Fandango’s Provocative Question #48

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Today’s provocative question has to do with the government’s role in providing widely available and cost-effective healthcare. The United States is the only western democracy that doesn’t provide fee and universal healthcare for its citizens.0D91D50B-9DBB-4718-A67A-3F54BA1E4998This is a big issue being debated by the more than a dozen individuals who are competing for the Democratic nomination to face off against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

The chart below shows that almost half of all Americans get their heath insurance through their employers. The other half is covered by a public program (such as Medicare for the elderly or Medicaid for the poor and disabled), has purchased individual health insurance directly from an insurer, or has no health insurance at all.E4F38CCA-57D0-44D2-ACEC-D8A3C335C3DATwo of the contenders, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are supporting a “Medicare for all” (or “single-payer) approach.

Single-payer healthcare is a type of universal healthcare financed by taxes that covers the costs of essential healthcare for all residents, with costs covered by a single public system.

Under a single-payer system, all residents of the U.S. would be covered for all medically necessary services, including doctor, hospital, preventive, long-term care, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescription drug, and medical supply costs.

It would eliminate employer-sponsored healthcare plans offered by private, for profit health insurance plans.

Other candidates for the Democratic nomination are proponents of offering a hybrid type approach that allows people to choose between a comprehensive, government-sponsored, Medicare-like program and their employer-provided health plans through private insurance companies.

All this leads me to today’s provocative questions:

Do you believe the government of a country has a responsibility to provide universal, affordable (if not “free”) healthcare for its citizens? If you live in the United States, would you favor a Medicare for all/single-payer health plan? If you live outside of the U.S., does your government provide universal healthcare? If so, how do you feel about it? If not, what kind of healthcare coverage do you have?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Doctor

FOWCWelcome to November 13, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “doctor.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

I Need To Have My Head Examined

1ADAC9E9-D5C5-4679-839E-09B93C8226E1No, really, I do need to get my head examined, as in a CAT scan of my head, which I hope will be less painful than a cat scratch of my hand.

So why do I need to have CAT scan? Thank you for asking. Around a month ago I got a head cold and one of the byproducts of that cold was that my left ear got clogged up. But even though my head cold only lasted a week, I still, three weeks later, can barely hear out of that ear, and what little I can hear sounds muffled. It’s really annoying.

So I went to an ear, nose, and throat doctor. I figured the clogged ear was due to a residual fluid build up from my cold and the ENT doc would drain the fluid and I’d be all set.

Before I met with the doctor, the hearing tech ran an audiometry test and, no surprise, the hearing in my left ear was way worse than in my right, which is not that great to begin with. Ah, the joys of aging.

When I met with the doc, he examined my ear and said that he didn’t think my issue is due to fluid in my ear. He thinks my clogged ear sensation might have something to do with some other mechanical issue with my ear, but the only way to know for sure is to get the head scan.

And so, tomorrow I get the scan and on Friday I have an appointment to learn the results. Wish me luck. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s not an inoperable brain tumor.

Damn, I think I’ve been watching too many “Grey’s Anatomy” episodes.

#writephoto — The Glow

49FC3C58-6BB3-46BE-BB6A-F6846B8535B7“Do you hear that?” Denise asked, shaking her husband awake.

“Hear what?” Claude asked.

“That loud humming sound,” she said, “and occasional pounding noises.”

Claude listened. “Yeah, I hear it, too. But I don’t understand. We’re so far out in the wilderness that all we should hear are the sounds of nature.” He crawled out of their sleeping bag and opened up their tent’s front flap.

“That’s strange,” he said, looking out. “It’s not even dawn yet, but the sky over that ridge is glowing, making it look like the sun has already risen. Grab your backpack, Denise. We’re going to investigate.”

Claude and Denise grabbed their hiking gear and headed off in the direction of the humming sound and the unusual lights. It took nearly half a day for them to reach the ridge. By then the noise was very loud and the pounding sounds was like that of pile drivers.

They slowly made their way to the edge of the ridge and surveyed what they saw. “I don’t get it. This is federally protected wilderness land,” Denise said. “How can they have permitted this land to be used for an oil field and for fracking? This is horrible. And isn’t it illegal to drill on these federal lands?”

“I have a two-words for you, Denise, and you’re not going to like it,” Claude said.

“I am pretty sure I already know,” Denise sighed. “Donald Trump.”

Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt.

Twittering Tales — Sign Language

46CFCDF5-847D-4DB8-A92E-5639081A0168“Gallaudet U is proud to be the premier institution of learning for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. As new graduates, you have learned to make your voices heard above the din, whether it’s by using ASL or by using signs, literally. Now go forth and tell the world who you are.”

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Photo by raw pixel @

E99DF8C8-36EC-47B9-9ED8-6795A515DDF7ASL is the acronym for American Sign Language, a means of visual communication for the deaf and hearing impaired.