Tackling health insurance and Andrew Jackson

Here’s a suggestion for the folks in Washington. If Democrats stop claiming that Trump “colluded” with Russia to win the election, and Trump stops claiming that Obama installed surveillance equipment in Trump Tower, maybe Congress could get down to some real work.

Health insurance is one issue they can work on. Keep in mind that out of 330 million, all but about 30 million of us are covered by employer-provided insurance or Medicare. Of those 30 million, many are young or otherwise don’t want to buy health insurance. Others are sincerely poor and can’t afford a good policy. Still others want to wait until they need it and then expect to buy it like everyone else. And others have a health condition that makes them a high risk, meaning the companies need to charge a lot more.  Another important point is that everyone in America, one hundred percent, can receive health care, with or without insurance. It’s the law.

So, while you listen to the Republicans argue among themselves, and watch Democrats stand on the sidelines throwing spitballs at every new idea, only a relative few of us are directly affected. It boils down to who is going to pay for the poor to buy insurance, and how to persuade healthy folks to sign up before they get sick. No matter which side you’re on, the news folks can find a thousand that will be harmed by your favorite plan.

I heard a statistic that 5 percent of us are responsible for 50 percent of the total cost of health care. Now, that gives the nub of an idea: you find those folks and, like in the old days, ride ‘em out of town on a rail. No, no, we won’t do that. But it would be fun to see a few of those folks follow their doctor’s advice for healthier living. Maybe I should be first in line.

President Trump stopped in Nashville where he honored former President Andrew Jackson on his 250th birthday. If Trump ever wants to get any votes in Oklahoma, he should have honored Country Music, and ignored Old Andy. (See below)

Historic quote by Will Rogers:

“I am not so sweet on old Andy [Jackson]. He is the one that run us Cherokees out of Georgia and North Carolina… Old Andy, every time he couldn’t find anyone to jump on, he would come back and pounce onto us Indians… Then he would go to Florida and shoot up the Seminoles. Then he would have a row with the government, and they would take his command and his liquor away from him, and he would come back and sick himself onto us Cherokees again… They sent the Indians to Oklahoma.  They had a treaty that said, ‘You shall have this land as long as the grass grows and the water flows.’ It looked like a good treaty, and it was, till they struck oil. Then the Government took it away from us again. They said the treaty only refers to water and grass; it don’t say anything about oil.” WA #267, Feb. 5, 1928

Russia, Oprah, and Sonny Perdue. Oh, baby.

Are you tired of hearing about Russia?

In the last few years Putin took over the country of Georgia and a big chunk of Ukraine. He rolled into Syria on the side of President Assad, not “our” side. Russia threatened to cut off the main source of natural gas for European countries.

Russia is a huge country, but economically it’s small. The whole country produces far less than California, and even less than Texas.

Now whether our Senators or the President’s representatives should be talking to Russian diplomats, I ain’t so sure.  Those birds know what they’re after, and nobody in Russia cares how they get it. But here, when anyone even speaks to a Russian, if the whole of the conversation is not published the next day some Congressman on one side or the other will demand a resignation.

Oprah Winfrey and Mark Cuban say they might run for President in 2020. Apparently they were inspired by my 2016 “Will Rogers for President” campaign and are convinced they can do better. They could be a good ticket if Mark is willing to be Vice-President. Instead of “Anti-Bunk,” their theme would be “2 Billionaires is better than 1.”

The big controversy this weekend was a “wiretap” in Trump Tower. President Trump stirred up a hornet’s nest Saturday morning while everyone else was asleep. Based on all the evidence so far, it seems he uncovered an old baby monitor installed years ago. Can’t blame Obama for that.

The Senate has one more Cabinet member to approve: Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. He was Governor of Georgia at one time, but I think the main qualification is that he is a veterinarian. He’s smart. As Will Rogers said, “The best doctor in the world is the Veterinarian. He can’t ask his patients what is the matter; he’s got to just know.”

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

          “If I wanted to start an insane asylum that would be 100 percent cuckoo, I would just admit applicants that thought they know something about Russia.” DT #1291, Sept. 14, 1930

“These old diplomats you see sitting around, they don’t look (like) much but they out-deal foreigners all their life.” Jan. 19, 1935

“A man in the country does his own thinking, but you get him into town and he soon will be thinking second-handed.” Sat. Eve. Post, May 1, 1926