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Editorial – “Why We Do What We Do To Each Other”

Retirees for Single Payer Health Care
December 6, 2015

We are alienated (to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world*) from each other.  As a result, we see ourselves as if we are in a race (any contest or competition, especially to achieve superiority*).

We see each other through the lens of how much we possess.  We do not see each other as human beings but rather as competitors (rivalry between two or more persons or groups for an object desired in common*). 

The basis of our alienation from each other is our social relationship, either someone works for me or I work for someone.  The result is a group of billionaires who own the access to food, space and our other vital requirements that we produce.  We compete to work for them. 

The struggle we are in is to change our social relationship from one of competition to one of cooperation (the combination of persons for purposes of production, purchase, or distribution for their joint benefit*).

This is because the way we produce the necessities of life is changing.  Robotics is antagonistic to competition.  But poverty and racism are not antagonistic to competition. This is why poverty and racism are growing in this country.  

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Oracle v. Oregon: Kitzhaber details 'best outcome' for lawsuits, health care priorities for 4th term

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber

Health Care Inc. Northwest Jan 6, 2015
Elizabeth Hayes, Staff Reporter- Portland Business Journal

Gov. John Kitzhaber said the best outcome for the lawsuits stemming from the Cover Oregon debacle would be a negotiated settlement.

"I'm interested in recouping the resources," Kitzhaber said in an interview today. "There was a delta between what would have cost us to enroll if we had a fully functioning website and that extra manual step. To the extent that resources were wasted, that's where you can legitimately make that charge. The technology was not good technology and the cost shouldn't be borne by the state."

The state and IT contractor Oracle Corp. are pursuing dueling lawsuits over who's at fault for the bug-ridden exchange, which the state basically scrapped in favor of using the federal exchange.

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Our Health Care Dead Matter Less Than War Dead?

caption: "We cannot stop people from getting sick or hurt, but we can stop killing them with our lack of action to change the system that snuffs out their lives," writes Donna Smith. (Photo: Public Citizen)

caption: "We cannot stop people from getting sick or hurt, but we can stop killing them with our lack of action to change the system that snuffs out their lives," writes Donna Smith. (Photo: Public Citizen)

Published on Monday, August 11, 2014 in Common Dreams
By Donna Smith

The photos are horrific of the dead and injured from the most recent escalation of warfare in Palestine.  Seeing dead children who have their small bodies ripped apart by weapons of war forces me (and others I suspect) to confront the realities of our violent, war-prone world.  I hate war.  It hurts to see the photos, and I always have a hard time understanding why we have all had to assert our power since the beginning of recorded history by killing one another.  Will we ever advance beyond settling our differences with war?

Then I also think about the 123 people dying every day in the U.S. without access to the health care that might have saved their lives.  This is a war too.  It is a war waged by the rich and powerful against those without enough money or power.  People suffer and die needlessly and invisibly since no one takes their photos or speaks of them on the evening news.  Do their lives matter less than those of the war dead in the Middle east?  Apparently so.  Or we'd see the pictures and we'd hear the stories and we'd stop blaming these health care dead for not being rich enough or powerful enough to access care.

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