortly after 3 p.m. when he rang his bell for the last time completing a 26.2-hour marathon as a volunteer bell ringer outside the Walmart store in New Richmond. The Salvation Army's 30 Hour Marathon Ring for St. Croix County was able to bring in $77,382, with a wide variety of volunteers ringing bells at the red kettles in both New Richmond and Hudson.
A sliding glass door is all that separates the men and their memories. On the other side, birds made of metal and glass stand guard over their pilots' stories, a primal partnership forged in the heat of war. For men and women who have served their country, and particularly those who have fought and lost friends in combat, it is an experience that none of us who have not fought will ever truly understand. Those sometimes unspeakable experiences, are the dues paid to a sacred fraternity of sacrifice.